Gnomes are the spiritual beings who inhabit the spirit realm of the element earth. Their name means "earth dwellers." Gnomes dwell on the first level of the spirit realm, they are close enough to the physical realm in order to easily interact with it. They absorb energy from the ethers and release the energy into matter giving it life. They are formless and typically invisible to the average person as they are energy spirits. They can take on the form of whatever they interact with. Those who have the gift of "sight" may be able to see them. When they meet a human who is able to see them they can appear short and stocky as you've most often seen them depicted.
Gnomes have a great sense of humour and are very clever. By tradition Gnomes were hoarders and protectors of secret treasures hidden in caves beneath the earth. Legends have it that they were reluctant to help and aid humans, but if you were to gain the trust of one, they could prove to be powerful friends. They like humans who are kind and honest and will often try to help these individuals. They can seem gruff and unfriendly, so if you do interact with them you want to try not to lose their trust.
In Wicca/Witchcraft Gnomes are called to instill confidence, steadfastness and endurance, but can also be used to bring about gloom, melancholy and despair should that be required. They also can sometimes be referred to as trolls or leprechauns. They have a great appreciation of material things and are very good to work with when conducting prosperity spells.
Other earth spirits include the dwarves of European faery tales, the bergbui (Teutonic mountain giants), the kubera (Hindu guardians of the north), and the simargl (Slavic guardians of all plants).
If you wish to work with a gnome, go to a wooded area, call to it, and wait patiently until it reveals itself to you or you sense its presence. Give it a small gift to thank it for its assistance. Gnomes love jewelry — the flashier the better — and quartz crystals. Bury your token in the ground as an offering to the earth spirits.
Love and Blessings,