Symbols

Phoenix

鳳凰 · [ fènghuáng ]

According to Taoist cosmology, the phoenix is associated with the South, the element fire and summer time. In China it is called fènghuáng, fèng is the term for the male and huáng is used for the female. This mythical, magic bird is full of elegance and beauty and stands for the five human qualities: virtue, duty, ritually correct behavior, humanity and reliability. Its rare appearance is always seen as an announcement for important events.

The phoenix is regarded as guarantor for favorable opportunity and financial success and denotes (similar to its big brother, the vermilion bird of the South) energy, dynamism, public reputation and peace.

Quite often the phoenix is depicted along with a dragon, dancing or playing with a big pearl. In this combination, the two animals are representing Emperor (dragon) and Empress (phoenix); vicarious for man and woman in general.

The Chinese phoenix is not to be confused with the Western phoenix from the ashes. This phoenix originates in ancient Egyptian mythology and became a symbol of immortality and resurrection in the classical antiquity. According to the legend, this fire bird is living a 500 years before it burns itself in the Arabian desert on a pile of aromatic twigs and spices, to rise from the ashes immediately.

 

> Usage of the symbol

This symbol is most effective in the southern sector of your home in Bagua n° 9 or in your office. As an ambassadors of peace or in its Western appearance the phoenix feels home also in the center of your flat (Bagua n° 5).

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