The Phoenix represents destruction and demise, the necessary upheaval of old and crumbling systems. A trial by fire brings the burning away of falsity and self-destructive ends. Phoenix dares you to unearth the lies, root out false foundations before the Universe does it for you.
The Phoenix in a word: CRUCIBLE.
REVERSED. Self-deception; gross deception by others. Lack of foundation, lack of foresight, lack of conscience.