Growth in our Federation is vital if we are to survive and flourish, and there are many initiatives in hand at the moment, spearheaded by energetic and committed Brethren to found new Triangles and to grow recently formed ones. Below is a progress report on our six Craft Triangles. A Triangle is, in effect, an embryonic Lodge, without the necessary minimum number of M∴M∴s to be consecrated as such. Hence they cannot confer degrees, and when a candidate comes forward, the MPGC or another member of the Triangle of the 33° must confer the degree on behalf of the Triangle.
The Kenilworth Golf Club in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, is the meeting place for the new fledgling Triangle. Their inaugural meeting was held on 13 January when they interviewed their first candidate.New applicants are welcome. All went well and that their first initiation will took place in February. The name of the Triangle is Love and Unity and their motto will be ‘We are all one divine image of your reflection’.
Two esoterically minded people from this town were keen to become Freemasons. They are a couple in their early thirties who want to be initiated and establish a triangle in Scotland, the first LDH presence there for quite a few years since Lodge Osiris went into abeyance. They have been interviewed and later initiated at a special lodge meeting at Hexagon House on 9 February. There will then be publicity and marketing initiatives in their home town and surrounding area to attract others who might wish to be involved in the formation of a triangle.
A male applicant from Norwich, not just content with being initiated into an existing lodge, is keen to become a member of the British Federation and spread the light of Freemasonry for Men and Women in East Anglia, by finding other like-minded people local to him and working with them to form a triangle. He has been interviewed and now initiated along with others at a special event in February. As a result of the above three initiatives, a special meeting was held at Hexagon House on Saturday 9 February in order to initiate applicants from the three above embryo Triangles. The Consistory sought the help of AIM members and provide officers to conduct this ceremony.
On Thursday 29 November the Brighton & Hove Triangle was consecrated at the Village Hall, Ovingdean, Brighton. The Triangle first met in January 2018. One or two Brethren had been discussing the idea of re-establishing a Droit Humain presence in Brighton and Hove for a year or so but it wasn’t until August 2017 that a plan was agreed. The first step was to find suitable premises which was not easy. Eventually, by November 2017, they had found a Jewish Community Centre in Hove who were happy to let them meet there. They subsequently decided to move to the Ovingdean Village Hall in April 2018. They have now had requests from two non- masons as applicants and both have now been initiated.
Y Ddraig Triangle meets in Chipping Sodbury in the Orient of South Gloucestershire, and are planning to form a Lodge within the coming twelve months. While still small in numbers, its members are hugely committed to the success of this Triangle. They conducted an initiation and a passing in November – no mean feat in one day, but helped by members from Hexagon House, it proved to be a very enjoyable day. The fact of having to set up the Temple each time is proving to be useful instruction for younger members. They have had a range of enquiries over the year although, as ever, Freemasonry is not right for everybody and so they keep looking for more enquirers and symbolically open their doors – and always their hearts – to those who are genuine seekers and willing to join them. The Triangle is planning an Open Day for 2019. Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month and the Triangle welcomes visitors from other lodges.
The name of the Triangle - Tir Na nÓg or Tir na hOige - means ‘Land of the Young’ or ‘Land of Youth’ in Old Irish. This is a revival of an old Lodge of the British Federation which went into abeyance and a distinctive feature of the Triangle is the working of the Irish Ritual, an ancient Masonic ritual which predates the Emulation ritual of 1816. Interestingly, the congenial venue of the Triangle is the Civil Service Club in the heart of London’s Westminster, which promises to make this Triangle an ideal Lodge for visiting members of other Federations of Le Droit Humain as well as other masonic Orders in amity with the British Federation. This is a Triangle which attracts people from very diverse backgrounds and disciplines, united in their common interest in esoteric subjects and the role of Freemasonry in the Western Mystery Tradition. The Triangle has five members and three candidates awaiting Initiation which is very exciting. It will soon become a fully fledged Lodge which, given its central London location, we hope will showcase the esoteric and spiritual model of Freemasonry practised by the British Federation of Le Droit Humain.
Lodge tracing boards are painted depictions of the symbols and allegories used by Freemasons in learning about those allegories in the course of their work. These three lodge tracing boards were designed by Lady Frieda Harris, who was believed to have been a Co-Mason. They are wildly unconventional, quite unlike tracing boards used in most lodges, and are considered as works of art in their own right.