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Ch.13 The Great Rite (WMB 13.f)

Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @


Chapter 13 - The Great Rite - part f

The eighteenth century Masonic tract The Grand Mystery Lodge Laid Open (1726) described the “five points of fellowship” where bodies should touch during the ritual embrace, as “foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, cheek to cheek”. This is clearly the origin of the use of this term in the Great Rite ceremony, though it is not identical. Here we should however clarify that the five points of fellowship from a Masonic viewpoint are defined as part of the work undertaken by a mason.

These five key principles can be summed up as:

· Morality

· Assiduity

· Sobriety

· Obedience

· Nobility

In Masonry, as in Wicca, the “five-points of fellowship” are represented by the symbol of the pentagram. For the mason, this may also represent the five wounds of Christ when he was crucified at Golgotha.

Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @ Shared here with the intention to inspire and inform the now and future generations interested in Wicca and other Pagan traditions inspired by it.



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