Blessed Bee

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Bee symbolism is sensational. Run a search on bee symbolism or goddess & see how weird & beautiful they are: I have found an ancient Minoan bee goddess, that they are linked to Aphrodite as hives are hexagonal (like a pentagram, the orbit of Venus) on the inside, the esoteric origins of the Queen Bee…

Oh and Napoleon was bee-mad, had bees on his scent flagons, embroidered on his silk dressing gowns & some say the Fleur de Lys is linked to bee symbolism.

Bee crop circles. Bee everything. Some say bees navigate via tiny crystals embedded (naturally) in their brain. Is this true or did I dream it?

This one is less scholarly, blatantly wiccan

And, a brief scientific fact, the promiscuity of the Queen Bee ensures the safety and health of the whole hive.

I think maybe Virgo could benefit from the Bee as their symbol…?

And – I really have to stop researching bee-ology soon – the names Melissa and Deborah are linked to ancient bee priestesses. Melissa means Queen Bee…I am also taking bee pollen as apparently is like super-food of nature. It is totally the nicest supplement i have ever tasted.

And this quick-to-read New Yorker piece by Noah Baumbach is absolutely hilarious:Β  Buzzed

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  1. Keeping bees is/was a family tradition. My grandfather gave my dad his first hive as a wedding present. Unfortunately, my dad put he back out and could handle them anymore…
    … I have never seen my dad so upset about anything (my Virgoan father really likes anything about bees. They are precise and clean. Very Precise and Clean. And smart. And have order… and… and…)
    We went on a family camping trip shortly after and I found him forlornly rescuing bees from rock pools.
    The person who he sold his bees too makes mead with the honey and allows dad to go visit them whenever he likes.

    I have never had store bought honey in my house. I don’t know how anyone could eat not-real honey. Capping and spinning the honeycombs would be a weekly process and drive my mum spare (as we would walk wax and honey through the house), but everything would be golden and melty and you could eat honeycomb…

    … maybe i miss the bees a little too…

    • there’s a fantastically charismatic beekeeper / honey officianado at Balmain markets (Sydney) who’s got IVF honey on display…along with his other magnificent manifestations of honey making…. Taura sis explained it perfectly to her 2 leo kids….

      if yr in Syds check him out – markets are at Darling st round about / church opp the London pub!!


  2. There’s no Egyptian masculine hieroglyphic symbol for bee, only female and it’s the same symbol as for queen. I love that worker bees are female and the males are drones.

  3. I have a great book called ‘The life of the bee’ – it is a beautifully written book from 1901 by maurice maeterlinck – out of print now. This guy had this amazing love of bees and could write like an angel.

    Has awesome chapter titles like:
    On the Threshold of the Hive, The Nuptial Flight + The Massacre of the Males

    Apparently only those that could fly as fast as the queen got to pass on their genes.

  4. trivia: the word for “bee” in the estonian language is “mesilane” which literally means “from the land of honey”, when most other languages figure it the other way around…

  5. I could definately adopt the bee as a Virgo symbol.
    Yay bees! Thanks for all the links to bee reading!!

  6. female eunichs & drones. seems like that would only suit the Queen Bee!!

  7. This is too spooky. Spent lunch break yesterday researching bee symbolism after a one hitched a ride on my windscreen en route to work. (Causing all sorts of consternation behind as I paid more attention to her than the traffic.) Truly, it was so out of the blue, but it felt like an omen.

  8. OK, am aware that sounds slightly bats. Maybe I just have a bee in my bonnet?!

  9. How strange that you write on this. Just the other morning i was woken up by a bee stinging my hand…It was very odd, my windows were only slightly open and a very strange way to be woken up.

    There was no big reaction physically but I found it strangely disturbing. Somehow like the universe was telling me to wake up! I am indeed a Virgo sun, perhaps it is indeed a new totem animal (insect) for me πŸ™‚

    The bee then died on my pillow, so i also had some half asleep thought that it was communicating to me as its last act? The whole thing was very close to the eclipse too…

  10. “And, a brief scientific fact, the promiscuity of the Queen Bee ensures the safety and health of the whole hive.”

    I like this, a lot! My sagg sun is showing. Lovely post.

  11. GO t he Queen Bee. That Buzzed article is also SO funny…I know several melissas and they are all queen bee types…

  12. Without bees Im pretty sure we would all starve. Right now the authorities are trying to work out why all the northern hemisphere bees are sick and are importing aussie bees to pollinate crops. Its apparently a very serious situation. There work basically provides us with food.

    • Our own bee industry was in poor shape after prolonged drought and bushfires. I try to keep bee friendly plants in the garden but haven’t had as many visiting but I’m hoping they’ll build up again. My family has always been on the land and a hive was an essential and still is. My brothers both have a hive in their orchards.

      • Yes that’s true CC, I’ve just realised I can’t remember the last time I saw a bee! I live in same city as you and there’s lots of parks, trees and gardens around here. Usually they’re all over the clover patches.

        • I don’t live in the city FF, just visit often. I have lived there several times for long periods. It’s a fun place to play

    • Didn’t Rachel Carson write about this very thing happening in her book “The Silent Spring” in the early 60’s?? And another writer?.. That when the bees disappear we have really stuffed up our planet and we are doomed??!

  13. There was a bee very conspicuously hovering over my friend and I’s heads yesterday while we were having a witchy conversation. Hmmmmmmmmm.

  14. I love this post! Bees are magnificent and fascinating, and you are right davidl, very importantly connected to the continuation of plants as they are essential for the pollination of many plant species.

    The collective mind of bees and their communication behaviour was discussed by Natasha Mitchell this week on the excellent ABC Radio National program ‘All in the Mind’. It was a live broadcast the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

    Here is a little bit of the conversation that might be of interest:
    NM: Mandyam Srinivasan or Srini is professor of visual neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute where his study of bee brains is nothing short of extraordinary…

    Prof MS: … in the creatures we study, honey bees for example, there are different levels of mind, where the more we study these individual honey bees, especially the female honey bees, we find that they really have minds of their own, and each one of them is actually quite individual. And they’re cognitive, they do amazing things… But at the colony level, again, you have some kind of a collective intelligence where a group of individuals come together and there’s some kind of a synergy where you have a collective intelligence where the whole is much bigger than the sum of its parts. So you’ve got another mind, so to speak, at that level, and that’s actually very fascinating to me, how these two interact…

    NM: That’s incredible. I feel like as a neuroscientist you’re channelling Buddhist ideas of the mind. They have this sort of multilevel idea of the mind… But also Jungian ideas of the collective unconscious, if you like.

    Prof MS: Yes, the amazing thing is that even the queen of the colony doesn’t really give instructions as such. The ideas and the strategies seem to just emerge. It’s as though it’s a collective decision. It’s a very democratic, almost voting-like process.

    I’ll post a little more on the famous bee dance later.

  15. As promised, a bit of info on how bees communicate by dance.
    God knows what they would make of our gyrations!

    From the same conversation mentioned above:

    Prof MS: They have this dance language, as you probably know, where a bee that has discovered a good food source will come back and represent in a very symbolic way by doing this famous waggle dance where it sort of waggles its abdomen from side to side. And then the duration of this waggle is meant to convey how far away the food source is; the farther away the food source the longer the waggle duration, and the orientation of the waggle axis tells the other bees what direction to fly relative to the Sun to get to the food source. So the position of the food source is being communicated in polar coordinates, if you will, if you’re a mathematician. And this is being read out by the other bees and they actually go out and look for that food source and sure enough you’ll find these other bees there.

    NM: That was something that was picked up 50 years ago, wasn’t it, Von Frisch…

    Prof MS: Yes, Karl Von Frisch did that lovely work a long time ago.

    • Nat that’s fantastic, thanks. I’ll try and find that on abc site and listen.

  16. They’re determined little critters too. Dad closed up all his hives as he was too ill to tend them. This year one has been occupied, even tho it has a sodding great concrete block in the doorway. They walk down the side of it and crawl under the severely reduced hive entrance. They have cleaned it out and made it their home. I just love watching them. They are a nice colony, so I can stand just a foot away to see them. Other swarms have been vicious and attack you half way up the garden.

    I’ve also had a colony of bumble bees in my out house this year. It was a delight to open the door and wait for them to fly out around me before going in. I felt priviledged that they did not see me as a threat and we could share the space.

  17. how sweet πŸ™‚ I was out walking a few weeks back and I literally walked right into a bee just buzzing along on its merry way… we collided bee-to-lips – so that I was literally bee-kissed. It really did taste nice πŸ™‚

  18. mella is latin for honey, or a liquid that has been sweetened by honey. decline that, you get mellis – ‘of honey’.
    soooooo I’m going to say melissa can be read as ‘female of honey’.
    (I think melissa as ‘honey bee’ is greek? I always prefered latin. more of an underdog)

    • Love Latin too nancyx. Isn’t mellifluous (as in a sweetly flowing voice) also derived from the Latin for honey?

  19. I just had another thought that made me giggle – a former colleague, the eccentric Aqua, used to claim his seduction technique was to buy a magnum of champers for his table to act as a “honeypot” (not my champagne bearing technique at all!) I’m not so sure how that worked out for him, though I suppose hoeny tends to be more successful a lure than vinegar…

  20. Propolis (made from bees wax) is the best stuff ever for me. If I have the start of a sore throat and take some I usually ward off the cold. Also I believe the only natural source of Vitamin P (Bioflavinoids), except for the pith of citrus fruit, a vitamin essential to the metabolism of vitamin C!! Woo-hoo!

  21. There is a huge diversity of bees, from the colony colapse type to the solitary temperate aus type. Gives scope to bee symbolism imho, all the way from napoleon to emily dickinson…

  22. Freemasonry makes use of the symbology of the bee to represent society and industriousness. Te actions of the individual culminating in the actions of the many or the hive.

    It really is an interesting symbol and one I’ve studied for some time.

  23. ps Melissa was the nymph who 1st taught man the use of honey..I read that years ago and always wondered exactly what did she teach??!! My name is melissa and as a child I felt a special affinity with bees – used to rescue them from pools, ponds, dams, waterways etc and always felt sure they would never sting me….and they never did! Had my 1st bee sting last year when I stood on one – I’d lost the faith by then and thought what foolish thoughts I’d had as a child! – there you go, since then I’m back to thinking as I did as a child!

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