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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #30 on: July 17, 2017, 04:58:11 PM »
Beekeepers are always taught to wear white when tending their colonies, so that the bees won't think we're a bear.  Rusty from HoneyBeeSuite.com has this to say about that rule:

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The idea that dark clothes makes bees think you are a (pick one or more) bear, skunk, raccoon, dog, opossum, wolf, or insectivorous bird is ridiculous. Bees are not stupid...But we humans, thinking we are ever so brilliant, run around in these ridiculous white suits thinking we’re pulling one over on the bees. Believe me, the bees find this amusing.

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2017, 06:18:20 PM »
Beekeepers are always taught to wear white when tending their colonies, so that the bees won't think we're a bear.  Rusty from HoneyBeeSuite.com has this to say about that rule:

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The idea that dark clothes makes bees think you are a (pick one or more) bear, skunk, raccoon, dog, opossum, wolf, or insectivorous bird is ridiculous. Bees are not stupid...But we humans, thinking we are ever so brilliant, run around in these ridiculous white suits thinking we’re pulling one over on the bees. Believe me, the bees find this amusing.
I don't think it is ridiculous at all to wear white when handling bees, for the very reason that many predators who like to steal honey do have black or very dark colored coats.  Plus the friend who helped hubby years ago get started in beekeeping said somethiing similar, plus he said the bees hated to see his wife coming and were always agitated at her presence, and it was mentioned that she had a full head of thick wavy, black hair which did resemble the head of a bear. 

True, bees are not stupid.  True, humans think they are ever so brilliant.  But wearing a white bee suit if you are afraid of being stung is not ridiculous.  Besides, if it is a hot summer day, which would most beekeepers prefer, assuming they still wear the suit--white or dark brown?  Plus we have the white bee suits and have no intention of throwing them out because someone tells us we look ridiculous.

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #32 on: July 19, 2017, 05:21:50 AM »
Hi Ilinda,

I completely agree with wearing a bee suit for safety, unless working outside the hive.  I have seen people handle their bees - even deep in the brood nest - without one.  Jen Rasmussen is a very fine young person who does this with apparent grace and ease (see her series on intuitive beekeeping):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-sn44dwT9U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37FiriWgGNc

We, too, have white bee suits - well they were white years ago anyway - and wouldn't think of using anything else :)




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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2017, 12:38:22 PM »
Posting a link to a Colorado State University study ranking flowers according to which ones are most important to honey bees. 

http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/Ranking-of-Flowering-Plants-for-Use-by-Honey-Bees.pdf

Notably absent from this list is Melissa officinalis or lemon balm, which is named in Latin for honey bees and known at least in this area to be of crucial importance to them, partly because of its extended bloom time well into autumn, when little else is available.  The Herb Society of America has published a monograph on lemon balm explaining that the plant contains several phytochemicals necessary for bees to produce the pheromones which they use to communicate with each other.

For humans, lemon balm is a source of vitamin C, and a tea, hot or cold, made from it is calming to the nerves.

Posting a photo from the bee nectary garden:
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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2017, 04:36:57 PM »
Posting a link to a Colorado State University study ranking flowers according to which ones are most important to honey bees. 

http://bspm.agsci.colostate.edu/files/2013/03/Ranking-of-Flowering-Plants-for-Use-by-Honey-Bees.pdf

Notably absent from this list is Melissa officinalis or lemon balm, which is named in Latin for honey bees and known at least in this area to be of crucial importance to them, partly because of its extended bloom time well into autumn, when little else is available.  The Herb Society of America has published a monograph on lemon balm explaining that the plant contains several phytochemicals necessary for bees to produce the pheromones which they use to communicate with each other.

For humans, lemon balm is a source of vitamin C, and a tea, hot or cold, made from it is calming to the nerves.

Posting a photo from the bee nectary garden:
Haven't been to the Colorado State Univ. site yet, but one thing I remember from Jacqueline Freeman's wonderful book, Song of Increase, is that she said if you plant for the bees, do a large enough planting to make it worth their while, as a few plants look nice, but they might be more inclined to visit a larger swath. 

A good example of this (accidental observation) is that last year there were lots of honey bees on our Sacred Basil/Holy Basil all year long until our frost in late October.  Daily I'd just stand and watch them, but the Holy Basil had almost taken over parts of the garden and it was OK then because it would have been weeds, had it not been Holy Basil.  The bees took advantage of that.  This year we have several smaller patches, but very few honeybees visiting those plants.  Instead I'm seeing them on other plants that are more prolific.

And I love the Lemon Balm and need to use it more, so your photo and discussion was a good reminder of its nerve-calming qualities.

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2017, 05:26:56 PM »
Ilinda,

I will look for both Song of Increase and holy basil.  Am unfamiliar with both.  It sounds as if you've provided a wonderful habitat for bees on your farm - I hope you and hubby resume beekeeping :)

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #36 on: July 21, 2017, 06:36:54 PM »
Ilinda,

I will look for both Song of Increase and holy basil.  Am unfamiliar with both.  It sounds as if you've provided a wonderful habitat for bees on your farm - I hope you and hubby resume beekeeping :)
You will absolutely LOVE her book.  After you've read it, I'd be interested in hearing from you.  It was a profound read for this chick.  Getting back to honeybees is on our list.

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I found an electronic copy of Song of Increase, and must say that I am completely awestruck by it.

Author Jacqueline Freeman organizes her material in the same manner in which her own experience with bees is organized: her own private musings vs. information her bees have channeled to her.  Because much of Freeman's writing differs from conventional wisdom about bees, I'll include both where appropriate for comparison and contrast.

You know a book is going to be an emotional ride when part of the introduction leaves you crying:
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Each evening before bed, she and Joseph bless each animal and their farm.

The author begins by relating that it took her a good while, as a new beekeeper, to move from dependence upon the bee suit to being able to work her bees without one.  This transition came about by moving a chair near the hive and regularly sitting with the colony in meditation until she became an accepted member of their biome, and was no longer a separate entity from the Hive Mind:
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Might they be mirroring how I felt?  Or was I mirroring them?  Could it be that we were connected?

I will interject here that ancient rabbinical commentary on the Book of Genesis states that before the fall, Adam and Eve were able to communicate openly with the animal kingdom, so perhaps Freeman is recovering a primordial connection, rather than breaking new ground?

The long awaited moment of transition from visitor to member:
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When I held a finger next to the entrance, a sweet little bee delicately walked onto my fingertip and faced me.  She looked right into my eyes, and for the first time, we saw each other.

She describes having merged with the hive mind and body:
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I've felt distinct emotional and physical responses, such as when the bees described the quickening during the queen's elation-filled marital flight...

Freeman approaches the hive as one would a church or temple:
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I come to the hive as I would enter a holy place.  I come to the bees' presence with reverence, respect, gratitude and generosity.

And then she received the gift of awareness of a larger reality:
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Unknown to most humans, bees also work intimately with the unseen realms of nature spirits, elementals, and faeries.

Myopic Conventional Wisdom (CW) suggests that bees are at their most useful as chattel property whose dual purposes are to pollinate crops and provide humans with honey.  In contrast, Freeman describes their God-given imperative:
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In their world beyond the hive walls, bees bring life, song and spirit to all they touch, making their larger community a more vibrant, abundant place.

CW says that each bee must go his own separate way to forage, just as humans must go to their separate work.  What the bees said about that, in their own words:
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Bees have a group soul intact, never separate... In this evolution of the group soul, every hive has consciousness of every other hive.

The author continues, describing yet another gift that she received from the bees:
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...Most of us feel somewhat disconnected from our human history...Sitting quietly beside a bee hive...is one simple way of finding our way back to such a connection.  When we quiet our minds, we rediscover our goodness.

CW says that bees and plants exist in simple symbiosis, with one propagating the other.  Freeman greatly expands this relationship (again in the bees' words):
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After our touch, each plant has a rising helix, a chromatic chord, that joins earth, matter and ether.  The fecundity of the atmosphere is thus enhanced and enlivened.  Pollinating is much more than fertilization...Pollinating and the daily revitalizing of the ether is our task.

CW: Bees give us a few useful products, in honey, wax and propolis.  In contrast, Freeman explains that the thousand eyes of each bee magnify the light of the colony, wrapping each hive and bee in light, such that:
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The hive light is living food, living nourishment...Bees and their hives are temples of the spiritual world, source points of spiritual manna.

CW has led to the slippery slope of altering plant genetics and helped humans to rationalize spraying crops with chemicals first, while asking questions about their effects later.  What Freeman's bees explained to her about that:
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Pollen emits a sound vibration that fits neatly into the historic memory bees share.  When pollen is chemically altered, the atomic structure has a strange vibration that doesn't fit what we know as common perception and knowledge.

CW says that pollen has a dual purpose in the bee world, feeding bees and stimulating brood rearing.  In contrast, the bees said:
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As we collect and bring home the pollen, its vibration tunes us to a channel that bees work within.  Clear, pure pollen, rich with life force, directs us in the proper action and relationships with all that surrounds us.
  (Might organic food and cleansing fasts do the same for humans?  Thus the many sacred food rituals, including fasting, that have grown up around human meals and in human religions.)

The bees go on to say that the quality of the pollen directly affects the songs of the hive, which then affect the health of the entire colony:
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A hive altered by impaired pollen bears a dispiriting hollowness within its sound expression, which affects all levels of the hive.

Freeman enumerates the list of modern injuries to bees, such as hives being forced into migratory agricultural service and the prevalence of thousand-acre monoculture crops, to which the bees are quoted as saying,
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Monocultures are a betrayal of trust between bees and humankind.
 

With so many adversities facing bees, colony collapse is diagnosed as being the final solution, initiated by the bees themselves: mass suicide. 
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The bees sacrifice themselves so that their weakness doesn't carry forward.



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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #38 on: July 22, 2017, 04:21:02 PM »
Thanks for posting about this most wondrous book written by such a forward-thinking person, Jacqueline Freeman.

One of the many take-away messages from the book is that the bees have told her that they came here to help humans evolve to become better beings, or something to that effect.  I'll certainly give them an "A" for making the attempt, and it's not over yet, so there's still hope for some of us.

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In the chapter "The Song of Belonging," Freeman's descriptions of the different members of honey bee society brought them to life in a way that completely contrasts with "how to" books on beekeeping.

Freeman says that we get a skewed understanding of the hive community when we speak of the Queen bee as a monarch, as she is more aptly described as the mother of every bee born into the colony.  The song of a hive without a queen is one of mourning, she says.  Freeman points out the enormous sacrifice that the Queen makes, as once her mating flight is complete, she remains in the hive and will never see the light of day again, unless a swarm departs and the original colony becomes two separate ones.  Young virgin queens, whose bodies are not yet sexually mature enough to mate, spend their time wandering around the hive learning all about it.  Freeman's bees refer to the mating flight as a wedding nuptial celebration, in which the young bride will be mated with several drones from another colony, ensuring a healthy mix of desirable traits in the gene pool.  The personality of the colony changes with each new queen based upon the traits of the drone seed in her spermatheca.  Her scent will mark every member of the hive with a chemical to identify them as belonging, such that male and female siblings will know not to mate with one another.  In exchange for the sacrifice that the Queen makes in giving up her freedom to fly so that she may lay 2000 eggs per day except in wintertime, she is surrounded by a cluster of handmaidens who tend to her every need until she is old enough to retire as the Dowager Queen.

Freeman takes issue with naming the other female bees "worker" bees - she says in bee culture they should be referred to as Maidens.  Though they will never personally go out on a nuptial flight, each Maiden experiences all of the sensations of the queen's wedding bliss vicariously through the hive mind and body, so no bee is left out of the totality of life's experiences, and there are no spinsters.  The maiden bees begin learning their many needed skills as soon as they emerge from the larval cell, having already learned much through the songs of the hive while they were babes in the nursery.  Some of the many callings of the Maidens include grooming every bee that returns to the hive from foraging, tending the nursery, building comb, waiting on the queen, participating in the communication grapevine, maintaining the hive at a comfortable temperature, fetching water, gathering nectar and pollen, fermenting pollen to make "bee bread," and performing housekeeping tasks.  They also defend the hive, make propolis to glue it together for strength, prepare the swarms, perform sacred chants and find new housing when necessary, finishing out their life span within a couple of months.  All tasks are done with joy, including the final task in the event that the queen dies: to lay un-inseminated eggs that will become drones who will carry the queen's genetics, and the accumulated knowledge of the hive, out into the world before the colony dies.

The Drones are called the Holiest of Beings.  Freeman explains, "The drones have no stinger...They are not made for war.  They are made for love."  Drones move at a slow, dignified pace and make up a special minority of the colony.  They are permitted to visit the inside of any other hive of their choosing, bringing news from home and courting virgin queens, while the guard bees of other hives respectfully stand aside and usher them in.  Because of the totality of the hive mind, when a drone goes visiting, all the community members left back at home get to experience everything that the drone experiences of the world and of other hives, and thus the "neighborhood" is known to all. 

The Drones visit the nurseries both at home and in the neighborhood to sing to the babies: "When the Holy Drones sing to the pips (babies), they are much like people of Aboriginal and African cultures who sing ceremonial birth songs.  These tribal people understand that the birth songs welcome babies into this world and convey important knowledge, telling them where they have come from, and where they and their tribe will move into the future."  This is the Song of Ancestral Knowledge and drones are the only bees who sing it, vibrating through the eggs in harmony with the song of the Maidens. This is all in direct contrast to Conventional Wisdon, which says that drones are useless eaters who bring mites back into the hive and should be killed.

The description of the Drones immediately reminded me of characters from early 20th Century books such as Uncle Wiggily or Raggedy Ann and Andy, similar to this drawing by Richenda Ellis:

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #40 on: July 29, 2017, 04:08:26 PM »
Jacqueline Freeman's book is one that I hope to re-read every several years.  Enlightening to say the least!

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« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2017, 02:11:49 PM »
I absolutely loved this vid on Justin Rhodes visiting a beekeeper. Inspirational and informative.
I have other vids on beekeeping, but the above one is just too sympathetic to not mention.
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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2017, 03:15:35 PM »
Thanks Socrates, never heard of the Hawaiian Greys before! 

His philosophy about the Drones being useless eaters would rile Freeman :)

No wonder his bees are so angry - they don't like the bee brush, or having their frames banged.  Best to use the labyrinth and walk away from it.  Bees will scarcely notice honey frames being lifted out and transferred, as long as they can continue their work without interruption.

Interesting that he feeds rhubarb to his bees medicinally, and also interesting that he takes a swig before tending his bees :)

How wonderful that he teaches beekeeping to children, and especially to orphanages!

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2017, 03:45:24 PM »
Here is a chart demonstrating the array of intestinal microbes in a selection of colonies.  The study concludes that the modern practice of supplementing probiotics in bee feed is unnecessary, and that bees get a wide variety of gut flora from the broad mix of plant life in their forage area. 

With so much working against honey bees now, it is almost expected that beekeepers will provide sugar-water or patties in a nectar dearth, which Freeman eschews.  If offered on the enclosed inside of the hive(s) or in an open feeder several paces away, this can mean the difference between the life and death of a colony.  Unrefined sugar, a little sea salt, and some brewer's yeast can make the syrup a more nutritious food than refined sugar syrup.  These are all items that can be stored long-term for hard times ahead.

It is likely that the bees in the above study also received dearth-feeding, and judging from the chart showing no discernable difference in gut biota between weak and strong colonies, it may be better to err on the side of preventing colony starvation than practicing non-intervention, at least with newer colonies or those experiencing environmental disruption.  With an established colony, the better practice might be simply to leave them more of their own honey, and take only a frame or two at a time as needed for the pantry.



http://scientificbeekeeping.com/probiotics-and-colony-productivity/

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Re: Beekeeping in the Tribulation and Aftertimes
« Reply #44 on: August 10, 2017, 06:30:23 PM »
Do you think it's too late to "build it and they will come"?  IOW, it's too late this year to order and install bees, but am pondering building hive(s) and waiting to catch a swarm. 

It's been nearly 20 years since hubby had bees, but we remember a little, and it would be wonderful to think of providing a safe place for some bees whose bee tree home may have been uprooted in a storm.