Between March 1st 2000 and February 28th 2001 the interviewee spoke with seventeen nature spirits at her home in Germany, using telepathy. She discovered that they have ‘no human morality, but they know exactly how they can hurt and how they can help humans’. These elemental beings wanted to tell us, through Verena Stael von Holstein’s innate ability to converse with nature, that they are here, an important part of the natural world, and that we could not survive without them.
As this book has been translated from the original German it is a little hard going at times but, taking this into consideration, it is a fascinating insight into the elemental beings that some can perceive around us.
Published by: Floris Books
An elemental is a mythological being first appearing in the alchemical works of Paracelsus in the 16th century. Traditionally, there are four types: gnomes, undines (also known as nymphs), sylphs, and salamanders. These correspond to the Classical elements of antiquity: earth (solid), water (liquid), wind (gas), and fire (heat). Aether (quintessence) was not assigned an elemental.
The exact term for each legendary creature varies somewhat from source to source, though these four are now the most usual. Paracelsus used the names of mythological creatures from earlier traditions; their names are often used interchangeably with similar beings from folklore. The sylph, however, is rarely encountered outside of alchemical contexts and fan media.