Wife, Sister — freemason

This may hurt some readers’ eyes, so avert them or get over it, because here it is: My wife is a freemason.

The history of women freemasons in Denmark: Le Droit Humain has been active in Denmark since 1917 and currently has three lodges. The first women-only lodge, Freja, was established in 1989, and its sister lodge, Lilium, followed in 2005. Freja and Lilium are chartered by The Women’s Grand Lodge of Belgium (which also has a couple of lodges in the states). The two women’s lodges have experienced an impressive growth these years, and the formation of a third lodge (thus establishing the foundation for an independent grand lodge) is likely. They work the (new French) Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite craft ritual, but have to travel to Belgium for the higher degrees (yet).

Freja/Lilium recognises The Danish Order of Freemasons (the grand lodge of Denmark), but sadly the opposite is not the case, so I am not allowed to visit. But I have sat with the ladies outside of open lodge, and I do know one thing: They are as dedicated to their labour as any man I know — in some ways more: theirs is a very spiritual and esoteric freemasonry. They also have a strong focus on education that blows most mainstream lodges out of the water. Many of the ladies have husbonds in the Order (like me), and the male organisation’s attitude towards their lodges is cordial, even supportive, although there is no official collaboration (as we have seen from the March 1999 statement from United Grand Lodge of England).

My wife is a freelance journalist, and she followed my research in preparation to deciding whether to join or not. When I told her about the existence of the women’s lodge, she felt there could be a story there somewhere. She contacted the ladies of the lodge and went to a meeting (preperatory to consecrating Lilium, this was 2004). She was quite impressed with some of the ladies, and started considering if this could also be a path for her. Naturally, we took contact to Le Droit Humain, thinking that if we both wanted to join, maybe we should do so together. At the end of the day, we decided to stay same-sex (but seperate). She joined Freja early in 2006, a few months after me, and very pregnant with our son — probably the youngest Lewis in the world … Today she is a Fellowcraft, and will start learning the office of Master of Ceremonies, once the new season begins.

We both look forward to her becoming a Master Mason, so that we can start having discussions about the real substance of the degrees as a whole.
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Pictures: The graphics were made by me especially for the lodge. Second is a picture of the temple hall where Freja meets. Before she joined, my wife wrote and sold the above mentioned article, but it wasn’t published until last year. The last picture (© Heidi Maxmiling) is from that article, showing the sisters of lodge Freja (it was taken while we were in the states, so my wife is missing in action) — I really like their black robes.

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9 thoughts on “Wife, Sister — freemason

  1. As a Fellow Craft myself, I offer my congratulations to your wife. The issue of gender in Freemasonry is an interesting one, and opinions are all over the board. I am glad to belong to a strictly male lodge, but am supportive of women participating in lodges. I’m glad to hear that both you and your wife are getting what you need out of the organization… it can only lead to making you both better people.

  2. Thank-You for posting this! I am a very new female freemason under Le Droit Humain in the USA! I was so excited when I saw the title of your post on King Solomon’s Lodge! It makes me happy so to hear that both you and your wife are in the craft. How exciting! My husband comes from a family of freemasons himself, so I expect that one day in the near future he will be joinging a masculine lodge near our home. 🙂

    Like your wife, I spent the nearly a year researching co-freemasonry and female freemasonry before first contacting my lodge last September. That whole time up to this present day, I have been reading the various masonic blogs, and very few of them ever say anything good about females in freemasonry, so your post was refreshing, and uplifting.

    Thank-You and Warmest Faternal Wishes to both you and your wife!

    Brandy Naugle 1°,
    Amor-Sapientia Lodge #592
    Orient of Glendale, CA

  3. @ Brandy: When we were both considering our path, we had already met with persons who had impressed us (and who would become our proposers); I think that was the main deciding factor against LDH. Also we already had our work life intermingled, and we thought that it would be healthy to each have new input that was unique to us individually, and that we could then share with each other. Btw, LDH in Denmark and Freja/Lilium have good relations and allow intervisitation.

    Best fraternal wishes for you too, Brandy.

    @ Chris: thank you, Brother

  4. Thank you for this post. As an older feminine Mason, I am encouraged to see a little bit of the veil that has hidden us lifted.

  5. Thank you for sharing this and am also trying to join hopefully i will but this is great to know than women Free Masonry has an impact. am now more than ever in need to join.

  6. Is anyone aware of the process sign up to a lodge in England? I have done some research and it seems the grand lodge in London is my best bet, however can anyone give me any tips as i will be totally devastated if i was rejected. I have been studying Masonry for over 12 months now and would really like to be part of a lodge for women.

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  8. I shared this on my website about mixed gender Freemasonry since I did not find a whole lot of information about “femalecraft”and mixed gender Freemasonry in Denmark and this is nicely specific.

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