The Phoenix
Legends, Stories, and Poems

Glowing Phoenix

Legends of the mythological Phoenix are far-reaching: Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Arabic and Native American cultures all carry the tale of the great Phoenix.

The Native American bird symbol has been found across Canada and the U.S., and similar figures have been found throughout Africa, Asia and Europe.

The phoenix was depicted on the first Great Seal of the United States in 1782. (It was changed to the eagle around 1902.)

Throughout the many cultures the Phoenix represents high virtue, grace, power, prosperity, strength, peace, purity and life.


Name: Phoenix

Pronunciation: 'fE-niks

Function: Noun

Etymology: Middle English fenix, from Old English, from Latin phoenix, from Greek phoinix

Date: Before 12th century : a legendary bird which according to one account lived 500
years, burned itself to ashes on a pyre, and rose alive from the ashes to live another period;
also : a person or thing likened to the phoenix : phoenix like : adjective

WWWebster Dictionary



Phoenix (Mythology)
A legendary bird that lived in Arabia. The Phoenix consumed itself by fire every 500 years, and a new Phoenix sprang from it's ashes. In ancient Egypt, the Phoenix represented the sun. Early Christian tradition adopted the phoenix as a symbol of immortality and resurrection.

MSN Encarta Encyclopedia


Phoenix's Wisdom (Shamanism)

Keeper of the Fires of Creation
Protector of all Fire
Death and Rebirth Regeneration
Connection to Raven



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