The Masonic Blazing Star is one of the most important symbols of Freemasonry. It is a respected object that commands attention in the Freemason Lodge. It appears in several Freemason Degrees. Repeated use of the blazing star as a Freemason emblem has made it popular. It is a symbol that is derived from older systems.
The Creator: The Masonic Blazing Star represents God, the Creator and Supreme Being who purifies us and makes us better and wiser men.
Star of Bethlehem: The Blazing Star is said to represent the star of Bethlehem that led the wise men to Bethlehem. This Blazing Star allowed the wise men to proclaim to mankind the nativity of Jesus. At the Masonic Lodge, the Blazing Star leads us on our path to spiritual progress to meet our Redeemer.
Prudence: The Masonic Blazing Star is also said to represent prudence. Prudence leads to the right conduct and way of life. The Masonic Blazing Star helps us to leave a prudent life.
Calendar: The ancient Greeks, Babylonians and Sumerians used the heliacal risings of the various stars for timing their agricultural activities. The ancient Egyptians based their ancient calendars on the heliacal rising of Sirius. They used the heliacal rising of 36 stars to tell the time at night. Each star represented 10⁰ to make up for 360⁰ of the zodiac in total.
Astrology and Astronomy: In ancient history, it was believed that the movement and arrangement of stars in the sky were connected to events that happened on earth. The birth of important people was often associated with miracles. But today, a lot of people do not believe in astrology like in the old days.
Letter G: There was a Letter G at the center of the star. The letter G is a recognized symbol of God. It is a symbolic reference of Divine Providence.
The Sun; The Masonic Blazing Star also represents the Sun which blesses the earth with its rays and gives life to everything on earth. The Sun is also a star and ancient men worshipped the sun.
Several pagans worshipped the stars in various civilizations. Some ancient civilizations saw a star as the soul of a hero god that had once dwelt on earth. In the book of Amos, the prophet Amos rebuked the Israelites for their idolatrous ways which led them astray from the worship of the true God and Supreme Being.
Amos 5:26 “But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.”
Idolatry in Egypt: The Israelitees learnt idolatry from the Egyptians who worshipped the planet Saturn under the name of Raiphan Or Septuagint or Remphan. This god was mentioned by Stephen who quoted Amos in Acts 7:43
“Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon”
Remphan is also known as the Dog-Star. The Dog-Star is known for its emersion or rising from the sun rays which is a regular commencement of the Nile river inundation. Various things show that the Israelites worshipped Remphan. The graves of lust or cemetery of Kibroth-Hattaavah contains some Israeli sculptures that closely resembles the hieroglyphics of the Dog-Star. The hieroglyphic language and the testimony of different religions show that the star was a symbol of a Higher Being. Ancient prophets recognized this, and Masonic instructors also do so.
Christian Emblem: The Blazing Star is seen as a symbol of Jesus Christ, the Savior. Most Christian Freemasons shar this view. But a few Masons that try to hold a universal religious view apart from the Christian viewpoint do not share this belief.
Waved Pointed Star: An old Masonic book shares the opinion that all stars should be made with waved points because people tremble when they see stars with waved points. In ancient tracing boards, the star with five points that were straight superimposed on another star with five straight points.
The Three Ornaments: The three Lodge ornaments are the Tessellated Border, the Mosaic Pavement and the Masonic Blazing Star.
Moses on Mount Sinai: The Masonic Blazing Star is a reminder of the period when God gave Moses two stone tablets containing the ten commandments. The rays of God’s glory were so bright that no one could behold it without trembling and being afraid.
The Masonic Blazing Star is a reminder of God’s omnipresence and how he loves us and blesses us always. It shows us that God is always with us no matter where we are, and he sees all our deeds and the thoughts of our hearts.
Lodge Furniture: After the revival of 1717, the Masonic Blazing Star was introduced. In the 1735 instructions, the Masonic Blazing Star was mentioned as part of Lodge furniture.
The Masonic blazing star has always been a sign of God’s omnipresence, omniscience and His divine providence. He is always present in our lives and he knows all our thoughts. The Masonic Blazing Star is an emblem of faith for all men regardless of our religion.