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CLAN II - Center- November 1, 2009
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naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the
creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy
of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration,
imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a
human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us
all one to another.
Although human issues are
universal, what is so amazing about the dynamic of each clan is that the
particular members of a clan hold a piece of each other's puzzle. Upon first appearance, this may not
seem so, but the wheel is a study in this very principal, as we all get
exactly what we need, exactly when we need it, in perfect order, every
time. The people come together, time after time after time in service to
We are but reflections of one another, until we are
reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts. For it is then
that we are not so much reflectors, as we are receptors and projectors.
It is then that we are
projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves
from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to
everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go
unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift.
And so with this, we have the
naming of the first official Addiction Alchemy tribe:
Rebirth of the
The Phoenix is rising! On January 28, 2007, the first Addiction Alchemy
Clan was born: The Phoenix Clan. On October 8th of the same year that
clan culminated at the center of the wheel. That was the first time that
I myself had gone to the center of the medicine wheel. After going to
the center of the wheel 14 times over the last 3 years, it is now clear
to me how we are stepping up to fully integrate these energies for the
highest good of our community and the world.
Now, 2 years later from the time of their completion, the phoenix is
rising and the members of this clan as well as those who are now in our
sphere are at a critical juncture of our human potential. And we need
FIRST GATHERING: PHOENIX CLAN
When: Sunday, Nov 1st - 5:30-8:30pm
Where: 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Unit 1, Ft. Myers, FL 33907
Cost: $50 per gathering (six gatherings over 1 year)
RSVP: Renee 239-560-6314
ORIGINS OF THE PHOENIX
There are five birds which are symbolic of the alchemy of spiritual
progression. They are the Black Crow (raven), White Swan, Peacock,
Pelican and the Phoenix. Each bird allegorically and energetically
corresponds to the cardinal directions on the Recovery Medicine Wheel.
We will learn more about these birds and what they represent during the
journey. We will be tapping into the energy of each of them as we travel
the directions. Of special note to this clan is that the Phoenix is at
the culminating stage of the alchemical progression. This is not
surprising as the energy of the Phoenix is one of total rebirth,
regeneration, triumph and victory. At the bottom of the page are more
links to information about birds of alchemy.
INTRODUCTION TO THE PHOENIX
There are many, many descriptions of this legendary bird. Some consider
the phoenix a prime example of unseen things (such as God), which can
only be understood through their names and attributes. Some describe the
phoenix as an eagle-sized bird; half eagle and half pheasant. Others say
it is heron-like or a conglomeration of the most beautiful parts of all
the birds in the world. Its name comes from the Greek word for crimson
because the phoenix is associated with fire and the sun. It has been
described as golden or multi-colored. Some say it never eats. Others say
it eats only dew. Most believe there is only one of its kind and it
lives alone in Arabia or Ethiopia. All agree it is a bird of great
power and beauty.
The Phoenix enjoys immortality, which had to be renewed with fire every
300 to 500 years. When the end of its life cycle drew near, the phoenix
would gather aromatic herbs, woods, and spices from around the world
with which to build its own funeral pyre or nest. Sitting in the nest,
and having turned to face the rays of the sun, beating its wings, it
deliberately fans the flames for itself and is consumed in the fire.
Once the old body was consumed, the phoenix would be reborn from a worm,
its marrow, or an egg found among the ashes and would embark on another
500 years of life. According to some legends, the renewed phoenix
carried its old bones to the City of the Sun in Egypt where they were
disposed of with special funeral rites.
OF THE PHOENIX
I am calling to you as we break open and burst through our eggshells,
emerging from the ash and preparing to take flight. It's time to fully
integrate the seen with the unseen, fine energies with the dense, spirit
and flesh, at it's baseline: heaven on earth. And for this we need each
other! This does not stem from a need to complete ourselves, for we are
now whole. But a need to complete the puzzle of this cosmos and to find
our deepest calling and our truest place in this world.
Remember, no one else has the puzzle piece. Only you have the one that
you hold. If you do not put your piece into place, others cannot put
theirs fully into place. It's that simple. We each however, are not as
powerless and at each other's mercy as this might imply. For there are
many forces at work, not the least of which is something called
magnetism and electricity. And it is through the use of these universal
forces and others, that we can influence our people, the ones closest to
us in our quadrant of the puzzle to take their rightful place, by doing
It's a beautiful system, which has a failsafe in place. Because the only
thing we have to be concerned with is taking our own rightful place.
When we do that, our soul groups are given a "lift" by this very
movement. More of the pieces can be put into place, and the tipping
point is reached, much like when you put together a jigsaw puzzle, where
the remaining pieces go together with ease.
If you are ready to get closer to your deepest calling and the
realization of your highest ideas, this clan and this journey may be for
you. The Phoenix Clan has asked for this journey, but anyone who
resonates with this is asked to take their place and so it is open to
you. If your eyes are upon this page, Phoenix says, "This is your time".
Join us on this magical journey as we BEGIN IN THE CENTER OF THE WHEEL!
The Phoenix is
symbolic of rebirth, hope, purity, chastity, marriage, faith, constancy,
summer, eternity, immortality, and light. It is an image of the cosmic
fire some believe the world began and will end in.
Wherever it is found, the phoenix
is associated with resurrection, immortality, triumph over adversity,
and that which rises out of the ashes. Thus it became a favorite symbol
on early Christian tombstones. In chapters 25-26 of his letter to the
Corinthians, St. Clement, Bishop of Rome, upheld the legendary phoenix
as an evidence of Christ's ability to accomplish the resurrection of the
faithful. He quotes Job as saying, "Thou shalt raise up this flesh of
mine, which has suffered all these things."
Often, as an emblem of Christ, it was found with the palm tree (another
symbol of resurrection) or carrying a palm branch (a symbol of triumph
over death), or carrying an olive branch (a symbol of God's peace
offered to humans).
The Taoists called it the "cinnabar bird." Romans placed the phoenix on
coins and medals as an emblem of their desire for the Roman Empire to
last forever. The Phoenix was also depicted on the first Great Seal of
the United States in 1782. (It was changed to the eagle around 1902.)
Perhaps the phoenix was reborn in this country as an eagle...
What will you be reborn as?
STORY OF THE PHOENIX
There is a bird that lays no eggs
and has no young. It was here when the world began and is still living
today, in a hidden, faraway desert spot. It is the phoenix, the bird of
One day in the beginning times, the sun looked down and saw a large bird
with shimmering feathers. They were red and gold--bright and dazzling
like the sun itself. The sun called out, "Glorious Phoenix, you shall be
my bird and live forever!"
Live forever! The Phoenix was overjoyed to hear these words. It lifted
its head and sang, "Sun glorious sun, I shall sing my songs for you
But the Phoenix was not happy for long. Poor bird. Its feathers were far
too beautiful. Men, women, and children were always chasing it and trying
to trap it. They wanted to have some of those beautiful, shiny feathers
"I cannot live here," thought the phoenix. and it flew off toward the
east, where the sun rises in the morning.
The Phoenix flew for a long time, and then came to a far away, hidden
desert where no humans lived. And there the phoenix remained in peace,
flying freely and singing its songs of praise to the sun above.
Almost five hundred years passed. The Phoenix was still alive, but it
had grown old. It was often tired, and it had lost much of its strength.
It couldn't soar so high in the sky, nor fly as fast or as far as it was
"I don't want to live like this," thought the Phoenix. "I want to be
young and strong."
So the Phoenix lifted it's head and sang, "Sun, glorious sun, make me
young and strong again!" but the sun didn't answer. Day after day the
Phoenix sang. When the sun still didn't answer, the Phoenix decided to
return to the place where it had lived in the beginning and ask the sun
one more time.
It flew across the desert, over hills, green valleys, and high
mountains. The journey was long, and because the Phoenix was old and
weak, it had to rest along the way. Now, the Phoenix has a keen sense of
smell and is particularly fond of herbs and spices. So each time it
landed, it collected pieces of cinnamon bark and all kinds of fragrant
leaves. It tucked some in among its feathers and carried the rest in its
When at last the bird came to the place that had once been its home, it
landed on a tall palm tree growing high on a mountainside. Right at the
top of the tree, the Phoenix built a nest with the cinnamon bark and
lined it with the fragrant leaves. Then the Phoenix flew off and
collected some sharp-scented gum called myrrh, which it had seen oozing
out of a nearby tree. The Phoenix made an egg from the myrrh and carried
the egg back to the nest.
Now everything was ready. The Phoenix sat down in its nest, lifted its
head, and sang, "Sun, glorious sun, make me young and strong again!"
This time the sun heard the song. Swiftly it chased the clouds from the
sky and stilled the winds and shone down on the mountainside with all
The animals, the snakes, the lizards, and every other bird hid from the
sun's fierce rays -- in caves and holes, under shady rocks and trees.
Only the Phoenix sat upon its nest and let the suns rays beat down upon
its beautiful, shiny feathers.
Suddenly there was a flash of light, flames leaped out of the nest, and
the Phoenix became a big round blaze of fire.
After a while the flames died down. The tree was not burnt, nor was the
nest. But the Phoenix was gone. In the nest was a heap of silvery-gray
The ash began to tremble and slowly heave itself upward. From under the
ash there rose up a young Phoenix. It was small and looked sort of
crumpled, but it stretched its neck and lifted its wings and flapped
them. Moment by moment it grew, until it was the same size as the old
Phoenix. It looked around, found the egg made of myrrh, and hollowed it
out. Then it placed the ashes inside and finally closed up the egg. The
young Phoenix lifted its head and sang, "Sun, glorious sun, I shall sing
my songs for you alone! Forever and ever!"
When the song ended, the wind began to blow, the clouds came scudding
across the sky, and the other living creatures crept out of their hiding
Then the Phoenix, with the egg in its claws, flew up and away. At the
same time, a cloud of birds of all shapes and sizes rose up from the
earth and flew behind the Phoenix, singing together, "You are the
greatest of birds! You are our king!"
The birds flew with the Phoenix to the temple of the sun that the
Egyptians had built at Heliopolis, city of the sun. Then the Phoenix
placed the egg with the ashes inside on the sun's altar.
"Now," said the Phoenix, "I must fly on alone." And while the other
birds watched, it flew off toward the faraway desert.
The Phoenix lives there still. But every five hundred years, when it
begins to feel weak and old, it flies west to the same mountain. There
it builds a fragrant nest on top of a palm tree, and there the sun once
again burns it to ashes. But each time, the Phoenix rises up from those
ashes, fresh and new and young again.
I am purified by the Light.
I am a being of Light.
My higher self merges with my physical body and I am whole.
I tap into the omnipresent wisdom of my Higher Self.
I channel divine grace for healing of self and others.
I am a radiant Light unto the world.
I am a Light worker and a healer.
I face my emotions and allow the fire to cleanse my being.
I am willing to stand in the fire to face my greatest fears and to
release myself completely from suffering.
I am worthy of the highest forms of love.
I am a vessel for the Light.
I am sacred, divine love in the flesh.
I embrace right livelihood and bring the sacred into all my works no
matter what that may be.
Every aspect of my life is sacred.
I am a multi-dimensional healer.
I am a guardian and spiritual warrior of Light.
My love for humanity and all creation transcends time and space.
I see beyond the veil and commune with Spirit.
My soul has been set free.
I perfect my ability to express myself with free will.
I fully claim my free will.
I am guided and moved by Spirit.
My connection to my Higher Power and the Eternal Will to Good is all
My entire life is a prayer, a worship and a sacrament.
I am in bliss and gratitude of the beauty and splendor of this world.
I freely walk between the sky and earth realms bringing in the best of
I am that, I am.
Phoenix Legends and Stories
Animal Symbolism in the Alchemical Tradition
Birds Of Alchemy by Crystallinks.com
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