Sepharial Lodge is the first and oldest Lodge of Freemasonry admitting women and men in Michigan . It has worked uninterrupted since its founding in Detroit on January 6, 1929. Regular meetings are held in Berkley, MI.
Sepharial Lodge was named in honor of Walter Gorn Old (1864-1929), English astrologer and Theosophist. He is better known by his pen name “Sepharial”. The word “Sepharial” may share meaning with the Hebrew words “Sefer” (Book), “Sephira” (Emanation) and “El” (God).
Sepharial Lodge is an inclusive fraternity with a diverse membership of women and men from all walks of life. Its members embrace a culture of open-mindedness, open-heartedness and freedom of conscience. They practice the respectful sharing of understandings, experiences, opinions, views and beliefs with each other. In this way, the members of Sepharial build fraternal bonds through proactive fellowship and work together as a beloved community (Sanskrit, Pali, Hindi: “Sangha”).
The members of Sepharial Lodge champion liberty, equality and freedom for all and are concerned with social justice and the general welfare of humanity. In this great work, the members strive to improve themselves through the insights and experiences gained from Masonic fraternity, ritual, symbolism, philosophy, morality, ethics, esoteric interpretations, humanism and spirituality.
From a point of introspection and personal growth, Freemasons seek to charitably and compassionately consider, care for and help their families, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and communities. They persevere in the hope that one good action at a time will help build a better world for everyone.