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You can learn a lot by connecting and working with the Elementals around us. They are the creatures/spirits of the Air, Fire, Water and Earth that surround us all through out Nature in all of her aspects and form. The earth beneath, the sky above, in the seas, lakes and rivers. In all of these places you will find Elementals at work (and play!); as a single entity, group, several different types working together or in some places Elementals that seem to be a combination.
Elementals are basically Devas and Nature Spirits (sometimes called Fairies) that emanate, interact and are one with a certain element or other creation of Nature. For example, Dryads are a form of Earth Elemental that live in/with/of Trees. In some ways they are the tree but in others are not. A tree can grow without a Dryad but it isn't whole; it is an empty shell. (this is rare and in places that are very unhealthy or negative where the Devic Realm has fled; I have never found such a place but have heard tell of them. I don't know if they really exist but then I live in the mountains).
The Elementals are divided up into four categories. I'd like to point out that these are categories that Humankind has created and are limited to our comprehensive abilities. These categories are Air, Fire, Water and Earth. There is also Ether which is...in a nut shell an element of pure Spirit. Angels are of this element. That's an entire article (or even web site!) on it's own so we won't be covering that here. Below is a list of their different attributes and some of the names that we have given some of them.
Before we go into the separate attributes of Elementals, let me explain first what I mean by Nature Spirits (Fairies) and Devas (pronounced Daiva, like the name Dave. A Sanskrit word meaning "shining one"). The entire group is called the Devic Realm. This is the energetic/spirit realm of Nature; earth bound and beyond. They are all Devas but the littler ones are generally called Nature Spirits. The ones that are referred to as Devas are generally the larger ones, the one that are involved in large areas ranging from a back yard to a continent to the biggest Earth Elemental/Deva of all: Gaia. The Earth Mother herself.
I have trouble seeing the whole Devic Realm quit as controlled and regulated as some have described it. I have a hard time conceiving of Nature as being so..... hierarchical. But I feel this is how they appear before us; it makes it easier for us to comprehend them and so interact with them. This has become essential as we become closer and closer to the possibility that man could in fact, destroy the whole thing. Nature/Gaia is trying very hard to get us to listen.
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