Honeybee, bumblebee or just plain bee—this insect is miraculous in so many ways. As pollinator or honey producer, the bee is a truly industrious creature. Aerodynamically “all wrong”, it has been said that the bumblebee technically shouldn’t be able to fly—yet it does. This flying miracle is also a wonderful power animal and spiritual metaphor.
Importance of the Bee
There is supposedly a quote from Albert Einstein that goes “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Although there is much debate as to whether he ever said this, truth is—the bee is a major contributor to our livelihood.
This flying miracle is also a wonderful power animal and spiritual metaphor.
Bees are master pollinators, assisting with the reproductive cycle of plants. And this goes beyond the beauty of flowers; their pollinating powers impact important crops of all kinds. Bees play a key role in the delicate balance of our ecosystem. Then there are those special bees that serve as honey producers, delivering that magically sweet nectar to us. Without these busy buzzing servants we’d be lost!
The Bee as Power Animal
Power animals are an integral part of many shamanic traditions. Although an insect, the bee is still represented among the great power animals. The bee is symbolic of fertility, community, prosperity, diligence and work ethic. Some cultures view bees as messengers of the Gods. Their honey has also been compared to ambrosia or nectar of the Gods, thus elevating bees to the status of royalty. The ancient Egyptians often depicted bees in hieroglyphics when referring to royalty or people high standing. Many ancient and elite families even included bees as part of their family crests.
The bee has also been associated with the Sun and the Goddess according to Druid beliefs. The position of the queen bee that bears so many offspring illustrates this. Fertility is part of the bee’s symbolism and reminiscent of the Goddess and her reproductive power.
Also consider a bee colony or hive. There are many workers that coexist in harmony and live as a unit. This illustrates the power of community and teamwork. Each one of these industrious insects has a job to do that serves the greater good. The bee’s power reminds us of the importance of the collective where each individual contributes to the survival and success of the group. With such hard work and diligence from each, all are able to prosper. This is a powerful image.
Spiritual Messages from the Bee
Has the bee power animal come to call on you? Whether in a dream or in everyday life, if you notice a bee—take heed. It could be a significant spiritual message.
Examine what’s been going on in your life that would prompt a message from the powerful yet humble bee. Have you been a busy bee lately? Perhaps you are devoting too much time to work and not enough time to play. It’s important to remember the sweetness in life. Even all the hard work of the bee results in the satisfaction of rich honey.
The bee’s message could also be one of teamwork and community. Are you being called to add your talents to humanity? Have you held back any personal contributions that could make the world better? In these spiritually evolving times, many of us are being called to add our voices to the collective consciousness in order to raise the vibration of the planet. The bee is inviting you.
Finally, the bee’s message could be calling your attention to miracles. Remember the impracticality of the bee’s aerodynamics? Regardless, it is still able to fly. Let this be a metaphor for anything you may be attempting. Miracles are possible!
With all its wonderful gifts and symbolism, the spiritual power of the bee is truly amazing. Let the humble bee serve as a guide!