The phoenix held a fascination to me as a mythical creature but its more so of the saying ” Phoenix rising from the ashes” that piqued my interest. I wanted to find out where it originates from and what does it mean.
As the story goes, the phoenix is a mythical bird with fiery plumage that lives up to 100 years. Near the end of its life, it settles in to its nest of twigs which then burns ferociously, reducing bird and nest to ashes. And from those ashes, a fledgling phoenix rises – renewed and reborn.
The phoenix also appears in the Book of Job: “I shall multiply my days as the Chol, the phoenix” (Job 29:18), again indicating long life if not immortality. This reference, however, is controversial since chol has been translated as phoenix, sand, and palm tree in different versions.
The phoenix became a symbol of Christianity in early literature, either from the ancient Hebrew legend or from the incorporation of Greek and Roman culture, or from a combination of both. In any case, the ideology of the phoenix fit perfectly with the story of Christ. The phoenix’s resurrection from death as new and pure can be viewed as a metaphor for Christ’s resurrection, central to Christian belief.
And as I looked back at the 5 yrs of having the shop, I realized the saying is apt. It was not an easy 5 yrs. There were times I felt like giving up. One of the challenges I faced is having various people copying my designs to sell and claim my work as their own. The very first time I discovered my work being copied, it really hit me like someone just punch me hard in the stomach. Some are big time jewelry companies and high profile personalities and to see how they have no qualms about copying someone else’s work is beyond my understanding.
And as I was working on this piece, I felt the need to put the past behind and to move ahead completely. To emerged anew and hold my head high! They can steal my designs but they can never take what is in me.
Now that the Phoenix Neckpiece is completed, this marks a new beginning for the coming Chinese New Year!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!