The Hive by Jo Shapcott
The colony grew in my body all that summer.
The gaps between my bones filled
with honeycomb and my chest
vibrated and hummed. I knew
the brood was healthy, because
the pheromones sang through the hive
and the queen laid a good
two thousand eggs a day.
I smelled of bee bread and royal jelly,
my nails shone with propolis.
I spent my days freeing bees from my hair,
and planting clover and bee sage and
woundwort and teasel and borage.
I was a queendom unto myself.
Collective joy, a wriggle of the bottom, a dance around a sunlit flower, two yellow pollen baskets on its legs, and the sounds of solidarity, aids plant fertilisation and makes healing honey – and thus, bees are critical for Earth’s survival. Cell by cell, liquid gold is produced, the young are safe, and the queen rules.
ADVICE: It may be a time for you to work purposefully and with joy for the benefit of others – for sweetness is the best symbol of solidarity. Know your role and responsibility, and keep everything tidy in its own cell-like space. Be a part of the larger group, and honour the mother and caregiver. But don’t overwork or be overburdened with responsibility: even busy bees need a rest.
“To be successful, one has to be one of three bees – the queen bee, the hardest working bee, or the bee that does not fit in.” – Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
Social or Solitary
Communicate by waggle dancing
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).
Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper
L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou
Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer
The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm
The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid
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