The legend of the Phoenix, symbol of the power of resilience

The Phoenix is ​​a mythological bird that is reborn from its ashes after death and for this reason, it symbolizes resilience

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THEPhoenix is a mythological bird that is reborn from its ashes after death and for this reason, it also symbolizes the power of resilience, or the ability to face adversity in a positive way, cultivating the resources that are within us.

For the ancient Egyptians, the Phoenix was depicted with the Atef crown or with the emblem of the solar disc, it was therefore not similar to a tropical bird, but rather to a sparrow or a heron that did not rise from the flames (as happens in the myth Greek), but from the waters.

Among the Greeks, the Phoenix was a kind of Golden Eagle with gorgeous colors like gold, blue, red and purple, just to name a few. Long feathers slipped from the head and the tail was made up of three long feathers, one pink, one red and one blue.

There are many questions about its existence and many poets have considered it over time, only the fruit of the imagination, others argue instead that the myth was inspired by a real bird that lived in the region then ruled by the Assyrians.

But what matters most is the symbology that the Phoenix represents, that is death and resurrection which in daily life, can be associated in a broad sense with resilience.

Resilience is, in fact, the ability to don't let yourself down from the difficulties of life, to react and get up stronger than before. We can learn to adapt to wind and storms as trees do, that is by developing strong roots and flexible branches, so we can keep ourselves anchored to the ground, but at the same time learn to adapt to changes.

Death in this case can represent a small failure, the resurrection from the ashes is nothing other than the restart. Resilient people know well that it is important to cultivate self-esteem, surround yourself with good friends and learn to accept every situation, even when it seems uncomfortable, in order to react and then get up stronger than before.

The Phoenix rising from the ashes

According to one version of the myth, the Phoenix after living for 500 years, before dying, built a nest on the top of an oak or a palm tree, piled balsamic plants and lay in the sun, letting the latter burn it.

A small larva emerged from the ash heap which the sun's rays made to grow rapidly until it was transformed into the new Phoenix that flew to Heliopolis in three days and rested on the sacred tree.

He writes about the possible link between the Phoenix and the human being Carl Gustav Jung in his book "Symbols of transformation", where the ability to rise from the dead is compared to the possibility of being reborn after failure.

The Phoenix has always been a symbol of strength, it is even said that her tears were healing and that she had great physical resistance. Then managing to control the fire, it becomes almost indestructible. Even today, for example in China, she is an expression of the power, prosperity and harmony of the universe.

Let's learn to be resilient:


So here, like the Phoenix, we must learn to train for resilience, that is to strengthen ourselves internally to better face adversity Those with resilience do not let themselves be caught emotionally unprepared in the face of emergencies and can accept life's challenges with flexibility and without rigidity. , as well as the Phoenix preparing for death with awareness of rebirth.

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