The Phoenix – Deconstruction, Rebirth and Renewal
The Phoenix is always consistent as an awesome being which is large in structure and wingspan. And undergoes differentiated versions of destruction, rebirth, and renewal. But the consistent parallelism is that the Phoenix is always the symbol of undying perseverance, inspite of the expected opposition and blockade towards its goals. It goes on, gallant and confident. Unwavering in its struggle towards the accomplishment of its mission.
It experiences a temporary setback, wherein, because of old age, around 500 to 1000 years old, it has to go back to the City of the Sun, Heliopolis, to retire to its funeral pyre of a nest of herbs. Where, with a clap of its wings, the nest catches fire and is burned to its death.
But because of immortality, it emerges from the ashes, a new bird, better than its old self. The new reincarnated self is better equipped to pursue its mission again. And this cycle of renewal, rebirth, and destruction goes on and on.
The Phoenix Spirit Totem
The mythical Phoenix spirit totem is the keeper of the fire in all creation. The fire represents transformation, death, and rebirth. The Phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal due to its being a powerful spiritual totem (check here for more animals that represent strength).
The Phoenix spirit totem inspires a confused and lost person with the following traits so that he can DIE in his old desperate self, be REBORN into a new, upgraded, and improved self and be TRANSFORMED into a confident and future looking human being willing to take up all the challenges.
The Phoenix spirit totem encompasses varying versions in different cultures. From the pyramids of Egypt, to the deserts of the Middle East. Down to the annals of the Jewish faith and into the quiet cultures of the Orient in China and Japan.
The Phoenix is transformed into different variants in these diversified societies.
The Phoenix is a legendary bird mentioned broadly in both Greek mythology and in the Talmud of the Judaism faith. In the ancient Greek language, it is referred to as phoînix. In Latin, the term is fenix for this ornithological figurehead.
The Phoenix is a bird with long life. It regenerates or achieves rebirth by going through a cycle. Its resurrection or new life is obtained by rising from.the ashes of its predecessor or ancestor.
The Phoenix spirit totem has an Oriental counterpart called the Fenghuang in Chinese or the Hou-ou in Japanese. They are also birds mired in mythological folklore, and in East Asia, they are respected to be the superior bird over all other birds.
This Oriental Phoenix is divided into the male called feng and the female called huang but the distinction between genders had been blurred through time which resulted in the final belief that they are female so they can be paired with the Chinese Dragon which is strongly male.
Phoenicia does not exist today but it was a civilization which thrived in present day parts of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel. The words Phoenicia and Phoenix appear to have the same root so Phoenix may mean the Phoenician bird or the purplish-red bird.
It is hinged on the Sun. Ancient folklore depicts the beauty of a magical bird, stunning and glistening, with a very long life span of hundreds of years (to the envy of humans and even turtles). It self destructs in a nest which it builds itself. Then from the ashes it emerges, to start another long, colorful life.
It is a grand bird, massive in structure, comparable to an eagle or a peacock. It is imbued with reds, purples, and yellows on its feathers, inasmuch as it is strongly associated with the flaring sun and burning fire. Usually, a nimbus will surround it, and a halo will be on top of it, and is illuminated in the sky. A person should flinch and protect his eyes from the sun in order to catch a glimpse of the bird. Its eyes are colored blue and glistenin