Ever since the dawn of time, stars have fascinated man to no end. In 1854 while incapacitated by rheumatism, Robert Morris penned the ritual for the Order of the Eastern Star in Jackson, Mississippi, later perfected by Robert McCoy. Stars have represented the presence of God, as evidenced by the Eastern Star of the Ladies and the Star of Fellowship of the Masons.
Albert Pike, a very renowned Masonic writer, even though controversial most of the time, did quite a treatise on stars in his publications, morals and dogmas. Some of them are:
Star that guided the Magi to Bethlehem and Jesus.
Five Pointed Star: from the Pentalpha of Pythagoras, or Five New Beginnings.
Star of Knowledge: Advises the Magi of the birth of Jesus.
Star of Solomon formed by the square and compass - it is found on a dollar bill.
Created on the fourth day with other heavenly bodies.
Lesser of all lights in firmament.
Accepted as "child" of sun and moon.
Other beliefs and knowledge of stars are:
Star worshippers established feasts for stars.
Believed to have soul and intelligence by some ancients.
Believed to be able to control man's destiny or foretell the same.
Stars precede great events.
Some believed the stars were the causes of great events.
One named by Ethiopians of Thebes the Sirius or Dog Star.
Early Christians believed stars to be part of the universal soul and intelligence.
Stars have been portrayed with different points, I.E., five points, six points, seven points, eight points, etc. In the Masonic Order, we use two such arrangements, those of five and six points mostly. The five points for the Lodge is one of fellowship, one that speaks of man's duty to his fellowman. Another five pointed star, that of Zoroaster, speaks of relationships of man with his fellowman. Then we have the cabalistic star of the Order of the Eastern Star with its five points, representing the particular heroines of the Order, three in the Old Testament and two in the New Testament. Their meanings are cabalistic, or hidden.
In Psalms 147:4, the psalmist tells us that, "He telleth the number of the stars; and He calleth them by all their names." Any stars that have names of men only testify of man's desire to "be like God."
In Psalms 8:3, David tells us: "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;"
After considering all of this, David asks the question in Verse 4, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" On a scale of one to ten, man is still in waiting to enter the world of greatness when one considers the vastness of God's creations.
As in all times, man sometimes forgets that he is supposed to worship God Almighty and no other. Because of forgetfulness, man turned to star worship, which he was warned against in Deuteronomy 4:19 which Moses, after giving the children of Israel fair warning in Verses 15-18, states: "And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto Heaven, and when thou seest the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the Host of Heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all the nations under the whole Heaven."
However, man soon forgets the lessons of old and falls into traps set by Satan, traps that include worshipping the symbols instead of the one the symbols represent. One finds that in the Cross, that old rugged Cross, when people will bow down to the Cross, or put more emphasis on the Cross, rather than remembering that we serve a Risen Savior, a Risen Lord. Such is the way of the stars. Worshipping them is a Big No No!
Because of an assumed mistranslation in Isaiah 14:12, Satan was given the name of Lucifer, which is a Latin word for Light Bearer. Masons use the root of this word in all official documents using the abbreviation "A.L.", meaning "Anno Lucis", or in the year of light! Because of this mistake, Albert Pike was hounded in literary circles for his supposed defense of the devil Lucifer! Many Anti-Masonic writers use it today!
The head of a goat has often been associated with satanic worship, mainly because of 2 Chronicles 11:15, when Rehoboam, "ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made." Rehoboam had rejected the worship of the Lord and consequently, set up his own brand of worship. The sacrificial goats were called devils, and satanic worship came into being.
An inverted five-pointed star, supposedly a symbol of the head of a goat, with two horns, two ears and a mouth forming the star. I imagine that when Robert Morris penned the Order of the Eastern Star, he was not interested in satanic worship in any way, but was looking for an organization for the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers of Master Masons. However, Anti-Masonic writers became quite popular in writing so-called expose' of secret rituals of satanic cults, including the fledging organization of the Order of the Eastern Star. And so it is today, as we see and hear of even ministers bewailing the Eastern Star for its assumed satanic worship.
This has not been helped by the emblems that have come on the scene through mistakes or deliberately, emblems that spread disharmony among the sisterhood and the brotherhood. It is one that speaks of confusion to the adept member of the Order; it speaks of the disharmony of the minds of those that would seek to destroy the movement of the Order.
The remainder of this article will show you what is meant by disharmony as shown on the star that many of the Order wear with pride, without thinking of what they are wearing. The Eastern Star is a divine gift from God.
Stars, as created by God, were not five-pointed or six-pointed, but are planets as we know them today. The Eastern Star has several names, and all have Masonic meanings, i.e.,
Eastern Star, from the Star of the East that the Wise Men (Magi) followed.
Cabalistic Star, from the Kabaala, the secret writings of Ancient Jews.
Star of Fellowship, from the Masonic "Five Points of Fellowship."
Pentalpha, from Pythagoras, a Greek Mathematician, calling it "five beginnings."
The central figures are not the points however, but is the pentagon, a geometric figure of 'five sides, five angles.' Within are five acute angles and five obtuse angles without. Early Christians referred to the pentagon and star as 'the five wounds of Christ.' (See Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, page 553.)
Page 909 of the same book gives us Robert Morris' thoughts on why he adopted the star as the basic emblem, giving the pentagon as the central figure with the points emanating from each side.
Since the Masons had the star with one point up, as a generative emblem, the star of the female was caused to be shown with two points up, as a passive emblem, all connected by the pentagon, whether up or down.
Figures 1 and 2 show how the star is portrayed, and in our limited knowledge, since the pentagon is the central figure, figure 1 would be the one that would be more in line with what Robert Morris had in mind in 1850. Figure 1 shows the harmonious structure of the Eastern Star, with the points 'anchored' in the pentagon, whereas Figure 2 shows disharmony with the star points having no true foundation.
The Eastern Star Chapter and the Masonic Lodge are linked together, not by accident, but by the profound lessons of the pentagon, as well as the colors of the Easter Star, following the plan of God of male and female, generative and passive, fire and water. Even though the Eastern Star is sometimes linked to Satanism, as true believers of the Christ, we should emulate the good qualities of life rather than the evil. Satan made nothing, and if God is in your life, our star is the beacon that guided the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem and found a Savior.