Auroieus Phillipus Theostrasus Bombastus von Hohenheim. better known as Paracelsus
"The type of gnome most frequently seen is the brownie, or elf, a mischevous and grotesque little creature from twelve to eighteen inches high, usually dressed in green or russet brown. Most of them appear as very aged, often with long white beards, and their figures are inclined to rotundity. They can be seen scampering out of holes in the stumps of trees and sometimes they vanish by actually dissolving into the tree itself." Paracelsus
Closest to the vibratory rate of the material earth, the gnomes work with rocks and flora, in which they sometimes live. Pygmie gnomes live in caves far below the surface of Earth, where they guard hidden treasures, cut crystal from the rock, develop grains of ore, and work with precious stones, gems, and metals. They love to hide things, and can sometimes be miserly.
Sylvestres, satyrs, pans, dryads, hamadryads, durdalis, elves, brownies, and little old men of the woods are tree and forest sprites. They gather in communities, live in houses, or in the plant or tree itself. Every plant has its own nature spirit.The Earth elemental works with the plant, choosing its food and color. The larger the plant, the larger the elemental. When a plant is poisonous, the elemental is ugly and grotesque. When working with human beings and animals, it is with the healing of their bones that the the elemental is concerned.
Gnomes may be malicious or tricky when their trust is not earned, but loyal and nurturing if they are not in some manner betrayed. Their association with the direction North causes them to be, at times, despondent and melancholy.
Their King is Gob, whose subjects may be goblins.
Gnomes may marry and have families. (Female gnomes are called gnomides), Their clothing may be of the material of the plant they occupy, or grown out of themselves. They love to eat.
Probably the most famous of the Undines were the mythological mermaids, with which earlier mariners peopled the seas. Belief in the existance of these creatures, the upper half of their bodies human in form and the lower half fish-like, may have been inspired by flocks of penguins seen at a great distance, or possibly seals. In medieval descriptions of the mermaids, it was also stated that their hair was green, like seaweed, and that they wore leaves twisted from the blossoms of subaqueous plants and sea anemones." Manly Hall
Named oreades, nereides, limoniades, naiades, water sprites, sea maids, mermaids, and potamides, the Undines are said to closely resemble humans in size and appearance. They are said to be emotional (as their element suggests) and friendly, to love plants and flowers, and they are devoted to the beautifying of the Earth.

They live in anything containing water, making their home in waterfalls, rivers, marshes and fens, mountain lakes, and ocean waves. They live in coral caves under the sea and under lily pads, as well as mosses beneath the waterfall.

Their ruler is Necsa.

"Salamanders have been seen in the shape of fiery balls, or tongues of fire, running over the fields, or peering in houses. Paracelsus
Salamanders keep us warm. They work through the liver and the bloodstream, and through the emotions. They have special influence over those with "fiery temperament."
Salamanders are the most powerful and dangerous of the elementals.
The ancients created incense from herbs and perfumes, in order that the elementals might express themselves in its vapor. Otherwise, one could get burned up trying to relate to them.
Their most common shape is that of a one foot lizard, seen twisting and crawling in the midst of a fire. Another appearance is that of a flaming giant, dressed in flowing robes and armor.
Their ruler is Djim, awesome and terrible in appearance.
The Sylph is a diminutive aerial being, beautiful, lively, and beneficent to human beings, who dwells on top of the highest mountain in a place called Fairyland. They are known to be mirthful changeable, and eccentric.
They are said to leave beautiful green rings in meadows and fields where, in their dancing round and round, they have bent the dewy grass.
Highest of the elementals, their vehicle is the wind. Their work is that of an artist modeling snowflakes and clouds, and gathering around the creative ones, to whom they teach the beauties and workings of nature.

A Sylph may appear in human form and live hundreds of years. In the human body they work with the gases and the nervous system.

Paralda is their Queen

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Literary, Philosophical, Mythological, and Scientific sources for the elementals of Fire, Water, Air and Earth
A myth is like a fairy tale, or a dream, but its source can sometimes be in real events, such as tales of sightings passed on in story form.

And upon the earth are animals and men, some in a middle region, others (elementals) dwelling about the air as we dwell about the sea, others in islands which the air flows round, near the continent, and in a word, the air is used by them as the water and the sea are by us. Moreover, the temperament of their seasons is such that they have no disease, and live much longer than we do, and have sight, and hearing, and smell, and all the other senses in far greater perfection, in the same degree that air is purer than water, or the ether than air. Also, they have temples and sacred places in which the gods really dwell, and they hear their voices and receive their answers and are conscious of them and hold converse with them, and they see the sun, moon, and stars as they really are, and their other blessedness is of a piece with this.".....Socrates

When, as in a mirror, God wished to behold God, and wound the clock of creation to spin out fire, water, air, and earth to form the Universe, would not the elementals have been spun out as well? Have they not been mentioned in the folk tales, science, and art of nearly every part of the world since time began? Have there not been sightings in gardens, forests, hills, and valleys, and round the sacred places of Earth?.

Auroieus Phillipus Theostrasus Bombastus von Hohenheim, more simply known as Paracelsus, was born in 1493. His major work was in reconciling the art of healing with Christian and pagan religion. Learned in pneumatology (the philosophy of spiritual substance), precursor of medical pharmacology and therapeutics, Paracelsus was said to be the most original medical thinker of his time.

Concerning the existance of elementals, he says all life is built up from a protoplasmic mixture of carbon (earth), hydrogen (water), oxygen (air), and nitrogen (fire). Each element has a material (fixed), and vaporous (mobile) substance. Every created being has two bodies. One is visible and material and the other invisible and transcendent. This includes the Earth itself, whose etheric body is our Mother, and from whose substance we are built.

The elementals are not properly spirits because they have flesh, blood, and bones; they live and propogate offspring; they eat and talk, act and sleep. They are beings occupying a space between men and spirits, resembling men and women in their organization and form, and resembling spirits in the rapidity of their locomotion." Paracelsus

Elemental Spirits of Earth

Geomus (Greek) Earth Dweller

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