Most/Ill. Shantel Vallery
Sovereign Grand
Administrative Assistant
Copyright © 2011 Hiram United Sovereign Grand Lodge  All Rights Reserved.
early as the 1840s, it took until 1876 for the General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, to be formed; and there
are at least two separate organizations that both say that they are dedicated to the unification of all Eastern Stars, but
which lead a separate existence from the General Grand Chapter and were founded in 1947 and 1962 respectively.

The General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star was founded in 1876. It currently extends worldwide, in
association (where appropriate) with the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland. It is open to Master Masons in good
standing, and females over the age of 18 years. There were 2,087,063 members in 1994.

Robert Morris, Master Mason, schoolteacher and poet, first attempted in the 1840s to establish Adoptive Masonry in the
United States, using a ritual of his own devising. At first reviled by fellow Masons for betraying Masonic secrets, he
nevertheless persisted and throughout the 1850s conferred various degrees on female relatives of Master Masons,
with varying levels of cooperation from other Master Masons. His Families of the Eastern Star dated from 1857.

Real acceptance was slow in coming, and it was not until Morris’s rituals were revised by the Masonic publisher Robert
Macoy in 1866 that any greater success came. Macoy added the degrees of Queen of the South, Past Matron’s Degree
and the Amaranth Degree. Even then, it was 10 years before the Central Grand Chapter was organized.

The order as now constituted works five degrees, based on the story of five women in the Bible — an example of the
way in which organizations adhering to God have become progressively more Christian in the United States, especially
where women are involved. The slogan of the order is, “We have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship
Him.” The order even awards scholarships to those involved in religious training.
The ritual also illustrates powerful patriarchal values, and, of course, the degrees must be conferred by a (male) Master

The initial choice of characters certainly seems strange to an outsider, as Adah was a human sacrifice, and Jepthah the
Gileadite appears from the description in Judges 11 to have been an outstandingly unattractive and inflexible fellow. In
return for being allowed to win a battle against the “children of Ammon,” he promised God a slaughter offering of the
first thing that came to greet him when he returned home (verses 30—31). He was apparently expecting his daughter’s
pet lamb, but the daughter beat the lamb to the portals. He was, therefore, convinced he ought to kill her.

She wished to go to the mountains to bewail her virginity (verses 37—38), which he permitted; and when she came
back two months later, not having had the sense to stay away, he sacrificed her. A further degree, Queen of the South,
is honorary.
Very/Ill. Mattie T. Cohen
something between a female version of Masonry in
or Mason's of Adoptions! Charitable giving
includes scholarships for students in religious
training, and more.  

Another branch or sect of the Eastern Star is the
Federation of Eastern Stars, founded in 1962 and
purportedly dedicated to the unification of Eastern
Star orders worldwide. It had 105,000 members in
1994 and was a female auxiliary of Federation of
Masons of the World. The Federation of Eastern
Stars of the World was founded 15 years earlier, in
1947, and is also purportedly dedicated to the
unification of Eastern Star orders worldwide. It had
57,000 members in 1994.

The Order of the Constellation of the Junior Stars
is the juvenile arm of the Eastern Star.

This order has never been active in The
Netherlands. Before founding a Dutch female
order, the Order of Weavers (Orde Vitae Feminea
Textura), the founders had an idea of starting a
Dutch branch of the O.E.S. This, however, was
prohibited by the Dutch Grand Orient. In 1921 the
degree of Amaranth became a separate order.

From the Order of the Eastern Star, a organization
for young girls was founded: the Order of Rainbow
for Girls. There is also the Order of Job's
Daughters for girls between 13-19, of which many
girls join at a later age the O.E.S.
"My People Shall Perish for the Lack of Knowledge"
A:.A:.S:.R:.F:.M:. of the World, Inc.
Petition for Membership
Click Here
Lady Knight's Templar