Elementaries are artificial beings similar to Thoughtforms. Paracelsus said elementaries are not part of the natural order bur are evil being created in the invisible realms by excesses of human thought and emotion, corruption of character, degeneration of faculties, and misuse of powers (see Larvae).

Elementaries are dependent on humans for existence and initially for survival. If they are nourished enough by human negativity, they gain an independence and can turn on their creators, draining them of their life force and vitality. Examples of elementaries are vampiric entities (see Vampires) and sexual predators such as the Incubus and Succubus. Mental disorders, such as obsession, and negative physical actions such as anger, aggression, and corruption, can be explained as effects of parasitic elementaries.

According to Paracelsus, most physical ailments and diseases could also be explained by the attachment of elementaries. Fear, depression, self-pity, and feelings of victimization stimulate the imagination in a wrong way to open the door for attachment of elementaries, he said. Recovery is accomplished through a reversal of thoughts and emotions to the positive, which literally starves the elementaries and forces them away.

Paracelsus did not believe that a person’s elementary can be sent to another person, such as by magic. Rather, an elementary can only feed off of its creator.

Franz Bardon defined elementaries as astral beings created consciously by a magician out of a particular element . They are like elementals but exist on the astral plane and not the mental pl ane. The magician imbues an elementary with some of his own consciousness, gives it a name and life span, and assigns it tasks. During its life span, the elementary is nourished by the astral substance of the magician. When the tasks are completed, the elementary dissolves back into the astral matrix. However, elementaries are intelligent, and if not strictly controlled they can become independent of the magician. If they go out of control, they will cause problems for which the magician will be responsible.


  • Bardon, Franz. Questions and Answers. Salt Lake City: Merkur Publishing, 1998.
  • Hall, Manly P. Paracelsus: His Mystical and Medical Philosophy. Los Angeles: The Philosophic Research Society, 1964.


The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy Written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Copyright © 2006 by Visionary Living, Inc.