Every Ancient culture has a magical, immortal, healing bird. The Phoenix in Greece, Bennu in Egypt, Huma the Persian fire bird, Zhar-Ptitsa in Russia, Fenghuang in China, Milcham in Jewish legend and Thunder Bird in the Americas.
The most well known story explains that the Sun looked down at the beginning of the world and fell in love with the Phoenix because it was so bright and beautiful. The sun wanted to have the Phoenix forever so it gave it immortality. This worked out really well for the Phoenix till it was noticed by the humans who also loved it for its feathers and healing properties. The poor Phoenix couldn't have a moments piece so it flew far far away into a desert that was inhospitable to humans. (Just like Moab!!) Every 500 to 1000 years the Phoenix gets tired and worn out. It flies to the place that the sun first saw it. Then offers up herbs and tree resin for a tribute and asks the Sun to make it revitalized and new again. Of course, the Sun says 'Yes' because it Loves the beautiful bird. It bursts into flame right on top of the herbs and resin and after a day or two it raises from the ashes Transformed, wise, strong and vibrant.
The story and symbolism of the Phoenix has been a totem and a beacon of hope and strength for all those who struggle or are healing/healed from life's intensity.
Introducing the Phoenix Flame!
I was so excited when Ron Lew gave me the permission to transform the Phoenix. This whip comes strait from my heart and is absolutely my favorite of all the Tibetan wave whips. The colors do this cool optical illusion thing that makes the whip look as if it is vibrating. Yes, it is exactly the same Tibetan wave setup that the all the whips in the series have. (just sexier) The handle pattern is half bird eye and half triple diamond and I am quite proud of it.