W E L C O M E to the H I V E

This is the little corner of my website dedicated to my BEEKEEPING path.

Read our story and keep up-to-date with new beehive developments.

Getting Started

Just after Winter Solstice 2018, the vision to take up beekeeping came into my awareness. Although I loved and respected bees, becoming a beekeeper was nowhere in my foreseeable future. From that meditation, I shared Spirit’s vision with Victoria, my colleague and sister-priestess, whom immediately fell in love with the idea. She also felt passionately about helping the Earth in this way and together we decided to go for it. For my 28th birthday in January 2019, I setup a GoFundMe asking family, friends, clients and soul family to donate to the cause. Just two days after its launch, we reached our goal and then some! (THANK YOU SOUL HIVE!) After a lot of research and logistical planning, we were blessed with the opportunity to bring the vision from a dream to a reality and to host our hive on sacred land at the Sekhmet Temple.

the B e e k e e p e r s

Vanessa Lamorte Hartshorn, M.A.   My mother’s father, my Nonno Arturo, was a master gardener with a green thumb that could grow anything, even luscious fruits and vegetables here in the desert. His father, my great-grandfather Michele was a beekeeper. I grew up close to nature and with the belief that our earth and her keepers, human, animal or insect, were to be respected and cared for. Over the last few years, the gifts of my lineage have been calling me to follow the beekeeping path. Bees show up in my awareness at the most synchronous times when I am needing to deepen my listening to nature and her rhythms. They've already taught me so much. When the opportunity came about to bring bees to the temple and merge my love of bees with my priestess-ship, it felt like Spirit was speaking loud and clear to me: "It's time to do this now." For now, we are beginning with one hive, but it is my hope that we can be a haven for many hives in the near future to add blessing to our global bee crisis.

Vanessa Lamorte Hartshorn, M.A.

My mother’s father, my Nonno Arturo, was a master gardener with a green thumb that could grow anything, even luscious fruits and vegetables here in the desert. His father, my great-grandfather Michele was a beekeeper. I grew up close to nature and with the belief that our earth and her keepers, human, animal or insect, were to be respected and cared for. Over the last few years, the gifts of my lineage have been calling me to follow the beekeeping path. Bees show up in my awareness at the most synchronous times when I am needing to deepen my listening to nature and her rhythms. They've already taught me so much. When the opportunity came about to bring bees to the temple and merge my love of bees with my priestess-ship, it felt like Spirit was speaking loud and clear to me: "It's time to do this now." For now, we are beginning with one hive, but it is my hope that we can be a haven for many hives in the near future to add blessing to our global bee crisis.

Victoria Cattanach   Growing up in Las Vegas, I've come to love and appreciate the beautiful Mojave desert land we call home. As my connection with our wild spaces and its native plant inhabitants deepens, the relationships between earth, animal, plant, and insect becomes brighter, more obvious to my subtle perception. Bees and pollinators are an integral part of producing new life. Our sacred herbs and beautiful, rare desert flowers are made possible through bees. I've come to appreciate the key role they play in creating the beauty and utility of our desert flora, especially during the declining bee crisis that our world faces today.    Continuing on my plant journey, the use of honey in certain herbal syrup and oxymel preparations inspired me to look into caring for the bees that so generously bestow me with the tools to create native plant medicine. One year ago, I made a declaration to my friends that I felt called towards learning how to tend to bees. I wasn't quite sure how to even begin gaining this skill set (much less the tools needed to start a hive) but I knew that I would find the right people to help manifest my dream. The Goddess Temple has provided the perfect space to start this collective project. I believe that, as a group, we can all tap into the spirit of the bees and each contribute to manifesting this sacred intention. As in nature, a hive of conscious, hardworking participants can create the sweetest dreams.

Victoria Cattanach

Growing up in Las Vegas, I've come to love and appreciate the beautiful Mojave desert land we call home. As my connection with our wild spaces and its native plant inhabitants deepens, the relationships between earth, animal, plant, and insect becomes brighter, more obvious to my subtle perception. Bees and pollinators are an integral part of producing new life. Our sacred herbs and beautiful, rare desert flowers are made possible through bees. I've come to appreciate the key role they play in creating the beauty and utility of our desert flora, especially during the declining bee crisis that our world faces today.

Continuing on my plant journey, the use of honey in certain herbal syrup and oxymel preparations inspired me to look into caring for the bees that so generously bestow me with the tools to create native plant medicine. One year ago, I made a declaration to my friends that I felt called towards learning how to tend to bees. I wasn't quite sure how to even begin gaining this skill set (much less the tools needed to start a hive) but I knew that I would find the right people to help manifest my dream. The Goddess Temple has provided the perfect space to start this collective project. I believe that, as a group, we can all tap into the spirit of the bees and each contribute to manifesting this sacred intention. As in nature, a hive of conscious, hardworking participants can create the sweetest dreams.

Home Sweet Home
The Temple of Goddess Spirituality, dedicated to Sekhmet is located on sacred Shoshone land where the desert landscape is wide and expansive. It is home to many native desert plants such as creosote, sagebrush, cottonwood trees, globe mallow, desert mistletoe and desert willow <—our bees really loved her flowers. They taste like honeysuckle, so I get why. They also loved the Prince Phillip’s Plume, a tall, yellow-flowered shrub. Within the sacred grounds, near the temple pavilion, lies a flourishing rose garden during the spring and fall months. Sekhmet, an Egyptian Solar Goddess of Fertility, Protector of Women and Children, and the Warrior Path, is the perfect guardian for the way of the bees. Ancient Egyptians held the bee as sacred for their many miraculous healing abilities and for the honey they produced that was revered as a panacea.

Why Bees Lives Matter
Bees are the sacred guardians of our Earth. They are the magical beings behind the fertility of our plants, trees, flowers and ultimately...food. It is said that more than a third of the food we eat relies upon the work of the bees. But we are not the only ones that are dependent upon the longevity of the bees. Pollination through bees also supports the healthy growth of food and habitats for other animals such as birds and other insects. They are a vital member of our global network and it's important for us to protect them!

The Journey

  • April 22nd (EARTH DAY!)-Our Italian honey bee package came from Utah to the local beekeeper and hive builder we were working with. The package contained 3,000 bees and our queen! With his guidance, we installed the hive and introduced the bees to their new home.

  • June 5th-Had our FIRST hive opening. This means we suited up, brought all our tools and put the things we have learned into practice. We had (another) mentor to guide us and all went very well. Our girls are sweet and docile. Matt, my husband was able to snap pics in the back with light protection and no bothered bees. We even got to taste our honey! It is super sweet with wonderful notes of wildflowers. By far the best honey I’ve had…but I’m partial. ;) We were also able to spot the queen! In the pic below, I’m pointing to a bee with my purple glove. She’s the one with shorter wings and a longer abdomen. In another pic, I’m holding a bee. That’s a drone! Drones are the male bees in a hive and are less common to see out and about in nature. The vibration of his wings were intense and healing. At this point, the hive has tripled in size and is home to around 10,000 bees. Our queen will continue to lay eggs! The life cycle of a bee is only 6 weeks from birth to death. So the queen is constantly laying eggs in brood comb and nurse bees raise the larva until they become worker bees. More on all that later.

  • July 11th-In beekeeping folklore, it is said that the keepers of a hive were to report any new developments in their family to the bees such as the birth of a child, an engagement, a wedding, or the death of a loved one. The bees are to be the first to know, if possible. This is because bees are guardians of the portals between realms and they offer blessing to their keeper (in this case two) and their family. As much as WE keep them, they keep us. I went to talk with my bees and inform them of my cousin Mikey’s unexpected death on 7/9. A little worker bee zipped passed me with the sweetest energy almost as if she was “petting” my aura, reminding me it would be okay.

  • August 25th-Had our SECOND hive opening. This go around we chose to opt for a sunset opening due to extremely hot Vegas temperatures. Our bees were slightly less docile and a touch more agitated. But still manageable. At this point, the hive is four months old and our colony is around 15,000-20,000 bees strong. This was our first time opening the hive ourselves. Matt bought his own suit and was able to assist us by lifting the chambers of the hive. This made things easier so we could focus on inspecting and cleaning propolis and comb off the frames. We finished right as the last drop of sunlight was coming over the horizon. haha

Bees & Sound Healing

It is said in ancient mythologies that those who kept bees were to sing to them to keep them healthy and happy. Naturally, I sing to most things, but many new songs have emerged since beginning this journey. Enjoy this Bee Blessing which includes the song that I hummed to our bees for our more recent hive opening. I used the 432 hz tuning fork in this recording. Here are some facts about this frequency: Honey Bees’ Wings Vibrate to 432 · The Frequency of cells · Most Ancient Egyptian instruments unearthed are tuned to 432 · Radius of the Sun is 432 million miles across · Average Frequency of Baby Cry · Resonates with the Heart Meridian & Chakra · Creates a symmetrical, cymatic mandala in every water droplet of your body · Found in sacred sites such as the Great Pyramids & Stonehenge · Resonates with Earth’s vibration