Friday, 3 July 2009

The Plight of the Bumble Bee

Two good friends of mine also on the ‘path’ were recently visited by a large swarm of bees. These bees are now safely in a new home thanks to a local beekeeper.

It made me start thinking about the humble bumble and the other bees that seem to be struggling to survive in the 21st Century. The reason for their decline is still unclear – disease, GM crops, mobile phones and pesticides have all been cited. I am not sure, but it is clear that without the bee we will be facing some very bleak times, as they are responsible for pollinating the crops, they are the true providers of life.

The Bee has been honoured throughout time - a 13th century cleric claimed, "The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others."

Each Bee works for the common good of the hive, and through the unity and diligence, true happiness and prosperity (the sweetness or nectar of life) can be found.

Bees represent creativity, prosperity, community, teamwork and harmony. They also represent fertility – the honey of life. They are often considered a symbol of the Goddess of the Divine Feminine (In particular Venus) because Bees are ruled by Queens and because part of their labour is the indirect fertilization of flowers – part of the dominion of Venus.

The Bee is also sacred to the goddess Venus because, according to mystics, it is one of several forms of life, which came to the earth from the planet Venus millions of years ago. Wheat and bananas are said to be of similar origin. Venus is currently visible in the pre-dawn sky – the morning star (check out any of the good astronomy websites for details).

Bees represent hard work and industriousness, and through this they can help to illuminate problems and give us the skills to implement the solution.

Think about the honeycomb – the hexagon. This is a symbol of the heart and the lifeforce within, the Sun, our inner life spark. Think about the way in which Bees communicate – through dance and vibration. We all dance the sacred dance of life, and we are all connected by the energy that vibrates within and without all there is. The Bee is sacred and a blessing.

So Bee reminds us to extract the honey of life and to make our lives as fertile and abundant as we can. Like the Bee extracts the nectar from the flower, we can extract the nectar of wisdom from everyday life.

Bee shows us that no matter how big a dream we may have, there is a way to find fulfilment if we have the courage to pursue it. Nectar is often seen as the elixir of life (as carried by the water carrier Aquarius, who is currently hosting the major celestial bash of the year with Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune). The elixir of life is as sweet as honey, yet many of us never taste this through fear or caution. Yet Bee gives us the opportunity to drink the nectar, to have a life of joy and fulfilment if we have the courage and self-belief.

So we have a lot to be thankful to Bee for, yet this humble hardworking insect is in decline. Maybe we need to give a little nectar back and offer healing to the Bee? Bees shows us that it is possible to work together for the common good, so maybe we need to work for the good of our humble little friends?