Lessons from the Realm of the Water Spirits
North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781556439087, 296pp.
Publication Date: July 6, 2010
Undines—from the Latin root unda, which means “wave”— are water elementals, or spirits of the water world. Like their fellow elementals—salamanders (fire), sylphs (air), and gnomes (earth)—undines are united with, and personify, their element. First mentioned in the alchemical works of medieval botanist Paracelsus, undines appear throughout European folklore. Who are these mysterious creatures of lakes, oceans, and waterfalls?
Undines takes readers directly into the water spirits’ realm through stories, personal encounters, and interviews with such luminaries as Istiphul, the undine queen whose presence embodies the magical essence of the feminine. Whether seen as fact or fairy tale, Undines presents archetypal truths and insights into human nature. The powers and abilities that undines display are latent in us all and crucial to humanity’s evolution (or mere survival): harmony with nature, empathy and compassion, a deep capacity to love, and a cooperative rather than combative relationship to the world. Undines will appeal broadly to readers of mythology, fantasy, and fairy tales, particularly to practitioners that work with nature spirits and elemental beings—Druids, Wiccans, pagans, and those interested in magic and mysticism.
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“Undines resonates with an uncanny combination of timely relevance and timeless wisdom. This book's message is powerful and inspiring.”—Philip Carr-Gomm, author of The Druid Way“A unique and entertaining vision of the elemental realms. Undines presents us with a fascinating glimpse into the author's very personal relationship with the universal underpinnings of reality. This book will undoubtedly inspire a deeper respect and affection for the intelligent forces of nature.”—Rawn Clark, author of A Bardon Companion“William Mistele not only articulates how mermaids see humanity, he helps us develop their inner connection to rivers, lakes, and oceans so that our love of nature becomes as deep as theirs.”—Rich Budnick, author of Hawaii's Forgotten History“By revealing the mysterious life of the sea through personal encounter and dialogue, William R. Mistele gives undines, mermaids, and water spirits the serious attention they deserve.”—Caitlín Matthews, author of Singing the Soul Back Home