Eastern Star

The emblem of the female Masonic organization, the Order of the Eastern Star. The symbol is a complex one, and is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, symbolizing the descent of spirit into matter- the divine in man, or even the presence of God on earth.

Its appellation also implies a relationship with the planet Venus, also called the “eastern star.” Each point on the star has an emblem of a different biblical heroine (Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa) and the qualities they represent- fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith, and love. The initials “F.A.T.A.L.” found on some are said to stand for the phrase, “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely,” a reference from the Song of Songs, although also an apt description, perhaps, of some of the biblical heroines above. OES founder Rob Morris alluded several times to a cabbalistic meaning of the motto, but never fully elaborated it- at least not in any surviving works.

The book and pillar in the center of the star represent the Masonic Lodge’s “volume of sacred law” which is placed in the east. The five implements typically pictured represent the five biblical women and their respective representation of Masonic virtues:

The sword and veil represent Adah, and the virtue of “obedience to duty”

A sheaf of barley represents Ruth, whose virtue is adherence to religious principles.

The crown and scepter represents Esther, who embodies the virtue of loyalty.

The broken column represents Martha, and the virtue of “endurance in trial.”

The “golden cup” represents Electa, and the virtue “endurance of persecution.”

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Anonymous May 16, 2015 at 9:30 pm

A woman can never become a Mason…..She is an Eastern Star! A man can become a eastern star!


Jennifer May 31, 2015 at 1:26 am

On the contrary, a number of Masonic bodies accept women.


Andrea March 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I have been searching and trying to learn of an old ring I have. Its an OLD 5 pointed star and you can still see a few of the colors, it’s set on a dark green stone and is 10k gold. I haven’t saw a picture yet that shows exactly the same. Reading this gave me more info on what this ring means, so thanks!


G P Jones January 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Hello. Trusting that this site is still active, I would like to share an interesting personal story involving my acquisition of an Eastern Star ring. I am neither a member, nor am I directly related to anyone affiliated with the Order, or the Freemasons.
Approximately 40 years ago, when I was around 20 years old, I was fishing from my canoe in the middle of a small lake in Manning Park, British Columbia, and reeled up my lure from the dark depth to discover a gold eastern star dangling from my hook. It is solid gold and had a cracked, slightly warped band, and one gem stone missing from between two of the star points. I have since had the ring refurbished, and the gems replaced with the birthstones of myself, my two children and grandson, and my late husband.
I wear the ring with pride as it has become a symbol of mystery and spirituality for me, and despite my many exhilarating adventures in life, that moment of its discovery will forever be the most memorable.
I can’t begin to wonder how it ended up in the middle of that little lake in the mountains, but I can only smile, knowing that it lay there, waiting, for me……..


asia pagan October 8, 2014 at 12:10 am

I have been seeking the order for a few years now, and have done much research. All I see is these sisters doing is a great work in the community and raising money for worthy causes. I will be proud to become a sister, so I can help my community as well.


Jennifer Bonsey September 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

My mother had this symbol on a ring she had, I want to replace her ring. It was the only thing I had left of her’s. She passed w hen I was 7. How could get one. She was one of Job’s daughters.


Anonymous November 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Nice of u to get the ring your mother use to represent.I’m an Eastern Star !


Rebecca Nissen Carón August 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Thank you for this information. My Grandma MIldred Nissen was Worthy Matron of the Seattle Chapter in 1953. My Father recently gave her plate to me and I wanted to know more about it as Grandma Mildred passed away (cancer) prior to my birth. This is about the only tangible keepsake I have from her, besides a photograph of her in her Worthy Matron gown taken when she was installed. This information brings me closer to someone who has been remembered as a kind, lovely, generous woman by family members who knew her; the plate helps me sense this. When I was a little girl my Grandmother came to me in dreams. I would talk to her spirit, sense her with me, even though I never got to meet her during her mortal existence. This knowledge shared on this page is another link to her immortal spirit and links her to me now.


Intrigued June 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

I have a pin from some great great grandmother, much like the one above, but it has a gavel like hammer set on top of two points of the star, and the center is black, not white. Granted, I only found it today, but I haven’t been able to find many stars with a black center, and none with a gavel. Anyone happen to know what either of them mean?


Jennifer June 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Hi intrigued- as a gavel is a common OES symbol, I would assume it is OES paraphernalia.


robbin daniels June 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm

What looks like a hammer is called a “gavel”. Your great great grandmother held an high officer seat within the Order of Eastern Star. the symbol is that of a Past Worthy Matron. Her affiliation is of Prince Hall jurisdiction. Hope that helps. Advise. Please do not wear the pin if you are not one. Hope this is helpful.


Oesdiva July 24, 2014 at 7:41 am

It sounds like a “Past Matron” pin. Meaning she was a leader of a chapter


Vikki Fisher July 26, 2014 at 4:50 am

The Gavel represents ‘Past Worthy Matron’. My Mother was Worthy Matron twice in her long life.


Richard March 10, 2014 at 4:41 am

Some of the most famous masons are also some of the most influential occult and new-age teachers. Such as Aleister Crowley, Annie Besant, and more.


L. A. November 15, 2013 at 3:34 am

If anyone truly wants to know about The Order of the Eastern Star all they need do is ask. Simply, it is a fraternal organization for the mothers, wives, daughters, sisters (any woman who is related to a Master Mason). The basis is as is for any truly spiritual organization – to learn to live with morals, ethics and do good for others.
Based on true heroines of the bible who exemplified characteristics that women can strive to bring into their own lives and the charity work done by them is truly wonderful.


Cecil February 18, 2014 at 11:46 am

answer well put,


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Anonymous July 15, 2013 at 11:28 pm

You could join Eastern Star. It is a Bible based, fraternal organisation, which supports their community, each other, and the Masonic Lodge. The Bible and its teachings are the center and the guide for all that the members do. Check with your local Masonic Lodge for a Chapter Near you. Or look up your state Eastern Star Grand Chapter. They can help answer your questions.


Wynona July 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm

You may be able to join Eastern Star. Check with the local Masonic Lodge, or contact your (State) Grand Chapter OES online. They should be able to answer any questions you may have. Good luck.


Jack August 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I am a master mason. I will help you in anyway I can and answer all the questions you may have. Me and my wife both belong to the eastern star.


kalvin November 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

my wife got locked up for a traffic violation and its a dire situation for her since shes on parole,is there a sign that she can use in court to alleviate the situation?


Dave February 20, 2014 at 7:16 pm

how does one join the Free Masons? I have always had the interest and after digging things up and watching tv programs ie History Channel, it just increased my interest. I talked to a Mason and he said he is not allowed to recruit but also didnt explain what I would have to join. Thanks for any help you can give.


George March 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Masons are not supposed to overtly recruit. All a good man, who believes in God, needs to do is ask a Mason how to join. That Mason should follow up right away. However, if you are known to be a person who conducts himself in an unworthy manner, the Mason may not follow up.

Seek out a good person you know to be a Mason, and let them know you are interested in the Fraternity. By the way, Masons don’t worship Satan, sacrifice virgins, or any of that other garbage.


Stan August 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm


Hopefully by now you have found a way to petition for the degrees of Masonry. If you haven’t, then the same person you talked with about Masonry can be asked for a petition. If he doesn’t give it to you right away, then ask two more times.
By the way for those of you who watch History / H2 channel., a lot of what you see is for entertainment. Only partially based on truth and knowledge.


Xavier Rodriguez November 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Upside pent – represents the materialistic world dominating the soul/spirit. Wake up kids. Right side star represents soul dominating. Learn for yourself kiddies, you are all for the most part being used.


Dawnatilla the Hun December 16, 2013 at 4:06 pm

right on Xavier….look at the puppets above trying to vie for new membership!! FUCK the Eastern Star..its a bloody pentagram !! well you know what they say :” a common Mason does not know the the goings on of the Adepts”


helen September 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

we found a metal emblem with a star on it and an egyptian head with a sword. could this possibly be an old symbol of the eastern star? my grandfather was a mason as well as my father. thanks!


Cecil February 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

@ HElen your mother is not a mason they was apart she would be eastern star and your father would be the mason. To find out you should if they where you should visit Local lodge and seek the questions you want answer is the best way. No one can answer that because there are many symbols and pins, and broaches for different reasons or just fashion.


J.C. Roberson April 25, 2012 at 7:26 pm

If you truly want to be or have questions about becoming and OES or a (Mason) Freemasonry, just ask one… (2b1Ask1). Local lodge and chapters are in your phone directory.


Kanti March 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

OMG. thank you for ths website. i was desperatly trying to find out more but all the other sites i visited were biased. they all pretty much said that eastern star was/is a “devil worshiping whore cult” so i am happy to find this site.
Can anyone tell me if they know the symbol for the word “akri” most commonly people think of some fiction books but it is not. the author of the books found it online. and i really need to find out what the symbol for it is. if can help please e-mail me. . it sounds like Ah-Ku-Ree. ah- as in ah-choo. Ku- as in kudzu. and Ree- like ur saying key but with an R…….another way of writing pronounciation is Ah-Cree last part like in Creed but with no D. so if can help THANKS!


Shakti September 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

The Triple Goddess and Goddess worship is what it’s all about. If you are not learning how to tap into your Goddess energy there is no point in being a Star. The Mason’s worship the Goddess. I wish people would do more research….


Wynona July 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Masons do not worship goddesses. They worship the one true God. But Masonic Lodges are not churches, they are meeting rooms for conducting regular meetings. The Masons are the largest and oldest fraternal organisation in the world. They are dedicated to helping good men become better as shown through Community involvement and charitable works. You need to do more research and find out the truth about Masons and Eastern Star.


Cecil February 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

It appears you need more research, Because your answer is incorrect , that how rumors start with assumption and hear say. When a person is not apart of something they start a conspirarcy theory, when their not included in any organzation rather by choice or denial they tend to react this way. It so many variations know day and if you do not know how to find out through reading with a better understanding you will never understand, It seem you responding to condem to something you have no knowledge of and let your voice be heard. There are two types of ignorance one whom have the desire to learn from which is Healthy ignorance and Ignorance in which you refuse to accept and learn from in which you fail to grow from new information which empowers your knowledge. If you really wanted to know you would research better or contact a Mason or Lodge to receive better knowledge.


Anonymous February 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Thank you Cecil.


Vicky Carson Brazil July 9, 2011 at 1:51 am

Thank you for having this site. I am trying to make a star for our chapter’s float for a parade. Finally figured it out on my own, but I wanted to see if there was directions on any of the O.E.S., sites. I do wish I could become a Mason, do you think it will be okay one day? Sincerely, Vicky Carson Brazil A.M. #76, Ca.


tina June 18, 2011 at 2:34 am

researching anagrams and powers of symbols and there meaning 3> the one i drew today very powerful symbols i see in my minds eye.photo graphic memory or subconscious recognition?when i channel or free write,the message come through me not by me.


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