Category Archives: Freemasons

The Ghosts of Christians Passed

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Last Saturday I looked up museums and ran across an historic cemetery. My husband and I took the dog and meandered through the flowering magnolia trees and profuse blooms of orange poppies. It was a huge cemetery so it turned out to be a great place to get exercise and with all the flowering trees, wild flowers and rose bushes, it was actually a cheerful place. A lot can be learned from visiting a cemetery. There were sections for various wars and sections where victims of a cholera epidemic in 1850 claimed almost 1,000 lives. There was a security guard walking around and I visited with him. “Is there a Jewish section?” I asked. He seemed confused and thought about it for a minute and said, “No, I don’t believe there is.” I suspect though, that there’s a cryptic Jewish section and I look forward to returning to see if I can find it. I might have luck looking through the Masonic and Oddfellows sections because many California Jewish Pioneers’ proudly display the symbols of these secret societies on their tombstones. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:   http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

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Secrecy Was Eventually the Demise of the Pythagorean Brotherhood

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The Pythagoreans guarded their secrets well. Their meetings were cryptic and those who belonged were forbidden to speak of any of their discoveries. But alas, this secrecy brought with it a price. The ancient Italian government, in power at that time, grew suspicious and forced the closure of the Mathematical Wizard’s school. Eventually Pythagoras was murdered by those who opposed his teachings.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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The Star that Binds the Freemasons with Ancient Judaism

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One of the earliest Secret Societies began with cryptic meetings attended by the disciples of Pythagoras. A lot of the philosophy of the Pythagorean brotherhood was taken from the Old Testament and Judaism. The Pythagoreans loved the five-pointed star, known as Solomon’s Seal, referring to King Solomon, king of the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Although today you see the Star of David (the symbol for Israel and the Jews) as a six-pointed star, many believe the five-pointed star was what it was originally. In my old dictionary, next to the definition of Solomon’s Seal is a picture of a six-pointed star, so it appears the two are inter-changeable. Makes sense, Solomon’s father was, after all, King David. The six-pointed star is also known as the Shield of David. Today the iconic symbol of the Freemasons is the six-pointed star, leading one to suspect that the secret brotherhood proudly traces its origins back to the ancient Pythagoreans. People frequently question, what are the stars on the homes and barns in Kentucky? Though they are five-pointed, they too may be inter-changeable and are making a declaration that members of either the Freemasons or their female counterparts, the Eastern Star, reside there.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Quadroon-Lions-Trace-Volume/dp/149283999X

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The “Masonic” Barn Star? Or is it the Star of David?

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Small Size FRONT Canva Cover Secret Genealogy VThe very first five-pointed star may have been found by archaeologists. Known as a pentagram, it is also historically Solomon’s Seal, used by the King of Judah in the 10th century B.C.E. Solomon was the son of King David. Today the Star of David that adorns the flag of the nation of Israel is six-pointed but there are those who believe that originally the five-pointed star (pentagram) was used earlier.Secret Genealogy As for Masonic barn stars, Masonic rituals vary within regions. One area may use Islamic icons for their rituals while another may use those based on Judaism and Christianity. One would probably have to ask individual barn owners what their star symbolized. Maybe in Kentucky we’d receive answers referring to the Civil War while in Indiana it could signify folk art. I pass one regularly out in front of a BBQ restaurant and I suspect it is meant to give one the impression of Texas. Stars are popular everywhere but depending upon how they are poised, sometimes you get the feeling it is a political or philosophical statement. I tried asking a Kentucky gentleman who lived across the street from a huge barn with a huge star on it. He acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about so good luck with that. When you figure it out … please let me know.Hand Painted Roses Cover Sec Gen III

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family. Available here:

Secret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X

Secret Genealogy IV:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105

Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU

Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP

What Inspired Me to Write About Secret Societies & the Masons?

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I was inspired to write about the Knights Templar and the Masons during the excitement surrounding Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” My son Shane was constantly schooling me about what he’d learned regarding secret societies and it inspired me to start looking into my own family’s ties to the Masons. For over fifty years both of my grandmothers were Eastern Star (the female branch of the Masons). My mother said her mother told her, “There are secrets I can’t tell you.”

My father was especially fascinated with the Masons and spoke of them in whispered tones, as if he had things he longed to tell me but couldn’t. He had no idea he was planting seeds in my mind nor that as an adult, I would one day follow up on his cryptic whisperings. To my knowledge he was not a Mason but I believe his father was because my father’s mother was an Eastern Star and it was usually a family member who brought women into the society.
The weirdest thing happened to me a few years ago. It truly was a dark, stormy night and I thought I would get on the web and see if I could find secrets regarding my family’s ties to Masonry. I googled Knights Templar and started getting into some pretty trippy UK websites. I was using my father’s name to see if I had ancestry by the same name. I found some interesting info so I clicked on “print” and the printer made all kinds of noise and made marks on the paper but the only thing it printed was the word “why?” As the thunder clapped outside and the wind and pounding rain shook the windowpane next to me, I was carried into a spell. It was probably just a strange co-incidence but I must say, it felt like someone was monitoring my research and wanted to know “why” I wanted to know.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historic novel The Celtic Prince Available here:

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Do You Have Questions About Freemasonry, Religion and Ancestry?

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I find fiction a great way to explore our curiosities. Mine is a deep fascination with Freemasonry and its connection to early Colonial America. In my novels I hope I encourage the reader to ask such questions as: Who were the Knights Templar? What do they have to do with Colonial America? Why are the Knights Templar credited with establishing the banking system? After the Inquisition did the Knights Templar pirate ships? Why the Star of David in the Masonic Lodge? There are many answers to these questions. I hope you enjoy mine.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

http://www.amazon.com/Lies-Lion-Lions-Trace/dp/0965114074

The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

The Last Quadroon (Book 3)

http://www.amazon.com/Last-Quadroon-Lions-Trace-Volume/dp/149283999X

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Freemason Stars On Kentucky Barns? Ancient Brotherhood?

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I blogged about this topic a few months back and it attracted many viewers. Like myself, they’re curious or heard somewhere that the big stars on homes and barns in Kentucky were Masonic symbols. I’ve since learned that the ancient Pythagorean Brotherhood believed that this five-pointed star symbolized health and well being. This pentagram was the secret recognition sign between the brotherhood. Interesting that another star associated with guarding against disease was the six pointed star Solomon’s Seal, now seen upon the flag of Israel.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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