THE FRENCH CONNECTION

HOW WE CELEBRATED 300 YEARS OF MASONIC HISTORY


Issued in the name of Universal Masonry of France

AU NOM DE LA FRANC- MACONNRERIE UNIVERSELLE


Commemorative meeting of masonic lodges of Europe 1717 – 2017

Grand tenue de Loges maconiques d’Europe 1717 – 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE GRAND LODGE

MODERN MIXED MASONS


 

LODGE HERMETICA No. 9

Province of London


Commemorative meeting of masonic lodges of Europe 1717 – 2017

Grand tenue de Loges maconiques d’Europe 1717 – 2017

MIXED FREEMASONRY - HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Mixed Freemasonry was founded in Paris in 1881 as the ‘Grand Loge Symbolique Ecossaise Mixte de France’, with the assistance of Dr Georges Martin, a physician, champion of equal rights for women and a prominent member of the ‘Grand Loge Symbolique Ecossaise Mixte de France’ together with Maria Deraismes, French author, lecturer and an important pioneer for human rights.

DR. ANNIE BESANT


Dr. Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) was president of the Theosophical Society when she learned that women were being admitted into Freemasonry. She saw an affinity between the two and spoke of Freemasonry as a movement which aspired to practice true brotherhood, which would attract men and women from all walks of life who wished to work together to serve humanity. In 1902 Dr. Annie Besant was invited to France, with fellow theosophist Francesca Arundale to be admitted into La Grande Loge Symbolique Mixte – Le Droit Humain, Paris. Together with six friends, they were initiated, passed and raised in the first three degrees. This French order did not recognise the need for a Belief in a Supreme Being, did not use the Volume of the Sacred Law, nor refer to the Great Architect of the Universe. Annie successfully negotiated with the governing body to include all three important tenants in the new English ritual. Annie returned to England bearing a Charter and founded the first Lodge of International Mixed Masonry in London, Human Duty No. 6, and became its first Master. She eventually became the Order’s Most Puissant Grand Commander and was a major influence on the growth of the Order. Annie Besant was a successful author and Freemason and was fearless in the pursuit of Truth and social justice. Here qualities of vision were expressed in her extraordinarily eloquent lectures. No less a figure than George Bernard Shaw considered her to be Britain’s greatest orator.


Special Events – Theosophical Society in England Theosophicalsociety.org.uk/special-events Saturday & Sunday – 30th September – 1st October 2017 ANNIE BESANT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA Save & Exit


© Photographs: Courtesy of the Theosophical Society.


DR. ANNIE BESANT


Dr. Annie Besant (1847 – 1933) was president of the Theosophical Society when she learned that women were being admitted into Freemasonry. She saw an affinity between the two and spoke of Freemasonry as a movement which aspired to practice true brotherhood, which would attract men and women from all walks of life who wished to work together to serve humanity. In 1902 Dr. Annie Besant was invited to France, with fellow theosophist Francesca Arundale to be admitted into La Grande Loge Symbolique Mixte – Le Droit Humain, Paris. Together with six friends, they were initiated, passed and raised in the first three degrees. This French order did not recognise the need for a Belief in a Supreme Being, did not use the Volume of the Sacred Law, nor refer to the Great Architect of the Universe. Annie successfully negotiated with the governing body to include all three important tenants in the new English ritual. Annie returned to England bearing a Charter and founded the first Lodge of International Mixed Masonry in London, Human Duty No. 6, and became its first Master. She eventually became the Order’s Most Puissant Grand Commander and was a major influence on the growth of the Order. Annie Besant was a successful author and Freemason and was fearless in the pursuit of Truth and social justice. Here qualities of vision were expressed in her extraordinarily eloquent lectures. No less a figure than George Bernard Shaw considered her to be Britain’s greatest orator.


Special Events – Theosophical Society in England Theosophicalsociety.org.uk/special-events Saturday & Sunday – 30th September – 1st October 2017 ANNIE BESANT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, The Theosophical Society, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1U 8EA


© Photographs: Courtesy of the Theosophical Society.

WE ENJOY FRATERNAL RELATIONS WITH THE FOLLOWING MASONIC BODIES – THE CO-MASONIC ORDER OF THE BLAZING STAR – www.cfobs.org.uk GRANDE LOGE EUROPÉENNE DE LA FRATERNITÉ UNIVERSELLE – www.glefu.org

 

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