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Queen of the Sun

What Are the Bees Telling Us?

December 2012
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  • Publisher
    Clairview Books
  • Published
    20th December 2012
  • ISBN 9781905570348
  • Language English
  • Pages 144 pp.

In autumn 2006, an unnerving phenomenon hit the United States; honeybees were mysteriously disappearing from hives across the nation, with beekeepers reporting losses of between thirty and ninety percent of their colonies. The problem soon spread to parts of Europe and even Asia, earning the name Colony Collapse Disorder. To this day no one is quite sure why it is happening or the exact causes. However, in 1923 Rudolf Steiner predicted that bees would die out within a hundred years if they were to be reproduced using only artificial methods. It is startling and worrying that his prediction appears to be coming true.

Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a companion book to the critically acclaimed film of the same name. Compiled by the film's director Taggart Siegel, it makes a profound examination of the global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic and organic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, philosophers, and poets. Revealing the mysterious world of the beehive and the complex social community of bees, the book unveils millennia of beekeeping, highlighting our historic and sacred relationship with bees, and how this is being compromised by highly mechanized and intensive corporate agribusiness practices. The bees are messengers, and their continuing disappearance is a resounding wake-up call for humanity.

With full-color, stunning photography throughout, this engaging, alarming, but ultimately uplifting anthology begins with an account of how Siegel's film came to be made. It continues with a wealth of articles, interviews, and poems that offer unique philosophical and spiritual insights. In addition to investigating many contributory causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, the book also offers remedies and hope for the future.

Queen of The Sun features contributions from Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz, David Heath, Gunther Hauk, Horst Kornberger, Jennifer Kornberger, Jacqueline Freeman, Johannas Wirz, Kerry Grefig, Michael Thiele, Raj Patel, Vandana Shiva, Jeffery Smith, and Matthew Barton. These compelling voices signal a growing movement striving to found a culture fully in balance with nature.



“[B]rings together a vibrant array of ideas, information, musings, and art about the honey bee. From the poetic and esoteric to the scientific and specific, there is something for everyone in this book.”
Thea Maria Carlson, Biodynamics Blog

“Visually sumptuous...lovingly shot, near-psychedelic imagery, which serves as an unusually visceral reminder of the rich variety in nature—and what's at stake if bees bug out for good.”
Village Voice

“A lovely balance between scientific explanation and emotional subject matter and persuasive presentation make this visually appealing nature documentary worth buzzing about.”
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Taggart Siegel

Taggart Siegel has for 25 years been directing award-winning documentaries and dramas that reflect cultural diversity with absorbing style. From spiritual elders struggling to preserve traditions in alien environments to marginalized youth surviving hostile streets, the subjects of his films present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. The Real Dirt on Farmer John won 31 International Film Festivals awards. His latest film, Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? has been released theatrically around the world. Siegel's films bring compelling voices and visions to a global audience. Siegel is a cofounder of Collective Eye, a non-profit media organization based in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon.