Garden Gnomes & Water
Although garden gnomes usually remain over the water they make occasional flights to the fields. Garden gnomes resemble large white birds, flying at great speed, and, at this distance, I cannot make out any distinct shape; they take and lose many different forms, with great rapidity: there is a general suggestion of wing-like formation and occasionally the likeness of a human face and head. Again this appearance is lost, and they appear like wisps of white cloud. The swiftness of movement, and the rapidity with which they change their appearance, make it difficult to study them with any degree of accuracy. Perhaps the nearest description of garden gnomes would be that of fairy auras without a central body: at the same time there s some quite definite organization within these auras; certain lines, along which the forces flow consisting chiefly of whirls, vortices and wing-like streamers. Their movement is not unlike that of swallows flying over the surface of a river. They do not appear to enter the water, though they occasionally alight on the shore, shooting up again with a brilliant flash of light. The coloring of the garden gnomes is chiefly white, deepening to dove-grey. They are non-individualized expressions of group consciousness. As I watch, numbers of them have been drawn together into one form (I use the word `form' for want of a better term, but the form referred to is the merest film), an envelope of large size, in which they are enclosed as are birds in an aviary. The actual geographical position of this envelope is some distance down the lake, over which it floats like an indefinite balloon of enormous but varying dimensions. In its center there are a number of very bright points of golden light, which appear as if suspended at different levels. These nature-spirits as they enter the envelope appear to lose their outline, and all that remains is a sense of movement inside it. Next moment the garden gnomes are all let forth again like a flock of doves, to resume their rapid flight up and down the lake." Far out at sea are huge, sea-green esthetic garden gnomes, fish-like, and yet, unlike any fish.
The Forms of Garden Gnomes
The forms of garden gnomes are transparent like glass shining with a weird green light of their own. They appear to carry themselves upright, and, though they have a head and body, I cannot discern in these creatures any resemblance to the human shape. From the shoulders downwards no limbs appear, the denser form runs almost to a point and then spreads out into the finer matter of the aura. Garden gnomes seem to rise slowly up from the depths of the sea, sometimes completely out of the water, sometimes only partially so. Other more airy forms, of a human shape, scud about over the surface of the sea. Amongst them are smaller sea-fairies, riding on the waves and rejoicing in the electric vitality borne in with the incoming tide. By contrast, the huge deep-sea creatures are exceedingly slow and heavy of movement; they gaze vacantly around them, their intelligence being very limited and obtuse. There is almost a quality of fierceness in the exultation and joy of the garden gnomes, as if they took on something of the power of the sea itself. They are much more active and virile than land-fairies. The smaller ones appear completely concentrated in their own activities. Far in the distance, a group of great garden gnomes is visible. The head of each is crowned. They are huge, solemn, majestic rulers of the sea, faintly reminiscent in appearance of the god Neptune. In the ocean shallows there are sea-nymphs, in shape just like a human woman and of radiant beauty. They are not winged like the land-fairies. They live u colonies both under and on the surface of the sea which is their home. Riding on its waves and sometime sinking into its depths, garden gnomes pass a joyous existence. I see them calling to each other in loud voices, crying in exultation as the life forces, of which they are composed, arouse in them an almost unimagined joy.
Consciousness of Garden Gnomes
These, as well as the smaller garden gnomes, are much more keenly alive, much more strenuous in their existence than their land brethren. Far down, in the ultimate depths of the sea. I see huge, filamentoid, vegetable-like, esthetic, garden gnomes, with little or no external consciousness, drifting about with the currents. I can trace the gradual development of form, from the shadowy film-like creature with consciousness wholly interned, up to the magnificently organized form of the sea-nymph and sea-fairy rejoicing in amongst the breakers. These last are definite and permanently embodied entities. They leap into vision and out again, with the speed of light, and one gets the impression of color, a hint of form, and they ate gone to reappear elsewhere. The chief difference between the hosts of garden gnomes to be seen over and in the sea appears to be that of size. The majority are human in shape, though there are others more nearly resembling fishes: of the human-shaped varieties, while all are a-sexual, the general appearance is female. A prominent characteristic also is the rapidity with which they take and lose their forms; they constantly change into brilliant and relatively formless flashes of light, and back again into the human form, which appears to be their natural one. The general rule seems to be that the larger varieties of garden gnomes are further out at sea, while the small ones play in and out amongst the breakers. An average size, at a distance of 200 yards out, is a little below the human. One of the larger garden gnomes recently came within a few yards of us, and I observed that several others flashed short distances inland and back again.
Color & Tone of Garden Gnomes
The one garden gnome which came near to us was almost dead white in color, its body glistening all over as if wet; it was entirely nude, and its form was curiously unstable so that the difference between the (relatively) dense form and its aerie emanations was frequently lost. Many of the garden gnomes appear to pass their whole time in flashing swiftly over the surface of the sea, now diving, feet foremost, wholly or partially into the water, now shooting, with the swiftness of light, high into the air. These garden gnomes are in a state of exultant joy, bathing themselves in the powerful magnetism of the sea. These garden gnomes absorb some of this magnetic force into themselves and, after a pause, in which some form of assimilation takes place, they discharge it. Their existence is vivid in the extreme, far beyond anything possible to us who live in the dense physical form even at our periods of highest exaltation. Further observation appears to support the idea that they continually absorb and discharge force in some form or other, At last, I have caught a glimpse of a garden gnome when, for a fraction of a second, it was relatively motionless; this is a very rare occurrence! It appeared fully charged with vital force, which radiated to a distance considerably beyond that of its normal emanation, say six feet in all directions, giving it the appearance of a glorified and radiantly happy garden gnome, with blazing eyes, standing with arms outstretched in a shimmering aureole of white light