The Nature of Water

All four elements; earth, air, fire and water, work together in a variety of ways that depend on similarities and differences between the individual elements. Water is the opposite of fire and the two are necessary to each other for balance. One could not exist without the other. Fire provides the warmth and movement that water lacks, whilst water dampens and controls the flaring, extreme activity of fire.

Water is the element that is most like earth, being next to it in density. It is a heavy, downward-settling element like earth. (In contrast, fire and air are light, upward-moving elements.) Despite the similarity, water also has useful differences that work well in conjunction with some of the characteristics of earth, countering earth's solid, static nature with its ability to flow, permeate and dissolve solids. Water brings a type of movement to earth. This is not the vigorous activity of fire, but a gentler form of movement. It can be seen physically in the way water can weather and erode earth, carrying particles along with it.

Metaphysically, water has the ability to hold vibrations, patterns or templates clearly, accurately and for prolonged periods of time. This ability is balanced by water's ability to cleanse itself of forces that are not in accord with the templates it is holding. These abilities can be temporarily affected by manmade pollutants or those arising from natural causes such as volcanoes, tsunamis or violent storms.

Water plays an important part in activating the archetypes that are held within earth. Because water rests on or permeates the Earth, the closest possible contact is made between the two. This closeness allows the archetypes or templates for life to be transferred into the water where they are raised to a state of alertness by the specialised quickening action of the water. They are then passed back to the Earth and to the other elements in an energised form that makes life possible. This process is like the germination of a seed. A seed is a solid, like earth. It contains within it the blueprint for life just as earth holds the archetypal patterns. The life within a seed is unable to be released, however, until it is moistened and activated by water. Once this is done, it is able to grow, interacting with earth, air, fire and water during the life of the plant. Water activates the archetypal patterns within earth so that they become available to interact with the other elements.

The activating qualities of water come from its affinity with the creative forces of the astral plane. Impulses are transmitted from the angels through the planes, including the astral. These impulses pass readily into the astral counterpart of water and they are distributed from here through the etheric and into the physical world by the appropriate water spirits. As water has the ability to release these forces in stages, physical life is activated and awakened in ways that perfectly match the physical environment, including season, weather and temperature.

Water Spirits

Only the element of earth has greater number and variety of nature spirits than water. All water has its associated nature spirits, even if it is only present in the form of dampness or water vapour.

Certain large devic beings are associated with bodies of water and sometimes with significant features such as lakes, rapids and waterfalls. These devas are not specifically water spirits, as they really belong to all the elements, having a particular affinity with earth. They work extensively with water, however, when it plays an important part in the landscape

As with all the other elements, nature spirits of water have a variety of forms and functions, with the larger spirits usually having greater consciousness and presiding over the smaller spirits who are less outwardly aware. Some work within the etheric field of water, whilst others have both astral and etheric forms and work mainly to shape and draw in astral energies. They bring life and growth to their element, enabling its physical manifestation to adhere as closely to the original archetypes as possible.

Many of the nature spirits of freshwater are different in appearance from those of ocean water, with those existing at the surface being the most similar.

Sunlight has the ability to penetrate both water and air to considerable depths. Undines, like sylphs, the spirits of air, draw in power from the sunlight, transforming it within their forms and releasing it into the etheric of the water they are a part of. This force activates the etheric of the planet, bringing vitality to its life-giving waters.

At night, all water spirits become still and appear to fade into the surrounding water, or into nearby wet rocks or earth. It is as if they are slipping between the layers of the metaphysical worlds and out of sight. Even spirits of the deep where light does not penetrate follow this pattern. Earth's energies are radiated outward during the day and drawn inward at night and all of nature responds to this rhythm.

The Oceans

The oceans of Earth are a great creative cauldron in which physical and metaphysical life is brewed. All water is indelibly imprinted by its contact with the earth archetypes and as rivers and rainwater flow into the oceans, these impulses accumulate and become very concentrated. They are sustained and kept stable by the metaphysical components of the mineral salts that are so plentiful in seawater. The oceans therefore contain strong evolutionary forces, maintaining within their etheric and astral fields the essence of all life that has already been and the promise of all life that is still to come.

Physical life began in the oceans, with single-celled organisms eventually evolving into more complex life-forms. In time, life spread from the oceans to take up residence on every part of the globe.

The oceans are complex environments, with the deepest ocean trench being nearly 11,000 metres deep, just over 36,000 feet. Pressure here is extreme, about a thousand times that at the surface and no light can penetrate. The oceans have many zones with different physical and metaphysical life-forms existing at every level. The nature spirits of water found at the surface are very different from those in the depths.

Spiritual evolution is mirrored in the varying depths of the ocean, from the deepest, densest, darkest waters near the ocean floor to the light and bright surface waters. This is a parallel of the gradual refining and raising of dense, coarse matter into spiritual light. Physical life-forms tend to be primitive and ancient close to the bottom of the ocean and more refined and developed at the surface. Metaphysically, forces within the ocean surge upward, coming from darkness toward light. The work of the water spirits of the oceans are an intrinsic part of this process.

The oceans have a profound effect on living creatures on the Earth, even if they live far away from them. The bodies of animals and human beings contain a great volume of water as well as many minerals, just like seawater. Plants also have these characteristics in varying degrees. These characteristics link them all with the evolutionary nature of the oceans from which life emerged. The etheric associated with the water within animals, humans and plants, resonates in harmony with the etheric of the oceans, maintaining the connection. When the tide comes in, its influence does not stop at the high water mark. It continues to ripple throughout the etheric of the land and through all the creatures, people and plants in its path. It proceeds at the same pace as the tide was moving and is not diminished by distance. This carries with it the stimulus to continue to evolve, both physically and spiritually. Being mindful of these influences that are available enables human beings to utilise them to the fullest. The rhythm of the waves also resets inner timing, bringing humankind more into harmony with the planet and with the Spirit that governs it.

Water Spirits of the Oceans

The greatest number and variety of water spirits exists in the oceans of the world, far more than in freshwater. The ocean is a complex environment that provides many different types of conditions and the opportunity for diverse expressions of life. The least evolved of the water spirits are found at the bottom of the oceans and the most evolved at the surface, with every stage of development in between.

Just as many physical deep sea fish appear grotesque to human perception, having gaping jaws, pointed teeth and strange protuberances, nature spirits of the etheric ocean depths are grotesque to the human eye. Most are either very dark in colour or completely colourless, and are almost indistinguishable against their etheric environment. These form, disappear and reform frequently. Many have shapes that are amoeba-like and shifting. Crab-like arms also occasionally emerge, grasping briefly at the surrounding etheric material before being reabsorbed into the main form. Some of the creatures are more elongated and move horizontally, being blunt at the front and tapering at the back. They are difficult to track with the inner eye. From time to time, demonic fish-like faces emerge momentarily at the front end of these forms, only to disappear again just as quickly. The etheric field of water is normally sensitised by light filtering down from above. As this does not happen in the depths of the ocean, the etheric is very dense and less sensitive to the archetypal impulses from within the Earth. This makes it difficult for the etheric material to hold form for any length of time. Areas of less dense etheric material exist within these creatures, appearing as dim lights.

These creatures of the deep are not evil, even though they can appear so to our physical perception. They are simply unevolved and time will remedy this. They are a natural part of the process of evolution, physical and spiritual, and our acceptance of them as such will assist them in their growth.

Closer to the surface but where the light is still dim, the etheric forms of the water spirits become more clearly defined and easier to view. There are multitudes of small, streamlined shapes, moving rapidly with darting movements. They are fish-like in shape, but have dimly glowing centres of consciousness at their foremost tips. They move in every direction, including upward, but are unable to move up into the brighter layers of the ocean waters. Their movements condition the etheric and bring form and life to it.

Here and there are larger forms, with slightly pointed glowing 'heads' tapering away to drifting streams of energy. The light at the head periodically creates a faint ripple of light that runs the length of the trailing energy and is scattered in the nature spirit's wake. This has an enlivening, awakening effect on the ethers around them. Some of the largest of these spirits have shapes within them that can only be dimly seen. These have the appearance of miniature archetypes and are shaped like shells and other curling or spiralling forms. They are patterns for the creation of ocean life and are held within the bodies of the water spirits until they are required. At some point they will be released into the etheric field of the water for the purpose of moulding astral light into form.

At higher levels of the ocean, the etheric is less dense and the forms of the water spirits are more defined and stable. Closer to the surface dwell water spirits who have some rudimentary human characteristics combined with aspects of fish and other smooth, streamlined shapes. These spirits do not belong at the surface, although they visit there on occasion. They cannot stay for long, as they are not equipped to process the quantities of sunlight there. They are ideally suited to transform the lesser quantities of light prevalent at the depth they usually are found, however their occasional visits to the surface stimulate their evolution.

The closer to the surface they dwell, the more evolved are the water spirits, until, at the surface, they have very definite forms made of radiant etheric material or a mixture of etheric and astral light. These water spirits have beautiful, feminine, human-like forms in varying sizes from tiny creatures the size of a droplet to beings the size of a fully grown human being. Water spirits with human shape are called undines or sometimes, nereids. They are the faeries of water. These bright beings are made of misty, pearlescent light, tinted with the colours of the ocean: greens, blues and yellows. Beautifully coloured auras extend for a considerable distance around them, radiating outward in concentric spheres. They dive and tumble through the waves in the sunlight, filled with joy and ecstasy and trailing sparkling flecks of light. At times they appear to have fully formed legs, held gracefully together with the ankles crossed and at other times this definition is lost and the legs blend together in a single stream of energy. Sometimes several of the undines dive straight up and through the surface of the water, pausing momentarily in the air, with their arms raised to the sky. They draw in the energy of the sunlight and dive back into the waves to discharge it. As they fall through the air, they call in eerily distant tones, sounding something like the faint prolonged cries of seabirds carried on the wind. They make these strange haunting sounds only when they are partly or completely exposed to the air. It is easy to see where belief in mermaids originated. The sounds are strangely wistful and hypnotic, causing a yearning for other realms in anyone hearing them.

In shallower sunlit waters where seaweed grows, many undines work and play, drawing in astral forces and distributing them into the surrounding water. Some of these spirits have almost complete human form while others are veiled in drifting energy. They drift among the waving seaweed, bending their forms gracefully to follow the curves of the individual fronds. In this way, they interact with the sea plants, tuning into them so as to harmonise themselves with their environment. This is a type of rest for them and is in contrast to their usual vigorous activity amongst the waves. A very faint hum can be heard from them, carried on the astral counterpart of the seawater.

Undines have from one to three bright energy centres, depending on their stage of evolution. Most commonly, a radiant light can be seen around the head. This can have the appearance of a wreath or garland of sparkling points, which arise from a glowing centre inside the head. Some undines also have a centre of light within the chest that radiates forward, intensifying with their level of activity. A third centre sometimes exists at the feet, allowing a connection with the earth and interaction with smaller beings of both earth and water. All three centres are seen in larger ocean undines who dwell close to shorelines or rocks.

Spirits of Freshwater

Undines and other water spirits exist in freshwater just as they do in the oceans, however there are fewer varieties. They exist at all depths, with the greatest numbers existing at or near the surface. These undines are mainly human in form. At medium depths, the undines are smaller and less well-formed, flashing through the water with the appearance of streaks of light. In very deep water, where sunlight does not penetrate, the water spirits do not have clearly defined forms. They have the appearance of drifting sheets of energy that twist and roll, forming an ever-changing array of shapes. At times, there is a suggestion of faces and arms amid the shifting energies, but these do not remain for very long. Freshwater nature spirits do not have the grotesque appearance of some of the deep sea spirits.

Energy centres exist in freshwater undines in the same forms and positions as in those of the oceans. The undines of deep freshwater have only the glowing centre at the forward end, while those with human forms have the centres in head and chest. The largest and most evolved also have an energy centre at the feet. This is seen particularly in larger spirits associated with features such as waterfalls. In addition to these three centres, some of these larger undines occasionally exhibit radiant light centres in the hands. These appear when they are engaged in particular types of work.

Water exists in solid and liquid forms and in a range of conditions. Characteristics such as temperature, mineral, bacterial or algal content and degree of movement are all reflected in the characteristics of the associated water spirits.

Undines do not mind whether the water of which they are a part is hot or cold. They have no personal opinion of it and are not made uncomfortable by extremes of temperature. They respond with appropriate changes in form, colour and movement, so that their metaphysical work always matches the prevailing conditions.

In ice and snow, undines become still, crystalline and radiant. Their bodies seem to shrink and fade until they can barely be seen, while the auras surrounding them extend much further than usual, emerging into the air around the ice or snow. Their normal levels of activity are transferred from their forms into these auric emanations, which become very active; flaring, shifting and changing in colour with great frequency. They remain in this form until the ice or snow melts, when they return to a human-like form and function in the water as before.

If water is heated, its undines move more vigorously, making sudden and quick movements. They frequently leap from the water's surface, rising into the air with the water vapour or steam produced. They either dive back into the water or disperse with the steam back into the etheric and astral realms from which they were originally formed.

When water is still, its undines can be seen drifting serenely and rolling within it. The stillness of the water triggers them into constant, but sedate movement. They occasionally rise from the surface into the sunlit air, before slowly sinking back into the water. The energy they absorb from the sunlight is released slowly into the water as they drift in a blissful trance-like state. When it is fully discharged they return to the surface and either float there with their forms partly out of the water, or again rise into the air. Undines are only able to move beyond the surface of their water when there is moisture present in the air in the form of steam, rain, mist, fog or water vapour.

When a riverbed or a lake dries up, the water spirits that remain withdraw into the earth and reside in whatever moisture is left deep under the soil. As long as there is any moisture remaining, even if it is deep underground, the undines will remain. They no longer interact with the air and the sun, but become mostly dormant, apart from minimal interaction with the earth element. When water returns to their lake or river, they once again return to the surface and resume their activities.

If water contains minerals or other material, its undines reflect this in the speed of their movement and the colours they exhibit, both in their forms and in their auras. The presence of base minerals encourages greater interaction with nearby earth spirits and less interaction with the sun and the air. The presence of precious metals such as gold generates a general uplifting in the undines present, increasing their interactions with the sun and air. Such spirits appear more bright and radiant and their rate of evolution is increased. They are more conscious of their surroundings.

Individual raindrops each have a tiny water spirit within them. A shower of rain, particularly if it's a heavy downpour, also has larger water spirits that move amongst the sheets of falling water. Rain undines have a wild type of air energy incorporated into them that gives them a particular type of vigour. They bring a specialised form of nourishment to the earth and to any body of water they fall into.

During very violent storms with high winds, extreme rainfall and flooding, undines occasionally become very wild and act in ways that are quite unlike their usual watery nature. On one occasion during such a storm, a large undine of a waterfall was observed to increase in size and activity, whipped by the fury of the storm. Her predominantly feminine energy became masculine in expression. Her eyes shone with fiery red energy, which is very unusual in a water spirit. Her emanations were forceful and extreme as she extended herself forward from the rock face, seeking to engulf everything in the path of the water flowing from her waterfall. The metaphysical noise she emitted was abrasive and battering to a person with clairaudience, producing feelings of stress and psychic shock. Her harsh screeching rose and fell in pitch, affecting all in its environment. Physically, floodwaters created havoc in the surrounding countryside. By the next morning the rain had stopped and the strength of the waterfall had greatly reduced. Within a couple of days things returned to normal and the water spirit resumed her usual activities as if nothing extreme had ever occurred.

In general, wild movement in water as a result of flooding, rapids or very active waterfalls shows itself in the associated undines in decreased definition of form in the lower parts, increased definition in the upper parts, more vigorous movement than usual and brightly gleaming eyes.

In flowing water, undines alternate between vigorous activity and complete stillness. When active in sunlight, they can be seen playing and diving through the water, skimming along the surface and rising into the air above the surface. Freshwater undines spend more time exposed to the air than their ocean cousins. In sunlight many of them are barely discernible from the water. They appear to be almost made of water. They are almost transparent, with parts of their forms coming into visibility, but rarely is the whole form seen at one time. They are tinted with pale colours, mainly greens, blues and yellows, but some of the more evolved ones are pink or mauve. In their less active phase, they can be seen drifting underwater or lying in graceful reclining poses on the bottom. They do this mainly in places where the water is quite deep and is moving more slowly than at the surface.

Undines at the surface of freshwater emit prolonged descending cascades of sound or undulating sequences of song, mainly in a minor key. These sounds are only made when they are partly or completely exposed to the air. Their song is more melodic than that of the ocean spirits and the sounds are more drawn out and penetrating. They can sometimes be difficult to hear, as if they are calling from afar. Their sounds are of the astral realms. It is sometimes difficult to discern them amid water sounds and the sounds of the wind, as they treat these as part of their communication also, and mould their own calls around them. They tend to sing most when the water is rough or the wind is blowing. The sounds they make create a connection between individual undines, forming specialised energy pathways within their collective consciousness. When the water is ruffled by wind, undines often become aware of sylphs in their area and on occasion call to sylphs, establishing a temporary bond between water and air.


Undines do not have as many interactions with human beings as earth spirits. The interactions they do have are usually not complex. They occasionally enjoy swimming with people, undulating their smooth forms through the water alongside the swimmer.

Many of the more highly evolved undines are conscious of the attention or scrutiny of humans. They are very aware of their own beauty and of their power to attract. They have an instinct that drives them to attempt to involve human beings. Human acknowledgement assists undines in their evolution as is the case with all nature spirits. At times they emit an atmosphere of yearning that reaches out to human beings, attempting to entice them into sharing in the bliss of their activities. Most people have a natural immunity to these enticements, as their lack of belief and lack of awareness protects them. A person who has trained to perceive nature spirits develops a degree of mental control in the process and is able to resist such enchantments and observe and enjoy these realms without risk.