from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. so be it; amen; -- a phrase in some rituals, as that of the Freemasons.


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  • In Neo-Paganism and Wicca, the phrase Amen is not normally used, being seen as Christian in origin. However, the rather archaic phrase So mote it be is often used instead, with basically the same meaning (mote is an archaic form of may). This possibly derives from Freemasonry, where in certain rituals the phrase "Amen, so mote it be" is used.

    February 2, 2008