The phoenix is a mystical bird that has different meanings in different cultures. This colorful fiery bird is perhaps one of the most beautiful designs in the field of tattoos.
It represents rebirth, immortality, grace and virtue.
It is in fact one of the oldest symbols in the world and, like a tattoo, it can be worn by both men and women. But let’s take a look at some of the most important meanings related to the Phoenix tattoo
The Story of the Phoenix in Greek Mythology
In Greek, phoenix means purple red, the first symbolism that connects this bird with fire. In ancient Greek mythology, the phoenix was known as a fiery bird, which is said to have lived for 500 years.
When it is about to die, the phoenix builds a nest from aromatic twigs and catches fire with it, subsequently she too is consumed in the flames. Three days after his death, the phoenix rises from the ashes and is reborn.
According to an Egyptian legend, after its resurrection, the phoenix would transport the embalmed ashes of its previous existence to Heliopolis, the city of the sun. Once it arrives it gives its ashes to the sun.
In Greek and Egyptian mythology, the phoenix was known to sing very softly, moreover, its appearance is described as “adorned with golden feathers”.
The Meaning of the Phoenix Tattoo Today
The phoenix tattoo represents renewal, rebirth and the beginning of a new life. The resurrection of the phoenix symbolizes that a person has gone through difficult times, but has risen and survived. It means that you have risen from the flames as a winner, overcoming all the challenges of life and defeating difficult times.
Precisely for this reason, the phoenix is a symbol of rebirth from the ashes of the past and also represents the victory of life over death, therefore immortality.
- Sense of duty
The Phoenix also corresponds to the aforementioned series of characteristics. This is precisely because, when a person “rises from the ashes” he acquires these skills.
In Chinese mythology, the phoenix is associated with feminine virtues, such as grace and kindness. Each part of the phoenix is also said to represent a different virtue: the body represents kindness, the wings symbolize prosperity, and the head means trustworthiness.
The Meanings in the Different Mythologies
As we just said, the Chinese believed that the phoenix represented virtue and grace, and the Chinese empress was the only person who could wear the symbol of the phoenix.
The Chinese phoenix has black, white, green, red and yellow plumage, which are the primary colors that correspond to five basic elements.
Mythology of the Ancient Romans
The ancient Romans displayed the symbol of the phoenix on their coins to ensure the longevity of the Roman Empire.
Mythology of the Ancient Egyptians
In ancient Egypt, the phoenix was considered the symbol of the sun god Ra.
Along with the rising of the sun, the phoenix is one of the emblems of the Japanese Empire. They call it Ho-o (Ho-ou), which means the immortal bird. For the Japanese, the phoenix is therefore associated with immortality.