The Phoenix

The Story, The Legend

In the still of the night, just before sunrise, a magnificent creature builds its nest. You stop and watch as it carefully puts each spice, clove, and branch that lay before it in place with meticulous detail. As you stand and watch, you are struck by the tiredness of the creature that is clearly evident. The sun begins to rise and the bird begins to stretch. Its feathers are a beautiful hue of gold and red – the Phoenix. It cranes its head back as it sings a haunting melody that stops the sun itself in the sky. A spark falls from the heavens and ignites a great fire that consumes both bird and nest – but do not worry, the Phoenix will rise from the ashes – born again.
The Phoenix was known to be a majestic bird-like creature that lived in Paradise. It was a land of unimaginable perfection and beauty and was said to exist somewhere beyond the brilliance of the sun. However, in time, the bird began to feel the effects of its age. Time weary, the Phoenix was ready to move on.
As the Phoenix was known to live in Paradise, it was also known that it could never truly die. However, it was possible for the creature to be reborn.
The story of the Phoenix is legendary and is likely one of the most well known ancient stories in the modern day. The legend is famous for the many elements it is said to concern – life and death, creation and destruction, even time itself is tied with the tale of the Phoenix.
I choose the Phoenix as our logo because it is a universal symbol of rebirth across many cultures. 
In Ancient Egypt, the Phoenix was known as the Solar Bird, Bennu. Bennu was used to symbolise rebirth and immortality.
In Ancient China the Phoenix was also known to represent some of the most valued virtues like goodness, reliability, and kindness. The Phoenix also represents power and authority.
In Native American Mythology, the Thunderbird is thought of as an immortal protector. 
Across all cultures the meaning is universal, the Phoenix symbolises the death of something old to make room for something new. This is the message I want to instil within the lives of the people who come to me also time weary and exhausted. You too just like the Phoenix can rise from your ashes and be reborn and The Catharsis Society can guide you along this journey.


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