Carrie Ann Baade | Spirit of the Honey Bee (Primum Ens Melissae)
Medium: Oil on Panel
Size: 20 x 16 inches (H x W)
In ancient Egypt, it was said that bees grew from the tears of the sun god Ra, when they fell on the desert sand. In ancient Greece, Bee not only applied to priestesses, prophetesses, or Goddesses, but it was also bestowed upon poets, musicians, artists, and philosophers or anyone touched by divine inspiration. Honey is regarded a symbol of wisdom cultivated over time from the ‘flowers of experience.’
The ancient Egyptians, believed that the soul had several parts. One of these was the person’s name or rn. This was the foundation of being as an individual for it is who we are called in this life. Names were closely bound with magic. The name Pamela means (pan) "all" and μελι (meli) "honey." In this portrait, Pamela is portrayed wearing a gown of golden honeycomb as she embodies this reservoir.
While bees have a reputation for bringing order, as their hives are models of organization. Bees are hard working examples of what is possible through dedication. The bee is a symbol of wisdom, by collecting pollen from many flowers and transforming it into nourishing honey, it is the gold of the bees. Bees are often considered symbols of the goddess or divine feminine because they are ruled by queens. Bees are examples of cooperation and mutual collectivism.
Created around the story of her name, Pamela means “honey” or “all sweetness.” Pam Grossman is a writer and lecturer about the contemporary witch movement and how this archetype has affected the perception of women, not only how they have been historically viewed and how to envision the wise woman in the present and future. A tireless promoter of the arts, she is someone who is gathering knowledge and influence into a hive populated by intuitive people, which is like the function of a queen bee. Capturing the thoughts and teachings of this order of individuals, is likened to the collection of honey