How familiar the phrase is. No Lodge is ever opened or closed, in due form, without using it. Yet how many of us know where it came from or what it means..? As a Pagan before I was a Mason I used the term to to end a ritual or prayer. So when I became a mason I begin to wonder about this "So mote it be" Now I am still not sure who started the saying in place of Amen . From what I understand, Mote is an Old English word with Indo-European roots meaning may, must, or might. In context of the early masonic expression "so mote it be", it implied both a wish for and a hope of realizing God's will. Today, modern Wicca Pagan religions has adopted the phrase and appears to have changed its meaning to an expression of personal will. So My questions is what do you feel So Mote it Be means?