The Wisdom of the Honey-Bee

“The Creator may be seen in all the works of his hands; but in few more directly than in the wise economy of the honey-bee.” – LL Langstroth

640px-PollinationnCousin Pinkney Mikell is nurturing local honey bees at his organic farm, Cornfield, at Peters Point on Edisto Island. If you are lucky, you can find a jar of that golden nectar.

In ancient cultures from Egyptians and Greeks to Mayans, honey was prized as food of the gods. Bees enjoyed reverence and worship in the form of bee gods and goddesses. I think the reason is that a bee colony is an organism that can teach us a great lesson about the importance of cooperation, and community, a taste of which this world needs more.

Bees have been a symbol of wisdom since the age of the Druids. The Greeks and the Celts used the symbolism, as did cultures in India and Egypt, Sumerian mythology, and Christianity. In English, Welsh, Irish, Greek, and assorted other languages, the word “bee” is caught up by sound or by root with the word for “to live” or “alive.” Well, yes! Maybe this is why bees were the symbols of sun gods, earth goddesses, and the Virgin Mary.

Even Deborah, from the Old Testament of The Bible — whose name means “bee” — was a prophet who saved her city from invaders.

I am inspired by this Queen Bee and her colony. They say that even Charles Darwin was scared of the knowledge to be found in the bee hive…..afraid their cooperative, altruistic lives could disprove his theory of evolution, perched as it was on that vicious idea of survival of the fittest.

I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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One comment on “The Wisdom of the Honey-Bee
  1. Jill says:

    Beautiful photo! I love your thoughts on bees and be-ing.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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