The ancient Egyptians worshiped the phoenix, which they called the bennu, a heron-like bird. This bird was supposed to have created itself, and to have come into existence from out of the fire which burned on top of the sacred Persea Tree of Heliopolis. The bennu was essentially a solar bird and was a symbol of the dawning sun and the dead sun-god, Osiris, to whom the animal was sacred, and from whose heart it sprang. The bennu represented the birth of the sun each morning from the dead sun of yesterday. In addition it became the symbol of the resurrection of mankind, because humanity’s spiritual essence was believed to spring forth from the dead physical body.
The Phoenix-headed Wand is the implement of the Second Adept who represents the active, fiery masculine principle and the Sephirah of Geburah. The wand is used in the 5=6 Ceremony to bring into action the powers of life and the vital heat of existence. The Phoenix Wand is a very powerful implement that can be used by an Adept whenever the fiery powers of Geburah are called for. It can also be used to invoke, charge or banish the forces of the seven planets. The fiery nature of this wand gives special strength and authority to any magical operation undertaken. The wand ends in two prongs which in ancient times was used to pin down poisonous snakes.