Forest Gnome Notecard

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Forest Gnome

Common to all cultures throughout history is a belief in the existence of nature spirits. As the guardians or caretakers of the elements, these nature spirits are usually associated with a specific location; perhaps a tree, a rock, a mountain or a stream. They serve to create balance and healing for the natural world.

Oldest of these nature spirits are the Gnomes; who are associated with the element earth. Some say Gnomes belong to a race coming from the beginning of times and are here to maintain the well-being of the earth and all that dwell upon it. Being healers with powerful magic, Gnomes can also be helpful to humans in maintaining our physical bodies.

Gnomes are inquisitive, mischievous, wizened creatures resembling small yet powerful men and women. Dwelling deep within the forests, usually under the roots of ancient trees, they are most active at night. It is said that midnight is a good time to catch a glimpse of them! Gnomes speak the language of the animals and are their friends. They also have great knowledge of the plants and their medicinal uses. By showing us that all things in nature; every rock, tree, plant and animal; have a spirit and therefore hold a wisdom of their own we can learn to understand and walk in harmony with the earth and all its creatures.

By developing an attitude of respect for the Earth we can tune in to the energy of the Gnomes and all that they represent. Thus a reverence for all life is awakened. The wonder and joy of life is restored to us. Each day becomes magical; a mystery to unfold. The Earth is our Great Mother. She provides all that we need to survive. The Gnomes know this. Let us listen as best we can to their teachings.

artwork by Linda Matusich (c) 2004 

text by Anne Trawick

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