The phoenix is a legendary bird engulfed in flame. It is often depicted as the symbolism of rebirth and immortality which lives for 500 years or more before it dies to be reborn from its own ashes, similar to the life cycle of a caterpillar, except that the phoenix retains its previous form. The phoenix embodies existence that lies beyond our current cycle of life and death.
People often connect to immortality not only because of the overcoming of death, but because they believe that if you can live a long life you must have access to some great power, and you’re likely to have learned a great deal of wisdom that the average person has not. The phoenix is often associated with the sun, which has a long life and appears to die at night only to be reborn in the morning.
It is one of the most popular mythological creatures to appear in tattoos and the symbolism of the phoenix is known around the world, making it one of the most ubiquitous mythologies. Many people who associate with the phoenix have undergone great challenges in their lives that they have or wish to overcome.
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