Pine cone masonic symbol appears on Oak Bay Beach Hotel pillars.
The pinecone was at once an ancient symbol of reproduction and regeneration, and a Masonic emblem of enlightenment. Descartes had suggested that the pinecone-shaped pineal gland might be the "abode of the spirit of man", from which the soul "radiates forth through all the remainder of the body". Uglow describes how "the cone's slow ripening and opening to release the seeds came to stand for the expansion of consciousness." The pinecone was also mathematically significant. The arrangement of its scales follows the Fibonacci sequence, in which each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13. Occurring in a multitude of biological settings, from an artichoke to a snail shell, the Fibonacci sequence articulates, as Uglow puts it, "the geometry of life".