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 Self, archetype of inner order. The author brings together her experience as a beekeeper and insights gained in her work in depth psychology, particularly through an appreciation of Jung’s work on the synthesis of opposites in alchemy. She trained in Zurich.