Thursday, 17 March 2011

The Bee Myth

Set in a post Distopian society of a not too distant future, this film introduces the cause of bees and their integral value to the eco-sphere.  based on Willi Paul's modern myth, The Bee Cave Spirits; ( )

The Bee symbolizes order, diligence, immortality and rebirth.
Its honeycomb, a hexagon, is the symbol of the heart  and represents the sweetness of life found within our own heart. It is also the symbol of the sun and all its energies.

The Bee is an analogy for the miraculous and of accomplishing the impossible.
Aerodynamically, its body is too large for its wings and should not be able to fly. Although now we understand how it does fly (high rate of wing movement), the Bee remains a symbol of accomplishing anything you put your mind to.

Bees in Traditional Culture;
Bees are widely recognised as messengers of the Gods....
In Hinduism deities are often represented using bees. Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, is often depicted as a bee on a lotus flower. Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, is depicted as having a blue bee in the middle of his forehead. Kama, the god of love, possesses a bow-string made of bees.
In Egypt, the bee was a symbol of royalty and power - from the legend that the bee was born from the tears of Ra, an important sun god among ancient Egyptians. Furthermore, the ruler of Lower Egypt was often referred to as "He who belongs to the Bee."
In Greece the Bee was the symbol of the Eleusinian Mysteries, in the temples of Artemis, Aphrodite and Demeter, priestesses were called the Melissae, which translates as the bees.The Goddess as the Great Mother was titled Melissa the Queen Bee.
The honeycomb was even considered by the Greek Pythagoreans to be a symbol of the Goddess' qualities of love and harmony, because of its hexagonal shape which in being composed of two triangles, one pointing upwards (Fire) and the other downwards, (Water) symbolized the perfect union between the opposites.
The Celts associated the Bee with a secret wisdom that came from the Otherworlds. According to Druid beliefs the Bee is also associated with the Sun, the Goddess and with the blessings of good health individually and communally.
Briton was called the "Isle of Honey," OR "Yr Fel Ynys ("land of milk and honey") signifying a healthy place.
Many Native American Indian tribes also believe that bees represent immortality and selflessness.

However the bee population of North America and Europe is now in serious decline, which threatens disaster to our food crops as they are dependent upon the bees to pollinate them.
The increase of commercial agriculture with its use of pesticides and destruction of wild plants and flowers upon which the bees forage upon contributed to this problem.
As bees are then an indicator of cross species health on 'Mother Earth', they are interestingly also an allegory for mankind's psychological and spiritual well-being...

To help our wild bees and other pollinators, 
plant nectar and pollen rich flowers over a long season. In return, an abundance of pollinators will ensure garden plants continue to reproduce through seed and that many fruit and vegetable crops such as apples, strawberries and tomatoes successfully set fruit. 

 A selection of Perfect for Pollinators plants

Here is a selection of 10 wild and 10 garden plants :

Wild plants

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)
Cantaurea scabiosa (greater knapweed)
Digitalis purpurea (common foxglove)
Eupatorium cannabinum (hemp agrimony)
Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle)
Origanum vulgare (wild marjoram)
Thymus pulegioides (large thyme)
Trifolium repens (white clover)
Verbascum nigrum (dark mullein)
Viburnum opulus (guelder rose)

Garden plants

Caryopteris x clandonensis (caryopteris)
Dianthus barbatus (sweet william)
Hesperis matronalis (dame’s violet)
Hyssopus officinalis (hyssop)
Jasminum officinale (common jasmine)
Lavandula angustifolia (English lavender)
Lychnis coronaria (rose campion)
Monarda didyma (bergamot or bee balm)
Verbena bonariensis (purple top)
Weigela florida (weigelia)

Introducing Permaulture;
Permaculture, based on ecological and biological principles, is a holistic approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies, harmoniously integrating the land with all of its inhabitants.
Whilst it is understood that earlier peoples did farm in cooperation with the Earth and her seasonal cycles, that for example the Druids in the North and other social leaders did much to manage and advise their communities on how and when to sow and tend crops and animals, following 'modern' Industrialization these techniques had been abandoned in favor of faster turn around of product for the market.
In our time however, Bill Mollison, who could be called the instigator of a Quiet Revolution, launched with his book Permaculture One (1978) an international resurgence of land-use structured on cooperation with nature.
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Within this Permaculture system, the ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all included, work is minimised, "wastes" become resources, productivity and yields increase, and environments are restored.
The fundamental ‘core values’ of Permaculture are often summarized as;
1. Earthcare – recognising that the Earth is the source of all life (is possibly itself a living entity — see the Gaia theory) and that we are a part of Earth, not apart from it.

2. Fairshare - in which animals are treated as co-habitators and co-workers of the Earth, eating foods normally unpalatable to people such as pests ie slugs and termites, and supplying valuable mineral rich fertilizer through their droppings.

3. Natural Energy use: e.g. employing a cave for preservation due to its ideally dry, dark and warm conditions, using the integration of co-operative crops rather than weeding as the growth of field flowers among corn allows the bees to better pollinate, and employing some 'weeds' to keep others at bay due to the nature of their chemical interaction with the soil, thus avoiding pesticides and chemicals which undermine the Earths ability to host its cycle of growths, in contrast to more usually practiced Industrial Agriculture which intensively exploits the soil, plants and animals.

For more information on Permaculture please follow these links;
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Blessed Bee !

1 comment:

  1. Yes! All true. So glad we came across each other's paths!

    Absinthe Dragonfly