The Phoenix: Egyptian mythology, or Symbol of Rebirth
In ancient Egyptian mythology and in myths derived from it, the phoenix is a mythical sacred
firebird. Said to live for 500, 1461 or for 12594 years (depending on the source), the phoenix
is a male bird with beautiful gold and red plumage. At the end of its life-cycle the phoenix
builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely
and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arises. The new phoenix embalms
the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in Heliopolis
(the city of the sun - in Greek), located in Egypt. The mythical bird was also said to regenerate when
hurt or wounded by a foe, thus being almost immortal and invincible - a symbol of fire and
divinity. Although descriptions (and life-span) vary, the phoenix became popular in early
Christian art and literature as a symbol of the resurrection, symbol of rebirth, of immortality, and of
life-after-death. Originally, the phoenix was identified in Egyptian mythology as a stork or
heron-like bird called a benu, (also spelled Bennu), known from the Book of the Dead and other
Egyptian texts as one of the sacred symbols of worship at Heliopolis, closely associated
with the rising sun and the Egyptian sun-god Ra.
As a symbol of rebirth, the phoenix was featured in the flags of Alexander Ypsilantis and of many other captains during
the Greek Revolution, symbolizing Greece's rebirth, and was chosen by John Capodistria as
the first Coat of Arms of the Greek State (1828-1832). In addition, the first modern
Greek currency bore the name of phoenix. Despite being replaced by a royal Coat of Arms, it
remained a popular symbol of rebirth, and was used again in the 1930s by the Second Hellenic Republic.
However, its use by the military junta of 1967-1974 made it extremely unpopular, and it has
almost disappeared from use after 1974, with the notable exception of the Order of the
Phoenix and the facination with Egyptian mythology by many students of myth and pagans.
The phoenix appears also on the city flags and seals of both Atlanta (torched in
the US Civil War) and San Francisco (destroyed by earthquake and fire in 1906) to symbolize
their respective rebirths from the ashes, still proving its position as a symbol of rebirth.
I am sure that the phoenix will again rise as it did in the ancient Egyptian mythology and be
recognized as the symbol of rebirth it has always been.
Order of the Pheonix
Altar Table with Drawer
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