Copper is generally found in nugget form or sometimes in rough crystal-like clumps or strands. It is very malleable, so it is a popular metal to use for jewelry and tool-making, though it is too soft to use for most tools though it adds malleability to harder or more brittle metals creating alloys such as bronze and brass.
Also precious metal alloys such as hepatizon and Shakudō have been used decoratively. Copper is an excellent conductor of energy such as heat and electricity and has historically been used in wiring and cookware. It is likewise an excellent conductor of magical/spiritual energy.
Copper salts give color to turquoise and azurite
Copper has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties making it useful for doorknobs, faucets and other places likely to collect bacteria to reduce the spread of disease.
When copper oxidizes, it develops a lovely green patina that protects the metal beneath from further degradation.
History and Folklore
Copper is important in the history of man as it is one of the first metals ever mined and worked by human hands over 10,000 years ago. It was also a primary component of the first metal alloys. Gold and iron may have been used even earlier than copper, but we learned to smelt copper before iron.
|Ancient Metallurgy||Copper has been used for thousands of years by various ancient civilizations for its practical and symbolic purposes, including tools, jewelry, and sacred objects.|
|Alchemical Symbolism||Copper is associated with the alchemical element of Venus and is connected to the transformative processes of love, beauty, and harmony.|
|Folklore and Superstitions||Copper has been attributed with protective qualities in different cultures. It has been believed to ward off evil spirits, promote good luck, and protect against illness or negative energies.|
Copper is sacred to many of the love Goddesses. The ancient Romans called copper cyprium, as it was primarily mined in Cyprus, which also claims to be the birthplace of Aphrodite, Cypria being one of Her epithets. Later the name evolved to cuprum and this is where copper’s symbol Cu originated.
Copper 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.
- 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
Bits of copper placed in the kitchen attract money.
Copper worn on the receiving side of the body will attract love, health, and prosperity.
Healing and Magickal Uses
|Energy Conduction||Copper is known for its ability to conduct and amplify energy. It can be used in rituals and spells to enhance the flow of energy or direct it towards a specific intention.|
|Healing and Balance||Copper is associated with healing and balancing energies. It can be used in rituals, talismans, or jewelry to promote physical healing, emotional well-being, and energetic equilibrium.|
|Luck and Prosperity||Copper is often considered a metal of luck and abundance. It can be used in rituals or charms to attract good fortune, wealth, and prosperity into one’s life.|
|Love and Relationships||Copper is linked to love and relationships. It can be utilized in spells or rituals to enhance romantic connections, deepen emotional bonds, or attract a loving partner.|
Many people believe that wearing a piece of copper jewelry on the affected part of the body will help rheumatism and arthritis. Any healing stone set in copper will have amplified affect.
Copper is said to aid in bringing emotions into balance.
Healing work, fertility spells, prosperity spells, and spells to attract love.
Copper used in wands will help enhance and direct the energy that flows through the wands. You can enhance the energy of any magical stone by setting it in copper.
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.
Care and Cleansing
Copper will eventually turn green if left to its own devices, but if you would like to return it to it’s shiny copper color, it can be gently polished with baking soda. You can cleanse it between uses using whatever method you like, but don’t leave it soaking.
Copper ingested through contaminated water or foods stored or cooked in copper vessels can cause copper poisoning. Free copper in the body has been linked to liver cirrhosis and Alzheimer’s Disease. Elixirs 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.