“The great renewal of the world will perhaps consist in this, that man and maid, freed of all false feelings and reluctance, will seek each other not as opposites, but as brother and sister, as neighbors, and will come together as human beings.” Rainer Maria Rilke
The phoenix has long been presented as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. In modern Greece, the phoenix became established as a symbol of the nation’s rebirth during the Greek War of Independence. via Wikipedia.com
For this week’s challenge on – Renewal – I did some research on symbols of renewal, and the first thing that popped up was the mythical Rising Phoenix; known to rise again from the ashes to a new dawn. Then I found out that the beautiful golden temple, Kinkaku-ji, in Kyoto, has a phoenix attached to the top of it. So I’m sharing a photo I took of our visit to the temple and have also included an enlarged size of the Phoenix from Wikipedia.
Rilke’s quote above gave me food for thought. Given the recent elections here in the US, it is imperative that we come together during this time of renewal. I have added other photos below with relevant quotes explaining how they represent the renewal process. Thank you!
The widely popular symbols of Spring: the deep purple crocus, brightly colored eggs, fuzzy chicks, rabbits, and the robin are accepted symbols of new beginnings, new life, fertility and freedom – and firmly rooted in ancient traditions. Blossoming branches of fruit and nut trees hold a special place in our ancestors’ collective unconscious. via Artcorner.com
Spring time and spring blossoms always remind me of the rebirth and renewal process taking place around us. When we leap forward into a new spring season, Crocus and Daffodils are some of our earliest blooms, so I’ve shared some from my garden. There is also a stirring as all sorts of lifeforms come to life after a lengthy hibernation, and my garden welcomes her many new guests. I’ve included some of the lifeforms around us. Let us come together to uplift and renew each other. More below!
“Liturgy is like a strong tree whose beauty is derived from the continuous renewal of its leaves, but whose strength comes from the old trunk, with solid roots in the ground.” Pope Paul VI
Green–The symbol of growth, renewal, and the rebirth of plant life (sometimes all life) on earth; an expression of fertility, freshness, youth as well as inexperience. It is the color of paper money. Some mixtures suggest envy, jealousy, guilt, disease, or terror. Green light is otherworldly because we experience almost no natural green light. via arts.unomaha.edu
Green is one of the first signs of life in nature. It provides a canvas for the many shades of colors competing for our attention, and brings a sense of balance and lushness to an environment. I’m not a big wearer of things green, but I love gardening. Any gardener will understand the exhilaration we feel when we see that first shoot or bud or leaf push through. More below!