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Saturday, June 9, 2012
I have wanted a hive of bees for sooo long now. This was going to be the year, but when we decided to sell the place and move I knew that this wouldn't be the year. With the move and having to figure out how everything will be set up around the new property, its not likely I'll get my bee hive next year either. It may have to wait another year. Bummer.
Either way, someday I will have a bee hive!
The idea of having my own honey & pollen, watching the bees work, is something I've wanted for quite a while. So, as with everything I decide I want to do, I've been doing some studying off & on about the world of beekeeping, and of course their magickal attributes blessing our lives is also a great benefit!
Attributes: Chastity, Communication, Community, Creativity, Defensiveness, Diligence, Dreams, Fertility, Gathering, Ideas expressed, Immortality, Industriousness, Luck, Messages, Messengers between the worlds, Mortality, Obedience, Obsessiveness, Order, Organizer, Productivity, Purity, Re-birth, Royalty, Secret wisdom, Self-control, Self-sufficient, Soul, Success, Visions, Wealth, Wisdom
Deities: Ah Muzencab, Aphrodite, Callisto, Cybele, Grandmother Twyla, Melissa, Mellonia, Native American totem, Neith, St. Ambrose, St. John of Chrysostom, Ra, Usins, Venus
Bumble Bees: Drive, Honesty, Pure thinking, Willingness
Bees and Old Wives Tales
By Carole Anne Somerville
Bees are believed to have originated in Paradise and they are traditionally known as the "little servants of God" or "divine messengers." The belief, in ancient times, was that they had knowledge of the future and of all secrets. It is often still felt to be very unlucky to kill one.
Country people and beekeepers take their relationship with the bees very seriously. To prosper, bees need love and harmony around them. Should the beekeeper's family be contentious and full of anger, the bees will suffer illness and die, or they will fly away. Beekeepers in the past would communicate regularly with the bees; some visiting the bee hives each evening to tell of the day's events. It was particularly important to inform the bees of a death in the family.
Should a beekeeper die, it was up to the eldest son or widow of the owner to convey this news to the bees and they had to do this properly and promptly. If they did not hit each of the hives with the door key while telling the bees that the master was dead, it was believed they would fly away or die.
Even how bees are obtained was subject to old customs and superstition. They should not, for instance, be bought. Any bees that were purchased would either die or fly away. So how did beekeepers acquire their bees? They might barter goods in exchange for the bees. Or they may have borrowed a stock of bees to start their own swarm with the promise of returning the bees to the rightful owner should they ever demand it.
There remains many superstitions regarding bees. If a bee lands on a person's hand, this suggests money is on its way. If a bee lands on someone's head, they will be successful in life. Good luck or the arrival of a stranger should be expected should a bee fly into the home. The bee of course should never be killed but can be encouraged to fly out of an open window.
A bride should inform the bees of her marriage otherwise they will leave the hive and not return. It is also customary to leave a piece of bridal or funeral cake for the bees to feed on. The familiar humming of the bees was felt to be a hymn of praise.
The Cornish would never move bees without warning them first otherwise they will sting the beekeeper. This is not all bad, however, because the bee's sting is said to be a good cure for rheumatism!
A Few Bee Poems
by: Arthur Guiterman (1871-1943)
Doing work no other can,
Deep in dewy nectaries,
Rose and lily, all are thine,
Yet, though oft thy weight they bear,
Dost thou know how they are fair?
Thine are sun and Summer breeze--
Hast thou aught of joy in these?
Leave thy clovers tumbled o'er!
What's a lily? What's a rose?
Down the golden lane he goes,
Drowsing forth a prosy song,
"Honey! Honey!" all day long,
Wasting life's diviner sweet,
Hiving food for drones to eat.
Oh, thou silly, silly bee!
Idle here and learn of me!
by: Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry
Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.
His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.
His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!
by: Andrew Downing
The music of the busy bee
Is drowsy, and it comforts me;
But, ah! 'tis quite another thing,
When that same bee concludes to sting!
There was a man who loved the bees,
He always was their friend,
He sat around upon their hives,
But they stung him in the end.
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay!
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon!
But a swarm in July
Is not worth a fly!
The Future of Bees:
There has been quite a bit of speculation regarding the cause of the extreme decline in the bee populations around the world. Some say cell phones, some say pollution in general, and then there are those who express great concern regarding the use of pesticides and its effects on the bees. There have been studies regarding each of these possible problems, but the one that feel is the most plausible is the latter: pesticides.
The following link is to an article posted on Facebook. It is well worth the read! For anyone who uses pesticides on their yards & gardens, please consider otherwise. There are organic methods that work just as well and don't have the detrimental side-effects (on humans, animals, plants OR insects!)
Please read this article and pass it along to others.
***All graphics in this post are from the article linked above.