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PHOENIX OR FIREBIRD MEDICINE
*The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:
A fabulous Egyptian bird, the only one of its kind, according
to Greek legend said to live a
certain number of years, at the close of which it makes (in
Egypt or Arabia, etc.) a nest of spices,
sings a melodious dirge, flaps its wings to set fire to the
pile, burns itself to ashes, and comes
forth with new life. It is to this bird that Shakespeare refers
in Cymbeline (I, vi): "If she be
furnished with a mind so rare, she alone the Arabian bird."
The Phoenix and the Turtle (attributed to Shakespeare) is based
on the legendary love and death
of this bird and the turtle-dove. The Phoenix was adopted as
a sign over chemists' shops through
the association of this fabulous bird with alchemy. Paracelsus
wrote about it, and several of the
alchemists employed it to symbolize their vocation. The phoenix
is also a symbol of the
resurrection. Phoenix, the son of Amyntor king of Argos, was
tutor to Achilles.
*Barbara G. Walker/The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:
Egyptians identified the Phoenician god Phoenix with their bennu
bird, a spirit of the benben or
phallic obelisk. He rose to heaven in the form of the Morning
Star, like Lucifer, after his fireimmolation
of death and rebirth. In Phoenicia as in Egypt he embodied the
sacred king cremated
and reborn. Symbolic burning of the king continued up to the
present century in Upper Egypt, on
the first day of each solar year by Coptic reckoning. The king's
soul released above the pyre,
assumed bird form, as ancient pharaohs at their cremation took
the form of the Horus-hawk.
*Mary Summer Rain/On Dreams:
Phoenix (Egyptian mythology) stands for the quintessential example
of a characteristic, ability,
or attainment; may also emphasize a powerfully determined personality
who bounces back and
refuses to be defeated or blocked.
*D.J. Conway/Animal Magick:
The phoenix is known in various forms, and by various names
around the world, as a symbol of
resurrection. Although it was sometimes said to be about the
size of an eagle, it had certain
characteristics of the pheasant. It was said to live most of
its life in a secret, sacred garden and
fed on air. When it reached a thousand years old, legend says
the phoenix flew to a special place
and built a funeral nest of sweet-smelling woods and resins
in a tall palm tree. In fact, the Greek
word for phoenix and palm tree are the same. When the nest was
set ablaze by the force of the
Sun, the phoenix stayed in the nest and was destroyed. After
nine days, a new phoenix rose from
The Egyptian phoenix was often identified with the bennu bird,
a heron sacred to Osiris and Ra,
and a symbol of the Sun and resurrection. In Mesopotamian art,
the phoenix may have originally
been the horned and winged solar disk. The Greek work Kerkes
(falcon) was applied to the
phoenix and connects it with the goddess Circe.
Traditions from Turkey call this creature the Kerkes; the Persians
knew it as the Simurgh. The
Simurgh, written about in the Shah-Nameh, had lion claws, peacock
plumes, snake tails, and a
Such Greek and Roman writers as Tacitus, Ovid, Pliny, Herodotus,
and Hesoid all referred to the
phoenix either as the Arabian Bird or the Egyptian Bird. An
extremely gentle creature, it was
said to weep tears of incense, while its blood was balsam.
It was the emperor of birds in China and a lunar-solar symbol.
The phoenix represented the
empress, while the dragon represented the emperor. As one of
the Chinese Sacred Creatures, the
phoenix had five colors, symbolizing the five Chinese virtues.
It was called the Feng-huang, or
fire-bird. To the Japanese, the phoenix was the Ho-Ho, which
reappeared on Earth to open each
new era, then returned to heaven. It was a solar symbol in Japan.
Alchemists used the phoenix to symbolize the color red and the
successful completion of a process.
Magickal attributes: Rebirth, renewal, spiritual growth. Call
upon the phoenix for strength and
renewed energy when facing or undergoing trials of life.
*Patricia Telesco/The Language of Dreams:
The phoenix represents reincarnation, rebirth, and new beginnings.
Known by the Egyptians as
the bennu, this fire bird renews itself by making a nest in
a raging conflagration from which it is
born anew. Longevity. Several ancient texts, including the Talmud,
intimate this creature can
live as long as one thousand years.
I've been working extensively with the energies of the Phoenix
in the last few weeks. I wanted to
share a couple of interesting sites with you: www.phoenixarises.com/pho...egends.htm
A small bit of information from this site:
Legends of the mythological Phoenix are far-reaching: Egyptian,
Greek, Chinese, Arabic and
Native American cultures all carry the tale of the great Phoenix.
The Native American bird
symbol has been found across Canada and the U.S., and similar
figures have been found
throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.
The phoenix was depicted on the first Great Seal of the United
States in 1782. (It was changed to
the eagle around 1902.)
Throughout the many cultures the Phoenix represents high virtue,
grace, power, prosperity,
strength, peace, purity and life.
Etymology: Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin
phoenix, from Greek phoinix
Date: Before 12th century : a legendary bird which according
to one account lived 500
years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from
the ashes to live another period;
also : a person or thing likened to the phoenix : phoenix like
A legendary bird that lived in Arabia. The Phoenix consumed
itself by fire every 500 years, and a
new Phoenix sprang from it's ashes. In ancient Egypt, the Phoenix
represented the sun. Early
Christian tradition adopted the phoenix as a symbol of immortality
MSN Encarta Encyclopedia
Phoenix's Wisdom (Shamanism)
Keeper of the Fires of Creation
Protector of all Fire
Death and Rebirth Regeneration
Connection to Raven
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