I know this is a day after the fact, but sometimes the best time to reflect on something is after it already happened. After all, hindsight is 20/20 while foresight is often blind.
Baptism in Christianity is a symbol of rebirth as well. With Baptists you are fully immersed in water to symbolize you being buried in the earth with Christ and, as you are lifted up, you are born again into a renewed life where Christ is your center.
In Egypt, the Ankh is a symbol of rebirth. Look at the symbol. It looks like someone standing tall with their arms out. Where the heart would be there is a shield. A shield is a weapon as well as a means of defense. You cannot stop your enemy's sword without one.
The ankh is also called the "key of life" or translated in heiroglyphs as "eternal life". The gods were often depicted carrying these symbols, sometimes carrying two at a time. Isis in particular was known to be associated with this symbol and was also the goddess to have brough Osiris back from the dead.
In Greece, Persia, China, Israel, and other areas the Phoenix is the symbol of rebirth.
The phoenix must suffer pain and fire before being able to be birthed from its own ashes. An author colleague of mine, Angela Wallace, had done a fantastic job blogging on the Phoenix in June of 2011. Her research went into a book called, Phoenix Feather, which is a delightful read and it's available at Amazon.
I'm sure there are far more to discuss, but what will I write about next year if I pen them all now?
I hope you enjoyed your weekend and have a fabulous week.