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Term: elementals


Elementals: Elementals are spirits of the four elements. As defined by Paracelsus in the 16th century, they are:

Earth - gnomes
Air - sylphs
Fire - salamanders
Water - undines


1) Non-human nature spirits associated with different the state, quality, and character of the five elements or Tattwas.

Air (gaseous; mediating, embracing & pervasive; intellect): Sylphs

Earth (solid; stable & enduring; sensation): Gnomes

Fire (energy; active, energizing & transforming; will): Salamanders

Spirit, Ether (underlying; universal & originating; awareness):--

Water (fluid; receptive & responsive; feeling): Undines

2) A thought form charged with energy and intention by a magician to carry out a particular operation, such as a household guardian.(Sometimes called an "artificial elemental.")

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