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The Bee Swarm

The Bee Swarm

It is unusual for a newly installed bee hive to swarm, and even more unusual for a new beekeeper to witness it happening. In fact, in the couple of weeks since my bees executed their escape, several people I know who have kept bees for over a decade have told me they have never seen it. Truly, it was a remarkable occurrence. I am rarely at home at midday and even less rarely sitting at the only window that would have given me the view. In truth, I was sitting on my bed, looking at this screen when my 14-year-old daughter said, “Mom, this is freaky – what are the bees doing?”

Freaky hardly described the scene which recalled for me the old Hitchcock film The Birds, except that it was bees that covered the entire sky.  I was speechless as I watched them form into a cloud and disappear. It took me minutes to even put together what happened, and even longer to try to think of what to do. As quickly as the scene appeared, it disappeared and I was left wondering if I had imagined it.

At the time, I was struggling with acute menopausal symptoms and the bees’ departure felt like an extension of the total drop in hormones that had impacted all of my functioning.  I was barely recognizable to myself and I remember thinking, through my grief of losing all my bees, that I would have left too if I could have. My husband tried to reassure me that bee swarms are not people, and my 16-year-old son only laughed at the suggestion.

But there was, in fact, something deeply personal going on between me and my departed bees that I had yet to understand. The understanding I was missing came from my friend Taggart Siegel, who directed Queen of the Sun, the film that inspired me to get the bees in the first place.  When I shared the experience, he told me that I had witnessed one of the most magical and magnificent acts on earth: the bees are reincarnating.

I still don’t know if one of the swarm cell bees has been crowned the new queen, but I have the perfect swarm cell on my bedside table next to a small stone that is etched with the word “gratitude.”  I am shopping around for a new queen, just in case, but mostly now I am moving towards gratitude again myself.  I finally understood that the miraculous vision of the bees reincarnating was telling me something essential about myself and where my new biology is taking me.

 

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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9:42PM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing such a personal magical experience. I find the change to be liberating, but the hormonal shifts beforehand were a challenge.

8:55AM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

how magical sounding (and frightening too!). thanks

4:53PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thanks Wendy.

3:15PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:11AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Lovely story.

3:58AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

That must have been a real sight to see, wish I'd been there.
I didn't really understand the analogy but if it made you feel better, Wendy, then that's what matters.

8:03PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Many thanks!

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2:33PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

interesting interpretation thanks!

2:16AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Excellent analogy, thanks for posting

10:20AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

beautiful post. and bees are beautiful! may your future be beautiful too. :)

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