One thing all my spiritual practices over the years of Wiccan, shamanic and Druid traditions share is the strong relationship with Elementals. The elements as we know them are earth, water, air, and fire, The Elementals are the spirits of earth, water, air, and fire. And they like to be called by their names; Gnomes, Undines, Sylphs, and Salamanders. That helps us - and them - resonate with their spiritual life force energy.
When we set our intention to interact with the elements as Elementals, it means that we recognize that they are both the water, and the spirit of water. A huge shift occurs in ourselves and the collective when we realize and interact with them as sentient beings.
Recently I had the unique opportunity to be an emissary for an Elemental. At the shamanic retreat this summer in Asheville, I partnered with three other shamanic teachers to initiate ceremony and workshops focused on accessing and honoring the living spirits of nature. Each person in attendance came from different traditions, but we were able to create a coherent and power-full container so that the Elementals and devas could co-create with us. As facilitators, we each partnered with an Elemental that we felt we could best co-create with and share their unique wisdom with participants. I partnered with water. Having this opportunity gave me the gift of taking my relationship with it to a deeper level.
I knew that would be my element, as I have always felt at home in the water. My sun is in the fixed water sign of Scorpio, I Iearned to swim when I was 4 and was always the last one out of the pool, the lake, the creek. But as I accepted bringing water to the ceremony, I inexplicably felt it was a difficult task. I suddenly felt like any of the other elements would be much easier for me to relate to and work with. I found that interesting and I spent a lot of time in meditation about why I felt that way. I came to the realization that it’s complicated!
Sometimes what we love and resonate with can be hard to explain. I questioned my relationship with water and the Undines. Water rules emotions. It seems like I have spent my life trying to be balanced emotionally. I feel like finally after many decades my emotions have settled in the center of the spectrum instead of going from one extreme of being too intense and letting everything spill out wildly to the other extreme of being shuttered up and cold.
Spiritually I have loved water with deep gratitude, created many ceremonies with it and for it, prayed for it, even marched in the street for it. But then I have also brought thousands of pollutants into it with soaps, cleaners, leaky oil pans and plastic fibers from my laundry. I have taken it for granted, turning on a tap without thinking, forgetting that I am interacting with a spiritual being, full of other energetic beings like sprites, nixies, and nymphs.
I realized that this is a universal issue for humans as all of us care about the state of the world’s waters as we have watched oil spills, radioactive materials, agricultural runoff and other pollutants contaminate waters over and over again. Because we are spiritually sensitive we want to help, we want to do something about it. Many of us have probably connected with the spirits, or journeyed to them, asking what we can do to help. I have done that myself several times, and always I get a similar message of “Thank you but please don’t concentrate on the contaminants. Please see us in our perfection, our original and constant divinity.”
But we can not be in denial of pollution either. We have to address that as well in our practical lives.
When we are in nature, it’s easier to feel the powerful Deva energy of the ocean. Easier to see the nixies and nymphs dancing in the sun sparkles on the surface, and to see the shape of undines in the waterfalls. It tends to be harder for us to see the spirit in the mundane, the nixies in our bathwater, the undine presence in our dishwater. It’s not that they are not there, it’s that sometimes their vital life force may not be as vibrant because it has been harnessed and trapped in ways that are against its true nature.
When we hear about the contaminants in water, we see it as impure and not life-giving. And that is a legitimate concern, as there are many places in the world where the water coming out of the taps is not safe to drink. As we navigate our thoughts to those issues unfortunately, it diminishes its vibrancy even further.
So I asked the Undines what we can do to help this difficult situation on a spirit level and they said, “Love the elemental around the chlorine, around the lead, around the bits of micro plastic. Love the being who is the Deva that over lights bodies of water. Thank it for all it has done for us to keep life flowing and vital on the planet.”
We must train ourselves to see the essence of the water and its perfection by recognizing the soul light, the spiritual blueprint of perfection that radiates from the elementals, the undines, nixies, nymphs, mer people as much as possible. It may mean tacking a note above the sink so that we remember not to take them for granted, and we remember to thank them with a prayer, a song, or a feeling of gratitude radiating from our hearts.
It is not the only remedy, but it is something we can do now. Then they can use that energy to restore their vitality and purity and for whatever else they need, especially when it is infused with the power of our love.
The wild untamed Metolius River west of Sisters, Oregon
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -