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THE RISING PHOENIX

“The sun called out, 'Glorious Phoenix, you shall be my bird and live forever!’”

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The Rising Phoenix


In Greek mythology, a phoenix or phenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates itself and is reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. While the phoenix typically dies by fire in most versions of the legend, there are less popular versions of the myth in which the mythical bird dies and simply decomposes before being born again.  According to some legends, the phoenix could live over 1400 years before rebirth.


Wherever it is found, the phoenix is associated with resurrection, immortality, triumph over adversity, and that which rises out of the ashes. In numerous ways, the phoenix was found to be a symbol of Christ. Thus it became a favorite symbol on early Christian tombstones.  In chapters 25-26 of his letter to the Corinthians, St. Clement, Bishop of Rome, upheld the legendary phoenix as an evidence of Christ's ability to accomplish the resurrection of the faithful. He quotes Job as saying, "Thou shalt raise up this flesh of mine, which has suffered all these things."


The Phoenix is a symbol of rebirth, hope, purity, eternity, immortality, and light. These images are photographic oil paint renditions of my own personal Phoenix, "Phoenix", a sun conure parrot that I purchased several years ago to be a constant reminder in my life that although at any moment our lives can crumble to the ground,  just like the Phoenix, we too possess the ability to rise from the ashes.


I have always felt a special kinship with this symbolic figure as I too have had to risen from my own ashes and spread my fiery wings to pay homage the magnificent sphere in our galaxy that sustains all life on earth.

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