Winner of the 2005 Ashé Journal Book Award.
“After reading this book I felt I had been initiated into the ancient feminine mystery of sacred sexuality” Tori Amos, singer/songwriter.
Bee shamanism may well be the most ancient and enigmatic branch of shamanism. It exists throughout the world – wherever in fact the honeybee exists. Its medicinal tools – such as honey, pollen, propolis, and royal jelly – are now in common usage, and even the origins of Chinese acupuncture can be traced back to the ancient practice of applying bee stings to the body’s meridians.
In this authoritative ethnography and spiritual memoir, Simon Buxton, an elder of the Path of Pollen, reveals for the first time the richness of this tradition: its subtle intelligence; its sights, sounds, and smells; and its unique ceremonies, which until now have been known only to initiates. Buxton unknowingly took his first steps on the Path of Pollen at age nine, when a neighbour – an Austrian bee shaman – cured him of a near-fatal bour of encephalitis. This early contact prepared him for his later meeting with an elder of the tradition who took him on as an apprentice. Following an intense initiation that opened him to the mysteries of the hive mind, Buxton learned over the next thirteen years the practices, rituals, and tools of bee shamanism. He experienced the healing and spiritual powers of honey and other bee products, including the “flying ointment” once used by medieval witches, as well as ritual initiations with the female members of the tradition – the Melissae – and the application of magico-sexual “nektars” that promote longevity and ecstacy. ‘The Shamanic Way of the Bee’ is a unique view into the secret wisdom of this age-old tradition.
Simon Buxton is a beekeeper, the British faculty for Dr. Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and the founder / director of The Sacred Trust, a UK-based educational organisation dedicated to the teaching of practical shamanism for the modern world. He lives in England and teaches internationally.
The first English translation of an updated German title first published over 20 years ago and since then there have been both Czech and Slovak editions. It explains the best methods for harvesting and gives a wide range of recipes, many of which have been used as folk medicines in Eastern Europe.
In ‘Beauty and the Bees’, Dr Sara J Robb explains how honey, beeswax, and propolis can be used to decrease the signs of ageing. Bee products, in particular honey, are valuable as dietary supplements, as functional foods, in home remedies and in cosmetics. Substituting some of the sugar, in your diet, with honey will significantly increase your physiological levels of antioxidants and can slow the ageing process. Honey antioxidants correlate with honey colour; the darker the colour of honey, the higher the age defying antioxidants. The colour scale below shows the colours of honey, which can be used to estimate the levels of antioxidants. If you choose a dark honey, such as heather, ivy or buckwheat, you can increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet. As well as increasing antioxidants in food, bee products have had a place through history in remedies and cosmetics. Beeswax, propolis and honey have medicinal qualities that end themselves to home remedies and cosmetics. Beauty and the Bees begins with an introduction, by nutritionist Dr Domingo J. Piñero, discussing the importance of honey as a functional food. High antioxidant honey recipes are provided, including sweet and savoury honey recipes, honey baked goods and confections. Beauty and the Bees also contains recipes for beeswax anti-ageing creams, antioxidant honey soaps and Aunt Bea’s Remedies.