Editorial 76: The Phoenix bird
Editorial 76: The Phoenix bird
(1) Popular wisdom uses the figure of the Phoenix bird as an attitude towards difficulties. Thus, when the world fires or collapses, around a person or group of people, it is said that they can decide: surrender or rise from the ashes like the phoenix.
But really, what is the Phoenix bird?
(2) For Claudio Claudiano, Roman poet born in Egypt, in the fourth century “the phoenix is a bird that competes with the stars in its way of life, duration of its existence and overcomes the course of time with the resurgence of its members”
From this supposed Roman literary existence of a bird, in the following centuries, in medieval Europe, the story of a single beast that did not taste the forbidden fruit in paradise and therefore was endowed with numerous gifts, the most important of them, immortality through the ability to be resurgence from its ashes.
But did this bird really exist as medieval Roman and European texts indicate?
Â (3) In historical Egyptian records from 2,300 years ago, the Phoenix bird is considered as a symbol, not a real being, which represents the renewal of the solar cycle, vegetation and the repetition of the cycles of living beings.
But if the phoenix is a symbol, what is the object or phenomenon from which it takes its origin?
Â (4) Apparently the origin of the phoenix bird symbol is a phenomenon called heliacal ortho, from a star called Sirius (sopdet for the Egyptians), belonging to the constellation canis maioris, which is the brightest in the night sky.
The heliacal ortho of a star is its morning appearance, in the same place on the horizon and simultaneously, to the sun. The star disappears due to the effect of sunlight and this event makes the viewer believe that the star is destroyed by solar fire. But the next day it reappears on the horizon and the viewer can believe that it has risen from its ashes.
Since Sirius has a special light relevance, its heliacal ortho, it was studied for centuries and they concluded that this phenomenon occurs every 1460 years, enough time for legends, literary figures and even sentences of popular wisdom to appear.
Everything is a mirage in which two objects far away in space appear to collide, one destroys the other, but the next day it reappears rising from its ashes.
Â (5) What learning can we get from this legend? Based on appearances, no one can believe himself to be immortal and no one should consider the other dead.
Â (6) People and groups engaged in agricultural activity, despite the fact that their activity is essential to feed the population, continually face all kinds of threats.
(7) At Veterinaria Digital we believe that, at an individual level, it is important that they stand firm and face difficulties because they may be mirages concocted by unpresentable individuals who, like the sun, seem to be able to destroy Sirius, but in reality they cannot. The threat only succeeds if, as individuals, they do not give in to the imbalance it is trying to achieve.
Â (8) In Veterinaria Digital we consider that at a collective level it is important first to prevent unpresentable individuals who want to destabilize from inside and, secondly to centrifuge them, while keeping the activity going.
Â (9) At Veterinaria Digital we believe that at a collective level it is important first to consider that external threats only achieve their objectives if they are given credibility, since as the sun seems to be able to destroy Sirus, in reality they cannot if as a community we do not give in to the imbalance that they try to get.
In this way, the legend of the phoenix gives us the teaching that a mirage is only successful if it is given credibility and, as happened in ancient times, the calendar and the agenda are organized under its influence.
The mirage fails if you calmly observe what the real threat is and act accordingly.