Phoenix Rising represents our ability to transform and recreate ourselves out of the ashes of our past. No matter how difficult and painful our struggles might be, we can create a new life.
The Phoenix, a fire spirit, is a mythical bird adorned with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. It's said to have a 500 to 1,000 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 reduced to ashes, from which a new Phoenix 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's 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's immortal, though in some stories the new Phoenix is merely the offspring of the older one.