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Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008
Subject: other names for elementals
I thought I would send along something interesting. I hope it
helps. This is from a book I've been studying for a few years, ''The
Tarot - A Contemporary Course of the Quintessence of Hermetic
Occultism'' by Mouni Sadhu; 1962.
Other inhabitants of the astral plane are the elementals. Western
occult tradition does not consider them to be purly astral beings, for
an elemental can have its own mental monad, astrsome and physical
body, but belonging to the more subtle sub-divisions, and therefore is
normally invisible to humans. These strange beings direct certain
special involutionary activities, such as chemical and physical
phenomena, as well as physiological processes. Another reason for their being invisible and intangible, is that their bodies are of the same consistansy as the subplane on which they live.
If their bodies are in a gaseous state, we call them Sylphs; if
liquid, Ondines; if solid, Gnomes; and finally those who have still
more subtle bodies, close to what we call the 'world's ether', they will be known as Salamanders. Some beings possess only mental monads and operate involutionary
processes on the astral plane. Tradition defines them as 'Spiritus
Directores' of the astral, or leaders of it; but other purely mental entities are also occupied with the involutionary processes and are called Angels.
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