The magical elements are said to be peopled by spirits
and mythological entities called elementals or nature spirits.
These are grouped into four main categories —
Gnome (earth) Undine (water) Salamander (fire) Sylph (air)
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dwarfs nymphs jin (genies) fairies
elves tritons storm angels
Elementals are usually only visible to those with
clairvoyant sight and are more likely to be seen at night in
the mountains or country away from cities — especially if you
are tired or sleepy. Although elementals exist naturally, it is
also possible to create one which will exist for a limited time
— no elemental has immortality. A created elemental is called
an ‘artificial elemental’.
To the Ancients, elementals were the physical
explanation of the universe. However, some contemporary
occultists see them only as symbols for forces and otherwise
not ‘real’ at all. Another word sometimes used for elemental is
‘familiar’ (usually in medieval witchcraft); the term is
ambiguous, as it might merely be an ordinary household pet such
as a dog or cat.