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Bee Dreams

Western North Carolina Bees

"If a bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity.  Are you doing all you can to make your life more fertile?  Are you busy enough?  Are you taking time to savor the honey of your endeavors or are you being a workaholic?  Are you attempting to do too much?  Are you keeping your desires in check so they can be more productive?"
     "...The bee is the reminder to extract teh oney of life and to make our lives fertile while the sun shines.  teh bee remidns us that no matter how great the dream there is the promise of fulfillment if we purse 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."
Ted Andrews Animal Speak
Bee Symbology:
Social interaction
Collective (collective unconscious)
Communication (Lack or need for)
Honey (sweetness of life)
Egyptian royalty (symbol for Royalty and Sun God Ra)
Vishnu (Blue bee sitting on Lotus)
Krishna (Blue bee on forehead)
Greeks: industry, properity, purity, immortality
Moon or lunar-Demeter
Delphi (The Delphic Bee)
Dionysus fed by bees
Celtic: secret wisdom from Otherworlds

Both the Bees and the Woodpeckers have been busy this month (May, 2008) on our property.  If you look closely above, you will see a long bee swarm in the shape of a pendant, hanging directly over our driveway.  We were blessed with an amazingly generous and devoted bee-keeper couple from Fairview, NC (Lyne and Ed Vendely of Sweet Betty Bee's Honey and Hive) to collect and babysit our "girls" until we made our own Top-Bar bee hives, seen below.  They survived the boxing, kept themselves busy while we frantically constructed their new home(s), and patiently endured our gruelling "open-Langstroth" surgery.  For those Bee Keepers out there, you might appreciate the feat we accomplished: modifing the square bars to fit our triangular top-bar hive (yes, we've been called "idiots" but we did it, and that's all the matters!)  Thankfully, I was not stung through the process.  A truly amazing gift.

Honey Bee Swarm, Pendant
May, 2008

Bee Symbology
The Bee of Delight
by Mark Pinard

The Bee of delight inclines
From flower to flower
Neglecting indigent Shadow
For that which gathers
Light unto its petals sweet.
Merry-in-kind the happy Bee
Who pokes one antenna, then two,
Hovering excitedly in wings full-blissful beat.

The enchanted flower All-Receiving
Offers refreshment for her guest.
And grateful the Bee takes in perfect Measure
That which gives without regret,
Careless of name, of creed,
Or the appearance of any dress.
And when this Dance hath duly done,
The Bee tugs most tenderly with its plump feet
A drooping arm to sink
Awaiting to be flung again
Amid Futurity’s vast dispersÚd sleep.

Bee Landing
May Top-Bar hive, 2008

Top Bar Bee Hives
Rob and Jennifer White