Sacred Geometry and the Honey Bee

Photo from page 31 “Sacred Geometry – Philosophy and Practice” by Robert Lawlor

Sacred geometry has been interpreted and incorporated by the most ancient of civilizations.

This last season I had the pleasure of working with the “Golden Mean” Hive design from http://backyardhive.com/. The two hives were beautifully handcrafted by the head Sensei at White Pines Dojo. Aside from working out the odd kinks with switching to top bars this has proven to be a very beneficial way to work with the bees. The top bars allow the bees to naturally build comb to the exact size that they prefer, I’ll write more about the benefits of natural comb in another post. I want to focus on the use of sacred geometry in this hive design. The Golden Mean, also known as the greek letter PHI, the fibonacci sequence is known as the regeneration number. It is the basis of all living things,
our bodies as well as those of trees and  animals  share this proportion.

“The golden ratio has fascinated Western intellectuals of diverse interests for at least 2,400 years. According to Mario Livio Some of the greatest mathematical minds of all ages, from Pythagoras and Euclid in ancient Greece, through the medieval Italian mathematician Leonardo of Pisa and the Renaissance astronomer Johannes Kepler, to present-day scientific figures such as Oxford physicist Roger Penrose, have spent endless hours over this simple ratio and its properties. But the fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics.” – Wikipedia

Honey bees like most living beings have a profound understanding of geometry…just look at a single cell from the honey comb. The perfection of the hexagonal wax amazes me every time I gaze upon it.

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One Response to Sacred Geometry and the Honey Bee

  1. thato says:

    Would love to learn more on sacred geometry. Thank u for the effort to teach

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