Apollon and the Phoenix

In my worship I make a strong connection between the phoenix and Apollon. It begins with the ancient correlations between Apollon and Horus, the latter whose temple was said to be the place where the phoenix would perish in its own flames at the end of its lifespan. When we think of Apollon departing Delphi going into that unknown area of Hyperborea only to return again as if the light of his torch was reborn, it is easy to associate the symbol of the Phoenix with this deity, particularly at the times of his disappearance and reappearance upon the world. Yes though he feels ever more personally present during his time in Hyperborea, it is definitely subtle with the flash and the strength of light, but rather more like a love who is whispering in your ear in the night. It is down time, a calm time, a rejuvenating time in the darkness, so sweet. And yet he burns again, and makes his way across the sky bearing his torch again to Delphi. He doesn’t *die* like the phoenix, but his light is muted like embers in the ashes, only to burn fiercely again like the coming dawn when he appears again at his seat at the naval of the world. And let us not forget the god who had to leave his immortal throne for a time to live among humans as punishment for slaying the Cyclops who forged the thunderbolts in revenge against Zeus for killing his son. His immortal light was extinguished and he was forced to reside beside the ashes of mortality for a time in penance. That said, the phoenix can be representative of his *rebirth* into his godly status and acquiring again his golden robes and his divine light. The phoenix also is a creature of beauty on so many levels, and that is probably why it burns the most brightly in the end, just as the swan sings before its death in tribute to the god. I think I remember once reading (aside from hearing it in Harry Potter) that the Phoenix tear were by legend supposed to heal, and that too makes me think of Apollon.

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