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Mythical Creature of Mabon — Gnomes

Gnomes are one the mythical creatures associated with Mabon, the Fall Equinox.  Gnomes are earth elementals.  As symbols of the Earth, gnomes are a grounding, stabilizing force.  Gnome symbolism includes security, possession, safety, order, materialism, rooted, centered, foundations, protection, solidarity, guardianship.  Gnomes are not without their wiles. Part of the levity that comes from these little dudes comes from an innate liveliness they imbue. They love their Mother (Earth), and are in-turn, loved back by her.   In fact, legend indicates they are dastardly in conniving tricks on those who would fool with their “Mother”.  In sum, Gnomes have zero-tolerance for raping and pillaging the earth for selfish and self-centered motives.  They are friends to most animals except the house cat

Gnomes are earth elementals, whose name is said to come from the Greek word ‘gnosis’ meaning “knowledge” (i.e. of hidden treasure), but is more likely rooted in the word ‘genomos’ meaning “earth dweller”.  Gnomes are described as two spans high, very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air. 

  The earth dwelling gnome appears in different guises in numerous ancient and medieval mythologies, often guarding mines and precious underground treasures, notably in the Germanic dwarves and the Greek Chalybes, Telchines or Dactyls.  Gnomes are known by different names throughout different parts of Europe – for instance: they are called barbegazi in Switzerland and France, kaukis in Prussia, clurichauns in Ireland, saunatonttu in Finland, ‘nisse’ or tomte in Scandinavia, and voettir in Iceland.  Other parts of the world have traditions about very similar creatures.  For example, in Japan magical beings such as bakemono, yokai, and even tengu are comparable to gnomes.  In fairy tales and other European mythologies gnomes are often confused with goblins, dwarves, and even elves.

More information on Gnomes can be found in : Wil Huygen’s books, Gnomes, Secrets of the Gnomes and The Complete Gnomes

About the Author

When not writing for Ravenhawks,  Kamberlyn works with clients seeking a more spiritually centered life.  In her work, she helps people realize the relationship, career and finances that belongs to their soul.  She can be found on KEEN at Kamberlyn Divine Love or through her website,

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