In Egypt, bees were used in seals for royalty. Bees were believed to come from the tears of Ra, the Egyptian Sun God. The Bee is also an emblem for the Divine Feminine since the hives are ruled by queens. Many goddesses are associated the bee including the Lithuanian Bee Goddess Austeja and the Roman Goddess Mellonia and to a lesser extent, Artemis, Aphrodite, Brighid and Rhea. The bee started appearing with depiction of Cupid during the Renaissance. It could have been a reference to love’s sting.
The bee is used in imagery about weddings in China because it represented happiness, good luck, prosperity and fertility. It would be the equivalent of the western custom of throwing rice.
The bee labors not only for its community and self, but for all it encounters. Without bees, we wouldn’t have nuts, berries, fruits, and most vegetables. It would be a bland diet. Bees are best known for honey and its sweetness and healing benefits.
Honey bees live in hives composed of six-sided hexagons made of bees wax. Notice I didn’t say all bees lived in hives. Bumblebees, sweat bees, ground bees, carpenter bees live in nests, ground tunnels and dead wood. All the bees are pollinators and help create the harvest. While the bees tend to live in groups, some groups are small and not the swarms of thousands you see in horror flicks.
The bee diet is comprised of pollen, and nectar collected from blossoms, and the occasional over ripe fruit. Bees also take advantage of flowering weeds and clover. The bee finds beauty and sustenance in plants we’d normally ignore. Leaf cutter bees ingest leaves as their name suggests.
Bees are planners. They are goal driven. In each bee community, a bee is assigned a job and makes a determined effort to do it. With this in mind, simply step out of the way of a bee as opposed to swatting madly around it.
What else can the bee teach us? The bee demonstrates hard work produce results. It shows up the importance of organization and teamwork.
If dream of bees, it could mean that your hard work will pay off. It can also refer to good luck, harmony and happiness.
Sweetness of life