The Phoenix is the symbol I would like to share with you today. A beautiful symbol that has become highly popular among different cultures, for its representation of re-birth and immortality. Legend says that this beautiful mythological bird lives in cycles of 500 years. At the end of each cycle, it creates a special nest of scented herbs which is then set on fire. The phoenix then lies on this fire, burning to ashes. After three days, the phoenix is re-born to a new life. Its name comes from a Greek word that means “red” and after its re-birth, its feathers are said to become golden or multi-colored.
The phoenix is linked to the Egyptian bird known as Bennu, worshiped in Ancient Egypt. The Bennu was a self-created being said to have played a role in the creation of the world. It was said to have flown over the waters of Nun that existed before creation, landing on a rock and issuing a call that determined the nature of creation, impersonating the Sun God, Ra. It was also a symbol of rebirth and was therefore associated with Osiris.
In ancient Rome, the phoenix became a symbol of renewal and vital energy for the Empire. It was represented in coins and mosaics. Priests saw it as a symbol of the immortal soul and the ressurrection of Christ.
In Alchemy it represents annihilation and the production of new substances through metamorphosis of the primary material, searching to become the philosopher’s stone.
In ancient China, the phoenix is associated with the legendary bird “feng-huang”, in which the ying and yang find harmony and completion, despite the nature of their duality.
The phoenix is an inspiration to all of us. Transformation and purification of the soul come when we decide to let go of parts of our old existence and beliefs.
To many a Phoenix may represent a new beginning, that no matter how bad (hot) things may get you will get back up on your feet (rise out of the ashes).
The Phoenix always rises from its own ashes and it can be a metaphor for always picking yourself up when you are down.
Birds can fly and travel through the Air element. They have been, since ancient times, symbolic representations of mind and Spirit. Therefore, when the Phoenix “gives up” its old and completed self, it does so because it is ready to be transformed and reborn unto a much higher realm. The Phoenix Symbolizes the ultimate act of creative destruction, sacrifice, and rebirth within the sublime realm of mind and Spirit.