Friday, May 20, 2022

World Bee Day

Happy World Bee Day!! In May 2010 a swarm of honey bees decided to build their new home in the compost bin of our California home. This felt quite auspicious because:
  1. In August of 2009 I had joined a local group of beekeepers with the intention to have a hive.
  2. The day the bees arrived was a Friday, like today, which is attributed to Venus/Aphrodite.

Backwards Beekeepers

The gift of this swarm of winged alchemists, my code word for the honey bees, felt so very auspicious, as if I had been given a nod by the divine that the path I was intending to journey was correct. Since I had found my bee guru, Kirk Anderson in August, with the intention to eventually start a hive, the arrival of this little group of very sweet, friendly honey bees was a joyful surprise.

I contacted John Lyons, one of the expert bee mentors in the bee club, who came to help us transfer the bees from the compost bin to a temporary nuc box. Read and see pictures of that event following this link or follow the jump below titled Bee Happy. Regrettably that swarm choose to depart, but left me a bit of beautiful white beeswax.

Meanwhile one of the fellow members of the group said I could have her "bird house" bees if I came to get them. Thus, those bees were relocated and took over thee periwinkle bee hive box we had set up for the original swarm. Meanwhile, Greg, Eve and I quickly began learning the art of beekeeping.

Venus / Aphrodite

The book The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall states "The bee is sacred to the goddess Venus and, according to mystics, it is one of several life forms of life which came to earth from the planet Venus millions of years ago."1 The Greek Goddess of beauty Aphrodite is also associated with the planet Venus which governs Friday.

Sometimes May flowers bring us more than just floral bouquets!

Honey Bee inspired Illuminated Perfumes:

Birth date: Summer Solstice 2011
Fragrance family: Earthy amber
Notes: Dark honey & mead
"Emblematic of the warm musky scent of a bee hive"

Birth date: October 2014
Fragrance family: Herbaceous
Notes: Resin, herb, golden wild flowers
"Sun drenched meadows buzzing with bees"

Here is a list of posts exploring the honey bee related topics, mostly at the journal

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