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Elementals and their Realms

Elementals and their Realms

Elementals and the Elemental Realms – A Brief Overview

Since before humans even existed, our planet has been home to the elementals and the nature spirits. Even if we cannot see them, we can feel their existence. They are ethereal beings that are all around us at any given moment. The elemental kingdom consists of fairies, gnomes, goblins, elves, leprechauns, brownies, undines, sylphs, mermaids and tree people among others. Each of them belongs to one of the four major group of elements (earth, wind, fire, air), and they are responsible for the protection and the healing of the planet. Elementals live among animals, and in nature, in places like forests, gardens, beaches, mountains etc. It is for this reason that we feel a certain relaxation and peacefulness when we are in nature.

Earth Elements

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The Earth elementals are responsible for the protection and the healing of the earth. They use the energy from the crystals, gemstones, rocks, stones and sand. They protect the nature and work with the angels. With the power of the gemstones and the crystals, they restore the weakened energies and recreate balance. The Earth elementals are gnomes, elves, brownies, dryads, and other earth spirits.

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The Hobbit Elf Portrayal

Elves – Though they are mostly now attached to Christmas. There are so many legends and tales passed down about elves through the generations and different cultures, however, some generalizations are possible. In medieval Germanic-speaking cultures, elves seem generally to have been thought of as a group of beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them. However, the precise character of beliefs in elves across the Germanic-speaking world has varied considerably across time, space, and different cultures. In Old Norse mythological texts, elves seem at least at times to be counted among the pagan gods; in medieval German texts they seem more consistently monstrous and harmful.  I recommend looking into this species more yourself through (Wikipedia) and other great sites online.

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Gnomes are diminutive spirits in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus in the 16th century, but it is typically said to be a small humanoid that lives underground. are long known to be earth dwellers, burrowing deep into the ground and living in underground dwellings.  They often are attracted to and steal earthly treasure and are thought to love the earth so much that they protect it from underneath. (Hence, garden gnomes) (Wikipedia)

Brownies – Much like fairies outside, the brownies are said to inhabit houses and aid in tasks around the house. However, they do not like to be seen and will only work at night, traditionally in exchange for small gifts of food. Among food, they especially enjoy porridge and honey. They usually abandon the house if their gifts are called payments, or if the owners of the house misuse them. Brownies make their homes in an unused part of the house, often in attics and holes in walls. (Wikipedia)

dryad
Dryad Plaque

Dryads are known as tree nymphs, or tree spirit, in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies “oak.” Thus, dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general.They are known to take care of the forests and trees.  They were normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis, who was known to be a friend to most nymphs. (Wikipedia)

Air Elements

The Air elementals are mainly responsible for the flowers, plants, herbs. They help them grow and heal. They also mix the colors in nature. Air elementals help us by delivering our wishes and prayers to the angels above and to the higher realms. They help us with our mental balance, they communicate with us through our intuition, and they provide the creativity and imagination for us. The Air elementals are fairies and sylphs.

Fairy
A portrait of a fairy, by Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1869).

Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Diminutive fairies of one kind or another have been recorded for centuries, but occur alongside the human-sized beings; these have been depicted as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child.Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant. Some fairies though normally quite small were able to dilate their figures to imitate humans.On Orkney they were described as short in stature, dressed in dark grey, and sometimes seen in armor.

Wings, while common in Victorian and later artwork of fairies, are very rare in the folklore; even very small fairies flew with magic, sometimes flying on ragwort  stems or the backs of birds. Nowadays, fairies are often depicted with ordinary insect wings or butterfly wings. (from Wikipedia – Click here to read more) They light and mischievous energy has threaded through many cultures and centuries, leading us to believe that it is very possible of their existence as the accounts are astonishingly similar to one another no matter where the tales hail from.

Water Elements

The Water elementals take care of water and they live in water too. This is why they never take a physical form that is visible to the human eye. Water is a cleansing element. With water, we learn how to balance our emotions, how to clean our spirit, our mind, and our heart. As water takes the shape of the surface it fills, it teaches the ability to adapt to different situations. Water elementals are mermaids, undines, and water spirits.

Sylph (also called sylphid) is a mythological spirit of the air. The term originates in the 16th century works of Paracelsus, who describes sylphs as invisible beings of the air, his elementals of air. (from Wikipedia)

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Mermaids аrе legendary aquatic creatures wіth thе head аnd upper body оf а female human аnd thе tail оf а fish.[1] Mermaids арреаr іn thе folklore оf mаnу cultures worldwide, including thе Nеаr East, Europe, Africa аnd Asia. Thе fіrѕt stories appeared іn ancient Assyria, іn whісh thе goddess Atargatis transformed hеrѕеlf іntо а mermaid оut оf shame fоr accidentally killing hеr human lover. Mermaids аrе ѕоmеtіmеѕ аѕѕосіаtеd wіth perilous events ѕuсh аѕ floods, storms, shipwrecks аnd drownings. In оthеr folk traditions (or ѕоmеtіmеѕ wіthіn thе ѕаmе tradition), thеу саn bе benevolent оr beneficent, bestowing boons оr falling іn love wіth humans. (from Wikipedia)

Undine
Ondine by John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), exhibited at the Society of British Artists in 1872.

Undines (or ondines) are a category of elemental beings associated with water, first named in the alchemical writings of Paracelsus.  Undines are almost invariably depicted as being female, and are usually found in forest pools and waterfalls. The group contains many species, including nereides, limnads, naiades and mermaids. Although resembling humans in form they lack a human soul, so to achieve immortality they must acquire one by marrying a human. Such a union is not without risk for the man, because if he is unfaithful he is fated to die. (from Wikipedia)

Fire Elements

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The Fire elementals are the keepers of transformational energy. This is a powerful, divine form of energy that creates spiritual, emotional and mental transformation in humans. It is this energy that gives us the strength to go on and to move forward and to be open to changes. Fire destroys the old and weak and creates a new, stronger energy. It cleanses, purifies and restores. The elementals of fire are salamanders and djinns.

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Fire Salamander

Salamanders are believed to be the unseen intelligent elements of fire. They are the invisible beings that dance in the flames.  Many times people see flames leap and ebb in response to a question or energy and it is thought to be the salamander energy.

Incense Lamp
Djinn Incense Lamp

Djinns, or more commonly known as genies in this day and age (in Arabian and Muslim mythology) are thought to be an intelligent spirit of lower rank than the angels, able to appear in human and animal forms and to possess humans.  they have a folk lore tale of being able to present wishes to those that free them if caught and freed from their lamp, but mostly, they are known as tricksters and trouble makers that have a fire based energy.

In Conclusion

Besides just the practical use of everyday elementals in our world, the spirit of these elementals have live on through many centuries in many tales passed on generation to generation through thousands of years. Their presences remains alive in the legends and folk tales that seem to resonate with all cultures. Is it a coincidence that their stores and sightings span the globe? Or is it based in a reality that we are simply not yet quite lucky enough to witness ourselves. Have you seen an elemental in your lifetime?

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