So Mote it Be

“So Mote it Be” is one of those archaic phrases that many people in the Pagan community use, yet its origins may not be Pagan at all.

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word mote was originally a Saxon verb which meant “must.” It appears back in the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, who used the lineThe wordes mote be cousin to the deed in his prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

Occultist Aleister Crowley used “So mote it be” in some of his writings, and claimed it to be an ancient and magical phrase, but it’s possible he borrowed it from the Masons.

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