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School of Theosophy on Nature Spirits . compiled by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 26 April 2020

  • THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS
  • THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

Dear Ones,

I have found very interesting information on nature spirits amongst the writings of the School of Theosophy. For some of this, one must go to the source, as it is still under copyright. As well, I have found a good source of information, from C.W. Leadbeater of the School of Theosophy, regarding the nature spirits, that is in the public domain. In the below excerpt, I have bolded what seemed more important from my own perspective …

THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS

3. Nature-Spirits of all Kinds.

“So many and so varied are the subdivisions of this class that to do them anything like justice one would need to devote a separate treatise to this subject alone. Some characteristics, however, they all have in common, and it will be sufficient here to try to give some idea of those.

“To begin with, we have to realize that we are here dealing with entities which differ radically from all that we have hitherto considered.

“Though we may rightly classify the elemental essence and the animal Kâmarûpa as non-human, the monadic essence which manifests itself through them will, nevertheless, in the fullness of time, evolve to the level of manifesting itself through some future humanity comparable to our own, and if we were able to look back through countless ages on our own evolution in previous manvantaras, we should find that that which is now ourselves has passed on its upward path through similar stages.

“That, however, is not the case with the vast kingdom of nature-spirits; they neither have been, nor ever will be, members of a humanity such as ours; their line of evolution is entirely different, and their [p. 58] only connection with us consists in our temporary occupancy of the same planet.

“Of course since we are neighbours for the time being we owe neighbourly kindness to one another when we happen to meet, but our lines of development differ so widely that each can do but little for the other.

“Many writers have included these spirits among the elementals, and indeed they are the elementals (or perhaps, to speak more accurately, the animals) of a higher evolution.

“Though much more highly developed than our elemental essence, they have yet certain characteristics in common with it; for example, they also are divided into seven great classes, inhabiting respectively the same seven states of matter already mentioned as permeated by the corresponding varieties of the essence.

“Thus, to take those which are most readily comprehensible to us, there are spirits of the earth, water, air, and fire (or ether)—definite intelligent astral entities residing and functioning in each of those media.

“It may be asked how it is possible for any kind of creature to inhabit the solid substance of a rock, or of the crust of the earth. The answer is that since the nature-spirits are formed of astral matter, the substance of the rock is no hindrance to their motion or their vision, and furthermore physical matter in its solid state is their natural element—the only one to which they are accustomed and in which they feel at home.

“The same is of course true of those who live in water, air or ether. In medieval literature, these earth-spirits are often called gnomes, while the water-spirits are spoken of as ûndinés, the air-spirits as sylphs, and the ether-spirits as salamanders.

“In popular language they are known by many names—fairies, pixies, elves, brownies, peris, djinns [jinns], trolls, satyrs, fauns, kobolds, imps, goblins, good people, etc.—some of these titles being applied only to one variety … [p 59] and others indiscriminately to all.

Their forms are many and various, but most frequently human in shape and somewhat diminutive in size. Like almost all inhabitants of the astral plane, they are able to assume any appearance at will, but they undoubtedly have definite forms of their own, or perhaps we should rather say favourite forms, which they wear when they have no special object in taking any other. Of course under ordinary conditions they are not visible to physical sight at all, but they have the power of making themselves so by materialization when they wish to be seen.

“There are an immense number of subdivisions or races among them, and individuals of these subdivisions differ in intelligence and disposition precisely as human beings do.

“The great majority of them apparently prefer to avoid man altogether; his habits and emanations are distasteful to them, and the constant rush of astral currents set up by his restless, ill-regulated desires disturbs and annoys them.

“On the other hand instances are not wanting in which nature-spirits have as it were made friends with human beings and offered them such assistance as lay in their power, as in the well-known stories told of the Scotch brownies or of the fire-lighting fairies mentioned in spiritualistic literature.

“This helpful attitude, however, is comparatively rare, and in most cases when they come in contact with man they either show indifference or dislike, or else take an impish delight in deceiving him and playing childish tricks upon him.

“Many a story illustrative of this curious characteristic may be found among the village gossip of the peasantry in almost any lonely mountainous district, and any one who has been in the habit of attending séances for physical phenomena will recollect instances of practical joking and silly though usually good-natured horseplay, which always indicate the presence of … [p 60] some of the lower orders of the nature-spirits.

“They are greatly assisted in their tricks by the wonderful power which they possess of casting a glamour over [that is, hypnosis or mesmerization of] those who yield themselves to their influence, so that such victims for the time see and hear only what these fairies impress upon them, exactly as the mesmerized subject sees, hears, feels and believes whatever the magnetizer wishes.

“The nature-spirits, however, have not the mesmerizer’s power of dominating the human will, except in the case of quite unusually weak-minded people, or of those who allow themselves to fall into such a condition of helpless terror that their will is temporarily in abeyance; they cannot go beyond deception of the senses, but of that art they are undoubted masters, and cases are not wanting in which they have cast their glamour over a considerable number of people at once. It is by invoking their aid in the exercise of this peculiar power that some of the most wonderful feats of the Indian jugglers are performed—the entire audience being in fact hallucinated and made to imagine that they see and hear a whole series of events which have not really taken place at all.

“We might almost look upon the nature-spirits as a kind of astral humanity, but for the fact that none of them—not even the highest possess a permanent reincarnating individuality.

“Apparently therefore one point in which their line of evolution differs from ours is that a much greater proportion of intelligence is developed before permanent individualization takes place; but of the stages through which they have passed, and those through which they have yet to pass, we can know little.

“The life-periods of the different subdivisions vary greatly, some being quite short, others much longer than our human lifetime. We stand so entirely outside such a life as theirs that it is impossible for us to understand much about its conditions; but it appears on … [p 61] the whole to be a simple, joyous, irresponsible kind of existence, much such as a party of happy children might lead among exceptionally favourable physical surroundings.

“Though tricky and mischievous, they are rarely malicious unless provoked by some unwarrantable intrusion or annoyance; but as a body they also partake to some extent of the universal feeling of distrust for man, and they generally seem inclined to resent somewhat the first appearance of a neophyte on the astral plane, so that he usually makes their acquaintance under some unpleasant or terrifying form. If, however, he declines to be frightened by any of their freaks, they soon accept him as a necessary evil and take no further notice of him, while some among them may even after a time become friendly and manifest pleasure on meeting him.

Some among the many subdivisions of this class are much less childlike and more dignified than those we have been describing, and it is from these sections that the entities who have sometimes been reverenced under the name of wood-gods, or local village-gods, have been drawn. Such entities would be quite sensible of the flattery involved in the reverence shown to them, would enjoy it, and would no doubt be quite ready to do any small service they could in return. (The village-god is also often an artificial entity, but that variety will be considered in its appropriate place.)

The Adept knows how to make use of the services of the nature-spirits when he requires them, but the ordinary magician can obtain their assistance only by processes either of invocation or evocation—that is, either by attracting their attention as a suppliant and making some kind of bargain with them, or by endeavouring to set in motion influences which would compel their obedience.

“Both methods are extremely undesirable, and the latter is also excessively dangerous, as the operator would arouse a determined hostility … [p 62] which might prove fatal to him. Needless to say, no one studying occultism under a qualified Master would ever be permitted to attempt anything of the kind at all.”

–from Link: “The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena,” by C.W. Leadbeater.  (2007). Urbana, Illinois: Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 10 June 2018 …  http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21080 … [Paragraphing and bolding are mine. –Alice B. Clagett]

THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

There is more comprehensive information regarding astral entities, drawn mostly from the above source, in this book, a compilation by Arthur Powell from the School of Theosophy …

Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL. Copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965 … “Chapter XX: Astral Entities: Non-Human,” section “3. Nature Spirits of All Kinds,” pp. 179-184.

However, the book is under copyright, so I cannot offer quotes here. I suggest reading the chapter. See especially the description of the sylphs as having human-like intelligence. Apparently, they can individualize through loving the astral angels.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Note: This blog was originally part of another blog, from which it has been extracted. Originally it was in … Link: “Baptismal Sylph,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, written on 21 April 2013; revised and published on 10 June 2018; revised on 26 April 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5UH ..

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Trolls 2: The Troll Under the Bridge . channeled by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 13 August 2019; published on 6 January 2020
Location: Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

This video is about a small troll I may have seen under a little bridge. I am not 100% on this one … Do you think it may be true?

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, This is Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I am here by this bridge …

Image: “Small Bridge at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Small Bridge at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and I did ask about trolls. It would be a larger troll here, if there were one. And then I did not hear anything at all. Then from a far distance I heard a gnome say, in that ‘gnome voice’ (which is hard to explain): Yes, there is a troll there.

First I was over here …

Image: “Small Bridge and Cinderblock Wall at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Small Bridge and Cinderblock Wall at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and I asked about the troll. I did not hear anything at all. In fact, there was remarkable silence. And then I saw something in the astral air come out from right about here … [zooms to bottom left of cinderblock wall].

It was about three feet tall and thin. It looked out towards me from right underneath the bridge there, and up in this direction … [zooms to near top left of cinderblock wall].  Its head was right about there … [zooms to row of cinderblocks second from the top of the wall].

Image: “Small Bridge and Troll by Cinderblock Wall at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Small Bridge and Troll by Cinderblock Wall at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Then I listened. The first thing I heard was the gnome, from a far distance, in an agitated voice, saying to me: There is nothing under the bridge, Alice! There is nothing under the bridge!

Then I did a timeline rollback and I heard a menacing voice … a little like the voice of Gollum in the Tolkien series. It was saying, over and over again [in a mean whispery voice]: Your life is worth nothing, little gnome! Your life is worth nothing, little gnome!

And over that, the protests of the gnome were just as I have said. So there is something under here … something pretty quiet … something not too friendly … something that really likes to lean against the underneath sides of things that look like bridges.

There is the bridge from another perspective …

Image: “Small Bridge and Road at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Small Bridge and Road at Trippet Ranch,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

And you can see that it is in Trippet Ranch … [zooms in to brown park sign].

I wonder what kind of troll would be under a very large bridge. But hereabouts there are no large bridges that I know of.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Trolls 1: A Baby Troll Under the Picnic Table? . channeled by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 13 August 2019; published on 6 January 2020
Location: Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains, Topanga, California

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones, I have only half confidence in this troll tale; it might be true, from the perspective of nature spirit lore, or maybe not. What do you think?

There is an edited Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

I am over here at Trippet Ranch park. There is this big picnic area … [show 6 wooden picnic tables under oak trees]. I was thinking about brownies and gnomes, and I said: Is there anyone under those picnic tables? And I heard, in a tiny little voice, like that of a pixie or a faerie: There are trolls under those tables.

This was very upsetting to me. I know very little about trolls, and what little I do know is that they are likely to be found under bridges, not picnic tables.

So I had a feeling of disbelief. And at that moment the cute little voice disappeared. I guess it is trolls, because the voice said something like this first … It said: What are those? Oh, those are trolls!

So now I am wondering what will happen if I sit down at a picnic table and put my feet in the middle there. I mean, what do trolls do? Could it possibly be that there are trolls that small? I thought they were pretty big … maybe these are young trolls … [walks up to picnic table] …

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

I advise caution when sitting at woodland picnic tables until we get this straightened out … [zooms to place under a picnic table].

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

All right, further to the troll channeling, I heard, in a tiny little voice … and this is odd (I do not know this word): Vek would say they like to lean up against things. And there is something to lean up against … [hand gesture of disconcertedness, and a sigh].

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Woodland Picnic Table 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 13 August 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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The Devas and the Nature Spirits . by the Theosophists

Revised; originally published 30 Nov 2013

Dear Ones,

Here are thoughts by the School of Theosophy on the Devic Kingdom … the devas, nature spirits, elves, fairies, trolls, gnomes, and so on.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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THE DEVAS AND THE NATURE SPIRITS, BY THE THEOSOPHISTS

“The Second Outpouring, in addition to its work of forming the Elemental and other Kingdoms, also brings with it evolved beings, at various stages of development, who form the normal and typical inhabitants of the Three Elemental Kingdoms. These beings have been brought over by the Logos from a preceding evolution. They are now sent forth to inhabit the plane for which their development fits them; they co-operate with the work of the Logos, and later with man, in the general scheme of evolution. From them, man derives his perishable bodies.

“They are known in some religions as Angels, to Hindus as Devas—meaning literally, Shining Ones. Plato speaks of them as ‘Minor Gods’. It is the translation of the word ‘Deva’ as ‘Gods’ which has led to much misapprehension of Eastern thought. The ‘thirty-three crores (330 millions) of Gods’, are not Gods in the Western sense of the term, but are Devas or Shining Ones.

“Of these there are many grades, including representatives on each of the five lower planes, i.e.,  those of Atma, Buddhi, Manas, Kama, and the etheric part of the physical plane.

“Their bodies are formed of the Elemental Essence of the Kingdom to which they belong, and are flashing and many-hued, changing form at the will of the entity Himself. They form a vast host, ever actively at work, labouring at the Elemental Essence to improve its quality, taking it to form their own bodies, throwing it off again and taking other portions, so as to render it more sensitive.

“In the First Elemental Kingdom, on the higher mental or causal plane, they make materials ready to clothe abstract thoughts. In the Second Elemental Kingdom, on the lower mental plane, they make materials ready to clothe concrete thoughts. In the Third Elemental Kingdom, on the astral plane, they prepare materials for the clothing of desires.

“At the stage which we are now considering, this work of improving the Elemental Essence, is the only work there is for them to do. Later on, they are also constantly busied in the shaping of forms, in aiding human egos on the way to incarnation in building their new bodies, bringing materials of the kind required and helping in its arrangements. The less advanced the ego, the greater the directive work of the Devas. With animals they do almost all the work, and practically all with the vegetables and minerals. They are the active, agents of the Logos, carrying out all details of His world-plan, and aiding, the countless evolving lives to find materials they need for their clothing and use. Included with them are the vast numbers of the fairy kingdom, known as nature spirits, trolls, gnomes, and by countless other names.

“Some description of these hosts of beings is given in The Astral Body and The Mental Body, so that there is no need to describe them further here. All we are really concerned with at the moment is their origin, and the part they play in helping the Monads to commence their evolution in the lower planes.

“The term Deva is, strictly speaking, not wide enough to cover all the living agencies which are employed in the work connected with the Monads and their long pilgrimage through the lower worlds. This work is carried out by no less than seven orders of beings, known collectively as Creative Hierarchies, the Monads, themselves, curiously enough, being one of the seven.

“For our present purposes, however, in order not to make the description too complicated and involved, we shall denote all these agencies by the single term Devas. In a later and separate chapter we shall to some extent go over the ground again more in detail, and give the names and functions [so far as these are known] of the seven Creative Hierarchies.

“Thus we see that before any embodied consciousness, save that of the Logos and His Creative Hierarchies, could appear, or do anything at all, a vast preliminary work had to be accomplished, preparing the ‘form-side’ of the field of evolution.”

–from Citation: “The Causal Body And The Ego,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, 1928, public domain, “Chapter VI. The Attachment of the Items: 1. Higher Triad.”

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