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
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
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