Various types of beings that are said to be the "soul" of natural forms. Belief in the existence of nature spirits is common to all cultures throughout history.
They are usually attached to a specific place, such as a tree, river, plant or mountain. They share the same physical space as ours – but at a different energy vibration. Some believe they also inhabit a different dimension than ours. They exist in the ethereal world which runs parallel to our own. They can be seen or felt intuitively or through the lens of a camera. Nature Spirits are one way that allows human consciousness to connect beyond the physical and understand other realms.
They come in a variety of shapes and temperaments. Some are described as human in form, others are like animals or are half-human, half animal; some are helpful, others deceitful or malevolent. They are normally invisible to humans, except to those with the gift of clairvoyance.
Elementals are a sub-class of nature spirits that are a part of the life force of all things in nature. They are ruled by archangels and are generally regarded as benevolent. The Neoplatonic Greeks categorized elementals according to the four elements:
Earth elementals are gnomes;
Air elementals are sylphs;
Water elementals are undines; and
Fire elementals are salamanders.
In the Middle Ages interest in these main groups was revived and alchemists and magicians sought to control and manipulate the forces of nature and the universe. Other elementals include elves, which live in the woods, and household spirits such as brownies, goblins and bogies. Fairies are also sometimes included in this category.
This is some information that I've gathered through the years about Nature Spirits. Whenever I walk in nature I can sometimes feel their presence....or at least it's fun to pretend.