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.
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
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!
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