Wiccan Convention Draws from Freemasonry
“So mote it Be” is utilized toward the finish of numerous Wiccan and Pagan spells and supplications. It’s an antiquated expression that numerous individuals in the Pagan people group use, yet its origins may not be Pagan by any means.
Which means of the Expression
According to Webster’s word reference (dictionary), the word bit was originally a Saxon action word which signified “must.” It shows up back in the verse of Geoffrey Chaucer, who utilized the line The wordes bit be cousin to the deed in his introduction to the Canterbury Stories.
In modern Wiccan conventions, the expression frequently shows up as a method of wrapping up a custom or magical working. It’s essentially a method of saying Amen, “So be it” or ” so it will be.”
“So mote It Be” in Masonic Custom
Occultist Aleister Crowley utilized “so mote it be” in a portion of his works, and asserted it to be an antiquated and magical expression, however all things considered, he borrowed it from the Mason. In Freemasonry, “so mote it be” is what might be compared to “So mote it be” or “as God wills it to be.” Gerald Gardner, an author of modern Wicca, was additionally believed to have Masonic associations, in spite of the fact that there’s some inquiry concerning whether he was a Master Mason as he professed to be. Notwithstanding, it’s nothing unexpected that the expression turns up in contemporary Pagan work on, considering the impact that the mason had on both Gardner and Crowley.
The expression “so mote it be” may initially have showed up in a sonnet called the Halliwell Original copy of Regius Sonnet, described as one of the “Old Charges” of Masonic tradition. It’s not satisfactory who composed the sonnet; it went through different individuals until it discovered its way to the Imperial Library and, at long last, to the British Museum in 1757.
The sonnet was composed around 1390 and it incorporates sixty four pages sent in rhyming couplets in Center English (“Fyftene artyculus þey þer sowȝton, and fyftene poyntys þer þey wroȝton,” interpreted as; Fifteen articles they there sought and fifteen focuses there they wrought, It recounts to the story of the beginnings of Masonry (as far as anyone knows in ancient Egypt), and cases that the “carft of masonry” came to Britain during the hour of Lord Athelstan during the 900’s. Athelstan, the sonnet clarifies, created fifteen articles and fifteen purposes of moral behavior for all Masons.
According to the Masonic Grand Hotel of British Columbia, the Halliwell composition is the “most seasoned authentic record of the Specialty of Masonry known.” The sonnet, be that as it may, alludes back to a significantly more seasoned (obscure) Manuscript.