At last month's full moon, we celebrated the HONEY MOON, which led us into the exploration of the Bee-Goddess connection. Tomorrow is another full moon, and with it comes a new theme to explore on The Goddess Diaries blog pages. It has given me such joy to play with the bee this past cycle, but before we make our transition, let's take one last quick romp through the awesomeness of all things honeybee...
Did you know...
)❤( ...the ancient Greeks, Minoans and Egyptians believed that bees were born of bulls? This warms my Taurus Moon heart to think that these two sacred animals are so closely connected! In fact, there are numerous connections between bees and bulls throughout ancient history and Andrew Gough has written some very compelling articles on these mysteries.
)❤(...in ancient Greece, Priestesses of Demeter were known as Mellisae (meaning bee?) Bees were also associated with the Goddesses
Artemis, Aphrodite, Brighid, Rhea, to name a few.
)❤( ...bees are members of the hymenoptera, the third largest order of insects? The etymology of this word derives from hymen meaning "membrane" and more specifically, "the membrane covering the opening to the vagina." A hymen will break if the vagina has been penetrated. Perhaps this is the reason for the folklore belief that virgins can pass through a swarm of bees without being stung!
)❤(...bees are the only insects that we know of which communicate through dance. It is no wonder, then, that ancient art often depicts priestesses engaged in ecstatic dance.
)❤( ...in medieval times, beehives were a symbol of the Virgin Mary and the immaculate conception, for she contained within her womb all the Sweetness of Life (that is Jesus Christ?) In fact, the beehive has long symbolized the womb, with it's yonic shape, dripping with sweet honey and the creative lifeforce within.
)❤( ...Ancient Egyptians believed that the voice of the soul sounds like the humming buzz of bees?
)❤( ... in Wales it was very lucky if bees built their hive near your home, as they were said to bless it with prosperity? Also, if a bee lands in the palm of your hand you can expect money coming your way. In Ireland, it is said you should only buy bees with gold coin. In fact, it is said it's best to receive bees as a gift so no money changes hands and offends the bees.
)❤( ... 'telling the bees' is a common folk practice where honeybees are talked to as if they are members of the family and kept up to date with all the goings on? This custom has deep roots -- bees are considered "messengers of the goddess" and could carry information between the worlds.
)❤( ...bees are associated with oracle and divination? In Greek mythology Apollo was taught how to access his intuition by the Thriae: the three pre-Hellenic Bee Goddesses, Melaina, Kleodora and Daphnis.
)❤( Finally, I leave you with this playlist for the postmodern priestess. Dance is sacred to the Goddess, and especially to the BEE GODDESS as bees are the only insects that communicate through dance. So, plug in, listen up and dance, dance, dance!
P.S. As I sat down to write this post, my friend (and Kindred Goofball), Joanna DeVoe, made the most awesome meme and posted it on my Facebook wall. (I luff her!!!)
My name is Dawn Champine and I am the Creatrix of The Goddess Diaries. I am very passionate about helping women remember their REAL GODDESS selves.