Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: Art as Consolation

I’ve been hurting these last 4, 5 or 6 days — I honestly can’t remember! — from trying to lessen my dosage of Klonopin. I didn’t figure out why I felt so bad till yesterday. —A sigil has helped me some, or my prayers, but it’s still not good.

So I’ve not been able to write a real post for a while. Sorry about that, folks.

Hoping to be back in action soon! Much love, Rachel Izabella

PS — Meanwhile enjoy some art I’ve swiped from various parts of the Web.


Abraxas, or, more commonly in Antiquity, Abrasax

Beautiful Girl in Grief with Skyscape Behind

The way I feel

Darkness is my Nature

The way I feel, No. 2

A Dance Macabre

A Dance Macabre


Nightmare. (Sweet dreams.)



The Devil, Scary and Ugly

The Devil

D is for Devil Who Chains Only the Willing

Edward Gorey’s Atu XV

Beksinski Crucifixion Parody, Maybe

By Zdzisław Beksiński


Click on the ravens, they fly.

Atu XV

A beautiful Atu XV

Visit Beautiful Rlyeh

Vacation flier

Cthulhu Sex

Cthulhu porn


6 thoughts on “Benzodiazepine Withdrawal: Art as Consolation

  1. Ah! I like Abraxas – such an interesting god – I have a pendant with his/her image on it. 🙂

    • Rachel Izabella says:

      You probably already know this, but Abraxas stones AKA Abrasax stones were tremendously popular in late Antiquity, especially with Christians and Gnostic Christians, but not just them. They were thought to bring the wearer (they were almost always set in rings) protection and good luck, and most of them did no doubt. You’re very lucky to have it! I’m going to make a tin pendant of my own using Mike Cechetelli’s Book of Abrasax as my how-to. He drew solely from ancient Coptic manuscripts. —The hurdle: engraving a passable resemblance of Abrasax on tin.

      • Yes, that would be a creative challenge – Abraxas is a complex formation to do. Mine is on an intaligio based on an ancient depiction of him. I love it a lot, the duality of the force fascinates me. 🙂 Good luck with your creation! 🙂 🙂

        • Rachel Izabella says:

          I’m thinking I’ll use a grinder to sharpen a brass rod to use as a stylus. I’ll draw Abrasax in pencil first and use that as my guide. Shouldn’t be too hard, but I still hope I don’t run out of tin before I get one right.

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