Importance of Metals in Astropsychology :
Human association with metals goes a long way back in history. The ancient people viewed metals as mysterious materials found deep inside the earth and believed them to be full of spiritual powers and potential for creation as well as destruction.
Several ancient civilizations practiced the sciences of Alchemy and Astrology and related the different planets to specific planets. While Alchemy tries to understand the meaning of the metals and elements , Astrology is concerned with interpretation of zodiac with the planets.
The two were always considered to be related and an understanding of one was thought to be helpful in understanding the other. As such , metallurgy and spiritual alchemy went hand in hand . The metals were believed to have a spiritual connection and every metal carried a special significance. The alchemists believed that each element had a physical representation and also a psychological meaning.
There are seven metals in the ancient Alchemical system of healing , which have resurfaced from time to time in medical thought.
The seven metals are - gold, silver , mercury , copper , iron , tin , lead .
They correspond respectively to the planets Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus , Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. These in turn correspond with certain key qualities or personalities described in detail in Astrology and Hermetic science. Mars represents brevity, is masculine and active ;Venus is feminine , artistic and passive ; Jupiter the theorizer ; Saturn the lord of Justice ; Mercury the communicator ; Sun the day king; and Moon the night goddess.
They are also deemed to correspond to the parts of the body as follows -
1) Sun - gold - heart and spine
2) Moon - silver - brain and fluids
3) Mercury - nervous system - lungs
4) Venus - copper - kidneys - nutrition
5) Mars - Iron - blood , muscles and circulation
6) Jupiter - tin - liver and gall bladder
7) Saturn - lead - skeletal and skin , hair , nails
Guide to the seven metals -
A person who has excess iron is hard , strong, active and assertive - as Iron Man.
It is the masculine metal that will fight or argue if pushed , or even without pushing. They make decisions quickly, they speak abruptly and forthrightly , they move quickly and are always busy , moving on to new things.
They gravitate naturally to military , metal working , butchering , and police matters where they find others of their own kind . These are the jobs they enjoy. They are accused of being hard , selfish and aggressive . Some incline to violence or criminality. Iron is softened , domesticated and improved with silver, copper or gold. The iron type needs to be less assertive and more kind , needs to be mellowed and made more passive and receptive to others needs.
People with an excess of Copper , the Venus type , are mild and artistic , goes with the flow , creates harmony , will never upset others needlessly.
Like Silver people , with whom they match very well , they are inspired , poetic and romantic. Copper people love to socialise and mix with others. They have strong family and the presence and companionship of friends and family are very important for them. Their natural gravitation is towards job like designers , film makers, artists , actors , musicians . The copper type needs to develop more confidence , more structure, more strength , more grit . Copper can be strengthened either with iron or lead.
Persons with an excess of Lead are dark and heavy , rather sombre and gloomy , depressed or may be a control freak, don't touch that , it is mine ! etc. They like dark cloths , night time and gloomy or highly structured music. They tend to be conservative and love structure and strict time guidelines . They can be intolerant especially of interference from others. They tend to be very serious , to think too much and to dwell in the past. Jobs like architects, bankers, accountants, solicitors will be their natural inclination. Lead can be mellowed and improved through gold, copper, tin or silver.
People with excess of Tin are theorizers. Even when their is nothing to think about , they like to speculate. They like travels and long journeys abroad. They might be accused of having a suspicious mind and of seeing things that are not there. There love of theories comes from their ability to clearly see patterns in events and dates. These patterns are often not visible to others. From these patterns and trends they build up theories to explain the world around them. They are natural philosophers. Tin type need to develop more action and less thought, to live less in themselves and more in the outer world. It is the inquisitiveness , expansiveness and growth tendency of Jupiter that makes Tin people so obsessed with patterns and informations.
Their natural gravitation is towards jobs like University and college lectures, philosophers , bishops, priest , clergy, councillor, motivator, coach, travel agents.
Mercury people are chatter box , ceaselessly talking and gossiping , sometimes harmlessly , sometimes bitchily. Mercury makes a good messenger and diplomat . They can be two faced and can not keep a secret . They love books , letters, newspapers, magazines , journals, correspondence, reading, writing, telephones, crosswords, language and jobs like teachers, writers, librarian, correspondent, journalist, Doctors, Diplomats .
Silver is the sensitive metal of the emotions and the more refined senses . May be they are clairvoyant or just oversensitive they like to be treated kindly and will not tolerate any roughness. They do not get on with iron type, who they find far too tough and insensitive. Like copper , they have a fine artistic sense and prefer family and friends most . The lunar silver type is the most caring and compassionate of all the metals , they like people and want to mother them and care for them. In this sense they are the archetypal feminine type. People with excess silver may find life rather painful and constantly on an emotional roller coaster , as they react to negative and positive things so intensely and with powerful emotion. They need to develop some lead or iron to harden and protect them from harsh realities of life , by reducing the intensity of their emotional responses . Mothers, Managing child care centers, Nannies, Nurses, Teachers are related to the Silver type persons.
Gold is king, proud , refined and naturally superior. Vain , arrogant , and somewhat haughty , the Sun type is nevertheless very warm hearted and kind .Once you get past the vanity , you see that they are kind givers who love to throw parties and splash out on big shows. They are music lovers and especially like opera. They make loyal friends , and though intent on big schemes , will always help others in need. Gold people succeed very easily and are gifted as natural winners. They come top, come first, get the gold medals , strive to win, they can be proud, aloof , smiling , aim to succeed , become famous. Kings, Queens , Bosses , Directors, Music lovers are Gold type people.