In ancient mythology, the symbolism of the majestic Fenix/Phoenix bird, which is most often connected with the Sun, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time. It is a symbol of immortality and growth, venerated in many ancient civilizations, and much like the Ouroboros or Uroboros (the self-eating serpent) it represents the circle of eternal life, wholeness or infinity.
It is the Bennu bird in Egypt, Heron-like in Heliopololis, a hieroglypgh in the shell of a cartouche. Meaning Osiris, an urban myth about to hatch, a bookmark dividing the pages of what is from what will be.
In the myth, the Fenix builds its nest with the finest aromatic woods, resin and spices, and then ignites it with a single clap of its wings, dying consumed by the flames. From the pile of ashes, a new bird arises, young, wiser and powerful once it reaches maturity.
This myth teaches the phases of life and brings a message of renewal/awakening and good fortune. It is within us!
An image tells a thousand words, a symbol tells the whole story.
The Phoenix is also an alchemical symbol. It represents the changes during chemical reactions and progression through colors, properties of matter and has to do with the steps of alchemy in the making of the Great Work (Magnum Opus) or the Philosopher’s Stone.
Originating in ancient Egyptian iconography