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The Order Of The Amaranth
Members of the Order must be at least eighteen years of age. Only Master Masons and their close female relatives were allowed to join The Order of the Amaranth until 2017. Since then, women without a Masonic relation may apply for membership, provided they are sponsored by two Master Masons in good standing. Members were once compelled to join the Order of the Eastern Star first, but the two organisations became separate in 1921.
The ritual of the Order of the Amaranth was conceived in 1860 to be loosely based on a society with a similar name set up two centuries earlier by Queen Christina of Sweden. The members must believe in God, the Bible is prominently placed on the altar and the members promise to practice the virtues of truth, faith, wisdom and charity.
 Robert Macoy, who was in charge of the Order of the Eastern Star around 1870, decided that would be a good idea to add more degrees to it. In 1873, he formed the Rite of Adoption, with the Order of the Eastern Star as the first, or initiatory degree, the Queen of the South as the second degree and the Order of the Amaranth as the third, or highest degree. His plan was to have these degrees given separately but under the control of one body. They subsequently became completely separate organizations.
 She created the Order of the Amarantha for her court, building it around the character of a fictitious Lady Amarantha, a lovely, virtuous and talented Lady of the Court. The Order was established in honour of her meetings with the Spanish ambassador Antonio Pimentel de Prado, who originated from Amaranth, Portugal. The Order was limited to fifteen knights, who had to remain unmarried.