Dreaming of Bees: Discover the Spiritual Meaning and Interpretation

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Written by Kirstin Harrington

Updated: May 25, 2023

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Bees carry a lot of significance and are depicted in fables and folktales throughout many cultures, including those of the Mayans, Celts, and Native Americans. They frequently appear in our dreams, which is really no surprise. 

A dream including a bee or a swarm of them may have greater meaning. Here is what your dream may be trying to tell you and how to deal with it if you’ve been dreaming about being stung by a bee or being pursued by a hive.

Infographic of Dreaming of Bees
Dreaming about bees can provide insights into our anxieties, wants, and other facets of our personalities.

Bee Symbolism

Macro of a female Hylaeus bee on a yellow flower, possibly a chrysanthemum. The bee is primarily black and brown with two triangular shapes of yellow on either side of its face. The bee is facing frame left. The yellow flowers make up the unfocused background

Bees are essential to humans thanks to their pollination.

One of the most significant pollinators on earth, bees have existed for at least 100 million years. One-third of all the plant-based foods we eat are pollinated by them. Bees also contribute significantly to ecology by feeding other creatures and plants. 

Dreaming about bees can also provide us with insights into our anxieties, wants, and other facets of our personalities because they are a doorway to our minds and emotions. Bees have been interpreted throughout mythology, particularly that of ancient Greece, as a symbol of wealth and success in life.

Common Dreams About Bees

Believe it or not, dreaming of these pollinators is relatively common! Here are some of the typical dreams people have about bees and what they could mean for you! 

Dream Featuring a Beehive

huge beehive

A dream with a beehive may speak about your freedom.

Bees are social insects that construct honeycombs in groups called colonies. This is why they frequently appear in dreams as they stand for cooperation, peace, and collaboration. A hive can signify one’s capacity, or lack thereof, to decide for oneself as an individual in a dream; it essentially symbolizes freedom or a lack of it. 

Or, to put it another way, would you rather go it alone and follow your own way, or do you want to join and stay a part of the hive? One’s need for connection may decrease as the urge for independence becomes more important.

The difficulty of reaching a consensus on a shared objective among individuals with divergent viewpoints is another meaning of the beehive in dreams. A flaming beehive or deceased bees in your dream could indicate that your job is “going up in flames” or that you’re having a season of bad luck. 

An abandoned beehive in a dream can be read as a message that you have been concerned about having kids or even about your offspring “leaving the nest” since bees represent fertility.

Black Bees in a Dream

Field cuckoo bee (Bombus campestris). An all black form of this nest parasite bumblebee at rest on a green leaf. Th bee is horizontal in the frame , with its head facing the right. The bee is hairy and almost completely black, with scant yellow markings.

A black bee in a dream may be a negative omen.

Black bees can appear in an unfavorable dream setting, where rather than bumble bees flying around with pollen and nectar, they are part of a threatening dream where one bee resembles a wasp somewhat. This may signify that no colony supports you, which is a negative omen. 

Obstacles are the hallmark of such dreams. 

The exhausted drone serves as a stark reminder of unaddressed concerns in daily life and a message that, like bumblebees, we are social beings who depend on connection and goals to stay motivated and energetic.

Dreaming of Bees Stinging

Do bumble bees sting

Dreaming of a bee sting can signify a lack of unity in your life.

A typical bee-related dream is when a swarm of bees attacks you; this is a very frightening dream. Over the past century, swarms of bees or wasps have frequently featured in TV and cinema, acting as a terrifying narrative in horror and action.

Getting stung by a ton of bees is a very terrifying experience. But is our fear of bees the only reason we dream about them stinging and assaulting us? Or does the meaning go deeper? Bees symbolize unity and togetherness, thus being attacked by bees in a dream usually represents a profound worry or anxiety you have for specific people in your life. 

In your friendships or workplace, you can be experiencing burnout and stress as a result of taking on everyone else’s duties as your own. Perhaps there is an unfair job distribution, and you are carrying too much on your plate. 

If you’re afraid that somebody close to you may turn around and “sting” you, you might be having a dream about bees doing just that. You can find it difficult to trust others or a particular person.

Dreaming of a Swarm of Bees

Closeup of a western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding nectar of purple bellflower Campanula flowers

Dreaming of swarms is a metaphor for your social life.

The real significance of a swarm of bees in your dreams largely relies on how you are doing at the time. The swarm of bees is a metaphor for your social circles, including your relatives, friends, or colleagues. 

Your subconscious is letting you know that there are issues in your social circles that you have to confront if you feel worried and uneasy during this dream. There are unresolved difficulties among friends or coworkers. You might be involved, or it might be a problem involving people around. However, you are impacted by their actions.

With these dreams of bees, your subconscious urges you to solve any issues before they go out of control! It’s time to talk openly with the people you’re experiencing problems with. Be honest with them about your feelings, but keep your arguments constructive. 

Your subconscious is letting you know that your interpersonal interactions are going exceptionally well right now if you have dreams involving a swarm of bees and are generally feeling upbeat. Never underestimate the value of camaraderie and partnership!

Dreaming About Killing a Bee

A pollen covered ashy mining bee. The bee is center frame facing the camera. It is resting on a green leaf. The bee is covered in pollen. It is yellow all over.

Dreams of killing a bee aren’t about violence but maybe a message about how things affect you.

Any violent act in your dream can be quite unsettling, particularly if you carry it out. However, having nightmares about slaying bees does not necessarily indicate that you wish to hurt a living creature. In fact, these nightmares frequently indicate the necessity to break out particular acquaintances from your personal life. 

Do some people in your life make you unhappy? You might feel uneasy about a colleague at work, but you’re not sure why. Well, following your gut instinct is crucial!

Being around negative individuals can be incredibly tiring and detrimental to your health and spiritual development. If you dream that you are killing bees, consider what this can signify for you and what you should do to leave unpleasant individuals in the past.

Having a Bee in Your Hair in Your Dreams

Closeup of a western honey bee or European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding nectar of pink great hairy willowherb Epilobium hirsutum flowers

A dream of a bee in your hair can be a nightmare.

Usually, when we dream about our hair, it symbolizes our sensitivity and personality. It may also stand for our well-being and health. It might be frightening to have bees caught in your hair in your nightmares! However, we can figure out what having these dreams means when we compare the significance of dreams about hair and dreams about bees. 

This dream frequently occurs when we are concerned that our social lives negatively affect who we are as individuals. Maybe you aren’t being yourself with your colleagues and friends because you are putting on a front.

You might not be making time for your own passions and hobbies. Additionally, you might be neglecting your faith in favor of your social life, which is leaving you exhausted and concerned for your safety and well-being. 

Take a moment away from socialization to do what you truly desire to do if you are experiencing dreams about bees caught in your hair. Take up neglected hobbies and investigate spiritual disciplines like tarot or crystal healing. You’ll quickly start to feel like yourself!

Dreaming of Bees Landing on You

macro isolate of a lemon cuckoo bumblebee. The bee is most black with a lemon yellow , hairy thorax (mid section,

A bee landing on you during a dream could mean the insect is your spirit animal.

You typically experience a sense of tranquility and serenity during these dreams. It’s possible that you bond with the bee that landed on you and like its companionship. Bees could be your spirit animal, explaining why you had this dream. Nevertheless, you could also experience bees landing on you for psychological reasons!

This dream offers a fairly sweet message because, in dreams, bees stand for collaboration and communication. It serves as a token of the people in your life who love and encourage you and are always there for you. 

In our lives, it’s crucial to have friendships, relatives, and coworkers. They are there to support us when we are low and to give us praise when we are succeeding. Your subconscious tells you that you are loved and cherished when dreaming of bees landing on you.

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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