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The “animal symbolism” of honeybees was recognized and respected in past years and the term “Beewitch” describes these sayings. Bees have often been regarded as wise and even holy insects, having foreknowledge as well as keepers of many secret matters. In Celtic cutures, bees were said to have a secret wisdom that came directly to them from the ”Outerworld.”
If a bee enters your home, it’s a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck and the visitor will be unpleasant. In antiquity they were sometimes divine messengers, and their constant humming was believed to be a hymn of praise. Because of their status it is still considered unlucky to kill a bee. Bees were once considered to deliberately sting those who swore in front of them, and also to attack an adulterer or unchaste person.
It was once held to be a sure sign that a girl was a virgin if she could walk through a swarm of bees without being stung. There is believed to be a very strong link between bees and their keepers. There is still a common belief that bees should be told about the deaths that occur in the beekeepers family and this was extended to include every birth, marriage or other notable event in the life of the family.
It was especially important to inform the bees of the death of their owner. This was done by the eldest son or widow of the owner who would strike each hive three times with the door key and say “the master is dead”. If the procedure was not followed, the bees would die or fly away. (In a later century they do not die, but the hives must be turned around. In many districts the hives were put into mourning by having black crepe draped around them and at the funeral , sugar or a sample of the feast was brought out for the bees.
An old country tradition states that bees not be purchased for money, as bought bees will never prosper. It is acceptable to barter goods of the same value in exchange for the bees and in some districts, gold was an acceptable form of payment. (At $1600/ troy ounce- that would buy a lot of bee colonies!)
A borrowed swarm or one given freely is more likely to do well and a stock of bees was often started from a borrowed swarm on the understanding that it would be returned if the giver was in need. Bees can tell whether a girl is pure or not, and any girl whose family has a hive and who is about to be married should inform the bees before doing so if she wants to have a long and happy marriage. She must go to the hive and whisper her intentions.
Bee stings were used to prevent rheumatism, and this practice is continued at this time. Properly administered honeybee stings are effective in relieving symptoms of arthritis and many other autoimmune conditions.
This “Beewich” information was sent from Juanse Barros, a beekeeper and researcher from Chile.
Anyone interested in beekeeping is invited to visit the club website at www.catskillbees.com.