Origin of Phoenix
An imaginary bird from the ancient Greek Mythology, the phoenix is a symbol for indestructible of imperishable. Herodutus has attributed the origin of phoenix to Ancient Egypt but many scholars believe that the Egyptian texts might have been influenced by the ancient classical folklore. The myth of phoenix is related to the Sun, where a phoenix obtains a new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor soar high in the skies.
According to Wikipedia, there have been many analogues where phoenix is compared in a variety of cultures with different names and different myths surrounding it's origin. The analogues includes
- The Hindu garuda (गरुड) and bherunda (भेरुण्ड). Phoenix is attached to invincibility and power and it is evident in the Hindu religious scriptures where it is compared to Garuda-a gigantic bird which is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, the preserver.
- the Russian firebird (жар-птица)
- the Persian simorgh (سیمرغ)
- the Georgian paskunji
- the Arabian anqa (عنقاء)
- the Turkish Konrul which is also known as Zümrüdü Anka ("emerald anqa")
- the Tibetan Me byi karmo
- the Chinese Fenghuang (鳳凰) and Zhuque (朱雀)
- the Japanese Hō-ō (鳳凰)
In the current popular culture, phoenix has been used at many places in different contexts such as:
- In 2000, Elon University used phoenix for their sports team.
- Swarthmore College's official mascot is "Phineas the Phoenix" and the newspaper is named "The Phoenix."
- The San Francisco flag has a phoenix in the center.
- The Coventry University used a rising phoenix as the emblem and the Coventry City Football Club's crest features a phoenix rising from the flames.
- Portland, Maine's city seal carries a phoenix rising from the ashes.
Myths of Phoenix
The myth of Phoenix is mystical and is the most famous legend all over the world. The ancient myth of the bird is always associated with birth and death, creation and destruction and time.
What is a Phoenix?
The common take on Phoenix is related to the spirituality of ancient cultures where the belief in reincarnation or transmigration is so prominent that it was able to give birth to the story of Phoenix-the cycle of life and death or there is a possibility of an actual species of bird that exists and it inspires for the legend of Phoenix.
The myth is used to describe the journey of the soul where it enters a new life and the process involved. This is not the first time that myth and legends are used to describe science in a simple manner and it is not going to be the last. At a macro level the legend of phoenix is connected to the death of a galaxy that gives birth for a new galaxy to form.
Whatever the symbolic connection is, Phoenix is a scientific fact that energy cannot be destroyed...it is a new beginning of the end. It represents the most valued virtues of human beings such as kindness, reliability and goodness. So the element of reincarnation in the story has been used to suit a wide range of scientific notions for common good.
Phoenix in Feng Shui
Phoenix is known as a celestial bird and plays a very auspicious part in Chinese culture and in the science of Feng Shui. It is mainly used for fulfilling wishes because the legend states that Phoenix is a sign of heaven's
Phoenix gives you success, good luck, fortune, wealth and prosperity and it is able to convert bad luck into good luck. Phoenix articles are placed on the south corner and placing it in a room entices opportunity and popularity.
Phoenix articles can be statues or paintings and it is believed to clear the path and creates opportunity in career, work, and all other pursuits of life and also encourages great fortune, wealth and prosperity.
Phoenix is a legendary bird that represents five essential virtues in life; justice, honesty, loyalty, faithfulness and decorum. Phoenix articles can be used by any person or from any religion and it is universally accepted by almost all the cultures. It can be a perfect gift for weddings that signifies a blessing for the couple. Phoenix is also seen as a tool that motivates thinking power and enhances decision making.
The king of birds or Phoenix is also a popular symbol of Feng Shui for marital relationships and happiness. It is stated that the king of birds is able to bring an unbelievable turn of luck in a person's life and it encourages good luck and prosperity.
The science of Feng Shui also mentioned the pairing of Dragon and Phoenix as the symbol of ultimate yin and yang and the most perfect Feng Shui. The red Phoenix is termed with great inspiration, freedom and openness.
The Phoenix statue must be in reddish golden color that symbolizes fire and flames. In case you are not able to find a statue of Phoenix, you can always use a Phoenix painting or poster. It is very important that the articles are positioned in the Southern corner to fulfill your dreams and aspirations.
According to astrology, the King of Birds is the transformation symbol of the zodiac Scorpio. Not many people know that the Scorpio Zodiac is the only sign which has another form which is Eagle or Phoenix.
The Eagle or Phoenix is a higher expression of Scorpio power which gives better clarity and connects the theme of destruction and renewal as a legend. It also meant to show that Phoenix has a clear vision and intelligence to execute it with major power, grand majesty and freedom.
The Phoenix is known as the transformational symbol of Scorpio. Like the Scorpios, the Phoenix are survivors. Emotionally the Scorpios will perish in their own nature which is destructive and will also transcend and transform and bring forth from the ashes a new and beautiful life. During this phase, the native perceptions are more towards compassion and understanding rather than judgement.
It is believed that Phoenix nature Scorpio experiences many transformations and the energy that they carry can transform everyone the energy touches. As a matter of fact, there are many of them who are the most powerful people emotionally.