Rosslyn Bee Symbolism

Bees have historically been considered the children of Venus due to their role in plant fertilization. Egypt was known as Ty-bitty or 'land of the bees' and jars of honey were often buried with the Pharaohs as a symbol of everlasting life. Bee symbolism continued into many other cultures, including the Greeks and Romans - later becoming a royal symbol of the Merovingians. Bees can even be found carved into the spiral pillars over the Tomb of St. Peter at the Vatican Basilica.


The stone beehives were built in line with the front three pillars in the chapel, sitting symmetrically around the feminine Shekinah pillar. During acoustical analysis, I discovered the chapel can be interpreted harmonically as a 12-step octave where "B" aligns with the "Bees" in the roof, a clue in the form of a pun. This pun is repeated by one of the musical cherubs carved into the Shekinah pillar, who points to middle B on a treble clef with one hand while pointing at A and C with the other.

In this way, the beehives represent resonance and fertility within an overarching musical symbolism in the chapel. They link the Venusian Hebrew goddess Asherah with her children, the bees, while identifying her as the resonant harmonic center "B" in the chapel's A octave.