#70 – The Original Recycler


May 25 2011

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Being green is very hip these days.   Recycling has become an ingrained part of living for a lot of people.  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is a mantra as familiar as “Stop, Drop and Roll.”

The phoenix could easily be the spokesperson for the Recycling Movement, being the original recycler.

Are the phoenix and the firebird the same animal?

The firebird brings to mind the “Firebird Suite” written by Igor Stravinsky, which is incredibly moving.  You can see a visual interpretation of the music in Fantasia 2000 here.

According to Dictionary.com, fire is “a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.”

The tiniest smoking ember can erupt into the most devastating inferno given the right conditions.  In this way, the destructive power of fire is something to be feared. The aftermath of a wildfire is heartbreaking.

Fire can also be cleansing.  You can rebuild, start over, take a fresh look.  In a more literal sense, if I have a splinter in my hand, I sterilize a needle with fire before trying to remove the wood.

The phoenix could also represent the different stages we go through in life.  We are born, we live, we die.  We can create life.  We can take life.  If you believe in the Afterlife, or Reincarnation, we are born again.  Whether we go to the next realm, or return to Earth as an ant, we’ll leave that for you to decide.


The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise.

~Miguel de Cervantes

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