This blog is primarily in support of Scottish Independence and replaces the previous one Auld Acquaintance which I wrote and maintained for 5 years from November 2011 to the end of 2016. It covered the period leading to the first Scottish Independence referendum in September 2014 and subsequently to its aftermath which for the first time the SNP formed the vast majority of Scottish MPs at Westminster, almost completing a whitewash of all other party MPs in Scotland, leaving the Torys,Labour and Liberal Democrats with only 1 Scottish MP each. It also covered the period of the Brexit vote.
This new blogs title “Phoenix Rising” relies heavily on the symbol of the legendary Phoenix symbolism.
From the ashes of the original YES campaign, new life and determination was born, so much so that the supposed victors in the Better Together campaign were left with the taste of being the losers. If victory they had in the first Independence referendum, it was a phyric victory which saw a new rebirth of Scottish political awareness, and even greater determination that the cause of Independence was enhanced as subsequent elections showed.
The symbolism of the Phoenix, like the mystical bird itself, dies and is reborn across cultures and throughout time.
Ancient legend paints a picture of a magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. So powerful is the symbolism that it is a motif and image that is still used commonly today in popular culture and folklore.
The legendary phoenix is a large, grand bird, much like an eagle or peacock. It is brilliantly coloured in reds, purples, and yellows, as it is associated with the rising sun and fire. Sometimes a nimbus will surround it, illuminating it in the sky. Its eyes are blue and shine like sapphires. It builds its own funeral pyre or nest, and ignites it with a single clap of its wings. After death it rises gloriously from the ashes and flies away.
The phoenix symbolizes renewal and resurrection
In Asia the phoenix reigns over all the birds, and is the symbol of the Chinese Empress and feminine grace, as well as the sun and the south. The sighting of the phoenix is a good sign that a wise leader has ascended to the throne and a new era has begun. It was representative of Chinese virtues: goodness, duty, propriety, kindness and reliability. Palaces and temples are guarded by ceramic protective beasts, all lead by the phoenix.
The mythical phoenix has been incorporated into many religions, signifying eternal life, destruction, creation and fresh beginnings.
The phoenix was also famed for being a symbol of the rise and fall of society
The pattern of an over complacent and abusive society’s destruction yielding a fresh new start was compared to the phoenix’s mythological pattern of consumption by flame, then resurrection out of ashes.
We enter in 2017 a period where through broken vows, and Brexit ramifications that the Union of 300 years must finally come to an end, and from it Scotland shall once again rise from its ashes like the Phoenix as it becomes reborn as a new Scotland, to rise above the past and forge a new future.