The Phoenix, a mythical creature revered by many cultures through the ages, symbolizes rebirth and rejuvenation. Originating in the mythology of ancient Egypt, the legend of the Phoenix was adopted by sun-worshipping priests as an allegory for the sun’s daily rise and set. According to tradition, the Phoenix was thought to be the size of an eagle, with crimson, gold and purple plumage – the colour of the rising sun. Only one bird was said to exist at a time and its life spanned more than 500 years. When the Phoenix felt death approaching, it would build an aromatic nest and consume itself by fire. From the midst of the flames, a new, more magnificent Phoenix would emerge from the ashes.
From Egypt, the symbolism of the Phoenix spread throughout the Mediterranean world of classical antiquity and beyond, including Rome and Greece. While used in many ways by cultures through the ages, the symbolism of the Phoenix remained unbroken. Today, the legendary Phoenix has become a universal symbol for regeneration, rebirth or renewal.