What Does It Mean When You Dream About Bees? Bee Symbolism & Meaning Explained

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Dreaming Of Bees — Bee Symbolism, Totem & Power Animal Meaning
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Many people will shrug off seeing a bee as a normal occurrence, but the season isn’t the only reason you’re seeing bumblebees all around you.

Seeing or even dreaming about a bee has spiritual meaning. Are you as busy as a bee? 

What does it mean to see a bee?

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Bees are spirit animals that come into your life when they have an important message to relay to you.

The bee spirit animal symbolizes hard work and a strong work ethic.

As an animal spirit guide, a bee also conveys the importance of stopping to smell the roses every now and again, creating a balance in life.

This bee totem conveys that you can do whatever you set your mind to as long as you stay devoted to your task and positive. 

You can invoke this totem an individual or a tribe to call upon their survival skills and powers.

A spiritual message from the bees is coming and their symbolism is closely connected with springtime.

Bees love the spring and summertime. During those seasons, these animals work vigilantly.

Bees pollinate flowers, not only to help the flowers grow but to get nectar.

They collect nectar from flowers that allow them to make honey so they can survive during the winter.

What does a bee symbolize?

Bees symbolize productivity.

The message the spirit animal is sending you is calling you to evaluate your life in regards to your productivity. They want you to get organized and focused. Bees have a strong work ethic and a bee teaches us to be hard working.

The bees know that becoming more intentional with how you spend your time will allow you to be more successful.

Bees are also associated with teamwork.

Every bee in a hive has a role. For the hive to function smoothly, everyone must do their part, just like in real life.

Seeing bees in a dream is an indicator that you start pulling your weight more on a team and remember there’s no “I” in the word "team."

Much like any organization or team beehives have a division of powers. Within the beehive hierarchy, it has the queen bee on top, the drone bee follows, and the worker bee is at the bottom.

Queen bees are the largest in the hive because their sole purpose is to mate and reproduce. They seldomly leave the hive and they don’t even feed themselves. The queen bee is taken care of by the bees in the hive.

Drone bees are male bees who are expected to mate with the queen.

Other than that they serve no purpose for the hive past matting season.

Worker bees are the backbone of the hive.

A bee works to pollinate, collect nectar, and make honey.

They take care of both the queen and the drones.

They are also the ones who decide when it’s time for a new queen.

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What does a bee symbolize in the Bible?

Bees appear many times in the Bible.

Bees are a symbol of Jesus Christ's attributes.

The honey is a symbol of Christ's sweet and gentle nature, while the sting of a bee is referring to justice and the cross. 

Bees are mentioned in the Bible four times: Deuteronomy 1:44, Judges 14:8, Psalm 118:12, and Isaiah 7:18.

Judges 14:8 is the story of Samson, where the bee reference comes in the use of honey. The passage reads, "After some days he returned to take her. And he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion, and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion and honey."

The other three times bees are referenced, the Bible refers to the power of bees. 

Deuteronomy 1:44 reads, "Then the Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do and beat you down in Seir as far as Hormah."

Psalm 118:12 says, "They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!"

And Isaiah 7:18 reads, "In that day the Lord will whistle for the fly that is at the end of the streams of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria."

What does a bee symbolize in different cultures?

Native American bee symbolism

Bees appear frequently in Native American tribes. When bees appear, usually they come as a spirit guide with caution and warning for people to not disrespecting nature. 

Also, Native Americans believe that bees represent that even the smallest warriors are the strongest. 

Honey bees also are associated with fertility and they bring good luck to couples that are trying to conceive. They are a symbol of maternal love that is given from the god of love and of a time of joy.

Ancient Egyptian bee symbolism

In ancient Egyptian culture, the bee symbolized a stable and obedient society. In this society, beekeeping was practiced, and it was an essential part of their everyday life. Beekeeping supported the agricultural, medicinal, nutritional, and ritualistic practices of their culture. 

Why are bees special?

Bees are so special to everyone because they are sole pollinators every spring. They are powerful animals and vital to a healthy ecosystem. The majority of the food we eat depends on bees to pollinate. Without bees, we will lose most of our food supply. That is why bees are so very special to us and the planet.

Are bees a bad omen?

Bees can sometimes indicate a possible death omen. 

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Swarms of bees that have landed on a dead tree branch would indicate to either the person who saw them or to the beekeeper's family that someone would die soon. 

Also, if a swarm of bees gets into the house, it is considered to be a bad omen.

If a bee flies into your house, it brings good luck. But if the bee dies inside of your house, it does bring bad luck. And if you kill a bee, you will have the worst luck. 

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What it means when you dream about bees

1. Dreaming about a flying bee

If you have dreamed of bees, specifically flying bees, odds are it’s a worker bee.

This means that it’s time for you to get out of your comfort zone and start taking the steps to make your dream come true.

You have to set a goal and remain consistent, just like the worker bees because anything you set your mind to you can achieve.

2. Dream about a resting bee

A sitting bee is a queen bee, so your dream is trying to tell you it might just be time to slow down and prioritize one thing.

A queen bee’s fertility is the most important thing to her, so she invests everything into the health of her offspring.

3. Dreaming about a bee landing on you

This dream is telling you it’s time for you to get comfortable working in a team.

Accept that helping hand. One bee can’t run the hive on its own, and neither can you.

Don’t be scared to work with a team.

The right team will be very beneficial and do things you would have never been able to do on your own.

4. Dreaming that you are a bee in a hive

Dreams about being in a beehive are telling you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

When all that hard work is paying off, don’t be afraid to reap some of the benefits.

The bees work so hard during the spring and summer so that they can live comfortably thanks to what their hard work afforded them.

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Tamara Sanon is a writer with a passion for covering astrology, spirituality, love, and relationships.