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Cloud Beings - Sylphs
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Credit: Anders Mørup-Petersen Copenhagen, Denmark

Cloud Beings - Sylphs
(c) Robert Neil Boyd

In the Paracelsus system, Paracelsus defined the term "sylph" as: "Any of a class of mortal, but soulless, beings supposed to inhabit the air." 

This definition is, wrong, backwards, and inside out. Sylphs are immortal non-physical beings which have and are souls. These beings are the artists who form the clouds, in their wispy and thin forms, e.g., horsetails, feathers, etc. The typical cirrus, and cirronimbus formations are expressions of the Sylphs. Sylphs are not typically visible to the untrained eye. Sylphs do inhabit the same volume of space as the air, but their actual Being resides in the physical vacuum, as a coherent holographic form of energy.

This holographic form is typical of many varieties of Consciousness, including the Consciousness of Human Beings. This statement is based on personal empirical researches, and the researches of Karl Pribram, an eminent neurophysiologist, who proved that memory and consciousness are not contiguous with the brain, or the physical form, rather that they exist in the form of a hologram, which can be described in terms of the quaternions, or in terms the Clifford algebra. (See, for example: Talbot, The Holographic Universe. May be purchased from Amazon Here.)

The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality
by Michael Talbot

This photograph shows some beautiful cloud beings. See the angelic looking formations towards the bottom center? I feel very skyly when I do merging vision with the figures in in the clouds there. Especially the one with her arms outspread, floating forwardly.


Sylphs look like white balls of light, darting around the sky rapidly unless they are involved in a creation, in which case they will remain in place for a while. One must learn to distinguish between the sylphs and the communications balls that the mountains and clouds and so on use to communicate with one another. The key is in the emotional content of each, as usual. The sylph is itself a Being, while the the white communications balls are devices sent between one Being and another. Also, communications balls are usually slower moving than the observable activites of sylphs.


Sylph (also called sylphid) is a mythological creature in the Western tradition. The term originates in Paracelsus, who describes sylphs as invisible beings of the air, his elementals of air. There is no substantial mythos associated with them.

Alchemy and Literature

As alchemy in the West derived from Paracelsus, alchemists and related movements, such as Rosicrucianism, continued to speak of sylphs in their hermetic literature.

The first mainstream western discussion of sylphs comes with Alexander Pope. In Rape of the Lock, Pope satirizes French Rosicrucian and alchemical writings when he invents a theory to explain the sylph. In a parody of heroic poetry and the "dark" and "mysterious" literature of pseudo-science, and in particular the sometimes esoterically Classical heroic poetry of the 18th century in England and France, Pope pretends to have a new alchemy, in which the sylph is the mystically, chemically condensed humors of peevish women. In Pope's poem, women who are full of spleen and vanity turn into sylphs when they die because their spirits are too full of dark vapors to ascend to the skies. Belinda, the heroine of Pope's poem, is attended by a small army of sylphs, who foster her vanity and guard her beauty. This is a parody of Paracelsus, inasmuch as Pope imitates the earnest pseudo-science of alchemy to explain the seriousness with which vain women approach the dressing room. In a slight parody of the divine battle in John Milton's Paradise Lost, when the Baron of the poem attempts to cut a lock of Belinda's hair, the sylphs interpose their airy bodies between the blades of the scissors (to no effect whatsoever). The chief sylph in "The Rape of the Lock" has the same name as Prospero's servant in Shakespeare's The Tempest: Ariel.

Fairy Link

Because of their association with the ballet La Sylphide, where sylphs are identified with fairies and the medieval legends of fairyland, as well as a confusion with other "airy spirits" (e.g. in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream), a slender girl may be referred to as a "sylph".

Reed Ariel

"Sylph" has passed into general language as a term for minor spirits, elementals, or faeries of the air. Fantasy authors will sometimes employ sylphs in their fiction. Sylphs could create giant artistic clouds in the skies with their airy wings.


Source: Wikipedia Sylph
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