(The Witches Familiar)
sacred Fire Bird, to the Sun take flight,
purity, hope, and renewal of Light.
look to thee, O mystical glorious bird,
renewal and rebirth, I've been told and heard
of these and more, you will take my hand
teach me well the secrets of this land.
let me fly with you in eternal splendored grace,
fiery courage I take my rightful place,
And rise from the ashes to reveal my true face.
Original Art and Poem © Patricia J. Martin
The Phoenix, known as Benu (or Bennu) to the ancient Egyptians, as the Feng-Huang to the Chinese, Zhar-Ptitsa to the Russians, and at times as the Thunderbird by Native Americans, is an ancient mythical bird known for its ability to be reborn from it's own ashes; thus becoming a symbol for resurrection.
Phoenix comes to you as a Totem, it is likely that you, too, are ready for a
significant change - be it a renewal, a fresh perspective, or even a
life-changing transformation. Symbolizing immortality, reincarnation and eternal
light, the Phoenix brings with it a desire for change - a desire to reach for
the stars. And since it is believed that there is only one of its kind in the
world, you can expect that whatever you find yourself reaching for will also be
quite unique. In working with this Totem, you may find yourself suddenly
switching gears, trying on the wrappings of a new lifestyle or relationship, or
totally changing a current mindset or pathway. Unparalleled and exceptional
prospects will unfold and fortuitous events will begin to manifest, as Phoenix
assists you with these changes.
Over the centuries, the image of the Phoenix has been widely used in art. Its legend began in Arabia where it is known as the King of Birds, and it is usually depicted as an enormous but graceful bird with a head resembling that of an eagle, a body resembling that of a pheasant, and tail plumage resembling that of a peacock. The word "Phoenix" derives from the Greek word "phoinix" meaning "purple-red" and refers to the bird's brilliant feather coloring of iridescent purple, crimson, gold and a touch of blue. This magnificent totem will also color one's life in vibrant hues. Things will seem crisper, clearer, and fresher in the new dawning light. You will also become more keenly aware of the cycles of life. The moon's phases will hold added meaning, the rising of the sun will bring more vivid inspirations, and the changing of the seasons will offer brilliant insights.
legend, the Phoenix was known to sing each morning only for the Sun God. In
return, the Sun God took a shine to this glorious bird and blessed it with
eternal life. The Phoenix is said to live for 500 years (some say 1,000 or
more), where after it flies westward gathering various aromatic woods and spices
- usually myrrh, cinnamon, cassia and spikenard. Upon returning home, it builds
a new nest with these pungent and fragrant plants in the tallest of palm trees.
Here the bird sits and sings its most beautiful song. So beautiful is the sound,
that it makes the Sun stop in its track and its rays shine with such brilliance
and heat that the spices are ignited, setting the nest aflame, wherein the
Phoenix dies within its own funeral pyre. Nine days later, a young Phoenix rises
from the ashes, reborn, and once again begins singing its praises to the Sun.
The Egyptians tell of the fledgling then flying the ashes, which have been
embalmed in an egg made of myrrh, to Heliopolis where he places them on the
altar in the Sun Temple.
Totem may prompt you to go on your own quest. And though it may be one that
promotes some sort of personal sacrifice, it invariably will lead to fortunate
and beneficent change...for just as the bird is said to subsist merely on dew
(some say air), so may you have to temporarily forego your usual fare in order
to gain what treasure awaits you. The Phoenix is the ultimate totem for
bestowing the wisdom of life, death and rebirth, but what it most strongly
portends is hope and freedom from depression and despair. Phoenix people are
always optimistic. Because of its beauty and tales of its relationship with the
Sun, the Phoenix is associated with Apollo (a.k.a. Phoebus Apollo) and many
other versions of the Sun God. It has been called "the soul of Ra" and
"the heart of the renewed Sun." Through the teachings of this most
exquisite bird come the gifts of cleansing Fire and uplifting Air.
sing for the return of the Sun! And as His smile once again shines down upon you
in gratitude for your song, know that you are as eternal as the Phoenix.
bird proudly willing to burn,
Claudian (Claudius Claudianus, Roman author), c.370-c.404
Mystical Creatures, D.
Patricia J. Martin, November 22, 2008
lives on the East Coast of America and is a Shamanic Witch.
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Wiccan Rede / Charge of the Goddess / Charge of the God / The Three-Fold Law (includes The Law of Power and The Four Powers of the Magus) / The Witches Chant / The Witches Creed / Descent of the Goddess / Drawing Down the Moon / The Great Rite Invocation / Invocation of the Horned God / The 13 Principles of Wiccan Belief / The Witches Rede of Chivalry / A Pledge to Pagan Spirituality
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esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism
Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1
/ Part 2 / Part
3 / A
history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope
Innocent VIII /
papal Bull /
Malleus Maleficarum /
An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum
/ The letter of approbation
Nider’s Formicarius /
Heinrich Kramer /
/ Montague Summers /
/ The Albigenses
The Hussites / The
/ Shielding (Occult
and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Rituals:
Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder. Also see: The Willow Tree (Folk Music)
Rocks and Stones:
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin: / Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murder by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders and Elders)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A. Kelly / Albertus Magnus “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders "the King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary / Carl Llewellyn Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard (Dave Smith) / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Dorothy Morrison / Doreen Valiente / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake and the Order of Woodcraft Chivalry / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gerald B. Gardner / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater "Horrible Herman" / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell / Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell “Lady Sheba” / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave (the White Fox) / John Michael Greer / John Score / Johannes Junius the Burgomaster of Bamberg / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau the " Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the Desiderata / Monique Wilson the “Queen of the Witches” / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellers / Mrs. Grieve "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and "The White Goddess" /Rudolf Steiner / Rosaleen Norton “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and The Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids / Sabrina - The Ink Witch / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather, Cotton Mather / Thomas Ady / Vera Chapman / Victor Henry Anderson / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest
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