Connecting with Nature Spirits/Earth Spirits
Fairies, Gnomes, Elves, Tree and Animal Spirits
Everyone knows there’s something magical about the forest.
People have spoken, written, rejoiced about nature since human activities were ever recorded.
You go into a forest, venture to a desert, hike to a nearby stream, sit with your favorite tree, walk on a trail, and have no doubt found comfort and solace – alone, or with friends, in nature.
The bark of the tall pine trees whistle, and it sounds as though they may be talking to you.
The crisp leaves whispering beneath your feet as you walk shares with you their secrets. So, you talk back. Maybe you speak aloud, or only in your thoughts, but we have all shared a secret or two with the forest. Perhaps for you, the wood is the only place where you can speak... .and really be heard. Or listen, and really understand.
And it’s not just the trees and plants that listen to you, there are other Spirits in the forest who want to reach out and offer their assistance to you, too.
In the forest, there are several different types of spirits besides your regular earthbound wanderers from another dimension - these are weird and everyone knows it.
There are also Earth Spirits.
Earth spirits are typically considered any type of spirit related to and considered inhabiting amongst nature - fairies, trolls, gnomes, even plant and animal spirits, such as tree spirits.
The two main types are fairies and gnomes, and that's what we'll go over here -
The fairies are small beings, who often appear as human, but in elf-life outfits of a variety of colors and textures – when you see one, many very similar to characters on Peter Pan or they might take no form at all and look like a colored orb out in nature.
They can come to people as Joy Guides or even without being someone's particular guide, they often bring joy because even just the thought of the sight of one brings most people into a more playful mood.
For this reason, they often appear to the depressed, to those outcast from society and to those open to the mysteries in general.
They can fly and flit around the forest and clearings very quickly. They also can be heard giggling.
People have often described seeing them as glimmers of light, or glares of the sun – but in places where there is no sun.
There is some research to show that when quick-moving particles of light hit the retina just so they may be visible so yes, you may see them as glimmers of light in the corners of your eyes, in the peripheral of your vision. If you close your physical eyes, you can even see them with your third eye when they really want to make themselves known.
To feel a Fairy is very simple:
For most people, the presence of a fairy feels like a warm tingling, as though someone is giving you a warm tickle.
You might feel this tickle on the back of your neck, your arms, or even on the tip of your nose. Think of the sensation like a butterflies wings batting your nose, it would be a light tickle, sometimes this sensation is accompanied by goosebumps.
Fairies like to solve problems for people, in the simplest, quickest, and kindest way possible.
They often provide solutions that are the most compassionate and loving for you. They encourage you to take rest and retreat, remind you to have joy and seek beauty, and always want to let you know when you are fighting the natural flow of life. They will throw rocks in your path when you're challenging their wishes. Moving with the rhythms of nature is what they prefer, and they will advise you to do the same. Move with your own pace.
Want to know what is healthiest for your own soul and what solution would cause you the least stress?
Ask the fairies. Want to know what hobby you should seek or what spiritual path would be the easiest and best for you to follow? The Fairy realm would know the answer to this. Want permission to take a break or go on a vacation?
One of my favorite methods of communicating with fairies aside from decorating for them is with the oracle deck, The Fairies Oracle (Amazon Link). Fairies can be very confusing, and this deck really seems to sort it out. It's got to be one of my favorite oracle decks, because aside from it being a fair portrayal of the fairy world and just how smart they can be, it’s also expertly designed, numerically and by fairy houses. It does a great job in providing a viewer with insight into the real diversity of well-meaning beings in the fairy's world that it’s part of the decks I use to do my weekly forecasts.
Fairies can also have other names, and for those who are interested in ID'ing them further, I like this resource: The Field Guide for The Little People (Amazon Link).
Now that the practical stuff is out of the way, in addition to the Fairy Realm, there is another realm of nature spirits, whom I was recently acquainted with in Mount Shasta, California and in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, and I quite enjoy them.
They are found in folktales, cartoons, and garden centers all over the Northern Hemisphere and these Earth Spirits are Gnomes.
If you’ve ever seen the favorite cartoon, David the Gnome (Amazon Link), from the 1980s, you already know that gnomes live at the base of large, elderly, mature, and knowledgeable trees. And in fact, they do. Unlike fairies, who prefer open clearings and spaces where worlds meet, such as shorelines and edges, gnomes prefer to spend their time deep in the forest.
Which is where they are meant to be – since gnomes are considered the protectors of the forest.
Gnomes, who dress very elf-like as well – can often be seen wearing hats, and clothing with the colors of green, red, and white.
Green for the colors of the leaves and the moss, white for the colors of Spirit and the Sun, and red for the color of the earth and steady protection. They are usually between -18 -inches in height and are often ‘seen’ by humans only as a darting figure or peeking at you from a low stoop or from behind a tree. They love to watch humans carefully, and observe us from behind things and around corners – not because they are sneaky, but because they are curious, wary, and concerned. Gnomes more than any spirit, are the worriers of the earth spirits. They are anxious about humans, mostly because they see us as very much like them.
Gnomes especially take to peaceful, who wish to protect the forest too and often see these people as their children. Checking in on the people who can hear and sense them and live nearby quite regularly in fact.
Do you live in a forested setting?
Do you frequent a forest for long runs or hikes?
If so, becoming friendly with the longest-serving and most knowledgeable Spirits in the forest, The Gnomes, is indeed in your highest and greatest good.
Why connect with gnomes?
They offer the wisdom of the woods and can teach you many things about plants and animals that reside there.
Want more wildlife encounters? The gnomes are eager to introduce you.
Want to learn about herbal medicine? Gnomes wish to direct and guide you to the best plants for your health. All you have to do is listen. But first, you must ask for and gain their trust.
Begin connecting by making an offering to the world of the Gnomes. Grab a handful of blueberries and walk outside. Tell the gnomes that you come to their world in peace, and wish to offer them this gift, in return for their trust and protection.
If you don't have an offering, show respect. Getting a gnome-like statue for the front of your home "loud and proud," will let them and others know you protect the forest too and in turn, earn a little more trust of the gnomes.
The realms of the Fairies and the Gnomes also work together.
The fairy realm will often alert those in the gnome realm of ‘new’ forest visitors and residents, and the gnomes will promptly head over to check them out. Fairies will also alert the gnomes of ‘forest friends,’ people who are kind, loving, and love nature and all its creatures.
To connect with either group:
Most like people start with the group of earth spirit that is most recognized by their heritage beliefs. For example: if your mom believes in tree spirits, you would begin exploring your connection with earth spirits here.
Or start with those that are most recognized in the area in which you live. For example, if all your local garden centers carry elves and fairy supplies, it's a good sign that these spirits are near, and then you might find this the "easiest" group to start with.
To learn more about connecting with different types of spirits and the different ways you can check out The Medium's Toolkit. If you are interested in identifying different groups of Spirits, further check out The Spirit Identification Key.
Earth Spirits are an interesting group mainly because they've been villainized for so long, when all that is happened is we've borrowed from their world. But, because they're some of the most peaceful spirits that exist, they can be some of the easiest and welcoming to work with - all you have to do is step outside.
Amanda Linette Meder
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Last Updated 7 Jan 2018