Sunday 24th February 2019, England, Day 22
If you’ve read my more recent posts you’ll know that bees are “a thing” for me at the moment: my name, appearing in oracle card readings, as well as spending rather a lot of time last year watching them collecting nectar from the lavender bushes.
This week, I was in Manchester with my son for a university interview. Not knowing much about the city apart for a vague knowledge of its part in the Industrial Revolution, I was intrigued when we began to see bee symbols emblazoned on every surface: bollards, lampposts, windows, dustbins, walls and more!
In our visit to the University, I noticed 3 bees on the coat of arms too. As soon as we sat down for a coffee, I asked my son to Google it. We discovered that since 1842, the Manchester City Council coat of arms has included 7 bees flying over a globe symbolising Manchester’s industry being exported across the world. In the 1800s, Manchester’s textile mills were commonly described as “hives of activity” and after the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, the bee symbolises unity and defiance and Manchester’s indomitable spirit.
Serendipity or Synchronicity? Or both?
Serendipity is an unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected, but fortunate, discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident while synchronicity is (uncountable) the state of being synchronous or simultaneous. [Wikidiff]
This visit to Manchester with its symbolism, following hot on the heels of the other bees in my awareness has made me stop and think more about what the bees might be trying to tell me. I believe everything is connected and that messages come to us in many forms, if we choose to notice and acknowledge them.
I think the Universe is clever that way!
I am choosing to notice the messages to see what relevance they have to my life.
Bees represent balance between hard work and reaping the rewards of that hard work. They generate abundance (of honey). They are a community who work together as a team to generate this abundance. And scientifically, they are not designed to fly, yet they do so miraculously.
Balance – yes that’s an important one for me. Achieving balance between being (alone time, acceptance, harmony, grounding) and doing (working, learning, being social). As I’m also getting to know my UK family after a long absence, I am starting to be part of a wider community too. In a broader sense, they also remind me that miracles do occur everyday – small ones and big ones.
My bee story continues! I wonder what will come next?
This post is part of my Serendipitous Sundays series.