History of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star (OES) is a masonic organization that is the sister organization of the Freemasons. It boasts that it is “the largest organization upon the face of the globe to which both men and women are eligible,”1 although the majority of its members are female. Dr. Rob Morris (1818-1888), a very well-known and very active Mason, is credited with founding the Eastern Star, but the origins of the order are also said to be “shrouded in mystery,”2 just like the origins of their brothers, the Masons. Some historians for the Order state that Eastern Star’s founding pre-dates Morris, going back as far as 1730 in France, having its roots in French “Androgynous Masonry,” also known as the “Adoptive Rite.”
Morris admitted in 1852 that he borrowed the structure of the organization from the French who introduced the “Androgynous degrees” into America when they came to help out the Americans in their struggles against Great Britain during the American Revolutionary War. Morris was born Robert William Peckham and changed his name years later to Rob Morris, adopting the last name of his foster father and shortening his first name to distinguish himself from the Robert Morris who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Rob Morris had a hand in establishing the five degrees of the organization and helped it grow internationally. Eastern Star was mainly established because the wives of Masons kept complaining that the secrecy of their husbands was ruining their households since Masons could not discuss their dealings with their wives even when those husbands were putting large amounts of the money they earned to help out the Freemasons’ causes. Since the wives were essentially being robbed of funds to run their households, the men knew that the women would not put up with this indefinitely and thought it would be best to create an organization for them based on the principles of Freemasonry where they could be close partners in Mason causes. This is why females who join Eastern Star have to be related to a male Mason.
In 1868, Morris passed his mantle on to Robert Macoy, a fellow Mason, to carry on and expand the work of the Eastern Star. Macoy rearranged how the Order was run and established chapters to give more organization to the Order. He also updated the rituals. His efforts created vast growth in the membership, but the high fees he charged for all of his work for the Order made him very wealthy, much to the chagrin of some of the members.
OES’s Masonic ties
There is some doublespeak that goes on with the OES. On one hand they and the Freemasons claim they are not part of the Masons,3 but on the other hand they were founded by Freemasonry with rituals written by Freemasons.4 The OES by their actions show that they are Masonic. A “Worthy Matron” of the OES often explains to initiates that “We are not part of the Masonic institution, yet we are connected with Masonry by intimate and tender ties.”5 They are also told in a ritual “Ladies, you are connected with Masonry by ties far more intimate and tender than you are aware of, or than I can even inform you of.”6
At OES meetings where degrees are bestowed upon a person, it is a requirement that a Master Mason or Mason of higher rank be present to be the moderator. Additionally, it is required that each Eastern Star chapter have Master Masons as their officers.
“We have seen His star in the East…”
In a false attempt to portray themselves as a Christian organization, the Eastern Star uses the motto, “We have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship Him,” which is a quote from Matthew 2:2. They claim that the name “Eastern Star” refers to the star over Bethlehem that the Magi followed to find the Christ child to worship him. However, a close look at the scripture shows this is faulty theology. First of all, we see in Matthew 2 that the Magi came from lands that were east of Bethlehem. If they were headed toward Bethlehem from their eastern Asian lands, they would be headed west, not east. This means the star of Bethlehem was to their west. When the Magi said, “We have seen his star in the East,” they meant that they were the ones in the East, speaking of what their earthly position was in reference to the star, when they saw the star to their west over Israel.
That being the case, we know that their claim of being “Christian” is unfounded and the star they embrace has nothing to do with Christ, the Lord of glory. Even Albert Mackey, a Master Mason, in his A Manual of the Lodge (1870, pp. 50-51) admitted that the idea of the star representing Christ was “considered as too sectarian in its character and unsuitable to the universal religion of Masonry.” So who is this star really referring to? In various Masonic publications, this star is called the hex sign, the pentalpha (i.e. pentagram), the blazing star, and the astral light. Masons such as George Oliver, Francois Ribadeau Dumas, Eliphas Levi, Albert Pike, Henry C. Clausen, and others, in their Masonic writings say that the star symbolizes the following:
Thor: Norse god of thunder, lightning, and fertility. In Norse paganism, he carried a hammer, which was a symbol of his physical strength and phallic symbol of his romantic prowess. He was also known as the one who “presides over the air.”
The Dog Star, Sirius: An Egyptian god, also called Anubis, who was god of the Underworld and god of magic and divination.
Mercury: Called Hermes by the Greeks, this Roman god was messenger of the gods and god of commerce and travel. He ushered souls of the dead to the lower world. He was also the god of incantations, astrology, magic, and necromancy.
Pan: Greek god of nature, forests, pastures, flocks. He is portrayed as a satyr, or faun, (part man, part goat) and is the god on whom Baphomet is based. Pan is also god of mischief, sexual lusts of all kind, and androgyny. It is from this god that we derive the word “panic,” which is what he caused in the mythological stories when he would scare shepherds and animals with his noises in field or forest and the feelings of fear he caused when he grabbed women, girls, and boys to sexually molest them.
These are just a few of the many deities this star represents. All of these gods are just different forms of one spiritual being–Satan himself. Yes, Satan is the god behind the OES.
…the god of this world [i.e. Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not… [2 Corinthians 4:4]
1History of the Order of the Eastern Star, p. 37.
2Ibid, p. 18.
3The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions: Fraternal Organizations (Greenwood Press, 1980) p. 97
4What? When? Where? Why? Who? in Freemasonry (Masonic Service Association of the U.S., 1956), p. 28.
5F. A. Bell, Bell’s Eastern Star Ritual (P. R. C. Publications, 1988 rev. ed.), p. 94
6Thomas Lowe, Adoptive Masonry: Eastern Star Ritual (Ezra A. Cook, 1913), pp. 20-21.
Source: Cathy Burns, Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star (Mt. Carmel, PA: Sharing, 2006).