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Elementals, What are they?

Updated on June 17, 2013
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Have you ever heard of an elemental? Many people may have heard the term but have no idea what it may refer to other than perhaps the elements, which is not far off. An elemental is believed to be a spirit that embodies one of the elements such as Water, Earth, Air and Fire. In European tradition an elemental can refer to fairies, brownies, leprechauns, gnomes, pixies, goblins, mermaids, dragons and even trolls. It is believed that the Elementals are governed by Archangels and indeed for those not in the “know” it could be hard to distinguish an elemental from an Angel, but you need only remember that an Angel’s wings will appear more bird-like in appearance while an Elementals wings will appear to be more rounded like a butterfly.

Humans are however, very unlikely to ever see an elemental as they are usually invisible to us mere mortals. Seeing as how an elemental can range in size from a speck of sand to an entire universe even if we did see one would we know that is what we are seeing? Would we even believe it? Elementals can live just about anywhere, they may live in trees, plants, rivers, oceans, mountains and any other place connected to nature, which let’s face it, is everywhere.

It is rumored that the Earth Elemental most often referred to as the Gnome, is responsible for such things as earthquakes, landslides, wild-fire, floods and thunderstorms. The Water Elemental also referred to as Ondine or Undine is also known as the Nymph and is responsible for rivers, oceans, fog, ice, snow and all other things associated with water including drinks. The Air Elemental or Sylph is often called the Wind Elemental. Sylph is responsible for such things as wind storms, hurricanes, tornadoes; some also think the Air Elemental controls our blood. Last but not least, the Fire Elemental often referred to as Salamander is thought to represent lava, the sun and volcanoes, but is also and more often it seems thought of as a cleansing agent, as it is often referred to as a purifying fire. Fire is also associated with large predatory animals and the mythical dragon and Phoenix.

Elementals have been around since the beginning of time it seems as even the oldest of the world’s ancestors, the Australian Aboriginal tribes, make note of Elementals in their history. In more modern times Elementals are used often in the religion of Wicca, as the pentagram represents Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit. Each elemental has its own symbol, meaning, color, direction, energy, stone and star sign. It is possible in spells to call upon one or more of the Elementals for guidance and aide during spell castings or rituals but caution is advised as the Lords of the Watchtowers are forever watching the Elementals.

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    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR

      JesadaB 

      6 years ago from Home!

      Thanks Daphne, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Daphne Shadows 

      6 years ago

      Great info! I love anything about the elements. :)

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR

      JesadaB 

      6 years ago from Home!

      @ Kate Mc Bride Thank you very much! I am glad you were able to stop by and read a little and that you enjoyed it, that's the plan :)

      @AlexK2009 That is very cool that we all have our own things going, but it seems that all have the main 4. Very cool indeed! Thank you for stopping by!

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      AlexK2009 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      I enjoyed this and found it valuable

      In China there were 5 elements Fire, Water, Earth, Metal, Wood.

      In Japan there were also 5 elements, Fire, Water, Earth,Wind and Sky

      In India It was fire, water, earth, air, space and consciousness.

      Which suggests the elementals you describe are a subset peculiar to the West, in particular western Europe.

      Hmm..... Scope for research here. Thanks

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      Kate McBride 

      6 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      I had never heard of elementals before and I enjoyed this hub a lot. Voted it interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

    • JesadaB profile imageAUTHOR

      JesadaB 

      6 years ago from Home!

      Thank you Mr. Happy for your heartfelt comments. I will explain more about the Watchtowers, in another hub, possibly tomorrow :) but know that they are the guardians for the Elementals.

      May the Great Spirit Bless You and Keep You Safe!

      Blessed Be!

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      Mr. Happy 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Seeing as how an elemental can range in size from a speck of sand to an entire universe even if we did see one would we know that is what we are seeing? Would we even believe it? " - Key point here. Many people do not even believe their own eyes. "I must be seeing things ..." and people will shake-off things they thought to be unbelievable, thus making believable things, unbelievable.

      "It is possible in spells to call upon one or more of the Elementals for guidance and aide during spell castings or rituals but caution is advised as the Lords of the Watchtowers are forever watching the Elementals." - Lords of the Watchtowers are who exactly? Just curious, never heard of them.

      I work with Elements and Elementals. I encourage others to do the same to, whether or not one practices sorcery.

      We exist through the Elements and the Elements exist through Us. We are bound together in this three dimensional experience.

      Glad You wrote about the Elements. We Thank You. : )

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

      Cheers!

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