The earliest representation of the phoenix is found in the ancient Egyptian Bennu bird, the name relating to the verb “weben,” meaning “to rise brilliantly,” or “to shine.” Some researchers believe that a now extinct large heron was a possible real life inspiration for the Bennu. However, since the Bennu, like all the other versions of the phoenix, is primarily a symbolic icon, the many mythical sources of the Bennu in ancient Egyptian culture reveal more about the civilization than the existence of a real bird.One version of the myth says that the Bennu bird burst forth from the heart o Osiris. In the more prevalent myths, the Bennu created itself from a fire that was burned on a holy tree in one of the sacred precincts of the temple of Ra. The Bennu was supposed to have rested on a sacred pillar that was known as the benben-stone. At the end of its life-cycle, the phoenix would build itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignited; both nest and bird burned fiercely and would be reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix arose. The new phoenix embalmed the ashes of the old phoenix in an egg made of myrrh and deposited it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (“the city of the sun” in Greek).
Benben stone from the Pyramid of Amenemhat III, 12th Dynasty. Egyptian museum, Cairo.The Bennu was pictured as a grey, purple, blue, or white heron with a long beak and a two-feathered crest. Occasionally it was depicted as a yellow wagtail, or as an eagle with feathers of red and gold. In rare instances the Bennu was pictured as a man with the head of a heron, wearing a white or blue mummy dress under a transparent long coat. Because of its connection to Egyptian religion, the Bennu was considered the “soul” of the god Atum, Ra, or Osiris, and was sometimes called “He Who Came Into Being by Himself,” “Ascending One,” and “Lord of Jubilees.” These names and the connection with Ra, the sun god, reflected not just the ancient Egyptian belief in a spiritual continuation of life after physical death, but also reflected the natural process of the Nile River‘s rising and falling, which the Egyptians depended upon for survival. The Bennu also became closely connected to the Egyptian calendar, and the Egyptians kept intricate time measuring devices in the Bennu Temple.
“A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self. In some stories, the new phoenix embalms the ashes of its old self in an egg made of myrrh and deposits it in the Egyptian city of Heliopolis (literally “sun-city” in Greek). It is said that the bird’s cry is that of a beautiful song. The Phoenix’s ability to be reborn from its own ashes implies that it is immortal…”
The Phoenix has been represented by many ancient cultures. The Phoenix is known in China as Fenghuang, Egypt as the Bennu Bird, in India as Avalerion and in Greece as Phoinix, just to name few. However, it is a common myth that the Phoenix is only a firebird, when you dissect the process the Phoenix undergoes you will discover three other stages of the Phoenix. The Phoenix undergoes a process of self-regeneration.from wikipedia.comFour Stages of the Phoenix of SMS…..State of Gestation via water and the egg= Water Phoenix/MuBennuStage of Mystery via waiting and the unknown=Air Phoenix/NefuBennuStage of Growth via stability and balance=Earth Phoenix/TaBennuStage of Creation via passion and imagination= Fire Phoenix/SetBennu.
Period of Gestation Parable“It is the year 2011 and the infamous year of 2012 is lurking around the corner for all to fear. The media is flooded with information about the supposed doom to soon come. However, this dooms day forecast that is perpetuated by the Mayan Calendar is dismissed, as pseudo-science by a Wikipedia entry on this topic:“The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the MesoamericanLongCountcalendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae related to this date have been proposed.A NewAge interpretation of this transition postulates that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritualtransformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the 2012 date marks the end of the world or a smaller catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solarmaximum, or Earth’s collision with a blackhole or a passing planet called “Nibiru“.Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Mainstream Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classicMayaaccounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar “ends” in 2012 misrepresents Mayahistory. The modernMaya do not consider the date significant, and the classical sources on the subject are scarce and contradictory. Astronomers and other scientists have rejected the apocalyptic forecasts as pseudoscience, stating that the anticipated events are contradicted by simple astronomical observations. “ www.wikipedia.comonline Free Encyclopedia:I stopped believing in end of the world theories in the year 2000 because; since I was thirteen I had been living my life in fear of the end thanks to HBO and Nostradomus,” a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous worldwide.” (for more info on Nostradomus see wikipedia.com.
However, these claims of and ending of the planet earth as we know it are still being taken to heart by many, young and old alike are glued to the latest info in hopes of preparing for the end or perhaps to get their daily thrill as if watching a “Nightmare on Elm Street” sequel.“Fear is the average person’s long time friend. He is no stranger, he sometimes will sit and chat with you while you sip your morning cup of coffee, or quietly reminds you to give him a call incase you get lonely or he will nudge you when you are in a crowed room where almost everyone fits some sort of terrorist profile. Fear is so close you almost feel the need to propose and just tie the not. However, there is also another friend that will visit just as frequently but a little less persistent. She will only show up when you really want her around. She will show up when you are well rested and focused on something that brings you happiness and a sense of inner well-being. She will show up when you decided I am going to do something positive for others and myself. She will happily tag along and give you more support, inspiration and motivation. Her name is Joy. Unfortunately, she will not stick around whenever Fear shows up because the two are adversaries.”This is the parable my Grandmother told me before she passed away at the rip young age of 90. She reminded me that these two friends are always going to be there for us but it is up to you to decide, which one you will invite over more frequently. With that she took a deep sigh and grinned the most beautiful gin as she lied there with her silver long hair as I ingested a ting of her wisdom into my being.Then I thought…”Joy! What a crazy and simplistic word to become infested with. Some people actually team up and fear her because they don’t believe they have a right to feel her beautiful presence, it is such an overwhelming experience when you are in her presence”.Then I asked one last question of her on her deathbed. ” Grandma how does one master Fear and become best friends with his adversary Joy?”She joyfully responded,” You must find your MuBennu and learn its mysteries. ““What is that “I replied?She gently answered me saying “Well, your MuBennu is that fluid part of your essence which loosely translates to water Phoenix. Over the years there has been many stories about the mysteries of the Phoenix and it’s origins but there are no origins; only cycles like energy constant renewal. The Phoenix represents a state of constant cycles like energy changing states but never dying “.I proclaimed. “But really Water Phoenix? There is no such thing, everyone knows the Phoenix deals with the element fire”.She shakes her head in joyous disapproval. “Or so you have been told: fire was the end of it’s last cycle. The Phoenix is a universal symbol that is why there are accounts in so many ancient cultures. The Phoenix knows no religion, culture,or creed because she is all things. You see the “SACRED PHOENIX” appears when need to a group of sacred sisters who are willing and ready to be reborn from their own ashes. There is a little of the “SACRED PHOENIX” in us all and when we come together we are reborn in a new age to honor our ancestors by creating new systems, new ideologies,new business and new ideas. The “SACRED PHOENIX” is about CREATION from nothing. The “SACRED PHOENIX” shows up when it is needed to teach its lessons. The Phoenix is reborn from fire but Remember it renews itself at the beginning of a millennium and before birth from fire there is a period of Gestation…MORE ON THE PHEONIX COMING SOON…