Mermaids, Sylphs, Gnomes, and Salamanders
Dialogues with the Kings and Queens of Nature
By William R. Mistele
(North Atlantic Books, Paperback, 9781583944936, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
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Although the spirit beings of the four elements of nature have been represented in literature, religion, and folk tales, descriptions of these creatures have been vague, and direct experience with them is quite rare. Yet each of the four elemental kingdoms offers great gifts to humanity, if we are willing to recognize that the psychological and spiritual qualities they embody are already inherent in human nature.
Mermaids dwell in the oceans, lakes, and rivers. They offer love and sharing, a sense of wonder, beauty, and innocence. Sylphs roam the sky; they represent harmony, balance, and the attainment of freedom. Gnomes live underground. Their quiet inner wisdom banishes depression and sorrow. Salamanders dwell in volcanoes and vast caverns of magma beneath the earth. They offer the power of intense heat to refine, transform, and integrate. Who are these mysterious creatures of water, air, earth, and fire? Author William Mistele has devoted a significant portion of his life to finding out.
Addressing the perennial questions Why are we here? What is the deepest purpose of life? What are our options?, Mermaids, Sylphs, Gnomes, and Salamanders takes the reader directly into the realms of these spirits, telling stories from their perspective. Weaving together fairy tales and poems, thoughtful analysis, and meditative exercises, Mistele illuminates the qualities these beings have mastered and humanity must begin to embrace: empathy, an inner peace with the universe, a divine level of sensuality, and a love that is everywhere in every moment.
After graduating from Wheaton College in Illinois with a BA in philosophy, William R. Mistele studied oral traditions from around the world, including Hopi Indian culture and language at the University of Arizona, where he received a master's degree in linguistics. Since 1975 he has been a student of Franz Bardon's teachings on Hermetic magic. He is the author of Undines: Lessons from
the Realm of the Water Spirits.
“This is a truly original book, written with great sensitivity, about an extraordinary subject.”
—Philip Carr-Gomm, author of The Druid Way
“In a world focused on material wealth and fame, there are few who have the dedication to explore the other realms and even fewer who bless us by sharing their experiences. In this book, William Mistele has done that, and at the same time he has shared much of himself.”
—Martin Faulks, author of Secrets of Rejuvenation: Zen Warrior Exercises in the Gateways to Health series
“William Mistele brings Franz Bardon’s elemental spirits to life in an elegant prose style. A magical book on an enchanting subject.”
—Poke Runyon, coauthor, with Carroll Poke Runyon, of The Book of Solomon’s Magick and BlogTalkRadio host of The Hermetic Hour
“Mistele’s direct experience in engaging the denizens of ancient lore provides a deeply insightful exploration that enchants like no other. Be prepared to succumb to the spell of his inimitable wit and razor-sharp perception.”
—Russell Chen, creator of Messages from the Dragon Realm
“William has a way of putting it eloquently in a way I've most assuredly never seen before.”
"If you're familiar with the faerie, the wee folk, Jacques Vallée, aliens—you'll love Mermaids."
—Church of Mabus Radio