This time he was going out his ideas did not appear to extend beyond that fact hence, I suppose, the top hat! Immediately after, a vacant look came over his face, his ideas came to an end, and even his form appeared to dissipate for the time being. A few minutes later he was seen moving swiftly down to the lakeside with a diminutive bucket, which he solemnly dipped in the water and bore, with immense satisfaction, back to his rock. Out he came again immediately, but this time without the bucket, and I saw the little garden gnome traveling swiftly, some two feet above the surface, out over the lake where I lost him. Needless to say the bucket and the water which it was supposed to carry were of the stuff that dreams are made of,' the water' actually looks like a wisp of grey smoke or mist in the bucket. Life for this little garden gnome appears to consist of a continuous series of excursions: each has a special purpose, which is sometimes quite clear, and at other times extremely vague. All he does is imitate human beings. He certainly has a kind of affection for the rocks, grass and earth, which make up and surround his garden gnomes home."
Development of Gnomes
There are some garden gnomes here which are at a lower stage of development than the tree-gnomes. They are smaller in size, being about four to six inches high. The gnomes photographed and published a few years ago probably belongs to this type. They differ from the tree gnomse in that they are not solitary, but live and play in groups, their antics and games being weird and grotesque in the extreme. They are gaily colored little fellows and use much stronger and brighter shades than do the fairies. The group which I am observing is dancing in a half circle; they are holding each other's hands and are swinging from side to side', their legs are not straightened and the knees point outwards. Their arms are too long and not perfectly straight at the elbow. They grin in an odd childlike way, and their beady dark eyes are gleaming with a queer expression as if they were experiencing inward ecstasy. Their wings, shaped like those of the bat, are opened out laterally behind them, and arc of a darker color than their bodies, smooth and furry in substance and of extremely fine texture. Apparently their contact with each other, their oscillating movement, though purposeless on the physical plane, produces a highly pleasurable astral sensation.
I see that it has the effect of disturbing and exciting the astral body, which is just a cloud of unorganized matter about twice the size of the physical. Undoubtedly garden gnomes are also imposing a special kind of vibratory force upon it. In repose, or semi-repose, the astral body is an almost shapeless cloud of matter; it is only slightly tinged with color and has the effect of moonlight. There are shades of red and pink, and of gleaming yellow some-thing like that of an autumn leaf, and also russet browns. When exalted by the dance, the garden gnomes, from the centre of the astral body (approximately at the solar plexus) vibrations begin, stirring the whole body into life as they sweep through it in waves and ripples. The colors then become more intense, the aura Increases, and the gnome is enjoying, to the fullness of his capacity, the effects thus produced. Suddenly their movement changes, although the original semi-circular formation is maintained. They now dance backwards and forwards, raising and bending their legs and replacing their feet upon the ground in comically fantastic attitudes. Garden gnomes appear only conscious of the brilliant sunshine and the vital condition of the atmosphere.
Gnomes, Fairies, Wood-Elves
Garden gnomes have nothing of the flashing rapidity of the fairies, or even of the wood-elves. Garden gnomes are quaint, stiff and antique in their movements. Nevertheless, they have, like all astral and esthetic creatures, the power of rapid motion through space." Facing an open moorland surrounded by hills. "Moving about, in the long rough grass- and tufts of rushes, are large numbers of garden gnomes; they present some unusual features. Their height varies from eighteen inches to two feet six inches; they are male in appearance, and of one color, which is a very dark brown, rather like peat, of which substance the soil hereabouts largely consists. The face and hands of garden gnomes are of the same dark color. Their hats are long and pointed, with very narrow curled brims; they fit tightly on the head, the point slanting away behind. The features are strongly marked and prominent the nose, in particular, being long and curved and having at its extremity a kind of protuberance, of an inch in length.