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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 first meeting of the Brighton & Hove Triangle will be on Wednesday 10 January 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 2.30 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

Annie Besant accord

In all of our degree ceremonies, short dramas enacted with the use of allegories, a set form of words and actions is used. These words and actions have come down to us from the earliest days of Freemasonry and incorporate all the lessons that there are to be learned about what is known as ‘the Craft’. The content of these rituals has remained unchanged, but the outer form has been adapted over the years to accord better with the spiritual values we seek to impart. In the British Federation of the International Order of Freemasonry as in many English-speaking countries in the world, the most commonly practised ritual is that called the ‘Lauderdale Ritual.’

This ritual, in the basic first three degrees, was given the name of ‘Lauderdale’ in 1992, when the 1960 edition was re-printed. Prior to that, between 1916 and 1960, the rituals had no name but they originated from the Dharma Ritual, written around 1905 for Le Droit Humain in India, under the direction of the Founder of Co-Masonry in Britain, Annie Besant. It was used by Lodge Dharma in Benares, India. At the very beginning, many members of the Order in London and in various parts of what was then the British Empire were also members of the Theosophical Society, who believed that Co-Freemasonry was a revival of the Ancient Mysteries, so the Dharma ritual was designed to bring into greater prominence that which those early members considered to be ancient mystery traditions. Various amendments were made between 1916 and 1960 and, on re-printing in 1992, it was decided to name the ritual the Lauderdale ritual because the headquarters of the British Federation had been located in Lauderdale Road, London, until 1936.

Other rituals were worked – and still are – namely the Verulam Ritual, which has similarities to the Lauderdale, the Scottish Ritual worked by the Scottish Lodge from 1927, the Irish Ritual worked by Erin Lodge in Dalkey, Ireland in 1928, and to-day by St Michael Lodge in Northern Ireland and finally Emulation Ritual worked by Lodge Reconciliation in Surbiton prior to its dormancy. Lodge International Concord works the Georges Martin ritual.

When Annie Besant formed the first Lodge in Great Britain in 1902, followed by other Lodges, a translation of the French ritual was used but it was soon found that this did not suit the British. The first transaction of Dharma Lodge in Benares, from 1907, reflects this in its notes regarding the early days of the Order:

In France, at the present day, the tendency in our fraternity is to dispense with the religious element and the large majority of [French] brethren, including those of our own Order, prefer a somewhat materialistic attitude. Our Supreme Council, however, in granting an English Constitution, recognised that different methods are required in different countries, and have consequently sanctioned our upholding for ourselves a belief in a creative principle under the title of ‘Great Architect of the Universe’.

This is often referred to as the Besant Accord and is the justification given for differences between Anglo-Saxon approaches to masonic practice and continental approaches. Put very simply, this means that for the English-speaking world liberal Freemasonry has developed along predominantly spiritual lines, distancing itself from the socio-political approach predominantly adopted in continental Europe. This is not by any means to say that the spiritual dimension is absent in continental liberal Freemasonry.

In 1908, the American Federation was constituted. Here too, the French rituals hitherto supplied by Supreme Council in Paris were proving discordant. Theosophical viewpoints had already stimulated a rise in pursuit of the ‘mysteries’ in British and Commonwealth Lodges, rather than the emphasis on social rights promoted by Georges Martin.

In 1914, as the Order grew and language and cultural differences became more pronounced, the national represent-atives of various countries sought the right to use different rituals and general regulations and, following approval from Supreme Council, made appropriate adjustments to take account of geography, language and the practices of other existing, solely masculine Obediences in their respective countries.

In the preface to the 1992 Lauderdale Ritual in Britain we read:

As Masons may belong to any religion, it is desirable to have on the Altar a Scripture of more than one Great Faith, but no attempt should be made to impose any particular interpretation of the Ritual upon any Brother of the Order. The Lodges should observe towards each other the old rule: ‘In things essential, Unity; in non-essential, Liberty; in all things, Charity’.

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

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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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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.
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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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- The Declaration of Principles grants the Lodges the right to choose their acclamation: To the Glory of the Great Architect Of The Universe and/or To the Perfection of Humanity.

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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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