Hi James, Guess I’m the resident drunk in the Orchid Group……
Been sober in AA for 21 years so far.
We got a ton of slogans, no symbol, 12 steps, 12 traditions, 12
I make a huge amount of AA jewelry, all centering around the Circle
with the Triangle in it, with the point of the triangle up.
This used to be the AA symbol, on every piece of literature, on our
bumper stickers, on our yearly ‘chips’ to signify length of
About 2 years ago, (I think this is how the story goes) , through
giving permission to someone to publish the symbol, it violated a
copyright law and ended our right to use the symbol.
But the good news is that we (as individuals) still use it.
There are usually ‘recovery stores’ in most every medium sized town,
with lots of jewelry and ideas.
For periods of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and then yearly after
that, we give ‘chips’ to designate how long we have been sober. It
is a coin, about the size of a half dollar, with a Triangle on it,
the coin itself being the circle, and the number of years sober in
the center of the triangle. If you want to make a belt buckle with
one of the coins, I can get you the measurements at home, or you can
buy one at the AA central office in most towns.
I make dichroic glass pendants with the circle and triangle,
necklaces with a circle of wire and a stone mounted in the circle cut
into an equilateral triangle (all 3 sides are equal).
To determine the exact location of the points of the triangle in the
circle, do the following:
Draw a circle.
Use your dividers; open them up to about the diameter of the
Mark a spot on the top of the circle.
Put one point of the dividers on the spot you just make, and walk
the dividers around the circle, putting on the next spot at about
4:00 o’clock, the next at about 7:00 o’clock, and the next back up to
the original starting point.
If the point went past the original starting point, decrease the
width of the dividers by 1/3rd of the amount you were off and do it
If the point didn’t reach the original starting point, increase
by about 1/3rd of the distance you were off.
If you want more slogans, contact me offline at
@randysmi and I’ll be happy to help.
Love and God Bless