Friday, May 4, 2012

Stones of Taurus - Copper


Raw Copper

I realize that copper is a metal (not a stone); but since I found out about its relationship to Taurus, I decided to include it any way; especially since it’s one of our favorite metals to use in our art and jewelry.

“Cuprum” is the Latin root word for copper, which originated from the older Latin word “cyprium”. The Greeks referred to it as such because most copper was mined on the island of Cyprus, which was sacred to the Goddess Venus. In alchemy, the symbol for copper was also the symbol for Venus. The Mesopotamians also associated the mineral with Venus and the Queen of Heaven. Copper, brass, and bronze were also called “chalkos” in Greek. Brass is an alloy made up of copper and zinc; and bronze is alloy of copper and tin.

CopperDead Sea scroll- Thescroll is made of copper alongside the jar it was found in
In legend, Copper is said to also be one of the metals of the Greek God Hermes, God of quick wit and mental agility, and messenger to the Gods. Egyptians used the ankh symbol, which represented eternal life, to denote copper in their hieroglyphs. In Asian culture and religions, such as Buddhism & Hinduism, it was used on palaces, temples, and ceremonial vessels. Rituals using candles and chalices call for the use of copper in Christianity. In the US police got the nickname ‘cops’ due to the fact that their uniforms were fastened with copper buttons.

Copper is an excellent conductor of energy - from electricity and heat to spiritual energies - and is considered the mineral of mental agility. According to myth, copper has the ability to conduct spiritual energy back and forth between individuals, crystals, auras, the mind, and spirit. It is also believed to enhance and transmit thoughts, even over long distances.

Statue of Liberty
Copper is referred to as the bestower of good. It is believed to provide harmony between body and spirit, and to stabilize energies of intuition, sexuality, desires, and vitality. It is also thought to combat lethargy, passivity, restlessness, excitability, and non-acceptance of oneself. Copper is also said to stimulate optimism, diplomacy, and independence. It can also be used to straighten the properties of stones and crystals.

Copper is a natural antibacterial; as such it inhibits the spread of bacteria in water and air distribution systems made from it. It is also the third most abundant mineral found in our bodies, the brain and liver containing the largest amounts. The human body needs to consume 3mg of copper daily, which is transported by protein in the blood to our organs. Copper has been used in traditional folk remedies to treat arthritis, relieve pain of broken bones, sexual instability, and low energy.

With all these wonderful attributes of copper, I’m glad we use in our work. I definitely need to start carrying some around with me; I need the energy boost. :-)

Associations:
  • Zodiac: Taurus, Sagittarius
  • Planet: Venus
  • Energy: Receptive
  • Element: Water
  • Deity: Venus/Aphrodite, Hermes, Hathor
  • Chakra: Heart & Base
  • Powers: Energy direction, Energy balance, Healing, Love, Luck, Protection, Money  
Until next time,

-Liz

1 comment:

  1. Interesting post and thanks for sharing
    Regards
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