Le Droit Humain is also active in the UK since 26 september 1902 when Annie Besant founded the lodge Human Duty no.6 in London. The British federation currently has 16 lodges.

The British Federation follows the Order of International Co-Freemasonry – Le Droit Humain – in that all members work the Antient and Accepted Scottish Rite and some side degrees of the York Rite. As well as Craft Lodges, the British Federation has also Mark Lodges, Royal Ark Mariner Lodges, Holy Royal Arch Chapters, Rose Croix Chapters, Knight Templar, Knight Kadosh, the 31st degree, the Consistory of the 32nd degree and Grand Council of the 33rd degree all of which are worked Ceremonially. International Co-Freemasonry – Le Droit Humain – is governed by the Supreme Council of the 33rd degree, from Paris.

Source. The website of the British federation has information about the lodges, of some the Rite that is used is mentioned.

Grand Lodge of Modern Mixed Masons, International. A fairly new international order which says to have lodges in the UK, Philippines, Italy, Portugal, Paraguay, Brazil, Mexico and Madagascar. There is a staggering number of “craft” lodges and a large number of other systems. It can’t be corroborated if so many lodges indeed exists, but there certainly are active lodges in the UK and the Philippines.

Grand Lodge Of Freemasonry for Men and Women
, a split-off of Le Droit Humain, with 8 lodges in the UK and some in Bulgaria;

Update April 2024: the website hasn’t been updated since 2016. I’m unsure if this organisation still exists.

(Member of Catena)
Sister organisation of Eastern Order of International co-Masonry in the USA)


Co-Freemasonic Order of the Blazing Star, mixed order, founded in 1997 with its own esoteric ritual;

Update April 2024. Website down, no Facebook updates since 2019.

Grand Lodge Aum

Grand Lodge, Ancient Universal Mysteries is an international Masonic Order admitting both men and women to meet the demand for the Aquarian spiritual Masonic quest for more light and the restoration of the Ancient Mysteries to outer service as a natural part of the program for human living.

AUM has one lodge in Scotland (Forres), eight in the USA, two in Australia and one in New Zealand.

Grand Orient de France was founded in 1773. About a century later they got issues with “regular” Grand Lodges when the GOdF dropped the requirement for the belief in something Divine. The GOdF lost its regularity, but not its popularity. What is less known, is that in 2010 the GOdF decided to allow lodges to initiate women. Since then quite a few lodges have voted for this possibility, but not a whole lot initiated any women. According to the GOdF 1.319 women were initiated in 2013. That is not a whole lot against 49.000 members, but on a positive side, there are no less than 1.200 lodges that possibly initiate women; worldwide that is. There are two lodges in the UK, Loge Hiram (French language!) and the Freedom of Conscience Lodge (English), both in London and both mixed gender. Because both websites did not work when I tried, I do not know if these are a mixed gender lodges.

(Member of Clipsas)


The Order Of Women Freemasons was founded in 1908 as The Honourable Fraternity of Antient Masonry split off of Le Droit Humain. The order was initially mixed, but in the 1920’ies decided to become a women-only organisation which was only made official in 1935. In 1958 the name was changed to “The Honourable Fraternity of Antient Masonry, the order of women Freemasons” to avoid confusion with the only women-only order with a similar name (see below).

The order has over 40 lodges in the UK and is also present in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.


Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons, a women only order founded in 1913. There are 17 lodges in the UK, 1 in Romania, 2 in Spain, 1 in Gibraltar, one in India and one in the USA.

Memphis-Misraim is a bit of a tricky subject for me. It is not one organisation. Actually, MM is a maze of itself. I aim to list organisations that have lodges that allow women to join, since not all MM lodges do. Rite of Memphis-Misraïm is a combination of the Rite of Misraïm that was founded by Cagliostro in 1738 and the Rite of Memphis that was founded by Jacques Etienne Marconis de Nègre in 1838. In 1889 General Garibaldi combined the two the Rite of Memphis-Misraïm.

Nowadays there are different organisations working in a variety of rites and I usually don’t know how these different organisations relate to each other.

In any case, in the UK there is a lodge called Sovereign Sanctuary UK. It works together with a lodge in Paris and a lodge in The Hague and allows women to join, so they deserve a place on this site.

The International Sovereign Sanctuary — International Coordination of The Ancient and Primitive Rite of Memphis-Misraïm is a larger MM organisation which claims to be working in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, France, Martinique, Mauritius, New Caledonia, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, England, Venezuela.

The website does not state specifically that Memphis-Misraïm lodges are mixed. It does say however under “conditions for admission” that: “You must have been questioned by several Brothers or sisters” (my emphasis). Cagliostro wanted to admit women, so it sounds like this tradition is still followed.

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