The Phoenix bird symbolizes immortality, resurrection & life after death. In ancient Egyptian & Greek mythologies, it is associated with the God of the Sun. The Phoenix, according to what Herodotus or Plutarch reported, is a mythical bird of Ethiopian origin, of extraordinary longevity, & which has the power, after being consumed at a stake, to be reborn from the ashes. When the hour of his death approaches, he builds himself a nest of fragrant twigs where he burns his own heat. From the ashes of the phoenix was born a new phoenix. The aspects of symbolism therefore appear clearly: immortality & cyclical resurgence.