So mote it be

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"So mote it be" is a ritual phrase used by Freemasons, in Rosicrucianism, and more recently by Neopagans. It was also used by the old church, and ancient pagans,[citation needed] but is now adapted by Wiccans. It means "so may it be", "so it is required", or "so must it be", and may be said at the end of a prayer in a similar way to "amen". The phrase appears in the Halliwell or Regius Manuscript, the earliest known document relating to a society of Masons in England dating from the first half of the 15th Century.[1] " Amen! amen! so mot hyt be! Say we so all per charyté".[2]

The phrase has been taken up by neopagans and they use it in a similar way in their ceremonies and rituals.[3]


  1. ^ John K. Young, Barb Karg (2006), The Everything Freemasons Book, Everything Books, p. 179, ISBN 978-1-59869-059-0 
  2. ^ Pietre Stones, The Regius Poem, last two lines, accessed 3 August 2014
  3. ^ Isaac Bonewits (2007), Neopagan Rites: A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work, Llewellyn Worldwide, p. 124, ISBN 978-0-7387-1199-7