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New lodge formed in Bristol

A new lodge for men and women has now been started outside Bristol. More details

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A Triangle is being formed in Brighton

Hard work on the part of a few British Federation members pays off

The next meeting of the Brighton & Hove Triangle will be on Wednesday 21 February at 6.00 pm in the Abraham Room at the Ralli Community Hall located at 81 Denmark Villas, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3TH. Off street parking is limited but Hove Railway Station car park is nearby – within two minutes walk. For further details and to confirm your visit, contact Martyn Yeats at Contact Us


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Tir N’An Oige Triangle has a new home in London

After their November meeting, the Triangle now has a permanant base

This young and enterprising Triangle held their most recent meeting on November 11 in central London.

Now, at at their forthcoming meeting on Saturday 3 February, they will gather at the Civil Service Club, 13-15 Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HJ at 1.30 pm followed by a Festive Board. Great Scotland Yard runs between Northumberland Avenue and Whitehall. More details

All those interested, please contact the Secretary of the Triangle, Bro∴Jane Austen-Young, at tirnanoige@freemasonryformenandwomen.co.uk

New Grand Master

Daniel Bolens – new Grand Master of the International Order of Freemasonry for Men and Women Le Droit Humain.

The new Grand Master tells us that he was born on 10 September 1949 in Lausanne. He is of Swiss nationality, lives near Lausanne and is married with two children and two grandchildren.

Although he is francophone, he also speaks German and a little English.

In his professional life, although now retired, he worked for the Swiss State in different areas linked to military and civil security.

As far as his masonic career is concerned, he was initiated in June 1983 in lodge Esperance et Cordialité (Hope and Cordiality) in Lausanne, a lodge of the Grand Lodge Swiss Alpina. He was raised to the MM degree in 1985. Between 1991 and 1999 he was received into the higher degrees.

For personal reasons, he left the Grand Lodge Swiss Alpina and the lodges and units of the higher degree, and in order to follow a different masonic path. Consequently he applied to be affiliated, and was accepted into the lodge Connaissance et Vie No. 1661 (Knowledge and Life) in the Orient of Lausanne. Shortly afterwards he became a member of the Lodge Sine Nomine (Without Name) No. 1705 in the Orient of Montreux-Clarens.

He was affiliated successively into different lodges and chapters of the Swiss Federation, being advanced to the 33° in May 2007, elected to the Supreme Council and named Representative of the Supreme Council for the Swiss Federation, and also MPGC.

In the course of his masonic trajectory he was several times RWM and occupied all the offices within his lodges and chapters. He was President of the Consistory of the Swiss Federation, and then President of the Triangle of the 33°.

He sees the role of Grand Master as seeking to be the guarantor of the diversity and at the same time the cohesion of the Order, two areas which, he says, it is not easy always to reconcile.

Until 2022, the Supreme Council shall have as its task, among other things, to reflect on the renewal of administrative structures of the Order and in particular to find a satisfactory response to the question of the representation of the Federations within the authority of the Order, the Supreme Council and the International Convention. In this regard, it will be necessary for all the Federations to work together.



Masonic Study Society


On Wednesday 27 June, at a meeting in London of the Masonic Study Society,

The V.˙.˙. Ills.˙.˙. Bro.˙. Brian Roberts 33° will speak on

Spirituality and Belief in a Supreme Being
– the Masonic Paradox.

The meeting will be open to all Freemasons, but spaces are limited.

All those wishing to attend should let Brian Roberts know well in advance.

Put the date in your diary now. Full details will appear in the April edition of The Freemason

Freemasonry The Esoteric traditionFreemasonry - The Esoteric Tradition

It's now only increasingly rare individuals who behold something of a deeper nature in our Masonic ritual and teachings and are often considered as somewhat eccentric or individuals or 'fantasizers'; to be charitably tolerated as long as they do not overstep the mark with their fantastical interpretations.

This volume is devoted to those members of society who maintain that Freemasonry should be interpreted, experienced and lived as an authentic Initiatic School, as was doubtless intended by the creators of its complex ritual forms, brimming with symbols, allegories and hidden meanings.

From a metahistorical point of view, the true 'figure' of the Freemason will be portrayed as a sort of 'Archetype of Enlightenment',which is clearly recognisable and presented in the western tradition throughout history. From the Epoptes of the Eleusinian Mysteries, to the Hermetic of the first centuries B.C.; from the Magician and the Neoplatonist of the Renaissance to the Rosicrucian; from the Alchemist to the Freemason, the same goal of, an individual featuring a series of common characteristics and, in particular, a similar 'vision of the world', is manifested cyclically in specific historical moments. (Quote from the Lewis Masonic website)

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First impressions of a new member

What makes the British Federation such a special and unique Masonic Order? As a recently affiliated member perhaps I can humbly offer an answer to this question being as I am new to the order and, in theory, totally unbiased. Maybe not totally unbiased since I do have a point of reference to which I can compare Le Droit Humain: my previous Masonic reincarnation. Read More

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(es-uh-ter-ik)    "adjective

1.    understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
2.    belonging to the select few.
3.    private; secret; confidential.
4.    (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras."

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Dr Annie Besant 1847 - 1933

Annie Besant
Annie Besant was the founder of the British Federation of the Order, the International Order of Co-Freemasonry, Le Droit Humain as it was known at the time. She was the first ruler of Lodge Human Duty No. 6 which still exists today.

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Jean Marie Diomar

The V.'.'. Ill.'.'. Br.'. Jean-Marie Diomar 33*, M.'.'.P.'.'.G.'.'.C.'.'.

Bro. Jean-Marie was initiated in Freemasonry in International Concord Lodge 977 on 22 March 2003 and raised on 2 April 2005, quickly making his mark by taking on offices and tasks in the Lodge. On 21 November 2006 he was advanced in the Degree of Mark Masonry in Nephthys Mark Lodge 32. On 29 September 2007 he was exalted in the Holy Royal Arch Chapter Hidden Glory 28 and the following day joined The Scottish Lodge 884. He was installed in the Chair of International Concord 977 on 27 June 2009 and perfected in the 18° in Rose of Sharon RC Chapter 94 on 4 March 2011. On 23 May 2013 he was installed as First Principal of Hidden Glory Chapter HRA and the following month received the 30°. He was installed in the Chair of Nephthys Mark Lodge 32 on 17 June 2014 and in the Chair of The Scottish Lodge 884 on 3 October 2015. Since 2007 he was a hard-working Federation Treasurer.

On 21 January this year he was elevated to the 33° - Sovereign Grand Inspector General by the Supreme Council. This degree was conferred on him by the Grand Master of our Order at the meeting of the Supreme Council on 23 May 2017.

At the meeting of the XV International Convention on 27 May 2017, The V∴ Ills∴ Bro∴ Jean-Marie Diomar was elected a member of the new Supreme Council and, at the final ceremony of the convention on 28 May 2017, he took his place in the East as Representative of the Supreme Council to the British Federation with the title of Most Puissant Grand Commander.

He is one of the youngest members of the Supreme Council being an energetic 49 years old, and significantly, his motto is ‘Service’.

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