Masonic Blue Slipper
Bro Clyde H. Magee, 32°
you familiar with the Masonic Blue Slipper?
It is a small lapel pin in the shape of a blue slipper.
Over the years it has been my habit to ask my wife and daughters to
wear one of these slippers on a coat or dress when traveling alone away from
home. What is the meaning of
the blue slipper and why should female relatives of Masons wear one?
50 or 60 years ago while I was still living at home, a widowed lady, who was
a cousin of my dad’s, came to visit our home every year.
Her late husband was a Mason. The
pin that she wore - the blue slipper - made a lasting impression on me.
She told me that it was a Masonic pin and served to identify her as a
find out the meaning of the pin, we have to go back in history to the time of
Boaz - to be found in the book of Ruth. This
is the well known story of Naomi returning to her own land after the death of
her husband, Elimelech, and her sons. One daughter in-law, Ruth, a Moabite,
accompanied her mother-in-law back to Bethlehem Judah but, both were
destitute. Ruth went to work in the fields to enable her to look after her
mother-in-law. However, the law
of the land stated that Elimelech’s next of kin was duty bound to redeem his
possessions and look after his widow and off-spring.
The next of kin refused to do so.
Boaz offered to become the redeemer of Elimelech’s property - a
proposition that the next of kin accepted.
To seal the bargain, Boaz and the next of kin met at the city gates in
the presence of the elders. The next of kin drew off his shoe and handed it to
Boaz as a token of the bargain. Boaz
held the shoe up for all to see - he asked them to be witnesses that he had
become Naomi’s protector, Ruth’s husband and a redeemer of Elimelech’s
property. Thus today we have the
little blue slipper as an emblem of the protective influence of Masons for
their wives, widows and daughters.
"Ruth in Boaz's Field", by
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld,
received this e-mail below:
found a story about the Masonic blue slipper on your site. I'm not sure if
it's archived anywhere but Clyde H Magee was my grandfather. He belonged
to Unity Lodge 146 in Front Royal, Virginia and was also a member of the
Eastern Star chapter there. At the time of the Chapter's 75th anniversary,
five members of the family were Star members there. I thought you might
be interested in knowing this.
Pamela A Miller, PharmD
Front Royal Chapter No 6
Front Royal, Virginia
Thank you Sister
Pamela for this update! Sometimes we loose the history of things that
people pass down to us! Its refreshing to know that your grandfathers
legacy still lives on in the story of this Little Blue Slipper.