Thursday, December 29, 2011

Vita Mihi Mors Est

Here is today's emblem by Joachim Camerarius, 3:100. For Camerarius, the phoenix is a paradoxical emblem of both life and death - like all of us, the phoenix's life brings about its death, but the phoenix has the special quality that by dying, it brings about it own birth, too.

Vita Mihi Mors Est
Ex se ipsa nascens, ex se reparabilis ales,
quae exoriens moritur, quae moriens oritur.


vita - life
ego - I, me
mors - death
sum - be, exist
ex - from, out from, out of
se - reflexive pronoun
ipse - (him/her/it)self
nascor - be born
reparabilis - able to be restored
ales - winged creature, bird
qui - who, which, that
exorior - come forth, spring up, begin
morior - die
orior - arise, rise up