A term usually used synonymously with elementary spirits,
but sometimes given a special connotation by Spiritualists to indicate
discarnate entities of a malicious nature. Theosophists
use the word elemental to denote the astral remains or
shell of one who has lived an evil life on Earth and who is
loath to leave the scene of his pleasures. With some occultists,
again, elemental really signifies a subhuman being, probably
identical to an elementary spirit, but of a mental and moral status
considerably lower than that of a human.
Lévi, Éliphas. Transcendental Magic. London Redway, 1896.
Reprint, New York Samuel Weiser, 1970.