Today we are talking about a topic that has always been close to our heart …
The small people, the fairies, the sidhe, the elemental beings, the spirits of nature, whatever name you want to give them, they are the spirits linked, in fact, to nature and to the elements of the planet Earth and carry out tasks of fundamental importance.
Since the Earth has multiple elements (air, fire, water, earth), there are consequently more “ranks / categories” than the small people: the most famous, which we certainly all know, are: the gnomes; the elves; the ripples and fairies.
The fact that the best known are only four “species” does not exclude that there are many more!
Known in every corner of the world, they have always been part of all cultures, protagonists of fairy tales and legends, each country has different elemental spirits (more than anything else in terms of appearance) and this is proof that there are really many !
The word “elemental” is an adjective born in the theosophical field, indicating the peculiar characteristic of this creature to belong to only one of the four elements. By extension, elemental has gone from adjective to noun, so as to directly indicate the type of creature and not only its nature.
According to African indigenous mythologies, in the Persian, Indian or Chinese oriental ones, for example, there is an ascending scale of spirits up to the devas (which we will briefly mention later) and beyond, of which the common man has no perception. Even in ancient Greece, moreover, the deities of the polytheistic pantheon were considered personifications of the forces of nature; the Greek philosopher Thales said in this regard that “all things are full of gods”.
A similar complex of beliefs, attributable within the framework of the so-called “Old Religion” (complex of traditions, beliefs and ancestral rites prior to the advent of Christianity, still present today in more or less veiled forms, especially in environments linked to the peasant and rural world , based on an animistic vision of nature, believed to be populated by invisible creatures and spirits), was partially taken up by Christianity, which however painted pagan divinities and spirits as demonic beings.
In the Renaissance, in which the magical and esoteric vision of nature was accentuated and on which alchemy flourished, the first explicit treatise on elemental spirits was attributed to the famous Swiss doctor, alchemist and astrologer, Paracelsus, whom he held responsible for every law and event of nature.
«These beings, although they have a human appearance, do not descend from Adam at all; they have a completely different origin from that of men and from that of animals, […] however they mate with man, and from this union individuals of human race are born. “
(Paracelsus, De nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris, trad. It. In Alchemical and magical writings, Genoa, Phoenix, 1991)
According to Blavatsky (philosopher, theosophist, occultist essayist and Russian naturalized American medium), the elementals “dwell in the ether and can handle and direct the etheric matter to produce physical effects, with the same ease with which man can compress the air with a pneumatic device »: that is, they create the raw, visible matter, compressing or condensing the subtle or invisible one, modeling it according to the images they receive from the surrounding environment, or from the thought-forms of higher spirits. In this way, nature lives and grows, from the inorganic one in its solid, physical and gaseous aspects, to the organic one, made up of plants and animals. Plants, for example, according to Rudolf Steiner (Austrian esotericist and theosophist, and founder of anthroposophy), could not be understood with the intellectual tools made available by materialistic mechanism (philosophical conception that supports the exclusively corporeal nature of all entities, the whose motor behavior is considered exclusively mechanical, that is, without an end or an order), since their growth is actually due to a cooperation of the creatures of all the four elemental levels: those of the earth, which transmit to the roots the information from the cosmos absorbed by the ground; those of water, which operate from chemical agents through the lymph fluid transforming the ether into nutrients; those of the air, which absorb light and weave it in ideal forms and finally the creatures of fire, which transmit the heat of the world to plants, giving them fertilizing power.
The elementals work by integrating their consciousness into their respective physical creations, following the directives of higher beings, known in India as deva, who provide them with an impression-thought deriving in turn from higher hierarchies. Each deva consists of a sort of “collective soul”, which unifies or groups several living beings, such as plants or animals, which do not possess an individual “I” like the human one.
The DEVA (Sanskrit term for Light and that which is divine) are rulers of the Elements, whose level of power is similar to that of the Archangels in the celestial worlds.
In addition to the Devas of the 4 Elements, there are the Devas of the Ether, which in alchemical language is called the “quintessence” and represents the most spiritual element and which includes and integrates all the previous ones. We find Deva ‘guardians’ of specific Places (Sacred Places, Regions, Nations) and also of more limited realities (our home garden, our vegetable garden, etc.).
We can define the Devas as “architects” at the service of Mother Nature, assisted in their task by the most appropriate elemental Spirits, in the daily function of “workers” executors in the concrete of the indications received.
fotoEach elemental has its own symbol, its cardinal point of invocation, its own Angel, Archangel or Ruler, has its own King and its own particular color.
The elemental spirits are guarding their “door” or world of entry, proper to the element they supervise.
Their correspondence with the elements is generally the following:
Gnomes, Dryads, Nymphs -> Earth
Undine, sirens, nymphs -> Water
Elves, sylphs–> Air
Salamanders, flames -> Fire
When one is about to bring order to this legion of beings with which the world is full, various difficulties are experienced. It often becomes impossible to decide whether the one or the other spirit belongs to one or the other element. A few examples will suffice to prove it, and the reader will later recognize how right we were …
Melusina is a fairy, and consequently a spirit of the air, but in many circumstances it takes the form of an aquatic being. The Elves are spirits of the air, however the Scandinavians have imagined similar divinities for all elements. The Fairies evidently belong to the atmosphere, they are Elves, nevertheless there are some that remain in the home hearth and thus become spirits of fire. The nymphs, aquatic deities, have relatives who live in the woods and even in the sky.
Classification according to the elements therefore becomes possible only by separating analogous beings from each other.
All these spirits, or lower divinities, have a common characteristic: they love to enter into relationships with human beings, to render them services and often to prick them, but generally they do nothing but good, unless they feel offended or hurt in the their dignity … they can become very mischievous!
The Earth Element is associated with the direction of the North.
It brings us back to the figure of the womb, to birth and finally to death, Nature, from which everything originates and towards which everything returns.
The elemental spirits of the Earth are the Gnomes, they preside over the underground terrestrial thrones and are the keepers of primordial secrets and hidden treasures.
These little beings, of which we have had information from time immemorial and which we find in all fairy tales and tales, are depicted as small men, often squat and not very graceful, who spend their lives extracting minerals and riches from the dark underground caves.
They are close relatives of the dwarves and very often these two figures are confused, due to the many common characteristics.
The Earth rules everything that is part of the material sphere, concreteness and stability.
His power can be called to us for any matter concerning favors in the material field, such as money, work or finding objects that have been lost.
The colors of this element are brown, black and green and the related tools are the pentacle, the skull and the salt.
Tradition describes them to us as beings of small stature, similar in appearance to humans, dressed in colorful cloths, and almost always with funny hats or hats on their heads. In reality, this is one of the characteristic external forms in which the Gnomes appear in the eyes of the clairvoyant in Europe; their appearance, in fact, varies with the variation of the places on Earth and their different forces. In Asia or America, for example, they appear with a different appearance,
in accordance with the “subtle” and occult energies of those areas. But it is not so important to identify their precise form, but rather to get to perceive their intimate essence, and understand their task within the wonderful book of Nature.
Earth Elementaries are extremely sagacious beings. They have a very lively intelligence and an immediate and all-inclusive awareness for all the natural phenomena in which they live immersed and in which they take part.
Their intelligence, however, is extremely different from ours. While a man, before fully understanding a thing or an event, must first observe it and then reflect on it, to subsequently distil an approximately objective judgment on the observed object, the Gnome does not need all these logical steps: when it is faced with something it immediately catches its essence; perception and understanding of the thing are one for him, they constitute a simultaneous revelation. While man must laboriously activate his rational processes to understand how a plant borns, develops, blooms etc., the Gnome does not need all this: as soon as he sees it, he immediately gets to know its innermost nature, and in one “glance” he has all the secrets. If it is a must for the scientist to analyze a mineral in the laboratory to know its composition and characteristics, it is sufficient for the Gnome to contemplate its essence. The Gnomes are one with each manifestation of Nature and the Cosmos, and nothing can remain hidden from them. It is precisely for this reason that they look at men with a certain irony: they do not understand why they have to go out of their way so much (making mistakes so often) to get to understand things that are clear in themselves …
The Gnomes consider men as truly strange beings, the strangest of creation, and believe that this complicating their life with too many useless reasoning is one of the sources of their unhappiness … (and how to blame them !?)
The Earth Elementals are extremely sensitive beings, extremely receptive to all the physical and “subtle” modifications of the surrounding environment. Because of their acute receptivity, they are in an iridescent and moody mood. Some clairvoyants see them change color depending on the more or less positive energy of the places they pass through or where they live. The proximity of animals and humans also has an influence on them. In particular, in the presence of human beings whose thoughts and feelings are obtusely directed only to the material world, they immediately feel uncomfortable, as weighed down by the proximity of so blind souls towards the world of the spirit. So they leave immediately,
annoyed and troubled by this “category” of men who for the stolid attitude adopted towards life, they consider degenerate and devoted to sadness.
The mines are teeming with Earth Elementals, and miners often come to “notice” their presence, even if they have a vague and indistinct feeling about them. Paracelsus, he loved to go to the mines and talk to the miners, precisely because he knew that in those places, and through the experience of the people who worked there, he could discover wonderful secrets …
Gnomes live willingly “clinging” to the roots of plants; the roots, in fact, act as bridges, as intermediaries between the plants and the mineral soil and the Earth’s Elementals help this exchange process by taking care of it closely, promoting and feeding the delicate alchemy between the surface and the interior of the Earth. Fairy tales and legends that have the Gnomes as protagonists have flourished among all peoples, at all latitudes and since ancient times. Of course, their names vary according to the countries and eras: they are the “Yakshas” in India, the “Koltkis” in Russia, the “Dvergars” or “Kourigans” in the Celtic tradition, the “Monacelli” in southern Italy and etc.
Air, which corresponds to the direction of the East, is the element of freedom and intelligence, intellect and creativity.
Usually associated with the air is the god Mercury, he is the messenger of the gods who, with his winged shoes, delivered the news to Olympus.
In addition to performing this function, Mercury also became the protector of travel, studies, work and earnings.
So here’s how we can easily trace it back to Air.
The Elemental Spirits that are traditionally linked to this element are the Silphids.
Described as beautiful and evanescent female figures, they have wings and can be considered distant relatives of fairies.
They stand to protect the tower in the east direction.
The way of calling the directions “Towers” is found mainly in magic and is nothing more than a way to represent the direction.
The tools linked to the East and Air are the essence burners, incense holders, perfumes and the sword.
The characteristic color is yellow or light blue and to call this power to you, you can operate in ventilated open spaces, perhaps in a field under a clear sky.
Salamanders are the most difficult Elementals for the clairvoyant to perceive, and even describing their essence and characteristics in words is not always easy. Discovering them is a real initiatory journey. The Spirits of Fire, in fact, are the most “esoteric” of all the Elementals: they have rarely fueled the popular imagination, and the fantastic literature about them is very small; on the contrary, they are the undisputed protagonists of the most hermetic magical and alchemical tradition. In all the rituals of antiquity related to metallurgy, the blacksmith-priests evoked Salamanders to protect their work; the medieval alchemists, before attempting marvelous transmutations of matter in their crucibles and stills, addressed invocations to the Fire Elementaries to actively intervene in the realization of the so-called Great Work; the Persian “Magi” adored the fire and drew oracles thanks to the Salamanders … In the magical tradition, these Elementaries have always been related to that spiritual, invisible and extraphysical “igneous” element that permeates everything and that allows the initiate to make important transmutations in his interior and in the surrounding world. In fact, it is not necessary to identify the Fire Element simply and simply with physical fire: it is something more, and more important, than ordinary flame, even if the latter constitutes its “tangible” trace. Vital warmth, spiritual elevation, enthusiasm, sacrifice, purification are also part of this secret fire capable of transmuting the ego and of operating occult alchemies in Nature.
Fire is the element of courage and passion par excellence.
It warms us, gives us strength and impetus and these are its main characteristics.
Phoebus Apollo, a male figure that reflects many of the representations of God, carries the Sun on his chariot every morning, which illuminates and warms.
The Elemental spirits linked to the Fire Element are the Salamanders and all the members of the reptile family.
Often represented as flaming lizards or as female figures stirring in the flames, they guard the powers of the southern direction.
We can turn to them for all emotional issues, in which we need a strong charge of passion and determination.
Fire is also often used, however, in rituals of destruction or hatred: throwing a simulacrum or even a photo of our enemy into the flames is one of the most used gestures in witchcraft for evil purposes.
Its color is red and the connected tools are the witch’s knife and the brazier.
Unlike the Gnomes, who are awake and extremely curious about everything that happens around them, the Ondine rather love to live in a “dreamy” spirituality. The inner life of the Ondine takes place as if immersed in a soft, suffused atmosphere, interwoven with light, evanescent, delicate feelings like the light of the Moon which, mysterious and poignant, is reflected on the waters. The Gnomes are beings interpenetrated above all of intelligence, the Elementals of Water, on the other hand, live in a special way of feeling: in fact, the latter do not perceive the Earth, the cosmos, the surrounding environment in the form of clear thoughts and ideas like the Gnomes , but through changing “waves” of pleasure and displeasure, of joy and pain, of splendor and darkness. Everything is understood and assimilated through the manifestations of feeling and its multifaceted flows. The star that rules the waters, which reigns over them unchallenged and mighty, is the Moon.
And the Ondine are devoted to the Moon, as their inspiring guide: they live intimately united to it, to its rhythms, to its invisible spiritual being, to its secret breath that throbs, down to the bottom, on Earth. The Undines welcome in their being the most intimate characteristics of the Moon, its most occult and penetrating influences, and transmit them to their Element, to the Water; which thanks to them is enriched, nourished, lives on these lunar radiations which, at the sight of the clairvoyant, appear as a very slight and impalpable silver rain. And precisely because of their devotion and dependence on the Moon, our Water Elementals are so evanescent, changeable, dreamy in their depths: in fact they reflect, in their interiority, the characteristics of the nocturnal star, also dear, in the world of men , to poets and lovers. Through the lunar rays, the Ondine perceive, like a sweet, subdued and very distant song, the pulsating life of the cosmos; in their golden reverberation they come to feel the life and activity of the highest celestial Entities, in particular of the Angels. To the clairvoyant the Ondine do not appear with defined outlines. He sees them mostly as bluish and luminescent clouds, which change shape and size very quickly. Their outlines are as fluid as their element, water. They are more or less bright, depending on the intensity of the feeling in which they are “immersed” in that particular moment: sweetness, nostalgia, desire, melancholy, joy …
On the soul of the clairvoyant the Elementals of the Water generally exert an impression of great peace and serenity; when we are able to perceive an Ondina, a feeling of sweetness, gratitude and devotion pervades us, as if for a moment our heart was open to all the grandeur of the world of the spirit and its infinite beauty. It is as if, seeing an Ondina, we too came to dream of her dreams, to listen to the song of the cosmos that she hears, to experience her own feelings – it is as if our thirsty soul was finally filled with a sweet nectar like honey is as invigorating as a source of crystal clear water. The Undine women feel a mixture of conflicting feelings towards men: they consider us bizarre beings, rather superficial, and dedicated to activities that seem completely useless to them. The thing that most amazes and disturbs them is our need to live piled up in “concrete boxes” and to build complicated machines for the most diverse needs: to travel, to communicate, to speed up our work. It seems really strange to them that we “humans” are not satisfied with what Nature offers us, and that we love to invent increasingly abstruse systems believing to improve our existence.
Water, associated with the West direction, is the custodian of deep feelings, loves, the most intimate sensations and hidden mysteries.
The sea and rivers have always been the homes of splendid creatures such as the Sirens, but the elemental spirits with which Water is associated are the Undines.
Mysterious and dreamlike beings with a graceful and feminine appearance, as sirens tempted man and then let him fall into ruinous shipwrecks.
This ambivalent aspect of water makes us understand how changeable and insidious it can be.
Water represents the maternal uterus and the conception of new life.
There are many myths connected to this figure:
The egg of Ganesh in the Eastern and Nordic traditions is the magical cauldron of Cherridween (ancient Celtic city) where the bodies of the warriors who died to return to life were immersed.
Venus itself often manifested itself to man emerging from deep waters.
Generally, this power is invoked, when change, renewal, or love and concentration operations are needed.
The magic tools in connection are the cauldron, which for convenience can be replaced by the chalice and the crystal ball.
Unlike the gnomes and the Undines, whose functions and duties are closely linked to their special element, the Elves seem to enjoy greater freedom within the wise spiritual building of the world; perhaps precisely because of their “aerial” characteristics, they give the impression of being free like the wind, omnipresent, powerful like the multifaceted clouds that cross the sky, light as the breeze that blows unpredictably. The Elves feed, so to speak, on the light present in the atmosphere; for them, however, light is not only the physical phenomenon that we perceive, but also and above all a spiritual element that transcends its simple natural manifestation: a “subtle” component, intangible but very intense, that permeates everything and envelops the earth like hugging her. For the Elves, air and light are the Soul of the World: rich in wisdom, woven of divine archetypes, of “words” of the celestial world that hover around our world as positive, constructive impulses, full of creative intelligence. By “navigating” through the air, the Elves become impregnated with these words so that they resonate within them and bring them down to Earth, communicating to them the will and evolutionary impulses that emanate from the higher spiritual world.
The term Fata derives from the Latin plural of fatum which means destiny. Fairies are supernatural beings, protagonists of fantastic events, whose characteristic is that of having a human aspect accompanied by magical superhuman powers such as invisibility, the possibility of assuming different aspects, of predicting the future, of helping the innocent and of repairing wrong. In addition to appearance, fairies can also have a nature similar to that of men; they can, in fact, be very spiteful and vindictive. The Fairy Kingdom is elusive (but not invisible for this), sometimes it is above the horizon line, sometimes below our feet; it can reveal itself without warning anywhere and disappear as quickly. In general, it is the pure in heart or children who see it more easily. According to the most widespread belief, fairies are supernatural but not immortal; however, there is a way to save them from the end, by believing in them and clapping to prove it.
Many of the fairy tales or popular stories that we know, speak or even simply quote, the fairies: famous are Peter Pan’s Tinkerbell and Pinocchio’s Blue Fairy.
The Egyptians depicted their goddess with feline features, honored and idolized this animal. Soon the glory period of the cats was destined to set and their eyes, where the reflection of the gaze of the gods was once seen, were feared as if it were the very expression of the demon deified or persecuted, idolized or massacred, it did not has never aroused indifference. Perhaps it is for this reason that it is called the most mysterious animal of all, it is as if it were a bridge, a sort of link between our dimension and the dimension of fate and whoever owns one of these animals can understand …
There is a beautiful Lombard legend about cats:
a girl received wonderful information about the world of the fairies sleeping one night next to an old and wise cat. The same cat appeared to her in a dream, announcing that her task on Earth was about to end and that, soon, she would return to the fairy kingdom from which she came, told her that fairies who incarnate in human bodies, when they learned to being nothing, in the sense of no longer having needs, passions or desires, in reality they have learned to be everything and therefore it becomes possible for them to go home, to the joyful and fairy world from which they left, to live the “human” adventure “. He also told her that there were three things that were absolutely necessary to fulfill their destiny: strength, tenacity and justice. The cat repeated these three words numerous times and then vanished …