The bee is an important symbol in teachings and mythologies around the world. Ancient Egyptians attached great religious and spiritual significance to the honeybee. Bees were associated with royalty in Egypt, hence the bee headdress; The Hindu gods were often associated with bees. The gods Vishnu, Krishna, and Indra were called Madhava, the nectar-born ones.
Around the fourteenth century an elusive mystery school known as the ‘brotherhood of the bees’ (because they collected and stored knowledge) held powerful secrets for the art and science of Human Empowerment.
Echoes of their teachings can be found in the work of George Gurdjieff who had contact with the school and further influenced practitioners such as Pamela Lyndon Travers who wrote the Mary Poppins books and Osho.
THE THRIAI (Thriae) were three prophetic nymphs of Mount Parnassos in Phokis (central Greece). They were minor goddesses of the art of divinitation by pebbles and of the birds of omen which were gifted to Hermes by the god Apollon. They were apparently envisaged as nymphs with the heads of women and the bodies of bees.
The Thriai may have been identified with the Korykiai, nymphs of the prophetic springs of Mount Parnassos, or with the Nymphai Themeides, daughters of the oracular goddess Themis. They also appear to be related to the Melissai (Mellissae), bee and honey nymphs
Bees are regarded by some as an example of a divine intellect woven through nature.
“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because it labors, but because it labors for others.”- Saint John Chrysostom