“Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt — marvelous error! —
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.”
~ From “Last Night As I Was Sleeping,” by Antonio Machado (in Risking Everything, ed. Roger Hausden). Read the full poem here.
A Few Things You Have to Know About Bees and Honey
In ancient times, bees were considered sacred travelers that bridged the natural world to the underworld. If you reflect on this awhile, this symbolism begins to make sense. Here are a few clues:
Of course, honey was a golden elixir prized for both nutritional and medicinal values. The ancients were smart that way.
They used the phrase “flowing with milk and honey” as a reference for great abundance (you’ll find this in scripture, too).
Some say that there existed Mysteries based on the bees, and that priestesses called the Melissae or The Thriai were adepts who could (among other things) apply a sort of acupuncture via bee stings — part of a field now known as apitherapy.
Honey was (and is) an effective preservative, too — archaeologists found “pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved,” reports The Smithsonian Institute in an article on the science of this miraculous substance.
Fiona MacLeod wrote of the old Gaelic ancestral tales about “the wisdom of the wild bees” — something to wonder on next time a honey bee or bumble bee buzzes near you.
And on these sweet notes …
Big Love and Honey Blessings,
Why support your local beekeepers and buy their real local honey (vs. the not-honey big-agra you find in grocery stores?). Read this article from LifeHacker (good intel) and this article from Green Co Services.