Listen to the bees and let them guide you
Well, a new month was ready to unfurl and it brought with it a completely new change of thought patterns for me.
Yesterday, as I was leaving my toilet, I felt a very sharp pain in my foot, as though I had stood on a piece of glass. Searching all over the floor, I was unable to find anything that could have been the culprit, but then realised the pain felt more like a bite, or sting. I went into the study to ask my daughter to have a look at my foot, telling her I thought I had been bitten by something. As I moved close to her lifting my foot so she could inspect it, she suddenly called to me to stay still as she had seen a bee in my skirts. After a bit of a scuffle she caught the little native bee and put him outside.
How very peculiar I thought – a bee on the floor of my toilet of all places, just waiting for me to stand on the poor little creature!
Being a great believer in the messages animals give to us, I grabbed my trusty books from Ted Andrews to read up on Bees.
The message was very impacting and I felt empowered to make some big changes to both my work and my precious free time.
Thanks so much little bee
– means its time to get organised and get to work on that idea that you want to implement and develop. Approach your projects with commitment, diligence and dedication and you’ll succeed beyond your wildest expectations. Involve several others in a cooperative and life-affirming venture; one in which everyone who participates will benefit – and if possible one that includes the entire community. Take time to appreciate and enjoy the sweetness of life. This is a very fertile time for you, physically and creatively, one where you can bring your ideas into fruition. This is a very productive cycle for you, so stay with whatever you’re working on and there will be a favourable outcome.
Bee: Fertility, Accomplishing the Impossible
Bee tells you to take the time to appreciate and enjoy the sweetness of life. Bee’s gift to you is productivity – making the best of your time so you have some time for yourself. The bee reminds us to extract the honey of life. To make our lives fertile (productive) while the sun shines. No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfilment if we pursue our dreams. Bee people are very focused and hard workers. They are capable of succeeding at whatever they attempt. Although they are self-sufficient, they work best when they are working with others.
Make honey whilst the sun shines.
B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair…
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise…
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate’er may B tide…
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right…
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~”A Swarm of Bees,” The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper’s Adviser, 1882 February 1st
About Teddy Bear Bees:
Big, super cute, well-rounded and fluffy, they’re often mistaken for a Bumble Bee. (But there are no Bumble Bees on mainland Australia). A solitary bee, 7-15mm long. The females lay their eggs in several cells at the end of a 10cm long burrow dug into soil, earth and creek banks. The males can often be found hanging out on plant stalks overnight. These bees are also buzz pollinators and make a distinctive hum as they fly about. (Native Bee Sanctuary)
Teddy bear bees are solitary bees. Each female builds an individual nest for herself in a small burrow in the soil. However, quite a few teddy bear bees may build nests close together in a sheltered location such as in an eroded creek bank or underneath a house. (Aussie Bee)
Amegilla bombiformis, commonly known as the teddy bear bee or golden haired mortar bee, is an Australian native bee in the family Apidae.
It was originally described by F. Smith in 1854 as Saropoda bombiformis from a collection near the Richmond River in New South Wales, before being reclassified in the genus Amegilla in 1965. Its specific epithet bombiformis is Latin for “form of a bumblebee“.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-speak: the Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993.
Andrews, Ted. Animal-Wise: the Spirit Language and Signs of Nature. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1999.
Teddy Bear Bee photo:
By Louise Docker – Flickr, CC BY 2.0