Female Freemasons have been gathering for more than 100 years – conducting initiations, ceremonies and rituals like their male counterparts. Now, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has been given unique access to their secret societies. “What is freemasonry?” asks a master at the Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons. “A peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols,” replies Dialazaza Nkela. She is taking part in a ceremony to reach the rank of the “second degree”. It celebrates her rise in standing within the society. The “first degree” was previously marked by her initiation, which involved her baring her “right arm, left breast and knee” while a noose was placed around her neck. Each of these elements, it is said, has a symbolic meaning – though we are not told anything more. The “third degree” is said to be “where you experience death to be reborn”, representing “the end of one life and the beginning of another”. What this means in practice, again, is kept from us (but you can learn EXACTLY what it means in Tom Horn’s new SABOTEURS and/or ZENITH 2016 books).