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The Shamanic Way of the Bee

The Shamanic Way of the Bee
Ancient Wisdom and Healing Practices of the Bee Masters 
by Simon Buxton 
Destiny Books, 2004.

"Those upon the Path of Pollen have always recognized the beautiful synergy that exists between flower and bee in the making of pollen," says the beekeeper named Bridge, an elder in the ancient practice of bee shamanism, who is quoted extensively in this book.

Simon Buxton, the author, describes his apprenticeship with Bridge, learning the practices, rituals and tools of a little-known European school of Shamanism based on "The Path of Pollen." Bridge is an enigmatic figure, much like Castenada's Don Juan, who Buxton describes as living "simultaneously in the past, the present, and the future, a bridge across, through, and outside the circles of time."

Buxton's story offers little description of the actual craft of beekeeping, no traceable references to historical bee shamanism,  and only general impressions of its rituals and potions, but he writes smoothly and convincingly and his anecdotal style is infectious.


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The juice of bees, not Bacchus, here behold
Which British Bards were want to quaff of old, 
The berries of the grape with Furies swell
But in the honeycomb the Graces dwell

"This is a special brew, known as metheglin or, in my tongue, medclyglin -- medicine. The old Greeks called it ambrosia or nectare, and it was considered the drink of the gods, descending from the heavens as dew before being gathered in by the bees. It was known to have magical and sacred properties, and, if made as an act of power and communion with the hive, it will prolong life and bestow health, strength, virility, creative powers and -- as you can well tell by being in my company -- great wit and poetry!" 



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