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Elemental Beings

There are four elements in nature: fire, air, earth, and water. In fact, our ancient astrological signs are based on these four elements.

The three fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The three air signs are Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini. The three earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. And lastly, the three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Even ancient humans recognized the power of the elements. Antiquity is filled with the myths and stories of the elementals.

Each element has a spiritual energy attached to it. This spiritual energy, in my humble opinion, is what the fairies are composed of. Many take the form of birds, animals, or even insects for protection from human intervention. They consist of cosmic energy and inhabit a parallel plane of existence. When they do show us their true forms they resemble Gnomes (earth), Salamanders (Fire), Sylphs (Air), and Undines (water).

The gnomes are the nature spirits belonging to the earth. There is a subgroup listed as well. They are Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

The Salamanders are the ancient beings that are fire. We can’t live without them, as ancient man found out. These are the most powerful of the elementals and ruled by Djinn. They resemble balls of fire or lizard-like creatures almost a foot in length.

The Sylphs are air spirits said to live at the highest peaks of the mountains. They are the rulers of the winds and have a temperamental nature.

The Undines control the waters of the earth. They live within the water atoms and cannot be seen with normal vision. There is a subgroup of Undines which are Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids, and Water Spirits.

The Undines are what I based my Naiad fairy nymphs off of in my debut novel. That is why I portrayed my swamp fairy to be green-skinned; resembling the water of the swamp she inhabits.


Each elemental being is unique to their environment and they mirror that existence on earth. I believe they can understand our human thoughts. However, they are not individualized beings. They belong to a collective consciousness that lives on a separate plane from us. I often describe them as bees belonging to a hive, communicating for the collective good of the particular hive, or clan.

The elementals are not immortal and cannot be destroyed by the four elements because they are etheric and part of the four elements of nature. Nature takes care of their own, although elementals cannot change their element. They can’t start out as a Salamander and switch to an Undine, for example.

It is not surprising then when my research on the elementals revealed that when their time on earth is finished, they are absorbed back into the collective consciousness of the elemental realm. I feel they are reborn or reincarnated when their expertise is called upon to aid humanity once more.

The Elementals answer only to the Devas.

Wikipedia shares:

“A deva (देव Sanskrit and Pāli) in Buddhism is one of many different types of non-human beings who share the godlike characteristics of being more powerful, longer-lived, and, in general, much happier than humans, although the same level of veneration is not paid to them as to Buddha’s.”

is a great place to learn more about the elementals.

Thanks for stopping by to learn about the elementals with me. <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. I just love this.

  2. I thought you might be interested in this: Artist Transforms Driftwood Into Fantastical Sculptures That Look Like Spirits of Nature


  3. I like the depth and breadth of your fairy world. I was not aware of anything but the air, fire, wind and water. Thanks. 🙂

  4. Enlightening information…

  5. A fascinating post. I once met a Sylph, and it was a scary experience – ‘temperamental’ is the right word!

    • I am fascinated with the elementals. I believe JK Rowling used their symbolism in the Harry Potter series with the names of the different houses at the wizard school. The elementals are life, itself. Oh, that would be a story – meeting a sulphate! Do tell! 😳

      • When I was young and reckless, I dated a man who liked to experiment with magic and we inadvertently attracted an air elemental. Sometimes it would fill the room with gentle white light or beautiful music, other times it would swipe objects off the table as if it was angry. It was very exciting at the time, and those early experiences with magic and spirits have had a big influence on the stories I write now.

        • My experience with the swamp fairy changed me also. I definitely saw something I will never forget in those bushes on that country road I walked every day. I know the message was to write these stories which all have an ecological basis to them. The fact that we moved to Florida (I don’t like the heat or humidity) was astounding to me. I feel like I was brought there and my mission was to share the stories of the elementals. After two years we left Florida and moved to Colorado. We were drawn here also. This time, it was a meadow fairy. Her story and voice are different from the swamp fairy yet, somehow similar. There are connections made with the other realm, as you and I have somehow done. You, like me, must be a fairy whisperer. Thanks for sharing your story. It is amazing!

  6. Very nice….interesting…..

  7. If this is true, I’m a firebreathing salamander—sexy!! Seriously, this is really interesting, Colleen! You have a lot of world-building going on, love it!!

    • Me too! I’m an Aries. So you can only imagine. My book deals with the Naiad nymphs. Book 2 is begging to be written. As soon as the beta reading and editing is finished. I love this stuff! ❤️

  8. thanks for this wonderful information

  9. Fascinating, Colleen. I knew a bit about astrological elements, had no idea this could be applied to fairies. ❤️ 💛 💙 💜

  10. Too funny, I am a Taurus and mostly chose to stay to myself. I wish I were a fairy though, Gnomes are so plain!

  11. I love this information, Colleen. Now I know why I’ve always been referred to as an “Earth Mother” by my family. I’m the Capricorn in the group. Not too keen on gnomes, though. They have always been grouped in my mind with the evil twin I have inside who comes out occasionally to wreak havoc on my quiet way of life.

    • LOL! Angie, true Gnomes are the protectors of nature. They don’t like people too much and stay by themselves in the woods, or back gardens. ❤️

      • Wow, I must be a true Gnome then. I tend to keep to myself most of the time, avoiding visitors if they stay too long at any time. I also try to protect nature from the distance I have to live from the woods I always loved to spend time enjoying. And next time I visit the gardens I’ll be sure to remain quietly in the background, waiting for the Gnome to make her presence felt.

  12. That’s very interesting, Colleen! I learned reading Tarot Cards and did a little course in astrology. So a lot is very familiar to me. But I did not know that the earth spirits are also representing the elements!

  13. This is great info!!

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