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The Order of the Eastern Star

Between us twain the miles lie wide –  But here’s good-will, this Easter-tide …

Masonic Symbols | Five Pointed Star, pillar and book, Flowers, chalice, crown and scepter, sheaf of barley, broken column

I’ve had this Easter card for several years but I hesitated to share it because I couldn’t figure out what all the “Easter symbols” were. The flowers seemed to fit and I presumed that was a Bible in the middle but it had what was (to me) a strange feel about it.

Well recently, I was finally able to figure out that this 5-pointed star is actually the emblem of the Order of the Eastern Star, a woman’s organization which is affiliated with the Freemasons. Here is what I’ve come to understand about the symbols.

The star is meant to refer to the Star of Bethlehem which is said to have appeared in the East and to have shone over the manger of Jesus. The pillar and book at the center stand for the Masons’ Volume of Sacred Law.

Masonic symbol | Golden cup | colour red | endurance of persecutionThe other parts represent five women who stand as models of different virtues. The red stands for Electa and her flower is the rose. Her symbol is a golden cup and she personifies duty. Adah’s colour is blue. She is Masonic symbols | sword and veil | blue | obedience to dutyrepresented by violets and a sword and veil, and  stands for obedience and duty. A third woman is Esther. White is her colour and the lily is her flower. Esther represents loyalty and her symbols are the crown and scepter. Next there is Martha whose colour is green and she is represented by a fern. She has the symbol of the Masonic symbols | crown and scepter, colour white, lily, virtue of loyaltybroken column and represents endurance. Masonic symbols | broken column, fern, colour green, endurance in trial Finally, the colour yellow represents represents Ruth and her symbol is a sheaf of barley. Her virtue is her adherence to religious values.Masonic symbols | Sheaf of barley, yellow, adherence to religious principles

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  1. A very nice card. I’ve rarely seen a postcard relating to the Eastern Star.


    Comment by M. Diane Rogers | March 5, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes, I find it unusual, although after a bit of “googling” I found one similar example. I have wondered whether they sent it to fellow members or to others so as to raise the profile of the organization.
      It’s nice to hear from you!


      Comment by Evelyn Yvonne Theriault | March 5, 2012 | Reply

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