*The queen bee is to her hive
as a goddess is to her
The bee, found in Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld. Appearing in tomb decorations, Mycenaean tholos tombs were even shaped as beehives.
Bee motifs are also seen in Mayan cultures, an example being the Ah-Muzen-Cab, the Bee God, found in Mayan ruins, likely designating honey-producing cities (who prized honey as food of the gods).
Bees have an ancient reputation as the bringers of order, and their hives served as models for organizing temples in many Mediterranean cultures. Priestesses at Cybele's temples in Asia Minor, Greece, and Rome were cal...led Melissai or Melissae, the Greek and Latin words for bees. These priestesses were often prophets or oracles who entered an ecstatic trance enduced by preparations that included ingesting honey. (The Greek word for this state of transfigured consciousness is enthusiasmos -- 'within is a god" -- the root of our word enthusiasm.)
Sacred bee-maidens with their gift of prophecy, were to be Apollo’s gift to Hermes, the god who alone could lead the souls of the dead out of life and sometimes back again. The etymology of the word ‘fate’ in Greek offers a fascinating exa...mple of how the genius of the Minoan vision entered the Greek language, often visibly, as well as informing its stories of goddesses and gods. The Greek word for ‘fate’, ‘death’ and ‘goddess of death’ is e ker (feminine); the word for’heart’ and ‘breast’ is to ker (neuter); while the word for ‘honeycomb’ is to kerion (neuter). The common root ker links the ideas fo the honeycomb, goddess, death, fate and the human heart, a nexus of meanings that is illumined if we know that the goddess was once imagined as a bee.
Bees are dying by the billions. In some cases, foraging honey bees do not return to their hive. No explanation for this mysterious unprecedented behaviour can be given by the experts. Other deaths are caused by misguided practices of the dominant patriarchy that likes to kill insects and destroy the environment where bees naturally find the flower blossoms. Some reports say that deaths of wild bees is even greater than decline of the honey bees. The crisis is global. Without the pollination of blossoms by bees, we will no longer have fruits, nuts, and many kinds of vegetables. As Einstein observed, "You can't solve a problem with the same thinking that created it." He also observed that without the bees, mankind would starve in four years. We are now invoking the Bee Goddess to prevent a total extinction of the bee species on Mother Earth.
Ode to the Honeybee
Holy ancestress, creatrix of this epoch
Of flower and seed
Are your matriarchal families in danger of disappearing because
We do not believe,
Like the fairies in Peter Pan?
I clap my sad hands always and forever
In my heart and in my mind.
Great builder of the temple at Delphi
Whose tiny mystery-filled body forms the
Precious molding substance for your
Six-sided tessellated bowls
From what far away long ago star did you learn
The blessed wisdom of your constructions
Studied by the ancients?
Icon of ancient Lower Egypt
Emmisary of the Mayan Sun-star
Is that which is fading in my land
Lost in me as well?
The voice of the Goddess, the Mellisae
The vibrating, shapeshifting sound of Creation
That conviviality, that nurturing Queendom
The vibrating lemniscate dance, the
Tail-wagging message, that
That supports all life on the planet.
Bring these sacred threads back, I pray
We’ve broken Odin’s mead-circle and
Raised a curse
Forgotten that Zeus was raised on honey and
You alone concoct the nectar of the gods
The flower graced food that alone exacts no living sacrifice but
I wish for you a golden house in every forest and field