"Above us floats a banner on which is inscribed the new
[July 1955] symbol for A.A.,a circle enclosing a triangle. The
circle stands for the whole world of A.A., and thetriangle stands
for A.A.'s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service.
Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom from our fatal
That we have chosen this particular symbol is perhaps no
accident. The priests and seers of antiquity regarded the
circle enclosing the triangle as a means of warding off spirits of
evil, and A.A.'s circle and triangle of Recovery, Unity, and Service
has certainly meant all of that to us and much more."
c. 1985, Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, page 139
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