Sumerian Bee Goddess
In Artemis we have our most renowned bee patroness. As the goddess of nature and the hunt, forests, hills, rocks and rivers, she oversaw the home territory of wild bees. A particularly fascinating part of her history is her temple community, in Ionia, at Ephesus, today’s Turkey. Some believe it was a matriarchal community of beekeeping priestesses that worshiped Artemis. In her Ephesus form, she’s depicted covered in breast or egg-like carvings, that for a beekeeper, can only resemble the cells queen bees are born from in the hive. At her feet are two Omphalos stones.
Layne Redmond’s book “When the Drummers Were Women” is an enthralling account of goddess worship, priestessing and drumming, based on archaeological research from the ancient Mediterranean region. Her thoughts on the combination of the bull, the bee and goddess worship in these ancient days present the reader with a picture of a culture focused on ritual, healing, the feminine nature and a connection with the natural world we have shifted dramatically away from. She’s now engendering a movement to help us heal ourselves, the bees and our planet by reconnecting with the ancient priestessing ways of the Melissa by recognizing the magic and wisdom of the bees.
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Dr. Karen Holan
I am a mother, teacher, researcher, writer, beekeeper and candle maker; working very hard at being more present for every moment. I believe the bees and all of the natural world has so much to teach us. Playing in this craft of making candles and products with positive vibes is an absolute delight! Warm wishes from our hive to yours. May you visit and feel welcome here always.