The Grand Order of the Eastern Star is a Masonic organization for females because “officially regular Freemasonry remains exclusive to men.”
I was browsing on eBay and saw this vintage Eastern Star pendant on sale for $5.99:
The pendant caught my eye immediately because it is an upside-down star, otherwise called a pentagram:
“The star with two points upward is also called the ‘Goat of Mendes’ because the inverted star is the same shape as a goat’s head.”
The humanoid goat Baphomet figure was first drawn and popularized in 1854 by occultist Eliphas Lévi. In his book, Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie (“Dogmas and Rituals of High Magic”), Lévi included an image he had drawn himself which he described as Baphomet and “The Sabbatic Goat” — showing a winged humanoid goat with a pair of breasts and a torch on its head between its horns. Levi called his image “The Goat of Mendes.” Lévi’s Baphomet is the source of the later Tarot image of the Devil, in the Rider-Waite design. The symbol of the goat in the downward-pointed pentagram was adopted as the official symbol — called the Sigil of Baphomet — of the Church of Satan, and continues to be used among Satanists. [Source: Wikipedia]
Indeed, the pendant sold on eBay is modeled after the Order of the Eastern Star’s official emblem:
This is what Wikipedia says about the Order:
“The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization that both men and women can join. It was established in 1850 by Rob Morris…an official with the Freemasons…. It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately 500,000 members under its General Grand Chapter. Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships with Masons. Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a master Mason, but the Order now allows other relatives as well…. The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards towards the manger.”
That last sentence is a lie.
In his book, Masonry, Beyond the Light, Bill Schnoebelen, a former witch, Mormon and Mason, warns:
“The [Eastern] Star is regarded by Masonic women as a fine Christian institution within Masonry.
Classics like How Great Thou Art are sung…. Sadly, one of the key strategies a cult uses is to play upon the common interpretation of words. Dealing with any cult involves getting through a jungle of definitions.
The cult will use words which have common meanings, like ‘Jesus’ or ‘saved,’ or well known Bible verses, but will carefully not explain to potential members that they have applied a subtext to these terms, a second layer of meaning!
This is the problem with the OES [Order of the Eastern Star]. The people who put the order together back in the 19th century relied upon the familiarity with Matthew 2:2 as a common ‘Christmas verse.’ However, in light of the satanic symbolism involved in the OES, we need to look for another layer of meaning applied to that verse of scripture.
The A.V. 1611 text does not say ‘eastern star.’ It says ‘star in the east.’ The phrase ‘Eastern Star’ has a specialized meaning in occultism.
It refers to the star, Sirius, which is the most significant star in Satanism! It is sacred to the god, Set. Remember Set as the evil Egyptian god who killed Osiris? Set is probably the oldest form of Satan! The Eastern Star is the star of Set.
However, deadly word games are being played here. Though most women involved in the OES doubtlessly assume they are worshiping Jesus as they kneel around a huge satanic pentagram, it is obvious that the ‘his’ actually refers to Set’s star, not Jesus’ star.
In Albert Pike’s commentary on this degree, we find the usual duplicity found elsewhere in the [Masonic] Lodge. He explains:
‘To find in the BLAZING STAR of five points an allusion to Divine Providence is fanciful; and to make it commemorative of the Star that is said to have guided the Magi, is to give it a meaning comparatively modern. Originally, it represented Sirius, or the Dog-star, the forerunner of the inundation of the Nile…’
Albert Pike (1809-1891) was a famous Freemason who held the title of Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite‘s Southern Jurisdiction for 32 years. He wrote Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, still regarded as one of the definitive books on the Masons.
~Eowyn & Sagebrush