What if Phoenix is an Ancient Metaphor for …

We all know the phoenix, the magical bird that burns and raises from the ashes.

Phoenix is mythology

The phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection and life after death, and in ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology it is associated with the sun god.

According to the Greeks, the bird lives in Arabia, near a cool well. Every morning at dawn, the sun god would stop his chariot to listen to the bird sing a beautiful song while it bathed in the well.

Only one phoenix exists at a time, and so when the bird felt its death was near, every 500 to 1,461 years, it would build a nest of aromatic wood and set it on fire. The bird then was consumed by the flames.

A new phoenix sprang forth from the pyre. It embalmed the ashes of its predecessor in an egg of myrrh and flew with it to Heliopolis, the “city of the sun,” where the egg was deposited on the altar of the sun god. In Egypt, it was usually depicted as a heron, but in classic literature as a peacock or an eagle.

Can the phoenix be real?

We all know how spiritual ancient Greeks and Egyptians were and what if the phoenix is a metaphor for the human soul?

The soul can’t be destroyed. You can’t kill a soul, it can be brought down, discouraged, fooled but it will always rise back up and better than before because it has the wisdom of the past like the new phoenix has the ashes of the previous bird.


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