Wiccan Tradition Draws from Freemasonry
“So Mote it Be” is utilized toward the finish of numerous Wiccan and Agnostic (Pagan) spells and petitions. It’s an age-old expression that numerous individuals in the Pagan community use, yet its starting points may not be Pagan by any means.
Which means of the Expression
As indicated by Webster’s word (dictionary) reference, the word mote was initially a Saxon action word which signified “must.” It shows up back in the verse of Geoffrey Chaucer, who utilized the line The wordes mote be cousin to the deed in his preamble to the Canterbury Stories.
In present day Wiccan traditions, the expression regularly shows up as a method of wrapping up a ritual or supernatural working It’s essentially a method of saying “So be it (Amen)” or ” so it will/shall be.”
“So Mote It Be” in Masonic Tradition
Occultist Aleister Crowley utilized “so mote it be” in some of his writings, and guaranteed it to be an old and supernatural (magical) expression, yet it’s presumable that he acquired it from the Masons. In Freemasonry, “so mote it be” is what might be compared to “So be it” or “as God wills it to be.” Gerald Gardner, an author of present-day Wicca, was also believed to have Masonic associations, in spite of the fact that there’s some inquiry regarding whether he was a Master Mason as he professed to be. In any case, it’s nothing unexpected that the expression turns up in contemporary Pagan work on, considering the impact that the Masons had on both Gardner and Crowley.
The expression “so mote it be” may initially have showed up in a sonnet called the Halliwell Manuscript 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 Royal Library and, at long last, to the British Historical centre in 1757.
The sonnet, written around 1390, incorporates 64 pages written in rhyming couplets in Centre English (“Fyftene artyculus þey þer sowȝton, and fyftene poyntys þer þey wroȝton,” interpreted as “Fifteen articles they there sought and fifteen focuses there they fashioned.”) It recounts to the tale of the beginnings of Masonry (as far as anyone knows in old Egypt), and cases that the “art of masonry” came to England during the hour of Ruler Athelstan during the 900’s. Athelstan, the sonnet clarifies, created fifteen articles and fifteen purposes of good behaviour for all Masons.
As per the Masonic Grand Lodge of British Columbia. The Halliwell Manuscript the “most seasoned real record of the Specialty of Masonry known.” The sonnet, be that as it may, alludes back to a significantly more seasoned (obscure) Manuscript.
The last lines of the composition (interpreted from iddle English) read as follows:
Christ then of his high beauty,
Spare you both wit and space,
Well this book to know and read,
Paradise to have for your mede. (reward)
So be it! So be it! so mote it be!
So state we as a whole for charity.