Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Phoenix

The inspiration from our research trip to Atlanta could fill many novels--a wonderful city; a model for hope. I have realized that when I stop long enough to reflect on where we have been, I see more clearly the relativity of the present and a have a much clearer view of the future.

You will hear more about the following in my upcoming novel, "Flight to Freedom". But first, a little background about this amazing statue and what it represents.

Atlanta from the Ashes, more commonly known as The Phoenix, is a bronze monument located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, symbolizing Atlanta's rise from the ashes of the Civil War to become one of the most important cities in the world.

The sculpture, dedicated in 1969, depicts a woman being lifted from flames by a phoenix, in reference to the phoenix of Egyptian mythology that was consumed by fire and rose from the ashes, just as Atlanta rose from the ashes after being burned to the ground by William T. Sherman's Union Army during the Civil War.

The female figure, looking upward, has raised arms lifting a gilded phoenix of hope to the heavens. The sculpture is mounted on a rectangular base. The monument is located in Woodruff Park, located in Downtown Atlanta.

Since its inception, the phoenix has fulfilled an important function with respect to the meaning of human existence. It was primarily a symbol indicative of a reality beyond that of the individual but including him and forming the true basis of his existence. The phoenix symbolizes rejuvenation, resurrection, longevity, renewal of time, consecration, resurrection, life in the heavenly Paradise, Christ, the exceptional man, and certain aspects of Christina life.

If you dream of the Phoenix, it is most likely that you are receiving messages from the unconscious that are telling you that new life and new beginnings are always possible. This bird is a reminder of hope: in the present--that change is possible for the better, and beyond the present-- that through this short life we pass on the way toward our timeless eternal home. As you are interpreting this dream, try to visualize a great bird rising up from fire and ash. It is a powerful image, whether produced by a dream or visualization.

“Do we then think it great and remarkable for the Maker of all things to raise up again those that have piously served him in the assurance of a good faith, when even by a bird he shows us the mightiness of his promises? For he says in a certain place, ‘Thou shalt raise me up, and I shall confess unto Thee;’ and again, ‘I laid me down, and slept; I awaked, because Thou art with me;’and again, Job says, ‘Thou shalt raise up this flesh of mine, which has suffered all these things.’” Clement of Rome in the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

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