Telling the Bees
There is an ancient tradition among beekeepers known as Telling the Bees. This tradition was very well kept right up until the late 19th century, when for some reason it was lost.
The belief is that the bees being a central part of each family that kept them, needed to be informed of any marriages, births and most importantly the death of their keeper. If they were not told it was said that they would leave and not come back.
Beekeepers would come to the bee yard and share with the bees what was happening and leave little offerings such as wedding cake or small sweets if a child was born. Conversely if their beloved beekeeper actually died, the bees would be told, and the hives draped in black cloths on the day of the funeral, or turned around so that the entrance was away from where the body would be removed from the home.
It is also said that those beekeepers who work with them in a more spiritual or shamanic way, would tell the bees of their learning’s in the realm of magic, and thus pass on the wisdom of this knowing.
When a new apprentice takes over the bees from the shamanic beekeeper it is said that they would then “Ask the bees”.
Asking the Bees:
It is said that if you want to know the wisdom of the bees and to learn their sacred knowledge ask them what “the druids knew”. It is said that the bees remember…..
I myself have been telling and asking the bees since they came to live here with us and I have to say, theirs is truly a sacred wisdom, they are happy to share, if of course treated with respect.
Below you can see that I have moved two hives close together, this is because one of them is queenless….
I have been “Telling the Bees” that soon they will be merged into one colony, that their queen will have more room and a larger family. More importantly though I have been telling the queenless hive that the will be getting a new queen soon, and how wonderful she is, in hopes that they will receive her well, for if they do not they will kill her!
We will see if it works!
For now though I leave you with a video, and chat with the band Telling the Bees, whose cover image is above….