Copper

Natural History

Found in nuggets, sometimes in rough spiky crystal-like clumps or strands.

History and Folklore

Sacred to many of the love Goddesses.

It was also sacred to the Sun in Babylon as well as to indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest.

Seeds of the mimosa (Acacia dealbata) were set into copper rings to protect from all forms of negativity.

Associations

Angel: Haniel; Gods/Goddesses: Shamash, Innana, Astarte, Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus; Chakra: crown, heart, solar-plexus; Element: water; Astrological Sign: Taurus; Planet: Venus; Sabbat: Midsummer or Litha; Tree of Life: Netzach; Tarot: The Empress.

Traditions

Bits of copper placed in the kitchen attract money.

Usually worn on the receiving side of the body (non-dominant), it will attract love, health, and prosperity.

Healing and Magickal Uses

Body: Harmonizes the body’s energies and readjusts any misalignment of the body’s polarity clearing blockages in the flow of energy. Detoxifies the body. Relieves rheumatism, arthritis, stiffness, and muscle cramps. Maintains health and increases the metabolism. Can help to relieve motion sickness.

Mind: Brings emotions into balance.

Magick: Healing work, fertility spells, prosperity spells, and spells to attract love.

Care and Cleansing

Can be gently polished with baking soda. Do not use any form of salt to cleanse. Do not use to make an elixir. Best cleansing is smudging. Recharge under the full moon.

Copper Toxicity

Copper ingested through contaminated water or foods stored or cooked in copper vessels can cause copperiedus poisoning. Free copper in the body has been linked to liver cirrhosis and Alzheimer's Disease. Elixers using copper should be created using indirect methods only. A mask should be worn when cutting copper or sharpening copper tools. It is safe to handle, but you should wash your hands afterwards.

Note: Pennies have been widely used for various spells mostly for their copper content. However, in the U.S. in 1982, the content of copper in pennies went from 95 percent to a little over 2 percent.

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