The Complete WICCAN Course

Monograph 12:

Nature Spirits.

Over the previous several weeks you have been working hard to prepare for your first full temple esbat.  So I thought this week you might like a little light relief and learn something about Nature Spirits and the Elemental Kingdom. 


We said, much earlier on in this course, that "God is the soul of nature & nature is the body of God". Well, if God is the soul of nature then the Elemental Kingdom is its spirit. It is difficult to express these things exactly (remember what we said about models).  If you were to read the following explanations now, without having first studied the other monographs, you might find them a bit childish and simplistic.  But read in the light of your new found understanding, I hope you will find this monograph enlightening and inspiring.


It is not likely that you will notice much happening in your rituals at this stage, but as you get more experienced, you may become aware that you are not alone in circle. Don't worry, nothing harmful can enter your protective circle, but when you summoned the Watchtowers you invited certain energies in to help you.

You invited in the spirits or air (sylphs), fire (salamanders), water (undines) and earth (gnomes). You may have invited Oroborus, the Serpent of the Universe. Then you invited the God & Goddess. In later rituals you will be inviting the elemental kings: Paralda, Djinn, Niksa & Ghob.

So what exactly are these energies how how may they appear to you in ritual?


The very Earth itself is our Mother Goddess, known variously as Gaea, Rhea, or Demeter.  She is fertile and nurturing, bringing forth life from the soil. Earth  is the element of winter and the night. 





There are four metaphysical elements of nature: fire, air, earth, and water. 

Within each of the four elements there are nature spirits that are the spiritual essence of that element. They are made up of etheric substance that is unique and specific to their particular element. They are living entities but different to life as we normally think of it. ("It's life Jim but not as we know it").

The beings in the Elemental Kingdom work primarily on the mental plane and are sometimes called "the builders of form." Their specialty is translating thought forms into physical forms by transforming mental patterns into etheric and then physical patterns. 

They take their direction from the devas, of which more in a minute. Elementals do not remain individualized as we humans are. These beings are more like thought forms themselves.  When their work is finished they are absorbed back into the ocean of spirit. 

DEVAS are spirits usually invisible to the untrained human eye. They are part of the Angelic Kingdom and are in direct service to the world of nature, expressing themselves as one of the 4 elements.  They exist in the etheric world which penetrates out own. They can be seen or felt with our inner senses. The Jews call them Shedim, The Egyptians called them Afries. Africans named them Yowahoos. And the Persians called them Devs. 

Elementals of Earth are called Gnomes. The following subgroups are also generally recognised: Brownies, Fairies (earth spirits), Dryads, Durdalis, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

ELVES: In Norse myth, the elves were great magical beings. They were divided into two camps, the Ljosalfar, or light elves, who dwelt in the skies and in Alfheim; and the Dopkalfar, or dark elves, who lived in dark and evil woods, or deep underground, or sometimes under the waves of the sea.

GNOMES: Earth is the elemental realm inhabited by gnomes. If you're lucky enough to spot one in your garden, he will be serious and likely to be offering practical insights. Gnomes dwell exclusively underground.

EARTH SPIRITS. Pan is the God of the nature spirits. He is half man and half goat. The nature spirits are for the most part composed of etheric matter. Their job is to build the plants. They channel the etheric forces they receive into physically constructing the particular plant patterns they are receiving from the devas. They are like the physical workers who carry out the architectural blueprints. They express great joy and delight in their work. 


Dryad, in Greek mythology, a nymph of the trees and forests. In early legend, each dryad was born with a certain tree over which she watched. She lived either in the tree (in which case she was called a hamadryad) or near it. Because the dryad died when her tree fell, the gods often punished anyone who destroyed a tree. The word dryad has also been used in a general sense for nymphs living in the forest.



Elementals of Fire are called Salamanders, the spirit of the flame. Without these beings, fire cannot exist. You cannot light a match without a salamander's being present. Some people see them as small balls of light. If you become aware of this in ritual, don't be alarmed, its just the salamanders you invited it. 

The salamanders are ruled bya magnificent flaming being called Djin. Those who have seen him say that he is terrible, yet awe-inspiring in appearance. If you ever need to light a campfire in the wilderness, call to the salamanders and they will help you. It has also been said that salamanders (and the other elemental beings) can be mischievous at times. For example, a fiery temper and inharmonious conditions in a person's home can cause these beings to make trouble. They are like children in as much as that they don't fully understand the results of their actions. They are greatly affected, as are all nature spirits, by human humankind's thinking.


Elementals of Air are called Sylphs. The sylphs are the air spirits. Their element has the highest vibratory rate of the four.  The leader of the sylphs is a being called Paralda who, according to legend, lives on the highest mountain of Earth. Sylphs are volatile and changeable. The winds are their particular vehicle. They work through the gases and ethers of the Earth and are kindly toward humans. They are usually seen with wings, looking like cherubs or fairies. Because of their connection to air, which is associated with the mental aspect, one of their functions is to help humans receive inspiration. The sylphs are drawn to those who use their minds creatively. 

Elementals of Water are called: Undines, the spirit of the element of water. They are able to control, to a great degree, the course and function of the water. Etheric in nature, they exist within the water itself.  These beings are beautiful to look at and are very graceful. They are often seen riding the waves of the ocean. They can also be found in rocky pools and in marshlands. The concept of the mermaid is connected with these elemental beings. The undines also work with the plants that grow under the water and with the motion of water. Some undines inhabit waterfalls, others live in rivers and lakes. Every fountain has its nymph. Every ocean has its oceanids. Undines often live in coral caves under the ocean or on the shores of lakes or banks of rivers. Smaller undines live under lily pads. The undines work with the vital essences and liquids of plants, animals, and human beings. They are present in everything containing water. There are many families of undines, as the chart indicates. The ruler of the undines is a being called Necksa. They are emotional beings, very friendly and open to being of service to human beings. Subgroups: Limoniades Mermaids, Naiads Oceanid, Oreads Potamides, Sea Maids, Water Spirits.




Before closing this monograph I want to tell you something about the Findhorn Foundation. Findhorn is a spiritual community and charitable organization in Scotland developing connections to the spiritual, social, ecological & economic aspects of life. It was started by Peter and Eileen Caddy, Dorothy Maclean, and Lena Lamount. Later David Spangler and Ogilvie Crombie became involved. Each of these people had very special and unique talents--each channel something else. 

The Findhorn Foundation has probably done more research into nature spirits than any other organisation in the World. Their website can be found at can be contacted at:


Trees are dynamic life forms. To us they reflect the nourishing, sheltering image of the Great Mother, rooted in the earth and reaching toward the heavens.  An evergreen tree symbolises immortality. 

Whenever you feel like connecting with a tree, but jou cant get out into the countryside,  just close your eyes and visualize a gigantic tree whose branches extend around and through planet Earth, connecting with everything, forming grids and linking everything together.

Become One with your Tree. Now you are tall and strong. Now you are the 'Tree of Life'. Experience the universe from the point of view of being that 'tree of creation'. Create a universe - one in which can you manifest whatever you want!!




May your Gods Within guide you in your studies and in your life ahead.

Blessed be!






Recommended Reading.

While not essential, reading as much as possible from different authors
 will improve the breath and depth of your understanding. Books are a great way to learn more about the subject. This course is offered in association with Amazon and they will deliver your books to you, wherever you are in the world, as well as charging you very low prices. It's a great service!

Doreen Valiente An ABC of Witchcraft
Doreen Valiente Witchcraft for Tomorrow  
William Bloom Working with Angels, Fairies and Nature Spirits
Marco Pogacnik Nature Spirits & Elemental Beings
Teresa Moorey Fairies and Nature Spirits : A Beginner's Guide
Charles Lindsay Mentawai Shaman : Keeper of the Rain Forest : Man, Nature, and Spirits in Remote Indonesia 
Machaelle Small Wright

Perelandra Garden Workbook: A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences

Bobby Lake-Thom Spirits of the Earth : A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies
 Rudolf Steiner Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and the Kingdoms of Nature : A Cycle of Ten Lectures
Rudolf Steiner Nature Spirits



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