1 The bee in nature and the natural sciences. 2 Bee symbolism in myth, legend and story. 3 Bee symbolism and the religious. 4 The bee, the honey and the hive: a psychological perspective. 5 Alchemy and the individuation process. 6 Conclusion
'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.'