What does the "Beehive" symbolize?

Discussion in 'The Voting Booth' started by Blake Bowden, Nov 27, 2010.


What does the "Beehive" symbolize?

  1. Honey

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  2. Unity

    10 vote(s)
  3. Industry

    81 vote(s)
  4. Brotherhood

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  1. HKTidwell

    HKTidwell Premium Member

    For added reflection (sorry for stirring up a old thread)

    Utah Emblem and Motto
    The Beehive and word "industry" became the official motto and emblem for Utah on March 4, 1959. Industry is associated with the symbol of the beehive. The early pioneers had few material resources at their disposal and therefore had to rely on their own "industry" to survive. The beehive was chosen as the emblem for the provisional State of Deseret in 1848 and was maintained along with the word "industry" on the seal and flag when Utah became a state in 1896.
  2. Jacob Johnson

    Jacob Johnson Registered User

    lol i suppose it takes guts to stir up the beehive (thread)

    i'm sorry. i couldn't resist
  3. Nate Riley

    Nate Riley Premium Member

    Me too. The coin is sweet.
  4. thor9541

    thor9541 Registered User

    Check your grip

    The answer to this qustion is in your ritual along with a wealth of other emblems . Study to show thy self approved. If your gonna be in the craft know it.
  5. Trout

    Trout Registered User

    The State of Utah uses it in their state flag for the same purpose and meaning.
  6. Trout

    Trout Registered User

    I missed the other Utah post. I'm sorry. In light of the current economic climate it is kind of ironic as they are one of the few states that is growing and prospering along with Texas. The unstated motto has always been, how do we do more with less.
  7. Bro Jaime Solis

    Bro Jaime Solis Premium Member

    Basically its like each individual bee in the hive knows their job and what's expected from each individual bee I'm asking enlighten me Brothers
  8. dreamer

    dreamer Registered User

    It is important for all Masons to know the basic symbols. I have seen where there are members who can't recognize the symbols on the Officers' Aprons and/or jewels to place on the Officers' chairs.:43:
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  9. Dion

    Dion Guest

    What does it symbolize to whom? For the geometer, it might represent the hexagonal cell structure of the hive. For the more esoteric investigator (astronomy), it might symbolize Praesepe (the "Manger"), commonly known as the Beehive Cluster (M44). The ancients believed that the soul descended into materialism through the gates of Cancer and returned to the Source via the gate of Capricorn. Of course, it doesn't end there. Nor should it.

    The only male bees in the hive are the drones. The workers are infertile females. The only purpose of a drone is to procreate, and once they fulfill their mission, they are discarded. I don't believe Mackey mentioned this.

    In 1874, a new Masonic magazine began publication. The Craftsman's opening article bears these very strong words:[FONT=Georgia, Garamond, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Calibri, Geneva, sans-serif]
    The day is past when the ignorant Mason can shine. The time has come when more is demanded of a 'bright' Mason than the knowledge of the Ritual. The Mason who claims to be 'well posted' must read; he must inform himself of the origin, the history, the philosophy, the laws and literature of our art, or he is a drone on our hive, and only valued for the dollars and cents he pays into the treasury of his lodge. Knowledge makes prosperity, and prosperity freedom; and he who has not these three qualifications is not a fit Craftsman, and can not be used on the building of that Temple Masonry intends to erect.​
  10. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    Agreed! Blank stares are discouraging and leave little to discuss and share.
  11. Cigarzan

    Cigarzan Premium Member

    For an old thread the beehive is generating lots of buzz.
  12. jwhoff

    jwhoff Premium Member

    Brother Cigarzan ... there's much wisdom in your tag on spur squatting. :39:

    Then again, there appears to be much wisdom in most of your responses. Suppose they go hand in hand there brother.

    God bless.
  13. KSigMason

    KSigMason Traveling Templar Site Benefactor

    It could be all three, but primarily industry:

  14. dhouseholder

    dhouseholder Registered User

    I came across this rich and wonderful excerpt by Sir Francis Bacon, the Father of Modern Empiricism. I would be willing to bet money that Freemasonry took the symbolism of the bee and hive from this.

    He divided all philosophers into "men of experience and men of dogmas"...

    "The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own."
  15. Vitriol Knight

    Vitriol Knight Registered User

    See M44 Praesepe
    Also consider the honey comb and it's geometry.

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  16. dfreybur

    dfreybur Premium Member

    "What does it symbolize to whom?" Exactly. Masonry is a system of moral instruction taught through symbols. A feature of symbols is they are implicit not explicit. Symbols can and do mean different things to different people and this is how it's supposed to be. So for me the question is what does the beehive symbolize *to me*? I can quote the paragraph out of the Monitor easily enough. I can close my eyes and recall listening to it during one of the lectures.

    When I see the beehive symbol I think of the worker bees doing the work of the hive with apparent independence. a) They do the right thing for the hive sometimes even at the cost of their lives. Even though the queen is in charge it's clear she does not give detail directions to each worker. b) They work in harmony with no obvious supervision. After a swarming there is a new queen in charge and many of the old workers remain to serve a queen who is now an aunt not a mother. c) They work for the greater good. Taken together that can be a good model for how Masons should behave when Masonry is under attack, when an event needs doing and when a new WM is installed.

    "The only purpose of a drone is to procreate, and once they fulfill their mission, they are discarded." When read in the context of the monitorial lecture this is a call to contribute to society. Being a father is a high calling so we are urged to contribute in other ways. In an era of disintegrating atomic families being a Dad has become a separate contribution for us. This sentence also symbolically repeats the urgings in the Charge. "As a citizen" and all the other clauses in the charges where we are given instructions to contribute widely.
  17. stuntman98

    stuntman98 Registered User

    The beehive represents what you learn when you become a mason, look around at your brethren, that is what it represents.

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  18. ARizo1011

    ARizo1011 Premium Member

    The bee-hive is an important symbol in the third degree, and it is extensively mentioned in the lecture where it is depicted as a symbol of industry, hence the work of the Lodge, so that Masons should continue to learn in all stages of life. Bees are able to accomplish large tasks because they cooperate in force, a single bee can do very little. This is in parallel to Masonry, where strength is gained by the active participation of all its members. The bee is also the emblem of several Greco-Roman and Indian gods, including Cupid and Kama, both gods of love......

    The Egyptians believed that bees were born from the tears of the Sun-god, Ra. Bees are also depicted on many ancient tombs, as symbols of the afterlife and resurrection. This probably came from the fact that bees do not leave their hive during the three month hibernation period, only to reappear later. Some compared this to Christ’s resurrection, whereby his body vanished for three days, only to reappear after the resurrection. Furthermore, bees’ honey and sting are also "associated" with Christ and Judgment Day.

  19. Jamarr/G\

    Jamarr/G\ Registered User

    Well put ARizo! SMIB

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  20. dbenton828

    dbenton828 Registered User

    Very well said

    D. Benton
    Junior Steward
    Fountain City Lodge #757

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