A number of years ago I picked up a book in a Montreal bookstore entitled 'Lilies of the Hearth' by Jennifer Bennett. I've saved it all these years and pick it up to reread from time to time. The book itself is about the historical relationship between women and plants. From before the birth of Old Europe in Goddess societies where Mother Nature was considered all powerful to the shift that came when humans felt they had mastered earth. It was as she writes "the age of yin, the dark, receptive female principle, the earth, gave way to the age of yang, the light, intellectual, male principle, the sky. The new dominion of industry, mechanization and computers."
I have always fallen for the powerful metaphors of nature to describe women and while I enjoy the beauty of the language I recognize there is something dangerous about the polarities and comparisons. It can become a girls like pink and boys like blue discussion.
What is important is that both are changing and both are moving towards a better way.
Thinking of the hive as a matriarchal community reminds us that though we may have a leader - it is the community working together that thrives. Each life has its important place in the circle. There is strength in community. There is intelligence in community. Though I would never liken the bee to humans, there is much humans can learn from the bee.
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.