by Janus-Mithras and Mer-Amun
The subject of the Mighty Ones is a fascinating and very little known teaching of the Craft, but one which is fundamental to its tradition. Indeed, it is through this aspect of the teaching that the Craft transmits its own roots and history and expresses its modus operandi. As a matter of fact, it is even possible to gauge the purity of the lineage of any particular “branch” of Wicca by its devotion to, explanation and application of the teachings of “The Mighty Ones.”
In a general sense, the Mighty Ones are five great orders of beings, children or emanations of the Great Mother and her consort, the Horned One. As such, they are extremely important not only in an over-all sense but in the daily life of a Witch, for they are the messengers and servants of the God and Goddess, and in a deeper sense, their ever present immediacy. For this reason the individual Witch enjoys a very close and personal, day-to-day relationship with the Mighty Ones, always working in and through their presence and with mutual loving support. It is with the deepest devotion and respect that they are summoned to Guard and to Witness all the sacred rites of the Craft.
Actually, the term “Mighty Ones” is a general one, as stated before, and includes many different types of beings. At the bottom of the ladder are the Elementals, the crude, basic awareness of the Elements themselves: the Four Great Hosts of Nature. Next, the spiritually awakened intelligences of the Elements, identical to the Archangels and Angels of the Judaeo-Christian systems. Beyond these are “The Mighty Dead,” all the great and powerful Witches who have every lived, and like the Goddess Herself, have made the sacred Oath of Eternal Return for the welfare of all that lives – the Sacred Oath to watch, to help and to teach all those in need, and to come to the Brethren when properly called, as was taught of Old. Beyond all these are those great and exalted beings called “The Watchers”: the Sleepless Guides and Guardians of Humanity whose deepest concern and constant work is the evolution and the happiness of Mankind. And finally, the greatest, mightiest of all, are none other than the Goddess and God, with their boundless Power, Love and Wisdom.
Traditional Wicca teaches that it is the constant Work of the Mighty Ones to provide and maintain the elements of Nature. It is taught that these great beings emanate or incarnate in and as the whole scale of Nature and its Forces, from the first Cosmic Explosion or Orgasm to the tiny oxygen producing unicellular organisms that make life possible. If we understand this properly, then we begin to see how they are not only the cosmic field of Creation, and the contents thereof, but also the Guides and Guardians of it. Legend has it that “The Dread Lords of the Outer Spaces” descended upon the Earth about fourteen million years ago, when Man was little more than a faint ethereal being, bringing with them as gifts the seeds of civilization, agriculture, and religion. The Legend tells us that they are still here today, Watching, Guiding and stimulating mankind out of his childhood, always teaching the Ancient Wisdom. It is to celebrate as well as participate in this very real on-going process of Guidance and Inspiration that Traditional Witches always salute the East to begin their rites, paying loving homage to these great beings and to the long lineage of ancient and modern Witches who have handed down the Teaching, for Tradition tells us that the Wisdom came from the East.