The word Abraxas (or Abrasax or Abracax) was engraved on certain antique stones, called onthat account Abraxas stones, which were used as amulets or charms by Gnostic sects. It wasbelieved that Abraxas was the name of a god who incorporated both Good and Evil (God andDemiurge) in one entity, and therefore representing the monotheistic God, singular, but (unlikee.g. the Christian God) not omni-benevolent. Abraxas has been claimed to be both an Egyptiangod and a demon, sometimes even being associated with the dual nature of Satan/Lucifer. This ispossibly the origin of the word abracadabra, although other explanations exist."The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born first must destroya world. The bird flies to God. That God's name is Abraxas" - Herman Hesse, DemianAbraxas was an Archon with a Chimera-like appearance (somewhat resembling a basilisk): hehad the head of a rooster (or sometimes a king), the body of a man, and legs fashioned likesnakes and sometimes depicted with a whip in his hand - a form referred to as the Anguipede.Abraxas was redeemed and rose above the seven spheres and now reigns beyond the worlds.There are references to Abraxas in several gnostic writings.The letters of abraxas, in the Greek notation, make up the number 365, and the Basilideans gavethe name to the 365 orders of spirits which, as they conceived, emanated in succession from theSupreme Being. These orders were supposed to occupy 365 heavens, each fashioned like, butinferior to that above it; and the lowest of the heavens was thought to be the abode of the spiritswho formed Earth and its inhabitants, and to whom was committed the administration of its affairs.