The Origins Of The Order Of The Eastern Star

With thousands of members in many countries across the world, the Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternity in the whole world where both men and women can be members.

See our article about women in Freemasonry here

Following is a brief article about the origins of the Order of the Eastern Star, taking a look at its founders and how it started, and also the similarities and differences between Freemasonry and the Eastern Star.

The Origins Of The Order Of The Eastern Star

The Birth Of The OES

The Order of the Eastern Star (OES) was established not too long ago in the late 1800s by Robert Morris. Morris was a famous Masonic author who believed that women should be allowed to partake in the knowledge of Freemasonry.

Throughout the years, he conceived the idea of the Order of the Eastern Star where, since Freemasonry could not allow women to become members, women would be given the opportunity to learn Masonic values and use them for self-improvement through this separate fraternity.

The Order of the Eastern Star unites men and women who share the same values and can learn from each other.

In around 1850, Morris published “The Rosary of the Eastern Star” which contains everything he had been working on – Biblical lessons and heroines, values and principles of the Order, signs, emblems and everything relevant to the OES.

For this reason, Morris is considered to be the father of the OES. He even initiated his wife and daughters.

In 1866, Morris handed over the organisation of the Eastern Star to Robert Macoy, who developed the rituals and degrees and published “Ritual of the Order of the Eastern Star” in 1868.

The Headquarters Of The Order can be found in Washington DC.

The Order of The Eastern Star & Freemasonry

There are many similarities between Freemasonry and the OES. The OES is based on the same principles of Freemasonry, such as charity, truth, brotherly love and kindness.

Like Freemasonry, it is also aimed at helping others while improving oneself. Another similarity is that the OES is requires its’ members to believe in a Supreme Being.

The main difference between the OES and Freemasonry is of course that the OES is made up of both male and female members.

For a man to become member of the Eastern Star he needs to be a Master Mason and a woman must be related to a Mason – she must either be the wife, daughter, niece etc of a Mason.

The emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star is a five pointed star, recognized worldwide as the symbol of the organisation. The OES has close to approximately one million members even though the exact number is unknown.

Based on the symbols and teachings of Freemasonry, the Order of the Eastern Star is aimed at allowing women to share the knowledge and self-improvement acquired through Freemasonry, thanks to a separate organisation.

From its’ humble beginnings by Robert Morris, the OES has become the largest male and female fraternity, present in most countries worldwide.


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12 Comments

  1. I’m a Brit, however in the late 50’s/early 60’s I lived in Southern California and was a member of a girls organization called’Job’s Daughters. In order to be a member we had to be the daughter, niece etc of a mason, is this young ladies organization still going? Has it members in the uk.
    Look forward to hearing from youLynda

  2. I am looking for a local chapter of the Eastern Star in Visalia, Ca and have not found any contact info. Can anyone help me out? My dad and many family males were as well. I was a Job’s Daughter in my teens. Thanks

  3. I am looking for an local chapter of Eastern Star in Visalia, Calif and have not been able to find a contact number or person. There has to be a chapter because there is a Masonic Lodge downtown. Thanks, everly

    • Beverly, you can call the local Masonic Temple. They can give you all you are looking for. Grand Chapter of CA will meet in Visalia in October.

  4. Is there a chapter in INDIA like the there is a temple of the August Order of Light of which I am a member

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