The beings of the Natural Kingdom manifest from the element of Mother Earth.
Air gives us Slyphs
aka fairies or the Fae.
Water gives us Undines
from which arise the legends of mermaids and the Sirens.
Earth gives us Gnomes
who very seldom wear pointed hats.
Fire gives us Salamanders
from which sprang the legends of dragons.
Do we remember that we are also of that same Kingdom?
Every planet that was created for humanity reflects the energy of creation through the 'Mother' or nurturing energy of God. Without this nothing would grow. Humanity, in its infinite and varied forms, requires an environment that feeds and sustains it. To that end God/Spirit created the elemental beings, a species that is similar to humans in that it exists as both male and female energy within groups and families that have a matriarchal focus, but their understanding of their environment is far different from human understanding, for it is more interactive with the flowing of the energy of the planet, and they cannot exist without it. The children of these groups play as human children do, and grow and learn, but they no longer interact with humans and have become part of the myths and legends that come out of our past.
The Elementals were created with the Earth, formed in its forming, being completely part of nature and requiring nature to live. The tree fairies (called Dryads) cannot live if their tree is destroyed. They can, however, transfer to a new tree when given time to do so IF we have to chop one down. But it better be for a good reason, since humanity has taken too many trees off this planet already, and continues to do so.
One of the myths I remember reading from childhood was about Undines. They are called Sirens by some. They would lure sailors, and their boats, onto the rocks with their singing, or reach up and drag them from their boats and drown them at sea. What we are not told is why they started this practise? When was humanity so cruel to them that they would return the actions in such a way? We have forgotten that, while we are Heirs to the Kingdom of God, this planet belongs to others, not just us.
Gnomes are not the funny little fellows with the peaked hats we see in our gardens. The Brown Man I met had a flat cap on and he was pretty annoyed with my mother and I because we were mucking around in 'their' territory as we installed a new garden on a once vacant block of land. We cut down old fruit trees and put a garden over a natural energy line - and they wanted the garden removed. I compromised with him, to the point of arranging for the bobcat (a small tractor) to come out again and re-dig the soil it had just laid to fill in the hollow ground. We laid 'agricultural pipe' along the channel and that satisfied everyone. Looking back the whole action seems silly but it worked. The garden, which had been dormant for weeks, suddenly sprung into spring growth .. in the middle of winter. The rose bushes grew more than triple their size that year .. I can attest to that as I dig a thorn from my hand .. again. My mother pointed out one spiky monster which was more than 14 feet high .. it was only supposed to grow to 4 1/2 feet. I left it at 12 feet after arguing with it just a couple of days ago. It likes being tall. :-)
As weird as that may sound, when thorns appear against your hand when you have just put it back into the SAME empty space it was in a few minutes ago, you start to listen when the plant says it doesn't like the haircut you are giving it. And so I cut less and it didn't spike me again. When you work with nature, it works with you.
As for salamanders - I saw a photo on the internet a while ago of a spark from the fire that looked like a dragonfly. It flew away in a controlled manner, not just sparking off as they do. The person who took the photo was bemused by what had happened. Salamanders look like lizards when manifest into a form we can see, and love pine trees (we had more than 8 over 20 feet tall around the outside of the garden (back in 2008). They are fire elementals and dance in the flames. You can see them if you choose to watch a fire for a while. They are not part of your imagination.
There are plenty of webpages on elementals but ignore the ones that say these beings are friendly to humans, or cute and fluffy .. because they aren't. They treat us like we treat them. Not always a good thought.
Here are a couple from a quick search ...
About the Elementals
The Elementals are extremely intelligent and know that they do not require humanity to survive, but they share the planet with us, and allow us to 'be', even if we do not treat them the same way. When humanity destroys the environment we also destroy these beings, for they cannot exist without nature. Nor can Men exist without them for less intelligent forms of elementals function within the human body sustaining and repairing the damage we do to ourselves on a daily basis.
The Nature elementals I have experienced have not always been friendly with humanity. They have no reason to be for we are the great destroyers of their world. We have no respect for their homes, the forests and the open plains, the rivers and the sea. We take what we want from the land and leave it barren. We do not respect boundaries, nor even see them, and the elementals being smaller in number, do not always have the capacity to regenerate what we have destroyed.
I met a beautiful elemental 'Mother' (Elder) on some hilly land near Armidale, NSW Australia owned by a client I will call P. This Mother had a group of 'children' that she led. (All those in her family she called her children, no matter what ages they seemed to represent.) She felt ancient, she looked old and wise. She was not tiny as we imagine the fairies to be, she stood nearly four feet tall, was long and thin and reedy and a soft shade of blue, both skin and hair which hung down over her whole body. She was clothed in cloth that could have been made from leaves, in various darker shades of blue, but leaves far bigger than any bush in the environment she lived in. She was guardian of the hills and creeks on the land her family watched over. They did not have a concept for 'ownership', only for wardship, and she explained to me, and P, that if we would accept their requirements the land would thrive.
One of the simple requests the 'Mother' made was to 'not take anything living'. There were plenty of fallen trees on the land, but one day quite soon after we had contacted the elementals P decided to chop down one very tall, straight and rather old tree - for firewood for next year. It still had leaves at the top of the trunk, but it was obviously dying. I was visiting the farm and we had only discussed the issue under the tree for a few minutes before we became aware of a great sense of displeasure. We went to have some lunch at a house twelve kilometres from the farm and the awareness followed us, growing stronger and stronger. In the end we both agreed to go back to the farm and there were brought to our knees.
At the farm we were split up in a simple way, I found that I could only go back to the centre in one direction, and he in another. The force on my chest nearly choked me when I chose to try and go in a different direction. I was taken to a spot I had named the Heart Circle because the energy there was always gentle and loving. It was very close to the tree we had discussed taking down. Here I was reminded, psychically, of the agreement we had made with the elementals to only take fallen trees. I was asked if I was one of the many humans who did not honour their agreement with the 'Land'? I was also reminded that since I can communicate with elementals, I should know better than to deny the agreement made. The Mother was very, very angry, and rightly so, for it was only a week since P and I had spoken to her the first time. The fact that I had argued vehemently with him was worth nothing, I had 'agreed' with his taking the tree.
On a hill about level with mine, on the other side of the creek, P was going through his own experience. He was filled with an intense sense of dread which frightened the living daylights out of him. When I suddenly appeared in front of him, after leaving the Heart Circle, he told me that he thought he was going to die. Even though I had been on the same level as him, and usually visible (and in calling distance), while the Mother gave me that lecture I had been totally invisible to him. He was not allowed to move from that spot until the 'Mother' had finished her lecture to me, then moved cautiously down the hill and across the creek. I told him the Mother was angry and disappointed that he would deny his agreement with her and take a living tree. He was frightened enough to change his mind. They had not offered us any harm, but had shown us that they are strong enough to enforce their choices when we agree to work with them.
You cannot make an agreement with the Elementals and then expect them to accept your change of mind. They do not understand any circumstances that are not in the best interest of the land and nature, and certainly do not accept your claim to ownership of any of Mother Earth.
When you contact the elemental world you make an agreement with them to recognise that they are everywhere and in every part of nature. You cannot do this to suit yourself, finding them in a park but not in your backyard, or in one tree but not in one you wish to chop down.
But the Mother is forgiving, as are all the elementals of Spirit, and our relationship returned to normal after a time, but not for long. One day I was told through a friend that P went back to the old ways and the nearly died when a huge branch of another tree fell on him when he was cutting it.
Are we always so blind that we break agreements whenever it suits us? Yes, that is history of humanity with this world, and needs to change.