Bees, Honey and the Hive: Circumambulating the Centre; A Jungian exploration of the symbolism and psychology
ISBN 9781894574327. Index. 208 pp. 2011. $30.00
The symbolism of bees, honey and the hive intertwine, but at the core is
the imagery of the circumambulation of the centre. For bees, this is a
dynamic in the service of the queen bee and the preservation of the hive.
In depth psychological terms, circumambulation is linked with mandala
symbolism or the archetype of inner order, an archetype that Jung said
was perhaps the most important.
This work explores the alchemical union of opposites through
symbolism related to the life and nature of the bee. Some particular
opposites associated with bees, honey and the hive include those of love
and war, sweetness and bitterness, the individual and multiplicity, light
and dark, order and chaos, industry and laziness, earth and heaven/the
sky, sun and moon, spirit and matter, fertility and sterility, regeneration
The author brings together her practical experience as a beekeeper and
insights gained in her work in depth psychology, particularly through an
appreciation of Jung’s final work, Mysterium Coniunctionis: An Inquiry
into the Separation and Synthesis of Psychic Opposites in Alchemy.
Frith Luton, M.A., completed her analyst training in Zurich. Her
passionate interest in nature, literature and the symbolic life has been
strong since childhood. She has been a professional book editor for over
twenty years. She has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in analytical
psychology. In her youth she was a beekeeper for ten years and now has
a private analytic practice in Melbourne, Australia.
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