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The Hidden World of Elementals & Fairies

 

 

Physical difference between Elementals & Angels

Paracelsus

Earth Elementals: Gnomes

Air Elementals: Slyphs

Water Elementals: Undines

Fire Elementals: Salamanders

Further Reading

 

 

Have you ever walked though a park or through the woods and felt a sudden sense of peace, minimizing all your problems after a discouraging day?  You probably had contact with an "Elemental".  Elementals are "Nature's Angels" and they are referred to by various names including Fairies, Elves, Devas, Brownies, Leprechauns, Gnomes, Sprites, Pixies as well as many others.  These nature spirits are governed by the Archangels.  (For the sake of ease, we will group all nature spirits as Elementals on this page unless they are specifically being explained.)  

 

Like Angels, Elementals do not have a definite form or appearance. It's easy to determine if a picture is that of an Angel or a winged elemental.  The winged Elementals have wings that look like a butterfly's and Angels have feathered bird-like wings. 

 

If they choose to show themselves to you, they may choose a form that you will recognize and be comfortable with or will associate with the element they represent. A fire elemental may appear as a spark, a face in a candle flame or bonfire, or simply a sudden warm spot. A water elemental may be a cold spot. An air elemental could be a sudden breeze or tiny whirlwind in the dust. A smell, taste, or an unexplained pebble in your shoe could be evidence of the earth elementals at play.

The belief in Elementals goes back to before the beginning of religion.  Long before Angels, there were Elementals who inhabited all things.  Animism which is believed to be the original religion of humankind believed that Elementals inhabit all things. 

 

Most occultists and Neo-pagan witches believe these spirits possess supernatural powers and are usually invisible to humans, living among the trees, rivers, plants, bogs, mountains, and minerals. They attach themselves to practically every natural thing.

 

Interest in the elementals increased during the Middle Ages and Renaissance when practitioners experimenting with alchemy and magic sought to acquire nature's secrets so to be able to control her forces.

 

Elementals are very mischievous and like to play, but their play may appear to us as disasters rather than play, such as thunderstorms, blizzards, raging seas.  When Elementals decide to enjoy themselves, it's best for us humans to take cover and hope they tire soon.  Contrary to how it seems, Elementals activities are not always destructive, even though it may seem that way to humans at times. The elementals have their own agenda and they have a definite purpose, which we may not understand, but may be for the good of the planet as a whole.

 

Many believe Elementals are from a different realm, coming and going between our realm and theirs at their leisure.  According to Quantum Physics, there are parallel universes much like our own, but in some of them animals who are extinct here, still exist  there.  Wars have had different outcomes.  Unicorns run and graze freely.  Ideas that are accepted there, but aren't believed here.  Elementals live in the realms where they are accepted and they can live freely and they easily travel between the universes where there is an overlap of the two universes.  You can say, like a portal. 

 

There was a time when most people freely believed in Elementals, until the church convinced them they didn't exist.  Now, because people can't see them, they don't believe they exist.  Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.  There has been so much research done on what people see, in plain sight.  One such experiment was done by Daniel J. Simons & Christopher F. Chabris from the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. [1Briefly, in this study, people were asked to watch a video of a basketball game and to keep track of the team with the ball.  The people were so intent on the teams, half of them never noticed a woman in a gorilla suit walking across the middle of the screen during the game.  Because some of the people didn't see the gorilla, does that mean she didn't exist?

 

Paracelsus was responsible for the names of the Elementals.  A physician, alchemist mystic and medical critic, he was born 1493 in Switzerland, the son of a doctor and chemist.  Paracelsus is considered the most original medical thinker of the 16th century, believed to be far ahead of all other medical scientists of his time.  He was very controversial because of his arrogant and criticism of the medical practices of his contemporary doctors, believing universities didn't teach everything needed to become a good physician and that experience was more valuable then the dry scholasticism of ancient tomes.

 

Despite his outstanding contributions to medical science, Paracelsus was a believer in supernatural things, intuition and the invisible causes of illness.  His major work was in reconciling the art of healing with Christian and Pagan religion, studying the philosophy of spiritual substance, warning his contemporaries that to divide therapy from religion was a grave error in judgment.  He believed the advancement of practical therapy depended upon a continuous exploration of the invisible side of nature, a search for causes and the realization that man was not simply a physical creature, but a living soul whose internal attitudes could profoundly affect his health. [2]  Concerning Elementals, Paracelsus said:

 

"The Elementals are not properly spirits, because they have flesh, blood and bones; they live and propagate offspring; they eat and talk, act and sleep.  They are beings occupying a space between men and spirits, resembling men and women in their organization and form and resembling spirits in the rapidity of their locomotion." Paracelsus 

 

There is a group of Elementals for each of the elements - Earth, Air, Water and Fire.  Below is a brief description of some, but not all, creatures of the four elements.


Elements and their Creatures

 

Earth Gnomes

 

"The type of gnome most frequently seen is the brownie, or elf, a mischievous and grotesque little creature from twelve to eighteen inches high, usually dressed in green or russet brown.  Most of them appear as very aged, often with long white beards, and their figures are inclined to rotundity.  They can be seen scampering out of holes in the stumps of trees and sometimes they vanish by actually dissolving into the tree itself." Paracelsus

 

More commonly known as dwarves or goblins, they are concerned with the products and treasures of the earth.  Being of the earth, Gnomes usually live in the soil, rocks, beneath the ground, and under the tree roots.  Gnomes will only help humans if they have been considerate of nature and treat it well.  They are very helpful of those who have established a connection with them through prior acts of kindness.  When working with humans, Gnomes are most helpful with healing the bones. 

 

The subgroups of the Earth Gnomes consist of Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth Spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

 

Air:  Sylphs

 

The sylphs are the air spirits. Their element has the highest vibratory rate.  They are said to live on the tops of mountains. The leader of the sylphs is a being called Queen Paralda who is said to dwell on the highest mountain of Earth. 

 

They often assume human form but only for short periods of time and they are said to be the most beautiful of all the elementals.  They are usually seen with wings, looking like cherubs or fairies. They are said to leave beautiful green rings in meadows and fields caused by bending the dewy grass caused by their dancing in circles.  Because of their connection to air, which is associated with the mental aspect, one of their functions is to help humans receive inspiration.  The sylphs are drawn to those who use their minds, particularly those on creative arts. 

 

Sylphs are usually sympathetic of human endeavors and for the most part their actions towards them are kindly and thoughtful. The Sylphs can have a profound and powerful influence on the human mental body and thought, and, they are responsible for being the primary impetus behind both inspirational art and inventions

 

Water Undines

 

The water spirits are called Undines. This name was first used by Swiss metaphysician Paracelsus in the early 16th century.[3]  They closely resemble humans in appearance and size, except for those inhabiting smaller streams and ponds.  They are beautiful, emotional, and graceful Nature Spirits who dress themselves in greenish, sea colored garb that has both a shimmering consistency and a watery texture.  Their ruler is known as Necksa who they love, serve, and honor unceasingly.

 

Since their purpose is to direct the flow and course of the waters of the planet, they live in coral caves, fountains, lakes, marshlands, rivers, seas, waterfalls, and underneath lily pads. Besides caring for plants both above and below the surface of the water, the Undines are concerned with the movements of water and how they relate to human emotions and soul responses. 

 

The Undines and their subgroups are friendly, approachable, and are very willing to work with people and to help them.  Etheric in nature, they exist within the water itself and this is why they can't be seen with the normal physical vision.  

 

The subgroups of the Water Undines consist of Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids.

 

Fire Salamanders

 

"Salamanders have been seen in the shape of fiery balls, or tongues of fire, running over the fields, or peering in houses."  Paracelsus

 

The salamanders are the spirit of fire. They keep us warm and work through the liver, bloodstream and emotions.  Without these beings, fire cannot exist. You cannot light a match without a salamander's being present.  They are considered the strongest and most powerful of all the elementals.

 

Their ruler is a magnificent flaming being called Djin. On the spiritual level, they also help to awaken kundalini.  Salamanders will always help people who are friendly towards them and keep their heart fires burning.  They also have special influence over those with fiery tempers.

 

 

 


Want to learn more about natures spirits? 

Here is a list of suggested reading about the hidden world of elementals:

 

The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures

- John & Caitlin Matthews

Discover an incredible world full of every magical creature you could possibly imagine... From unicorns, salamanders, satyrs, giants, elves and trolls, to dragons, nymphs, mermaids, werewolves and griffins.  Take an enchanting journey through the history, folklore, and mythology of these beasts from virtually every culture in the world. With stories and amazing facts on even the most obscure and mythological creature, this is a cornucopia of magic and myth.

 

Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit

- Cait Johnson

Johnson probes the common roots and bonds that lie at the heart of the world's great spiritual traditions. Combining history, opinion, and literature, she invites readers of all stripes to inhale shared values and exhale divisive concerns.

 

Healing with the Fairies: Messages, Manifestations and Love from the World of the Fairies

- Doreen Virtue

This beautiful book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to contact fairies; how to see and hear them, and ways to work with them personally to heal your career, health, and love-life issues.

 

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies

- Anna Franklin

Filled with hundreds of exquisite illustrations, this comprehensive directory provides a global, multi-ethnic, multicultural overview of fairies. Nearly 3,000 entries, arranged alphabetically offer glimpses into other worlds and times.

 

The Book of Faeries: A Guide to the World of Elves, Pixies, Goblins, and Other Magic Spirits

- Francis Melville

A charming and inspirational guide to the history and folklore surrounding faeries and an examination of the meanings that these mythic beings have acquired in many cultures.

 

The World Guide to Gnomes, Fairies, Elves & Other Little People

- Thomas Keightly

A fascinating compendium of folklore, superstitions, and mythology surrounding the 'little people'.
 

Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia

- Carol Rose

A fabulously entertaining work with over 100 delightful illustrations--Library Journal calls Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins its "favorite work of 1996." In more than 2,000 alphabetically arranged entries, readers will meet Angels, demons, elves, encantados, fairies, familiars, keremets, nats, nymphs, and many other strange beings from around the world.

 

Enchantment of the Faerie Realm: Communicate With Nature Spirits and Elementals

- Ted Andrews

Enchantment of the Faerie Realm will help you to realize that faeries and elves dance in nature and in your heart, too.

 

 

 

References:

  1. http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~cfc/Simons1999.pdf

  2. "Dwarves and Other Nature Spirits", Jaime T. Licauco, Google books

  3. "The Element encyclopedia of Magical Creatures", John & Caitlin Matthews, pg. 583

 

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