AUSTEJA is the Lithuanian Bee Goddess with whom some interesting rituals are connected. It was believed that bees chose their own homes according to how generous the farmer was; when a queen hived off, the people followed until she set up a new location, after which the two families were considered linked through "biciulyste", a kind of kinship-via-bee. Neither bees nor honey could be bought or sold, because they were gifts, not products. The Lithuanian language had several words for "death"...

Winged bee goddess

Bee Goddess from Rhodes, 7th Century BCE The bee was a prevalent image of the Goddess found in such diverse cultures as Mesopotamia, Lithuania, Egypt, Sicily, and elsewhere. The names Melissa and Deborah refer to a priestess of the goddess and literally mean “honey bee.”

Bee Goddess, Q. Cassetti, Trumansburg, New York, 2010, Mixed Media

A Melissa, an ancient bee priestess. The bee was an emblem of Potnia, the Minoan-Mycenaean "Mistress", also referred to as "The Pure Mother Bee". Her priestesses received the name of "Melissa" ("bee"). In addition, priestesses worshipping Artemis and Demeter were called "Bees".


Eir is the goddess associated with healing. She is known to be one of the handmaidens of Frigg, who is wife of Odin, the king of the gods. She is considered a minor goddess and is not one of the Æsir often thought of when one thinks of the Norse pantheon

Lithuanian Goddess Saule "Saule (SOW-lay) is a Baltic sun goddess whose name also means 'sun', and is queen of heaven & Earth, matriarch of the cosmos. She is a beloved and popular deity of the Lithuanians and Latvians. Her main feasts occur at the summer solstice" Painting and Quote By Helena Nelson Reed

Bee goddess

In Norse mythology, Iðunn is a goddess associated with apples and youth.

Old illustration of bees....

The Lord and Lady

Beyla, the bee goddess with influence over sweetness, wisdom and mead.


Luna, the goddess of the moon, has three phases of her life in full, crescent and new moon. At the moment, she is taking a short nap in her new moon phase before another cycle of her life begins. At times, even if we are aware that time will never stop and there are always things waiting for us to accomplish. Yet It is worthwhile to take a break and catch our breath before the next journey. By Chanyeevon

In Greek mythology Demeter was the most generous of the great Olympian goddesses. The Greek goddess Demeter was an ancient goddess beloved for her service to mankind in giving them the gift of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil.

Eki is the name of the Sun in the Basque language. In Basque mythology, Eki is daughter of Mother Earth to whom she returns daily. She was regarded as the protector of humanity and the enemy of all evil spirits. Her worshipers believed that when the sun set, Eki travelled into Itxasgorrieta ("The Reddish Seas") beneath the earth into the womb of Lurbira, her mother.

Seven Bee by

Asase Yaa _ West African. A creator Goddess who comes to fetch souls to the otherworld at the time of death.