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What the guy had was a signet ring with a family crest on it.
Just from some quick googling and reading I would hazard a guess that he is a 3rd degree mason. Beehives are a part of 3rd degree masonic symbolism so I would think that 3 in a pyramid would be just that...
THE BEEHIVE AND FREEMASONRY.
By Br. Geo. W. Bullamore.
The earliest mention of the Beehive as a Masonic symbol that I have been able to trace, occurs in Jonathan Swift’s Letter from the Grand Mistress printed in Bro. Henry Sadler’s Reprints and Revelations:
“ A Bee hath in all Ages and Nations, been the Grand Hieroglyphick of Masonry, because it excels all other living Creatures in the Contrivance and Commodiousness of its Habitation or Combe; as among miany other authors Doctor MacGregor now Professor of ’Mathematicks in Cambridge (as our Guardian informeth us) hath learnedly demonstrated; nay Masonry or Building, seemeth to, be of the very Essence or Nature of the Bee, for her building not the ordinary way of all living Creatures is the generative Cause which produceth the young, ones (you know, I suppose that Bees are of neither Sex).
“ For this Reason the Kings of France, both Pagans and Christians, always eminent Freemasons, carried three Bees for their Arms, but to avoid the Imputation of the Egyptian Idolatory of worshipping a Bee, Clodovaeus, their first Christian King, called them Lilies, or Flower-de-Luces, in which, notwithstanding the smail Change made for Disguise Sake there is still the exact Figure of a Bee. You have perhaps read of a great Number of Golden Bees found in the Coffin of a Pagan King of France, near Brussels, many ages after CHRIST, which he had ordered should be buryed with him, in Token of his having been a Mason.
“ The Egyptians always excellent and Antient Free-Masons paid Divine Worship to a Bee under the outward Shape of a Bull, the better to conceal the mystery; which Bull by them called Apis, is the Latin word for a Bee; the Ænigma of representing the Bee by a Bull consisteth, in this, that according to, the doctrine of the Pythagorean Lodge of Freemasons, the souls of all the Cow-Kind transmigrate into Bees, as one Virgil, a Poet, much in favour with the Emperor Augustus, because of his profound Skill in Masonry, hath described; and Mr. Dryden has thus show’d
reply to post by MerkabaMeditation
Perhaps he is a bee-keeper.
Funny you should say that, because I've read that some secret societies view society as a beehive that is to be controlled (ie. the bee-keeper control it).