Q&A: What does ''so mote it be'' mean?

by Brittany Ehart

Q: I've seen the phrase "so mote it be" several times when I was looking up spells and information. What does it mean?

All it means is "so may it be". Many traditions are switch to "So shall it be" or "So let it be". The "mote" comes from ritual magic of the seventeen and eighteenth century. Use it if you feel comfortable with it. Otherwise, substitute one of the phrases above or any short phrase with similar meaning.

Just as a side note, whenever I cast a spell I also include the phrase "for the best and highest good".

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