Spirit Animal Totems

Honey Bee

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Am I enjoying the nectar of the sweetest flowers with my thoughts? Or am I lingering in the swamp of unproductive thinking?
-Honey Bee

When Bee comes buzzing into your life:

If the Bee has shown up in your life, examine your own productivity. Are you doing all you can to make your life more fertile? Are you busy enough? Are you making time to savor the honey of life and not becoming a workaholic?

This honey making insect reminds us to make our lives productive while the sun shines and to enjoy the nectar of efforts. No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams.

If the Bee is your Animal Totem;

You have the ability to accomplish the impossible over and over again. You know how to enjoy the sweetness that life brings you and you understand the proper use of your own energy. Your intentions are always focused on a clear path and goal in life. You are also self-sufficient, very focused, a very hard worker, and you work best when they are working with others.

If the Bee has come to you in your dreams:

To see them in your dream symbolizes wealth, good luck, harmony, creativity and bliss. These insects are also symbolic of hard work and industry as represented by the common phrase “busy as a Bee.” Your hard work will pay off in the end with sweet results. Alternatively, the dream represents the things that are happening in your life or something that is buzzing with activity. Is there a lot going on in your life?

In particular, to see the queen of these insects in your dream refers to a dominant female in your life.

To dream that you are stung by a insect, indicates that you have been wronged. Maybe you have been hurt by some stinging remark.

Additional Associations for Bee:

  • Industry
  • Action
  • Communication
  • Ability to consciously choose the results we want in our lives
  • Examine your own productivity in life (mentally, physically, spiritually)
  • Are you reaping the honey of life by your dreams and opportunities?

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62 Responses to Honey Bee

  • What does a black shiny bee mean. I have 1 single bee that follows me in my car to my house then disappears. Also a pale khaki like dove with irradesent pewter or silver&gold color on the underside of its wings and a large doe blue eyes white spots . Are these spirit animals? When I was a kid these animals saved me from a poisonous snake if it wasn’t for me seeing those doves flapping their wings at that snake with the light shining off of their wings I wouldvery stepped on that snake and died I was 5 my sister was watching me,and the deer gave me a vibe to follow her because I had gotten lost out in the woods and I followed her and she lead me home never saw neither animals again. Sorry I’ve always wondered. So I know it sounds crazy just curious.

  • I have had several messages from bee messengers over the last few years but today was the most peculiar. I am a writer, working on my newest novel, The Honey Witch, about a young witch with an affinity for bees. On this rainy, gloomy day, I was flabbergasted to come into my office and find a very plump honey bee sitting on my window sill, very still. She sat there for nearly 15 minutes, the whole time, engaging in a stare off with me. I found myself drawn into her onyx eyes. When she took off, she paused in midflight and appeared to be waving a leg at me. It was such a joyous exchange. I need to process what it means but it felt like a big boost of encouragement. I was able to snap some pictures but they are a bit fuzzy because of the screen. Insanely cool.

  • Today as I was getting dropped off at work I saw something land on my hand, as I looked I realized it was a bee!!!!!!! I tried not to freak out and tried to get it to fly away. I didn’t want to flick it off and hurt it so it just sat there on my hand for about 3 minutes. I always dream of bees and I now get the message it was trying to give me. Once the wind picked up the bee flew off like nothing.

  • Hi there,

    I was speaking with a friend and a bird landed on my balcony right in front of me, holding a bee in it’s beak.
    I was drawn to the bee more so than the bird.
    At the time I was speaking with a person about whether to continue in an interaction where many childhood pains/patterns are re-emerging or whether to have some time and space so as to keep my centre…….

    Any suggestions on messages is welcomed.

    Many thanks,

    • I just came across this site after looking up the spiritual messages of bees and am grateful for the discussion. The neighbors just discovered a swarm in my fig tree. What are the possible messages for me?

      Blessings, Jennifer

      • I would like to know the same thing, we have had 3 different swarms of honeybees within the past WEEK. The first time I witnessed it happening before they clustered together. The second and third time happened within a day of each other. We live in rural area nearby a busy road. Thoughts?

  • Okay, I’ve read all of your story’s, but last night a bee stung me on my ass, under my covers.


  • So randomly today i was having a cig( i know, i should stop) in the car on my way to an appointment. As i was stopped in traffic, i started to freak a little bit. A decent sized bee was flying in and out my window. It stopped and stayed on my arm rest for a sec and left. I didn’t think anything of it, just glad i didn’t freak out while i was driving. After finishing up with my appointment I started making the commute back home. This is when another bee decided it was a good time to go in and out of my car. He landed on the rear view mirror, and looked at me for a bit. I was scared as this was a much bigger bee lol. None the less I didn’t freak out i just kept driving and he eventually flew away. This is where the mere coincidence, didn’t seem so much as a coincidence. I’m glad to hear the bee is a good sign. Seems pretty correct, I have been working twice as hard as i ever had and some difficulties have set back my spirit. Im glad to see the world winked at me as to acknowledge all my efforts aren’t in vain.

  • I was driving and a bee landed on my leg. I was about to freak out lol. Then he just left.

  • I just had a baby honey bee land on my right shoulder while I was outside an enjoying the sun( which I rarely do because I’m alwaysure at work) with my snake an it just sat there until I grabbed a leaf an moved him gently to the leaf an he flew off.
    Athena my snake is special in her own way I had a dream about her before I owned her. I am gifted an just learned all that this last November I’ve been ascending fast.. I met my twin an had kundalini energy take over my body clearing my Chakras.. this sudden urge for school in massage energy healing . I personally don’t like school but I’m being called so I just quit my job yesterday an kinda hard to deal with it. But then didn’t want to work with my classes, an was thinking about that while I was outside, when the bee decided to join me. My spirit guide is a snake I know that. But what does the bee mean.. I’ve never had that happen…. I also had a dragon fly an a butterfly just sit on my car last year then I got into view it flew off. I’m rambling I know :-)

  • My husband passed away two months ago and it started with a swarm of bees in the cabin of his boat which is moored quite far away on a river. Since then single bees seem to fly in to my lounge usually late at night but sometimes during the day. Not sure what to make of it or if it’s even related to his passing.

    • The swam of bees was a warning. The single bees that come to you are saying we are sorry that he has gone. We’ll that is how I see it. But only you can really know and relate it to how your husband died. Was it something that could have been avoided if warned of? Was your husband a busy bee? Is he sending you the bees to say “It’s me, remember all those bees that came?”

    • I believe this is a sign telling you he is ok. Even though you can’t see or hear him, he is always with you and can hear everything you say. There are probably more signs just keep a look out.

  • I had a honey bee land on my neck while I was driving, I hit it and I didn’t even realise it was a bee until I look at something on my shirt. I looked down and it had no body. It was still alive. Weird thing is I was just on my way back to work. I was at the doctors for a blood test due to low levels of iron.

  • In the past month, 100’s of bees have been coming and dying around me. That is no exaggeration of how many and to what extent might i add. I have 36 sitting dead on their backs at the entrance to my study at home 4ft from me as i type this response. They seem to go to any extent to die within the closest possible proximity of me regardless of where I am. I have had numerous bees now that will fly through a gap in a louvre window that i leave open the connects my laundry and study and 9ft in the air, and because the laundry has one of the main entrances to my house, a number of bees now have flown what seems to be deliberately in through my house using the laundry door on the few times it is left open and then through the window that connects the 2 rooms, just to die on my desk whilst i work during the day. At first I did not think much of it, but now given the circumstance I could not ignore the situation if i tried (nor can my family and friends around me). I hope someone could explain or shed some light on what this may mean in any way.

    the bee man (apparently)

    • In the fall, hundreds of bees are ousted from the hive (to die cold and alone) to ensure winter survival of the remaining bees within the hive. The ousted bees are seeking out warmth and eventually die from the lack of food, water, etc. Sad, but that’s nature I suppose. Take comfort in knowing that they didn’t die completely alone.

  • I recently had a dream of a king bee and a husky, they were together and I would like to know besides the obvious WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
    Maybe nothing – but maybe something!!!

  • This morning I put on a light sweater and added a pretty silver bee brooch/pin that I haven’t worn in years. Later this afternoon I saw a swarm on main street. It quickly grouped itself on a small tree just 3 feet off the ground. I took several pictures up close and didn’t feel afraid at all. I called a local honey farm and they sent out a swarmcatcher. She said it was a beautiful big healthy swarm and she was grateful I had called. I felt very happy, almost giddy the whole time. Is there a message in this for me?

  • Would there be any other meanings one might receive from bees other than relating to productivity or work? My son and I had the sad task of putting my wonderful six year old cat to sleep yesterday because his kidneys shut down. When we got back to my son’s place, I was about to shut the car door when a honeybee landed there.
    This was the mellowest honey bee in the world. It sat there happily cleaning its wings. My son suggested that we roll down the window a little so it could get out when it was ready. I slid into the driver’s seat to turn the car on so I could roll down the window, and the bee flew away.
    My son said he thought the bee was bringing a positive message after the horrible, sad experience we’d just had. I wonder if maybe it wasn’t bringing a message from my cat. I was very close to this particular cat. He was very special and losing him has been devastating to me.

    • I realize you posted this awhile, but I’ve had very similar incidents and I cannot find any specific references to losing loved ones and visiting bees. A day after I lost my grandpa, i was sitting in the park alone on a bench, reflecting on my loss. I felt a tickle on the palm of my hand and lo and behold a bee was sitting there very calmly. I am not normally very calm around insects of any sort, but I was so sad that I almost felt this bee came to comfort me. It just sat there in the palm of my hand for probably half a minute, but what seemed much longer, then flew away. This past weekend was my son’s birthday party. I was outside cleaning up my deck when I felt something land in my hair close to my ear. Oddly enough it was not buzzing but making a sort of whirring sound that was very soothing. Still, being struck by something in my hair was unnerving, so I instinctively batted it out which is when I realized it was a bee. It didn’t sting me and crawled away. I do think they are messengers. To this day, any fear I had of bees has been replaced with curiousity and affinity.

      • It is time to begin making your dreams realities. Bees have various duties throughout their short but productive lives. Older Bees teach the new Bees their duties. Bees learn from their elders their place in the social structure. You instinct is strong so go with it. There is an unfulfilled duty that is yours to fill. You will be successful. Your Grandpa will give you the advice needed to complete your life path. Your son will follow in your footsteps. Lead wisely your son is watching your every move and will one day walk this same, important path.

        • Thank you for your response Zbeekeeper. Yesterday I was walking my students to their school bus at dismissal and another honeybee came and landed right in front of my feet. I almost stepped on it but noticed just in time and took note of it because it was 26 degrees outside and I’ve never seen a honeybee in the winter.

    • You say it sat there cleaning it’s wings. Much like a cat cleaning behind its ears. I think it was a message that your cat is fine in the afterlife.

    • I have a dream last night that the humble bee visit me.the be came so close I held it in my left Hand.I then close my hand with the be in it…after a few minutes I open my hand .then the bee disappear beneath my skin I my palm

  • So, today as I was putting some groceries away, i felt a little tickle on the back of my arm, and see a bee totally chillin’ on me. Naturally (or maybe unnaturally), I did a little freak out dance and got the bee off. I did not get stung, thankfully. The bee was fine; my husband relocated it outside. It’s just such a curious thing since I was at home, and would have noticed a bee flying around near me… Any thoughts on what this could mean? I am not afraid of bees, in fact, they are the only insect besides ants that I can be around without getting grossed out or scared. It just felt meaningful, though I dont’ know what it could mean.

    • I can definitely relate. I can’t keep the sugar ants out of my home no matter what I try. It’ll only work for a while and the bees occupies the outside just above the front and back door. Many of them. What I’ve notice is that both are hard workers and is family oriented. Both are modest unless triggered and both believe in communication in order to get the job done. I do believe it is a positive message. God bless.

  • What does it mean when you are stung by a bee (in a VERY random place – ie my bed!) and then immediately following the sting, you see 2 articles/ photographs of bees on social media?

    • For the last…I would say…. two months I’ve been visited by this one bee. Three to four times a week, between 11am to 6pm. While sitting in my bedroom I noticed a bee outside my window. What really drew my attention to it was that it appeared to be conscious of me. When I would look directly at it, it would fly away…for a very short period of time. When I don’t look directly at it…it appears to be observing me. This is still going on, I have no idea what this bee is trying to tell me. I would greatly appreciate some help with understanding what’s going on.

      • I have had this same thing going on. This is why I have looked into bees. I sit on my porch and this bee just seems to sit and watch me while hovering and then if I look at it or say something it flies away. Same at work 4 miles away. Almost seems like the same bee.

    • 😯 I was just stung by a bee in my bed on my ankle while reading to my son. It’s 10 p.m. I would love to know the meaning myself…… 😛

  • I’ve been stung two times in the past month and half.. having never been stung in my life (that i recall) I felt it had to mean something so i started researching the symbolism behind bees.. and more importantly a bee stinging you. I find this information very intriguing.

  • Nearly a year ago my daughter lost her son in a drowning accident. It has been difficult for all of us, but of course she’s had the hardest road. She has been doing a lot better and I’m very thankful for that. Last night I dreamed that she told me that someone had been bringing honey bees to her. I had never seen her look so happy, her joy was incredible.
    If anyone has input, I would greatly appreciate it :smile:


    • Hello,
      They are a symbol of “the land of milk & honey” it’s a biblical scripture. God brought the slaves out of Egypt into a land “flowing with honey (paradise). God will deliver her from the bonds of captivity. A time of joy. A release from pain &sorrow.
      Bees are consider symbolic of a great harvest to come.
      Native American believed they carry messages from the Spirit of Mother Earth. A bountiful land.

      I think heaven has balconies & it was a message from her son. Be free to laugh again.

    • God will be bringing her some honey/sweetness too her life and or possibly she will have another child as the bee can represent fertility.

  • I am hoping someone might be able to help me understand my recent bee encounters. Twice in the past week, on two separate nights, I have gone to bed, only to find a little bee hanging out on my pillow. I have not seen bees anywhere else in the house, and we rarely see bees around my house as we have a major wasp problem here. I feel that the universe is trying to tell me something, but I cannot imagine what.

    • The same thing happened to me. In the past month in three different location I had a bee come inside my car while I was parked. The first time I didn’t think of it much, then it happened the second time , then again for the third time. I said to myself, okay what is going on here? Then just last week a bee come in my house and landed next to me while i was sitting down. For some reason i strongly believe its some type of message.

  • Iam recently 6 weeks pregnant haven’t left the house in weeks trying to hide from my friends as it is still early days. Today I finally had the courage to tell my close friend today because I felt guilty not telling her so we went to a close cafe, had a smoothie were I told her only to be biten on the ass by a massive bee. :sad:
    What does that mean?????

  • Last night i dreamt of a very light golden-yellow Bee which landed on my hand, i felt very blessed – this morning i am minded to share the Bee Myth;

  • Recently I’ve been trying to decide what my totem animal could be. As a child I had a love for Hippo’s and still do to a certain degree. For the past 4yrs or so I have been strongly drawn to the Honey Bee, I’m completely fascinated by them and just love to watch them go about their work. I have no fear of them and have helped out with beehives, in fact one of the hives I helped with was the so called ‘naughty hive’ as they were known to be quite angry. On the day I helped the Beekeeper noted how we were lucky today as they were being unusually calm. So this makes me wonder if rather than the Hippo, the Honey Bee is my totem animal. I haven’t dreamt about them, I just feel really calm around them…Any guidance appreciated.

    • Maybe you need to help raise awareness of the bees plight and the dagger of extinction and the consequences for humanity. You can help the bees survive. It’s becoming more popular for people to have there own suburban hive in a race to help the bees survive.

  • from two three days every morning just when I wake up… a black big bee or honey bee kind of insect is coming. entering my room. from window. please suggested what is it signifying???

    • Black is a protective colour. Is there someone wanting to hurt you that needs a good sting? The bee will do it for you karma is at work.

  • I do body code work. It was a sunny day in December so I went out to get grounded. Trying to be productive I started to do some coding for my beehive. While doing this I had one bee approach me and hover right before my face. Being attacked by an angry bee last summer I felt the need to protect myself so I quickly left. Then the thought came to me that this was not an angry bee so I went back and continued to do my body coding for the hive. The bee came again and hovered in front of my face. This time I just watched it. Then it flew off and I finished the session. I have thought of this and wondered what the message was for me. Do you have insight on this?

  • Recently I had a feeling someone was trying to get a message to me through animals, but I can’t understand the message. I was on horseback and entered a riding ring. There was a red shouldered hawk on the fence and he stayed and watched us for a while. On the direct opposite side of the ring was another hawk in the trees. After a short time I left that ring to go in to a jumper ring. Almost immediately after we walked out of the ring, a bee began circling my horse. It left, but then returned shortly after we were in the next ring, buzzing about and making circles around my horse. Jake (the horse) eyeballed the bee for a bit and then planted his feet and refused to move. The bee moved off shortly after. I’ve ridden at this farm for three years and only seen the hawks far off and never been buzzed by a bee. Life isn;t busier than usual but my 15 year old border collie is sick and I have been trying to get ready to handle the grief of losing her.

  • I just had a dream where I was in a hospital I think visiting someone. My mother was scolding me either about not understanding the seriousness of somethig. Then I saw a bee coming toward me (I’m allergic in real life and terrified). As it came close I looked at it right above me as it hovered. All of a sudden it was 2 bees but this is the really odd part. It was 1 bee carrying gold threat or a twig frayed into a few pieces and at the end hanging down was another bee – not sure dead or alive. It hovered right it front of me and looked at me. It disappeared but went to swat something above my head and it and empty hive or pine cone of something – then woke up. Any ideas?

  • As I was meditating I felt something on my shoulder then I heard someone said there is a bee on him. I was asking God direction on how to create wealth , health, being kind to others and removed all negative vive that from me. Then my boss came over and ask me if I am okay, because she saw a bee over me. I reply to her that was my guardian Angel.
    After I went and Google it and saw the meaning of bee I felt like God has spoke to me directly and this is GREAT feeling to have, cause will opportunity is on the way, door will be open, happiness will come and wealth START being created.

    God, thank you .

  • I dreamt that 2 bees approached me the suddenly they said “Thank you for being our nest and a bunch of bees flew out of me. Then a man handed me a lotion and and I applied it in my neck and it stung a little then I saw a bunch of holes in my throat. What does that mean?

  • What could the universe possibly be telling me when I was being stung by over 250 honey bees?!? 😯 It was a very significant event in mine and my husbands lives (we were both stung alot, me the worst) taht left me scared mentally and physically ….I have 78 circular scars all over my body now. I think I was marked.

    • Thats so awful – I hope you have complate healing….

    • When we need to get our own attention I believe we literally walk into certain experiences. Karmic you could say. All a part of the flow of life you could also say. But the time surrounding that event. Bee encounters in general, after the fact. The people involved in that event. All of these become tools… But only outside of any negative thought towards the experience. Outside of any fear or feeling of victimization. You could have just as easily been in a bad car accident. But I feel your higher self is quite creative to be a part of such a strange experience! If you can transmute any negativity you have regarding that event, you will gain quite the Insight I would imagine!!

      These are of course all my opinions, just thought I’d throw ya my perspective ;))
      Peace and Aloha —

  • I once had a dream I had to escape from a swarm of killer bees, I didn’t even see the bees I just heard them buzzing and I had to escape running on all fours, what does that mean?

  • I just dream that I saw my childhood best friend making honey from a whole cluster of bees (is that the hive?) I decided that I wud love to make some honey too as there were a lot more bees there. But while approaching the ball of bees I feared for a moment that they wud sting me. One got away and did sting me on my left leg but that didn’t scare me or stop me from making the honey. When I looked I saw pure clean raw Honey that I was making. What does this vision mean?

  • I live in the northern US on the east coast, where the weather is getting cooler and you don’t see bees outside anymore. This morning, after letting my dog out when I woke up, I was sitting on the floor reading something when I heard buzzing all around my head. I kept swatting at it thinking it was a fly, but then saw it was a honeybee. It then flew in and stayed in the bathroom with me on the wall near the ceiling while I showered and got ready for work. What could this bee be trying to tell me?

  • the day i finally went to court, during the lunch break, a bee landed on my phone and just buzzed around my face for a bit. when i went to the bus stop after court, i don’t know if it was the same or different bee, but it landed on my phone again, buzzed in front of my face (while i tried to stay calm and still) and this time, landed on my hand and just kinda walked around my thumb for a second. once it started flying again, i moved though. i found it interesting since i hadn’t encountered a bee in a long time. but nice to see a bee doesn’t ALWAYS have to sting 😀

  • I love bees and have never been bothered my them or had reaction to their sting , until lately i was tung and have had random swelling on my face .
    I have reason to think that my resistance is low because I was bitten by a black widow spider just 2 weeks prior.
    what is the universe trying to tell me?

  • , i dreamed i was crossing a bridge after helping a friend. i looked down and saw a honey bee hive below . after this dream i have noticed bees following me sometimes landing on me. i am a bit freakish about insects in general. at first i was freakign out but now i’m use to it. they never sting. it’s odd to me because i don’t wear perfume and the soap i use is neutral. i even found one inside my place and all the windows and doors were closed.

  • Sheryl, write down the stress, the memory of the situation, then write I forgive and accept the bees and yourself. Then Let it go, rip up the paper or burn it. This pulls the stress out of your cells, forgiveness clears it and then actually physically getting rid of it.


  • I have had bees in my yard 2 times. I did not go near these 2 areas. No one got stung either. Thank goodness.

  • I have recently moved to a mini farm, on which is a couple of hives. One of the hives queens has gone “bad” causing an issue with the rest, of course, for which the owners are dealing. The issue is that I was not afraid of bees before this happened. Since it has happened I have been harassed by the bees one day, and followed and stung on another day. Today I tried to go out again to weed, until I was again approached by a bee. I tried my best to stay still but when he got closer to my head I bolted. He followed and got stuck somewhere on my clothing which I stripped out of while running into the covered porch. This is comical to picture, but I am bothered that I am now nervous around them. What can I do?
    I am grateful for any help or advice :)

    • Hello Sharyn: The Bees are certainly trying to get their message across!
      Bee stings are generally reflective of a guilty self attack for “having the nerve” to step out on your own in the direction of manifesting your dreams. You feel you have somehow violated your own programming of staying close to home. You are somehow experiencing this as a betrayal or destructive attack on the family at the subconscious level. Take the time to analyse your guilt and use affirmations to regain your footing. The bees will leave you alone once you are back on track with your emotions.

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