The rising of the phoenix symbolizes that a person has gone through difficult times, but has resurrected and survived. It means that he or she has arisen from flames as a winner, beating all life challenges and defeating hard times.
The phoenix symbolizes someone who has risen above adversity and found a renewed strength despite their circumstances and the lotus flower is grown in mud and it has to go through the mud to become a beautiful flower. The deeper the mud the more beautiful the flower becomes and through the mud you gain wisdom and strength. I love my tattoo!