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The Possible Meanings of Dreams About Bees

Updated on January 3, 2017

Dreams about bees can be interpreted in various ways depending on what religion, tradition, culture, astrological system, or psychologist you consult. There's no denying, however, that bees are rich with symbolic meaning across cultures and faiths around the world.

It's up to you to choose which type of interpretation you would like to apply to your dreams. Sometimes religious and cultural explanations may not be enough for your dreams. In which case, you could examine them from various perspectives in psychology, psychoanalysis, or neuroscience. This article covers the cultural, religious, astrological, and psychological meanings of dreaming about bees.

What does it mean to dream about bees?
What does it mean to dream about bees?

Bees: Reality vs. Symbolic Meanings

Because of their stingers, bees are often viewed as a threat, and a dream about bees may reflect the anxiety or irritation one feels about bee stings. Bees normally only sting when the hive is threatened, but many myths about bees persist. Some people believe that bees can sense human fear, and this aura of fear will provoke the bee. This is not true: Bees sting when they're afraid, or when they feel the hive is threatened. Even so, in such a situation, both the bee and the person about to be stung would likely be frightened. A dream about bees, then, may draw on this association between bees and fear.

Bees have popular connotations other than violence, annoyance, and aggression which are also rooted in reality. In many ways, beehives resemble human societies: complex and orderly, with social roles such as queens and worker bees. Bees also fulfill a vital ecological function, pollinating flowers and enabling the reproduction of plants. For these and other reasons, bees are important symbols in many cultures.

While bees won't sting without provocation, most people's association with them is aggression, annoyance, and pain.
While bees won't sting without provocation, most people's association with them is aggression, annoyance, and pain.

Symbolic Meanings of Bees in Christianity

If you are interested in what dreaming about bees may mean, start by learning about the different cultural and religious symbolic meanings of bees. Bees have many meanings in Christian scripture and folklore:

  • When a bee fertilizes a flower by transporting pollen, it appears (mistakenly) that the plants have reproduced without sexual contact, leading some to associate bees with the Immaculate Conception and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. For this reason, Roman Catholic churches place pure beeswax candles on their altars.
  • The spreading of pollen resembles the spread of Christianity, or the sharing of the Good News.
  • The idea of Christian charity can be likened to a beehive working together for a common good.
  • The bee's sting can also be likened to the piercing pain of Christ's crucifixion.

Bees and Honey in the Quran

Bees and honey are mentioned in the Quran, the Islamic scripture:

  • Allah taught the bees to create honey and to populate areas where they could be useful to humans: "And thy Lord taught the bee to build its cells on hills, on trees and in people's habitations." [Quran 16:68]
  • The Quran mentions honey's numerous healing properties, which have been corroborated by modern science. For example, "There emerges from their bellies a drink, varying in colors, in which there is healing for people..." [Quran 16:69]
  • Bees also represent God-given discipline and order, and a holy division of labor amongst a collective.
  • In dreams, Islam subscribes various meanings to bees, notably wealth and good fortune brought forth by hard work and perseverance. On the other hand, bees can also be an allusion to disease or war, due to their tendency to swarm and attack.

In many cultures, bees symbolize industriousness, order, and discipline.
In many cultures, bees symbolize industriousness, order, and discipline.

Bee Symbolism in Judaism

Bees in Jewish scripture and exegesis:

  • Bees are analogized to the Jewish people in scripture: bees work as a collective behind a leader, and can be likened to those who follow the teachings of Jewish prophets or sages.
  • At Rosh Hashanah, Jews traditionally eat apple slices dipped in honey, in hopes for a sweet new year.
  • According to the Midrash, an interpretive text for the Torah, the Jews are to toil not for their own benefit, but for God, like bees who collect pollen for the greater benefit.

Hindu Meanings of Bees

Bees can also be seen in the imagery and holy texts of Hinduism:

  • Hindu deities are often represented using bees. Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, is often depicted as a bee on a lotus flower. Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, is depicted as having a blue bee in the middle of his forehead. Kama, the god of love, possesses a bow-string made of bees.
  • In the Vedas, honey is noted for its medicinal properties.
  • The Upanishads use bees as an allegory for interconnectedness: bees make honey by sourcing many flowers, and do not know which flowers created a certain batch. As honey is a consistent whole made from many forgotten parts, all beings are one.

Psychological Interpretation of Dreams About Bees

Rather than learning about the religious symbolism of bees, you may want to know what a dream about bees may mean psychologically. There are many ways to understand dreams, among them Sigmund Freud's, one of the most influential psychoanalysts in history. For Freud and other psychoanalysts, dreams are the unconscious mind trying to get out. A dream then, could represent a romantic desire you didn't realize you had, a fear or anxiety you're not yet aware of, or a memory that you've repressed.

To interpret a dream about bees psychologically, you need to think about what bees mean for you and what they have meant in your life. Were you stung by a bee as a child? Is someone in your life a beekeeper or otherwise associated with bees? The bees in your dream might actually represent that person. Figuring out what bees have meant in your own life will help you understand what bees mean in your dreams.

Being Chased or Stung by Bees in Dreams

Being chased by bees could mean you are anxious about something.
Being chased by bees could mean you are anxious about something.
  • If a bee or a swarm of bees is chasing you in dream, it may mean there is some unsettled business or a memory that haunts you. Make sure you let it go from your mind or deal with it in order to avoid these bees.
  • If you dream about getting a bee sting then something may be bothering you, or you have a persistent annoyance in your life. Concerns about your relationship, career, finance, or some unknown issue is bugging your subconscious mind. Find out what it is and sort it out.

Is Your Beehive Empty or Full?

An empty beehive in a dream in a sign of bad luck or financial problems.
An empty beehive in a dream in a sign of bad luck or financial problems.
A beehive full of honey or a dream about honey is a sign of wealth and prosperity.
A beehive full of honey or a dream about honey is a sign of wealth and prosperity.

Beehives in Dreams

  • Beehives bring to mind abundance and prosperity: bees seem to work hard and are rewarded by flowing stores of honey. An empty beehive, then, represents the opposite: lost opportunity and financial misfortune.
  • A beehive can also represent a home. The fullness or emptiness of the beehive may indicate unconscious feelings about family life, marriage, children, or the house itself. Honey may represent your property or belongings.
  • A beehive on fire or burned bees are often interpreted depending on your emotional and physical condition. Burned bees may mean you are overcoming fear and want to take control of life and anger, are you're progressing through life with more confidence without any fear of obstacles. Burned beehives can also mean you have lost something precious, like money, a relationship, or some valuable information that you've forgotten or ignored.

Do you see a beehive on fire? What could that mean?
Do you see a beehive on fire? What could that mean?

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How to Stop Having Bad Dreams About Bees

Unpleasant dreams, such as those about a swarm of bees or a bee sting, happen because something in your unconscious mind wants to be made conscious. This can be a good thing, as dreams can make you aware of feelings, memories, or worries you didn't realize you had, and then you can deal with them. However, if you want to avoid nightmares about bees, practice the following in your waking life:

  • If you are angry or irritated, think about what may be making you feel that way. If you can process these feelings before going to sleep, then you may have less nightmares about things like bee stings.
  • Make sure you express your feelings by writing a blog or journal. This will loosen up any emotions you might be suppressing.
  • Never suppress your feelings or persistent thoughts, as they come back to haunt you as creatures in your dreams. Since bees often represent work, finance, relationships, or the home, confronting your worries about these while you're awake may stop you from dreaming about them at night.

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      CIndy 5 years ago

      I had a dream about bees but only two, also in my dream was a woman, it see we were not only having a confrontation about how I could see through her sham or deceits. it seen that I have stood my ground pin her down as this was happen all of a sudden two bees start circulating around me very close, as two bees do this in one hand I had the woman pinning her from moving with the other hand I reach to catch the bees in my hand, now in my dream i knew that bees sting, and at the same time I had no fear of that. So here I have the bees in one hand, and woman in the other, I turn to the woman I look at her, I could hear myself tell the woman you are a troublemaker I know this because i know that she tell lies to cause someone people to fall her mouth is always open, she run to and fro. busy body I tell her than I turn to the bees that's in the right hand and place two in her mouth.. than the dream was over.

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      jo-an 5 years ago

      my dream consisted of bees on my lower leg only, not just a few but a huge group no stinging just walking around, but i couldn't get them off, weird!

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      Liz 5 years ago

      I have a dream where I was trying to push away a bee about to sting me there was a woman in the dream wish is my friend telling me be carefull it will sting you if you do that. Can some some one tell me if this has to be with some happening in my life now. I was proposed to get married and a lot of negative coments started at work because we do work together suddenly due to so many negative information received by my exboyfriend he decided to end the relationship I feel was wronged by them. What this dream could mean related to that matter?

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      Natalie 4 years ago

      In my dream I was being chased by a bee that I got away from, but another bee came. That bee stung me on the forehead. I grabbed the bee and squished its head with my fingers, while I was doing that the bee stung my hand. It took a lot of force for me to squish the bee, it felt like a rock; and I could feel the pain of the bee sting in my dream. What does me, in other words, killing the bee mean?

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      Cynthia 4 years ago

      I had a dream that i was in my home and a crowd of bees where in there and i tryied to push them away and there were at the front and back door someone opened the back door and more came in then i hide in the closet. then i woke up, so i immediately when to my computer

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      Ausu 4 years ago

      i had a dream about bees making beehives and honey...can you tell me what does it mean actually

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      Jane 4 years ago

      I had a dream I was with my ex boyfriend. He left me and I still want to try everything in my power when I move back, at the moment he left me cuz i moved to a different country. anyway i was with him , i came back to spain and we were kissing knowing we weren't actually together, and we were happy. and then after there was a bee chasing me , and i caught it in my hand and it stung the palm of my hand. ?

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      nikka93 4 years ago

      I had a dream with bees but I don't know what it means. I was walking with a friend and we were talking, then a men approached us and he tell me that I had a bee on my hair, he takes the bee off and kills it. Moments later, me and my friend saw a crowd of bees coming in our direction, we laid down on the street protecting the head, and the bees attacked us, I felt pain all over my body when we get up the bees were dead, my friend was sting by two bees and I was sting by at least 100 bees, then I wake up and my body still hurt. Can anyone tell me the meaning of this dream?

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      ashish 4 years ago

      I had dream last night about bees. I saw that there was beehive in my apartment and someone hit those beehives. I saw that those bees started chasing me and they bite me in legs and arms. Then i knew how to get rid of these bees. I was also concerned about the bees and was happy that i got bitten. Now i have more immune power increased.

      that was something weird. i don't know what it was meant by

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      Katy 3 years ago

      Almost every night now, I have at least one dream in which a bee or multiple bees are chasing me. It's pretty scary. They never get me or sting me, but they just chase me relentlessly and throughout the entire dream I'm constantly running from these bees. Any thoughts? This is beginning to get annoying because I hate bees in real life, let alone dreams.

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      Anon 3 years ago

      My dream is that I was in my home and the side of my house was gone so I could walk outside by going through the side of my house. Anyway, I was sitting down and I saw a beautiful butterfly so I got a stick or broom of some sort and I caught the butterfly at the end of the stick/broom and as soon as the butterfly landed it turned into a bee. The bee then started chasing me around the house but in a sneaky matter. I went into my bathroom and slammed the door behind me, then I woke up. It's weird because it's one of the only dreams I can remember every detail of and all of them are about bugs.

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      Dominic 3 years ago

      I remember when i had 1 bee stinged in one hand of palm with blood spiling and the same on other hand. I felt pain in the dream..

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      Teresa Beeding 3 years ago

      I had a dream recently about a hive of bees that had set up their home at the bottom right corner of my roommate's bedroom window. They began squeezing between the screen and window, and starting getting in and trying to sting us. I ran out of the house and escaped with only one sting to my stomach, but my roommate and my boyfriend were having a hard time getting out and were getting stung all over. It was scary because in reality, I'm allergic to the little buggers. =(

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      Brandy k 3 years ago

      So I just dreamt of bees surrounding me. I heard the buzzing sound but didn't realize it was in my ear. Then when I looked around the was a whole tribe of buzz all over just hovering around me

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      Sathyakumar 3 years ago

      I had a dream of a man full of bees on him eating his skin. What that means?

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      Lucy 3 years ago

      This is so sexist and stupid in general: Bees do not sense fear or whatever crap, and there's no evidence that beese are more likely to sting females than males, plus incidentally, all bees with stingers are female, and males get scared of bees, too, just aren't as likely to be really vocal or frantic in their reaction, in fact, women being potentially more likely to scream and throw their arms up (not that this is always the case) may be the only reason they'd be more likely to get stung, but either way, any purported correlation between bee stings and female auras (there's no such thing as a fear aura, by the way) is complete hogwash.

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      Tray 3 years ago

      I had a dream that bees was chasing my cousin but only one was chasing me. The bee was in front of me and I was spraying the bee with something to kill it before it stung me. What does this mean

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      lisette shamaly 3 years ago

      I had a dream that I was in a car and a bee got in..i tried to shut my window but the bee just kept getting in..i couldn't get this bee away from me...i think it's a sign of something annoying me

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      Gene Murry 3 years ago

      I dream that bees was crawling all over the top half of my body. I was brushing them off frantically with my hands to prevent them from stinging me. There was the presence of a female( a friend or a cousin) whom I asked frightenly to help to brush away those off my back. I wasn't stung but I think I hurt one of them. What does this dream means?

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      BLESSED 3 years ago

      Was spraying bees and can was close to empty,FELT ANXIOUS AND WOKE!!!

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      Joe 3 years ago

      I had a dream that I was in a hotel with two of my kids than I started to hear the buzzing of bees trying to get in so I was pushing the door close and they were pushing so hard to get in I could haer when they smash against the door and ther buzzing some got tru the door and went to my to boys room so I went and grabbed them and run out the room with them

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      thandeka 3 years ago

      I waz not dreaming i saw the bee trying to get inside the house but my son chase him out three tyms what was that mean

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      rosey 3 years ago

      In my dream I was like I was back in highschool, I was flirty and stupid all over boys and we were outside hanging out. Im walking down my moms driveway and The is a swarm of bees, they flew around me but did not sting me, then I walked away through a swarm of gnats. There was something soft in my mouth a bee was in my mouth and did not sring me, its wings were wet but iy

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      Marlene 3 years ago

      Dreamt being in a class and a bee buzzed around my friend one sitting on my lip and I was very still. My minister Les was asking me a question and he became angry because I did not answer. Saw the bee and came to kill them. One bee stung my thigh and I cried and we all left the room, was like a farm. A little boy was trying to make me happy and Les was just watching me. A little while I was fine and was in the sunshine happy again. What does that mean?

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      Doris 2 years ago

      I was with my son trying to fill a form but the pen we were using could not write only water was coming out of the pen then I left. Where i was walking the was full of bees moving around freely not stinging or casing anybody.

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      wadikin 2 years ago

      I have a dream when i was walking in the main road then i saw sone guys steelung power cables ,suddenly i saw bees hovering and chasing averybody when i run to my house i saw my door full of bees.please help me if you have a dream similar to my one and you get its meaning because i am scared some say it's a sign of police.

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      Morlan 2 years ago

      How about bees making out all the time.

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      Celestial Elf 2 years ago from Kendal

      Last night i dreamt of a very light golden-yellow Bee which landed on my hand, i felt very blessed - this morning i am minded to share the Bee Myth;

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsVL22dIdKw

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      MaysiDays 2 years ago

      In my dream my husband and I were walking through a gate to get into a building. Then I felt little pin points of pain along my face and hands. We had walked through a cloud of tiny bees the size of gnats. When we walked through the baby bees, large adult bees with huge stingers became enraged and started chasing us. We ran away from the swarm and stumbled inside the building. Some of the swarm got in with us so we started spraying them with bug poison until they all died. I had not been stung by the large bees but when we looked down at my husband's arm on his jacket was covered with stingers. The jacket had saved his life. Then I woke up.

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      Sharee F 2 years ago

      My dream was about one dead bee in my hair. Even though I combed my hair earlier b4 going to sleep. I del like I missed it while dreaming a friend discovered it and it's color was golden and brown

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      Peter Gunn 2 years ago

      Good work

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      Joyce Phillips 22 months ago

      I had a dream that I was lying in bed and there were a swarm of bees in a light fixture above my head. They were very busy with something in that light fixture. I remember waking up a little unsettled. In reality there isn't a light fixture above my head in my bedroom. What can this all mean? This truly has me baffled.

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      Marc L 17 months ago

      I had a dream about a gigantic bee. Flying around me and making a very strange noise like it was singing. I imitated it and it landed on my face trying to stick its stinger in my neck it succeeded and it felt like it was drinking my blood. My body collapsed on the ground and then its stinger cut my head clean off. And then i woke up. What does that mean? Since I'm not afraid off bees. And i have never been stung by a bee. And I'm never around them. I dream this at least every night.

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      BriNK 11 months ago

      In my dream, I was kneeling in a field of grass weeds and flowers. There were lots of bees on the flowers. On the flowers to the left sat bees with a golden face, and on the flowers in front sat bees that were big, black, and fuzzy. I began to eat the black, fuzzy bees in front of me. I ate them slowly and savored the sweet, rich flavor... I felt nervous that the golden-faced bees would sting me out of anger, but they only watched and most of them stayed sitting on the flowers to my left while a few of them hovered at a distance above, beside, and behind me. During the dream, I was careful and conscious about consuming only the black, fuzzy bees and even still to not eat them all. By the end of the dream, there were still black, fuzzy bees left.

      It seems that interpretations of the consumption of bees is virtually non-existent.

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      Monah 11 months ago

      I dreamt that there was bee chasing me and just as it had landed on me I caught it and squeezed it in my hand. I don't think I killed it but I held it in my hand and then I woke up. what could this dream mean?

      Thank you

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      Susan 5 months ago

      I dreamed I had a bee farm and went to check on them and the whole hive was dead. It was 10,000 bees in the hive. I had to start over. Not sure what that means

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      Gia 4 months ago

      I dreamt the bees are attacking my head then I was rotating a guitar trying to fend myself but they got caught in my luscious hair and stung my lips and forehead then I awoke kinda feeling my lips and forehead numbing sensation

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      Sol 4 months ago

      I dreamed that I have bees inside of my body, in my guts and in my lungs too. But I had no problem about that, until they started to fly away (through my mouth) and whenever a bee flew away, there was a wound and blood flew out of it. Now I'm hella curious about that D:

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      2 months ago

      Dreamed I was cleaning my car and a bee showed up and was buzzing against the window so I open the door and try to shoo him out but he came back and stung the back of my neck, anytime I get stung in a dream it's always in the same spot. Pretty strange

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      Kim 4 weeks ago

      Dreamt of bees and honey all over my car

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