Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | October 18, 2012

The Bee – Symbol of Community

British bees are in danger. Three species of bees are already extinct and others are in rapid decline. Strong evidence points to particular pesticides being to blame for killing them. This week we have a chance to persuade the UK government to protect our bees and ban these harmful pesticides.

A government consultation on pesticide use ends next Monday. Normally the only people they would hear from would be the strong pesticide industry. But by handing in a large petition, we can make sure that the bees have someone to stand up for them.

Can you sign a petition now to demand the government phase out the pesticides that are killing our bees?

France and several other European countries have already started banning these pesticides, but the UK government is yet to be convinced. Together, by responding in our thousands, we can send a strong message to the government and counter the lobbying from the pesticide industry.

Bees are considered sacred in the Druid tradition: they symbolize community, celebration, organization.  Thanks to their honey we have mead – used as a sacred drink in Druid ceremonies.

'The Bee' from The Druid Animal Oracle illustrated by Will Worthington

‘The Bee’ from The Druid Animal Oracle illustrated by Will Worthington



  1. Point of interest–the beehive has long been an important symbol in Mormonism.

  2. The signature block on the petition asks for a postcode. I am in the U.S., so will it not accept a U.S. signature? Would U.S. signatures have any impact?

    • I’m not sure Brea – but give it a try!

      • It will not accept a U.S. post code.

  3. This is definitely one of my favorite card in this deck. I am pleased to see you are active on your site. Is there possibly a new deck being designed to match the animal and plant oracle? One that involves the Ogham tree alphabet? I love the graphics on these decks.

    • Hi Linda,
      It’s a nice idea, but we figure there are already quite a few Ogham decks out. But have you seen the Druid Plant Oracle, also illustrated by Will Worthington? It has the same size cards so the plant and animal oracles can be combined.

  4. One of the most beautiful oracles, that I have ever bought.
    A journey into the hidden soul within us.
    Thank you.

  5. Thank you for providing links to help the bees. I am sharing your blog post!

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