Gnomes

Greetings Earth people, I am Gus the Gnome here to inform you properly about my people and their realm.

The elemental spirits of Earth are the Gnomes and Dwarfs. I was chosen among our people to come and speak after careful casting of the Sacred Runes. We did invite an emissary from the Dwarf Kingdom to also come forward and speak but they are a grumpy lot and are too caught up in the iron and lead works down below in the Earth’s bowels to bother!

All wee Folk know many ancient secrets that we can share with humankind so let’s start with the Earth Element. Earth is stable, receptive, and feminine sustaining all life upon which the other three elements rely. It represents abundance and prosperity and allows all to use creativity in a practical and physical manner. It encompasses all of nature – mankind, animals, rocks, crystals, trees, and vegetation. The energy of Earth houses great strength, common sense, and practical wisdom that can be tapped for success. In magickal practices, Earth element is the grounding force keeping the Root chakra chord connected to Mother Earth.

Earth element rules the direction of North, the time of Midnight, and the season of Winter. It governs the Zodiac signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn and the planets Venus, Mercury, and Saturn. Earth Elemental Magick includes garden magick, image magick, stone magick, tree magick, knot magick, and bind magick. The goddess energies corresponding to Earth are Hathor, Ceres, Cerridwyn, Demeter, Gaia, Persephone and Rhiannon and the god energies are Adonis, Athos, Arawyn, Cernunnos, Dionysus, Herne, Marduk, Pan, and Tammu. These deities can be fun folk except for Demeter and Cernunnos who tend to be a bit bossy at times. Revered animals under the Earth element are the ant, bear, bison, bull, cow, deer, dog, gopher, horse, snake, stag, and wolf. Revered plants are cedar, cypress, comfrey, honeysuckle, ivy, grain, magnolia, patchouli, all kinds of nuts, and the mighty oak (favored by the Druids).

This is indeed a fine lecture so far is it not? Let’s move on …

Are gnomes real? No one really knows. Our existence is greatly attributed to Scandinavian mythology. There is some evidence that does give us away. For example, in 470 A.D. a roman, Publiu Octavus wrote that he had seen a miniature person who was further described as wearing a red cap, blue shirt and green leggings. This miniature person was said to communicate quite well although a few of his words were odd and unknown. He claimed to be from a race known as the Kuwalden. In the 1200s a fisherman discovered a statue of a gnome carved in wood that when tested dated back nearly 2000 years. The statue was inscribed with, “Nisse, Riktig Storrelse,” which when translated means: “Gnome, actual height.”

Our general visage is quite spiffy considering that we live extraordinarily long lives which is about 400 of your human years. Gnomes at 275 are in the prime of life. Our average height runs about 6 to 10 inches tall depending upon which kind of gnome we are. All of us have grey eyes and our beards always turn grey before the hair on our heads does! We all fancy our red caps and too belts and like to stay busy making flowers, plants, trees, crystals, and minerals grow.  We bring color to nature using magic mushrooms we carry in our pockets and work with the fairies to guard the secret treasures of the earth. We are benevolent creatures with big hearts the only exception being our cousins the Siberian gnomes who can be quite vindictive.

Our females tend to stay in the background dressing less flamboyantly than the males so they can blend in better with nature’s scenery. They tend to stay at home. The males start thinking about marriage at around age 200 years. Female Gnomes tend to wear camouflage colors gray or khaki. Until she is married she wears a green cap, with her braids sticking out. After marriage, her hair disappears under a scarf and darker cap. When she reaches 350 years or older she begins to show a light beard.

When we mate we all only have one twin set of offspring Gnomes are born in sets of twins, two girls, two boys, or a girl and a boy.  Children are breast fed for several years after birth.  Gnome children wet the bed until they are 12 years old.  Gnome girls are raised by their mothers and gnome boys are mostly raised by their fathers.  Parents still spend time with the opposite sexed child but they don't teach them much about gnome living.  At the age of 13 the gnomes are taught the things every male/female gnome should know.  Male gnomes teach their son gnomes about knowledge of mushrooms and herbs, how to increase running speed, methods of escape by using mole tunnels rabbit tunnels and other ways, whistling, woodworking and painting, and many other tasks a gnome needs to know to do his everyday tasks. Young females are taught the "homely arts" such as cooking, spinning, knitting, identifying animals of prey.  The adult male gnome weighs 300 grams, and the adult female weighs 250-275 grams.

 

All of us are nocturnal although we can be seen once in a while out in the daylight. We are friends with all animals but sometimes are considered prey by domestic and wild cats, snakes and hornets. We are also highly psychic and can easily see what ails the human heart. All gnomes are seven times stronger than any human. Our brain capacity is larger than the human brain capacity and our sense of smell is nineteen times greater than human smell. We can also retain urine for a whole 24 hours! The males like their names prefixed with the title “Mr.” and we certainly do not like to be referred to with coddling names like “cute” or “adorable.”

 

We are known by many names throughout the world:

English - Gnome

Irish - Gnome

Mexico - Gnomo

Flemish - Kleinmanneken

Dutch - Kabouter

German  - Heinzelmannchen

Norwegian - Tomte or Nisse

Swedish - Tomtenisse or Nisse

Danish - Nisse

Polish - Gnom

Finnish -  Tonttu

Russian - Domovoi Djedoesjka

Serbo - Kepec

Croatian - Patuljak

Bulgarian -  Djudje

Czechoslovakian - Skritek

Hungarian -  Mano

There are several different types of gnomes: dune gnomes, farm gnomes, garden gnomes,  house gnomes, mountain gnomes, woodland or forest gnomes and our distant cousins the Siberian gnomes.

The woodland/forest gnome is very shy. They are thought to be the most common gnome but there is no way to really tell because they are extremely adept at avoiding mankind. They never venture out of the forest and spend their live caring for the woodland animals. They live in tree houses with little gnome tree doors and fancy green and brown hats, trousers and pants.

Next are the garden gnomes which can be found in just about any long-lived gardens. Long lived is a prerequisite since garden gnomes avoid new gardens. Garden gnomes have at least fifteen pockets in their overalls to carry their garden necessities. Garden gnomes are the travelers. They will even go live in busy human cities just to be in an older established garden. When they get tired of all the city lights and hub bub, they will take a vacation  or retreat into the nearest forest. Unlike other gnomes, garden gnomes have no beards but do have bushy mustaches and fancy wearing bandanas along with their hats. They tend to look “dusty.” Never, ever call a garden gnome a lawn gnome or a yard gnome! They will retreat in their dugout houses and not come out.

House gnomes are the closest to humans and are scholars. They prefer older houses and enjoy knowledge and make sure they learn human language so they can  better understand man. In this clan there is a somewhat different society where kings are chosen to keep their people safe. Even though they understand humans, they still view them as a threat.

The farm gnomes are secretive and conservative. They prefer old farms and live in barns more often than houses. They love farm animals and take care of them.

The dune gnomes live in deserts or beaches. They are a slightly larger gnome clan which makes it harder to stay out of the site of man. Dune gnomes have no beards or moustaches and are completely bald. They dress in loose fitting clothing, usually white, tan, or gray and wear scarves on their heads fashioned like Arab style headdresses. They live in either mud huts or regular people’s houses. Sometimes desert gnomes ride on animals to travel.

Mountain gnomes are miners. They have both beards and moustaches and wear miner-like clothing in colors of gray, black, and white.  They live in caves and dens in the mountains.

The Siberian gnomes are the most aggressive, and therefore, can be considered the most dangerous of all the gnome peoples. Unfortunately they have been affected by crossbreeding. They like to hang out with trolls and are well-known for their cruel tempers. They care nothing at all for animals or people and they take offense at the slightest things a human may do or say. They have no problem attacking humans in any way they can if they perceive an offense. The Siberian gnome takes revenge by killing cattle, causing bad harvests, droughts and abnormally cold weather.

 

All gnomes are knowledgeable of apothecary and herbal remedies. Here are some to share

Prevention of High Blood Pressure - Shepherd’s Purse (2 grams to 50 cms into boiling tea)

Protection against Flu and Colds - Elder Blossoms (brew tea)

Infections of bronchial passages - Selfheal  Prunella vulgaris (used for gargling)

 

Curing Insomnia - Camomile or Dill seed (tea)

Prevent flatulence - Fennel Seed (tea)

Hardening of the Arteries - Daily leaf of  Centaury Plant

Prevent or Cure Constipation  - Dandelion Leaf (tea)

Depression and Listlessness -St. John’s - Wort (tea)

Prevent Kidney Stones  - Birch Leaf (tea)

 

Well humans, that wraps up today’s lecture and I do hope you found it enlightening! I have some magickal work to do so I’ll be on my way …

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A gnome named Norman had no skills,
he could not make a thing.
He could not craft a wizard wand,
nor forge a magic ring.

The King of Gnomes sent Norm away
to go to craftsman school.
There Norm could train to use his hands
and learn to use a tool.

But, schools do not believe in gnomes,
and child size Norm appeared.
So, Norm was placed in second grade
and told to shave his beard.

And Norman might attend your school,
you’ll know him anyplace.
Not only is he two feet tall,
he never shaved his face.

 

©Derby Hampton