Family Deities: Melissa

Thanks for joining us for another Families’ Deity!

We are exploring deity that tie into families and family values, or who are important to the family unit or children in some way.

This month, we are exploring the protective, Melissa.

Who is Melissa?
The classical Greek myths that most of us know today recognise Melissa as a nymph. She was one of the nymphs who nurtured and fed Zeus as an infant, giving him honey instead of milk. She also had the title of guardian of the bees and had the knowledge to make honey which she taught to others.

It is thought however that Melissa may have been an old Goddess according to the Greek philosopher Porphyry who also wrote that the priestesses who were known as The Mellisae were initiates of Melissa as the chthonic goddess. Bees were important to the Ancient Greeks, and they are just as important in our modern world which is why Melissa as a goddess has seen a resurgence. We know how vital bees are for the planet and all the life Earth supports.

Why is Melissa included in our family pantheon?
Melissa, goddess of the bees is included as saving and protecting bees is at the forefront of modern times. We know that bees are important for pollinating the plants which sustains life on earth including our own families.

Honouring Melissa
Melissa can be honoured by looking after and protecting the bees, including planting bee friendly plants including English Lavender, Salvias, Comfrey, Clover and Cornflowers to name a few, there are many more. You could also set up bee drinkers and put a bee hotel in your garden.

Correspondences of Melissa                                      


all bee friendly plants and flowers

hives and hexagons

honey cake

Do you have a relationship with Melissa? What deities do you consider family deities? Join the conversation at our Facebook Group.