Friday, 25 March 2011

Symbolism of the BEE

Last night I dreamt I was stung by a bumblebee, so I had to look up the symbolism:

Bees:
The ancient Druids saw the bee as symbolising the sun, the Goddess, celebration, and community. At festivals, mead was usually drunk - the main ingredient of which is fermented honey. Many cultures see the Bee as the messengers of the Gods and a symbol of the human soul.

In Greece bees were thought to be the surviving souls of the priestesses who served the Goddess of love, Aphrodite. Native American Indians believe that bees represent immortality and selflessness. The Celts called the bee, beach and they were considered to be single minded and fearless in protecting their hives.

Bees are also the symbol for accomplishing the impossible.

Those with this power animal more often than not have strong past life connections to the ancient secrets of longevity.

All bees are productive, they stay focused on whatever they are doing and do not get sidetracked from their goal. Their legs are one of their most sensitive organs- they actually use them to taste. We are being reminded by the bee to slow down, to smell the flowers and taste the sweet nectar of life.

The bumblebee is a highly important pollinator of many plants, they hold the power of service. When landing upon a flower to collect its nectar, pollen also attaches itself to the leg. This is then passed on to other flowers, creating a fertilisation process. Their movement from one plant to plant represents the interconnectedness of all living things. The bumblebee is a messenger bringing the secrets of life and service.

The Bee possesses many virtues that are powerful and valuable and which any person would be wise to emulate or divine. One who has the power of the Bee will see enhanced focus and fruitful industriousness; a better sense of cooperation allowing one the ability to contribute more resulting in their own and others ultimate success. Travel, friendship, devotion to family, productive hard work and focused determination are all part of this amazing animals totems.

The Royal Bee Totem possesses the following virtues: Messages from higher planes and consciousness, prophetic dreams and visions, industry, wealth, industriousness, diligence, cooperation, productive hard work, sexual attraction, the power of giving back when taking, the ability to turn something unassuming into a wonderful creation, ability to enjoy and savour the sweetness of life, connection with the Earth and living things, divine messages, productiveness, focus, sensitivity, and realizing the fruit of ones labour.

The bee is the reminder to extract the honey of life and to make our lives fertile while the sun shines. The bee reminds us that no matter how great the dream there is the promise of fulfilment if we pursue it. The elixir of life is as sweet as honey, and the bee is a symbol that promises us that the opportunity to drink of it is ours if we but pursue our dreams.

If this is your power animal and your energy is scattered, the bumblebee can show you how to become focused once more.

If you are stung, the message here is - WAKE UP and follow the rhythm of your own heartbeat. Listen to your true self, your higher self. Heed your inner voice and wisdom.

If bumblebee finds you, you must follow its lead. If you do this you will come to the destination most suited for your new life awakening.

Tansy
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Sources:
Shamanism
Ancient Keris
Animal Speak

5 comments:

  1. You won't believe this! While sitting on my porch, reading this post, a bumble bee just flew around my head & then around my bike (which I ride on a daily basis)! I had planned to teach my daughter to ride a bike today. I think he's telling me it's a good idea!
    Thank you so much for this article :)
    Brightest Blessings <3

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  2. I love bees!

    http://discovermagazine.com/2009/oct/19-who-killed-all-those-honeybees-we-did/?searchterm=Bees

    This makes me so sad and mad!

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  3. thought you might enjoy my bee myth machinima film
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsVL22dIdKw
    Blessed Bee
    elf ~

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  4. I keep attracting bees... does this mean that the bee is my spirit animal or something? I have encountered bees before, sometimes getting trapped in my hair or catching a ride on my jacket (while i'm wearing it) or on my handbag. I have never been stung though. Just today, i found a bee in my car on my bag, i didn't know what to do as I started to panic, because it's a bee in my car! But i did eventually get it out of my car, unharmed. Why do they keep coming to me????

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  5. had a swarm of thousands as my grandfather was being laid to rest a thousand miles away. at first the sound, then the sheer number of them made me pause...even though I couldn't be there, I was. at least a part of his exodus. thanks to the bees for letting me be there with him.

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