The Phoenix like the butterfly goes through a transformation. The phoenix also know as the thunderbird or the fire bird lives for 500 years. She then crashes or builds a nest that burst into flames consuming her. Then rising again to take to the sky in her blazing glory to reign in the sky for another 500 years.
This is a perfect metaphor for our consciousness. We can soar around with a grand concept and when we strive to manifest it , then find it bursting into flames. We then rework the plan and set out again to manifest our dream. Every ending is a new beginning. Embrace the flame of transformation. Change is the only constant.