The most peaceful place in the world is nature,
no matter where that nature is found. The wild energy, the beauty found
in natural chaos -- it is all so amazing to see and experience.
When you walk out of doors, what do you see?
Trees? Rocks? Flowers? Or do you see something more? Do you ever feel
as if the trees are in fact watching you? Have you ever stopped to think
that maybe they are?
In my life and my practice, I work most closely
with nature spirits. To my surprise I've learned that many witches seem
to be afraid to work with them very often. It seems that many are wary
of their unpredictability and elemental nature, yet those very qualities
can make working with them so valuable. They can help us gain a new perspective
on a situation or get in touch with a part of ourselves that is suppressed
So when you decide to work with nature spirits,
where do you start?
Nature spirits can be found anywhere in nature.
They are in plants, water, stones. They are all around us. Most of us
simply do not see them. Fortunately, this can be easily remedied. The
more time you spend in nature, the easier it will become to see them.
This can be as simple as spending more time outdoors in a park, having
houseplants, or leaving a part of your yard more wild, less structured.
There are four types of spirits referred to
as elementals. They are composed entirely of their own element and behave
accordingly. This means that any advice or help from them will also follow
their own nature, so don't expect an emotional response from an air spirit!
Other nature spirits such as tree spirits or flower spirits are comprised
of a combination of multiple elements. For those who are new to working
with these energies, you may feel more comfortable beginning with these
types of spirits since they may be a bit easier to relate to.
- gnomes Earth spirits maintain the physical earth. They aid
us in maintaining our physical bodies as well as the physical realm of
the earth. We can ask them to help us to become more aware of our physical
senses and to develop reliance upon them. They can teach us to be patient,
but remember that they can be very stubborn as well.
- undines Water spirits are found in natural sources of water
such as rivers, springs, and the ocean. They work with our astral selves
and our dreams, and are part of desire, intuition, and love. They are
infinitely sensual, something to keep in mind if you wish to work with
them. They can assist us to get in touch with the softer side of our creative
nature and our emotions, or when we are in need of healing.
- sylphs Air spirits are found in any motion of air, from a
light breeze to a tornado. They are composed entirely from wind and thought,
and they are the source of all life energy. They can assist us to develop
mental abilities and inspiration. Be careful not to get too caught up
in the element of air. It is easy to get swept up in ideas and forget
- salamanders Fire spirits are everywhere. They are responsible
for all light, heat, and strong emotions and are composed of Will. They
are most helpful in developing our spiritual selves and for stimulating
"out with the old, in with the new" energies. Seek their assistance
for strong creative energy, but keep in mind that fire energies can be
quite temperamental and impulsive.
In addition to these four elemental spirits
are tree spirits. Some consider them a type of earth spirit, while others
consider them to be something else entirely. They are often known to be
drawn to humans and quite fond of us. Each tree spirit has its own energies
and qualities, and they each have something important to teach us. I could
write an entire article just on that topic alone! Personally, I have always
been most drawn to tree spirits. I find them to be an invaluable part
of my life, and always willing to help whenever I need grounding, healing,
or simple companionship. Flower spirits are similar in that they also
each have their own traits and abilities.
Don't be afraid to embrace the natural energies
that are around us. There are many more types out there and so much information
available. Both nature spirits and elementals can be guides if only we
will let them. Here's my challenge: Explore the wild energies in your
- Andrews, Ted. 1993. Enchantment of
the Faerie Realm: Communicate with Nature Spirits and Elementals.
Llewellyn: St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Lipp, Deborah. 2004. The Way of Four:
Create Elemental Balance in your Life. Llewellyn: St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Penczak, Christopher. 2002. Spirit
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