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Ch.9 The Mighty Ones (WMB 9.g)

Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @ https://amzn.to/3Ay4HJr.

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A possible answer to the reason the names of the Elemental Kings as used in the Golden Dawn are not found in Wicca (apart from as later additions by High Priests and High Priestesses who have taken their inspiration from the Golden Dawn) is that it may be that the original material was inspired not directly by the Golden Dawn, but instead by Dion Fortune, who wrote about the kings of the elements in her book The Mystical Qabalah. Dion Fortune was, as previously mentioned a student of the Alpha et Omega, one of the offshoots of the Golden Dawn.


It is interesting that Fortune moved away from the elemental emphasis of the Golden Dawn, as can be seen by comments she made in regard to the Qabalistic Sephira of Tiphereth (the Sun). In her book The Mystical Qabalah in 1935, she wrote:


“It is through this Vision of the Harmony of Things that we are made one with Nature, not by means of elemental contacts.”


This fits in with the lack of elemental emphasis in early Wicca. Fortune further observed the emphasis on working with the elements through the presiding kings.


“The nature contacts are made through the Angelic Kings of the Elements in the Sphere of Tiphereth, in other words, through the realisation of the spiritual principles behind natural things, and the initiate then comes to the elemental beings in the name of their presiding King.”


As an aside we may note the connection here to the angels of Tiphereth, the Malakhim, whose name means ‘Kings’. It is no coincidence that there is a connection of kingship with Malkuth, sphere of the Elements, one of its Divine Names being Adonai Malakh, meaning ‘Lord King’.




Extract from: Wicca: Magical Beginnings written by d’Este & Rankine, 2008 (Avalonia.) PB / Kindle @ https://amzn.to/3Ay4HJr. Shared here with the intention to inspire and inform the now and future generations interested in Wicca and other Pagan traditions inspired by it.

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