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From the Grand Chapter of Virginia, Order of the Eastern Star website
Membership in our Order is voluntary. A fundamental principle of membership is an obligation to aid and assist fellow members in time of need. Secret signs and other methods of identifying ourselves are used to recognize one another in maintaining our charitable efforts. Like other Masonic related organizations, the Order of the Eastern Star uses emblems and symbolism to teach moral lessons we use as a guide to make our lives more useful, both to ourselves and to others.
We chose our name from the star, which guided the wise men of old to the manger in Bethlehem. The centerpiece of this symbolism, which you see laid out before you in the room, in an open Bible on an altar surrounded by five chairs so placed as to form a five-pointed, emblematic star.
The Blue Ray of Adah – teaches us the lesson on fidelity to the vows, which we have made to others.
The Yellow Ray of Ruth – teaches us the lesson on constancy and unwavering dependability and devotion to duty in our relations with others.
The White Ray of Esther – teaches us the lessons of loyalty to kindred, friends, our country and our God.
The Green Ray of Martha – teaches us the lesson of faith and trust in a Supreme Beneficent Power.
The Red Ray of Electa – teaches us the lesson of love for others, which we practice through constant acts of charity, concern and loving kindness.
These of course, are not the only great values and virtues of a good life; they are simply lessons we use as a guide. If we would but follow them faithfully, most of the problems of the world, as well as our own problems, would grow faint indeed.
We are not a religious sect, nor a church, nor a substitute thereof, although we individually hold strong religious beliefs. The first requisite for membership is a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, by whatever name the individual may choose.
We are not a patriotic or a political o