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Nature spirits (elementals): fairies, elves, gnomes, unicorns...

We all know of nature spirits mainly through legends and fairy tales that have been passed on for centuries and that we loved to listen to when we were young (or not so young).

Then we grew up and we have been told that these beings were pure fiction created by our collective imagination. And yet children perceive these beings that are very real indeed, they just don’t vibrate on the same frequency and in the same dimension as we do - they don’t have physical bodies. We sometimes call them the invisible people or little people, they are often these famous “imaginary friends” our children play with. While growing up we have closed our capacity to see them, we have closed our third eye though we were born with it open. Our parents and society convinced us that all of this was merely our imagination and nothing tangible.

However across the globe all cultures speak of nature spirits and their interaction with humans. In ancient times, the material world was not as dense as it is now and the interaction between these two worlds was far more common. The portals between these two worlds were more easily crossed; we just have to take a look at our ancient Celtic culture for example. We’ve often heard these stories where hikers would be invited into a fairy circle and were never to be seen again. These people would enter a dimensional portal where time is not the same as in the material world and sometimes they would come back only to realize that 100 years had passed…

Then when Christianity arrived, the Church and the powers in place condemned the existence of these beings, accusing those who came in contact with them of witchcraft or Satanism. In fact the Greek God figure Pan (often associated with satyrs and fauns, tree spirits) was used to illustrate the devil in order to convert pagans to Christianity.

Only in certain parts of the Western world have we kept this tradition, Iceland is probably the most famous one. In Iceland authorities ask psychics to communicate with nature spirits and sometimes alter their building plans for roads or houses to avoid disturbing them. It is also normal for children there to enter their homes by passing into another dimension and sometimes bringing back manifested objects with them.

Nature spirits or elementals work for the well-being of plants, trees and animals as well as the different elements they are associated with. They vibrate at a higher frequency than ours; they live in a much lighter world made of light and love. They don’t understand the negative and destructive human behavior towards nature, it makes them very sad.

Having a special bond with their world since childhood (and beyond, previous incarnations), I was guided by the Universe to a forest called the “Fairy realm” which I didn’t know the existence of. Looking for a house to settle in, I discovered this forest. Walking through its trails I felt a profound emotion - I had the feeling of coming home after a long absence. The same evening I put myself into self-hypnosis (like a deep meditative state) and I felt dragged out of my body and into the elemental realm in my astral body. I felt very welcomed “Welcome home!” they cheered and they had a party (they love to party, play music and dance). There was a being in particular that welcomed me, a little elf who guided me through my entire journey explaining me a lot of things about their world and this forest's secrets specifically. Then they said I was here to reactivate a partnership with them and handed me a necklace of gold and emeralds that looked like royal jewelry.

When we travel around the world we meet different nature spirits depending on where we are. As they are connected to the earth, they are attached to the place they live in. On my travels I’ve experienced for example the djinns in the Moroccan mountains or the spirits of the Amazon jungle in Peru; they always have a very different energy and features . In Ireland we can find leprechauns of course, in Thailand the Nang Mai, etc.

The different elementals were first classified by the Swiss doctor, astrologer and mystic Paracelsus in the 16th century:

  • Earth elementals: gnomes, pixies, sprites and trolls. They live underground or in rocks and work in mines with minerals, take care of the earth and the soil. Gnomes also take care of wounded wild animals.

  • Air elementals:

  • Fairies: there are two kinds of them, the solitary fairies we can find around flowers and the fairy troops usually taking care of trees. There are also masculine fairies. They have insect-like wings similar to dragonfly or butterfly wings.

  • Elves: usually small and thin but with no wings, there are 13 different elf races.

  • Sylphs: similar to fairies but with very large wings, almost angel-like beings, they take care of the wind and the purity of the air.

  • Water elementals:

  • Mermaids and mermen: they live in the sea, numerous legends say the songs of the mermaids would seduce sailors and sometimes cause them to crash their ships and drown…often mistaken with the selkies legend, these beings had the appearance of a seal but could transform into human beings when coming on the shore. They would then seduce men or women and sometimes marry them.

  • Undines and nymphs: we can find them in soft water, lakes, rivers and streams.

  • Naiads: more solitary they guard fountains, wells and waterfalls.

  • Wyverns: often described as water serpents or dragons they protect certain energy spots and take care of telluric lines, they have healing abilities. They are also associated with alchemy.

  • Fire elementals: salamanders, they live inside logs and are said to feed on the fire.

  • Unicorns: they symbolize femininity, wisdom, purity and creativity. Oftentimes we can see them around creative children or creative adults with a strong inner child. We can find images of unicorns dating back from ancient Babylonian and Sumerian times, some say they once walked upon the earth physically and that they were hunted for their magical horns. They then disappeared completely from the material world. Nowadays they are still pretty rare to encounter, a lot of them are in high frequency sacred locations.

  • Dragons: these mystical creatures are said to have also been incarnated physically back in time when there was less density on earth. They are benevolent beings, guardians of inter-dimensional portals and the sacred fire of earth. They also have been demonized by the Church, which is why we often think of them with scary features.

There are numerous stories of love affairs between nature spirits and humans. Men falling in love with fairies, mermaids or nymphs and vice versa. In certain shamanic traditions there are also children that are conceived in the spirit world.