The Phoenix (Constellation)

The Law

Things Learn

The Constellation

The Phoenix is one of the most easily recognised constellations, possibly due to frequent depiction in Urizen art and iconography. It is rare to find even an Urizen child who hasn’t been taught how to find the Phoenix in the night sky, and then use it to more easily locate The Chain and many other constellations.

For several months in 380YE, the constellation underwent a strange process of fading and then returning. At the height of the phenomenon, it became almost impossible for Imperial astronomancers to see the constellation in the night sky - even though the stars themselves were still present. Even when looking straight at them, or comparing the night sky to an astronomantic diagram, the constellation itself was impossible to make out. No satisfactory explanation was delivered for this peculiar phenomenon.

Symbology

The Phoenix is the transformation of the self through learning, wisdom and understanding; unlike the Great Wyrm, which is elemental change, the Phoenix is the rebirth of the soul through understanding and education – the awakening of enlightenment.

In some cultures the legend of the bird’s fiery death and rebirth is seen as a metaphor for the transit of souls through the Labyrinth – in others, the fiery end is seen as the strife and toil required to better oneself. Nothing worth learning should be cheap or easy.

Using the Phoenix in Ritual

The Phoenix stands for knowledge revealed and the betterment of all thereby. It is the enemy of ignorance and secrets, the flame that burns superstition and misunderstanding away. It has considerable application in rituals designed to counter or destroy other rituals especially those which cloud or obscure; it is also efficacious when used to raise morale or counter fear and despair.

The Phoenix (Illus.)

Tulpas of the Phoenix

The thoughtforms of the Phoenix are always vivid in colour and vigorous in movement; enthusiastic, energetic, rousing and full of fire. Red Jack Firestarter in the Marches, the Flame-Haired Woman in Dawn and the Chimneysweep in The League are all known tulpas of the Phoenix.

Alignment

Ritualists who align closely with the Phoenix speak of being energised; of knowing that the solution to a problem is literally just within their reach, and of being full of energy and drive, often to unclear purpose. Decisions made in such a state can often be of dubious utility in the cold light of day.

Constellations
The Chain (Things hold together) The Chalice (Things heal; things apart come together) The Claw (Things bleed)
The Door (Things move and change) The Drowned Man (Things end) The Fountain (Things live)
The Great Wyrm (Things change and transform) The Key (Things are revealed) The Lock (Things can be hidden)
The Mountain (Things are not easy) The Oak (Things endure) The Phoenix (Things learn)
The Spider (Things are watched by a hidden eye) The Stallion (Things procreate) The Stork (Things matter)
The Web (Things are connected) The Three Sisters (Things are connected by blood) The Wanderer (Things are not what you think or Things go awry)