In religio-mythology, phoenix (TR:28) (LH:9) (TL:37), in Greek: Φοίνιξ (NE:658), in Egyptian: bennu, is the name that Herodotus (435BC) employed to described the Egyptian solar bird or bird associated with the birth of the sun.
658 | Secret name
The secret name of the phoenix is: φρην (NE:658), aka "phren", which renders as "soul, mind, heart; understanding" (Barry, 1999), but literally means "midriff, stomach and lower chest or breast", this region, according the Egyptians, being the location of the heart, which they considered to be the "mind or soul", and hence the location of the "ba" (bird-shaped soul). In the original version of the myth (c.2800BC), the bennu (or Phoenix) was considered to be the soul (ba) of the sun god Ra.
The word "phren", in early Greek period (Pythagoras, 520BC), meant "location of thought or contemplation" or "intellectual capacities that constitute the soul, along with nous (spirit or mind) and thymos (passion)".
The phren, supposedly, was a key term in the theories of Empedocles (c.445BC), the noted student of Pythagoras and Parmenides, which he defined as the thing that steers and controls the cosmos in the process and is the measure of what is harmonious and what is fit to exist.
A second tentative candidate secret name of the phoenix is: ημισυ (NE:658), meaning "half" (Barry, 1999). This, possibly, could be a reference to the idea of soul splitting or soul mate theory (Plato, 380BC), according to which, in Heliopolis creation myth, Atum "splits" Shu and Tefnut in "half" giving them each half a soul; the bennu (aka phoenix or sun), was said to have been made concordantly with Atum, depending on hieroglyph-to-English translation.
In the Greek rescript, Zeus was said to split humans, who originally were bound as one, thereafter giving them each "half" a soul, after which each person was said to be destined to search for their "soul mate".
660 | Flame / Birth
Another "term / secret name" pair, related to the phoenix, in the class of so-called "phi-based words", i.e. Ptah solar fire drill terms, is the Greek word: φλοξ (NE:660), which translated as "fire or flame" (Barry, 1999), which has the secret name: τοκος (NE:660), which means "birth or child". This theme is found in the phrase: out of the ashes the phoenix (fire or flame) is born; or the phoenix is born out of its own ashes.
Tenet = 660
In 50AD, Romans, in the area of Pompeii, began to carve and inscribe various so-called "Sator squares" (aka Tenet cross) on walls and along side the frames of doorways, the numerical values of which, via isopsephy, as shown below, seem to indicate that the square is a magic square coded to be seen as view of the top of a pyramid, showing the bennu, or phoenix (as the bird was called at this point in time) bursting forth from the tip of the pyramid, after arising out of the Nun (value: 50), which is discerned by the fact that the sum of the numerical values of the letters, namely: T+E+N+E+T = 300+5+50+5+300 of each row of the "cross" (or "tenet cross"), is "660", meaning, in Greek, flame, fire, burn, beget, childbirth, or offspring:
We also note, that the four "E" letters, which surround the tip of the pyramid, or four "5" numbers, which surround the "50" at the center of the Sator square, are symbolic, of the sun, as Plutarch (De E apud Delphos, c.110) informs us, in the sense that the letter "E" is the second vowel of the seven Greek vowels, symbolic of the sun being the second planet of the seven wandering stars of Greek cosmology. Hence the four "E" letters of the Sator square are equivalent to the four suns seen on the four sides of the benben stone, out of which the phoenix arises from its tip:
In more detail:
|φλοξ||“to burn” / “flame” / “fire”||500+30+70+60||660|
|τοκος||"to beget" / "childbirth" / "offspring"||300+70+20+70+200||660|
The first of these terms, we note, is derived from the term φλέγω (phlégō, “burn”). The phonetic similarity of the word phlégō, “burn”, puts the number of 660 into the etymological category of the "phoenix" (Φοίνιξ), the Greek name that Herodotus gave to the Egyptian "bennu bird", the characteristics of which match the words: burn, flame, fire, beget, childbirth, and offspring. Hence, the Sator square seems to have been a Roman "magic puzzle" version of the Egyptian benben stone.
The "T" letter, which has isopsephy value of "300", renders as the Greek word "armor / weapon". This, however, makes little connective sense? It would seem to be more probably that the "T" here, has relation to the "Th-" or theta (symbol: Θ) sound, which is a sun symbol itself , which is has a numerical value of "9", code for the the Ennead, of the Heliopolis creation myth, which he bennu was responsible for making.
The following are related quotes:
- “There is also another sacred bird, called the phoenix, which I have never seen except in a picture; for it seldom makes its appearance among them, only once in five hundred years, as the Heliopolitans affirm: they say that it comes on the death of its sire. If he is like the picture, he is of the following size and description: The plumage of his wings is partly golden-colored, and partly red; in outline and size he is very like an eagle. They say that he has the following contrivance, which in my opinion is not credible. They say that he comes from Arabia, and brings the body of his father [god name] to the temple of the sun, having enclosed him in myrrh, and there buries him in the temple. He brings him in this manner: first he molds an egg of myrrh as large as he is able to carry; then he tries to carry it, and when he has made the experiment, he hollows out the egg, and puts his parent into it, and stops up with some more myrrh the hole through which he had introduced the body, so when his father is put inside, the weight is the same as before: then, having covered it over, he carries him to the temple of the sun in Egypt. This they say is done by this bird.”
- — Herodotus (c.435), The Histories (pgs. 110-11)
- “The name of the phoenix in Egyptian is ‘bennu’, hieroglyph: , and this bird played a very prominent part in Egyptian mythology, but the texts do not bear out the extraordinary assertions which have been made about it by classical writers. According to the story which Herodotus heard at Heliopolis (ii. 73), the bird visited that place once every five hundred years, on its father's death; when it was five hundred, or fourteen hundred and sixty-one years old, it burnt itself to death. It was supposed to resemble an eagle, and to have red and gold feathers, and to come from Arabia; before its death it built a nest to which it gave the power of producing a new phoenix, though some thought that a worm crept out of its body before it died, and that from it the heat of the sun developed a new phoenix. Others thought that it died after a life of seven thousand and six years, and another view was that the new phoenix rose from the burnt and decomposing remains of his old body, and that he took these to Heliopolis where he burnt them' All these fabulous stories are the result of misunderstandings of the Egyptian myth which declared that the renewed morning sun rose in the form of a Bennu, and of the belief which declared that this bird was the soul of Ra and also the living symbol of Osiris, and that it came forth from the very heart of the.”
- — Wallis Budge (1904), The Gods of Egypt, Volume Two (pg. 94) 
- “No organism reproduces itself. The only thing that ever has had such a claim made for it was the phoenix.”
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