: A lower order of spirit
being that exists as the life-force in the natural
world, whose task it is to maintain harmony
. In occult
lore, elementals are said to govern mineral
s and animal
s; the four elements of earth
; the planet
s, signs of the zodiac
; and hours of the day
. They are ruled by angel
s. Most are viewed as benevolent, though some are malicious or trickster-like in behavior.
The Neoplatonic Greeks
s according to the four elements of life
. Earth elementals are gnome
s, ruled by the angel Ariel
; air elementals are sylph
s, ruled by Cherub
; water elementals are undine
s, ruled by Tharsis,; and fire
elementals are salamander
s, ruled by Nathaniel
. In the fifth century, Proclus added a fifth group which lives beneath the ground, and in the eleventh century, Psellus added a sixth group, the lucifugum
, which means "fly-the-light."
The term "elemental
" is applied to a broad range of spirit beings, also including elve
s, who live in the woods and along the seashore, and household spirits such as brownies, goblins, bogles and kobolds, and fairies.
s appear in a variety of forms. Some are humnan-like, such as the dwarfish gnomes. Sylphs appear as butterflies and undines as waves. Some are more like angel
s, and area amorphous shapes of white light surrounded by flowing, colorful aura
s of energy. British Spiritualist Grace Cooke said that elementals enjoy human company, can understand human speech
, and respond to music
. They have their own karmic
evolutions, progressing toward higher forms of life.
British medium Geraldine Cummins channeled information about elementals, purportedly from the deceased Frederic W. H. Myers, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research in London. In automatic writing, "Myers" described elementals as the essence which emanates from forms of life such as tree
s and plant
s, and which coalesces into a form perceived by the human mind as a sprite
source for additional reading/information:
Hall, Manly P. Paracelsus: His Mystical and Medical Philosophy. Los Angeles: The Philosophical Research Society, 1964.
Steiner, Rudolph. The Influence of Spiritual Beings Upon Man. Spring Valley, N.Y.: Anthoposophic Press, 1961.