"So mote it be" is a ritual phrase used by Freemasons, in Rosicrucianism, and more recently by Neopagans. It means "so may it be",or "so must it be", and may be said at the end of a prayer in a similar way to "amen". The phrase appears at the end of the 14th century Halliwell or Regius Manuscript, the earliest known Masonic document.
The phrase has been taken up by neopagans and they use it in a similar way in their ceremonies and rituals.
- ^ John K. Young, Barb Karg (2006), The Everything Freemasons Book, Everything Books, p. 179, ISBN 978-1-59869-059-0
- ^ Isaac Bonewits (2007), Neopagan Rites: A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work, Llewellyn Worldwide, p. 124, ISBN 978-0-7387-1199-7