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Copper: Traditions, Correspondences & Magickal Uses

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

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.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Copper embodies qualities like warmth, creativity, and harmony, making it a valuable element in witchcraft spells for love, fertility, and artistic inspiration.

Many traditions, including Celtic and Native American, revere copper for its magical properties, often using it in divination, protective amulets, and sacred rituals to connect with the spirit world.

Copper’s healing properties extend to both the body and mind, promoting overall well-being, reducing inflammation, and aiding in mental clarity, making it an essential tool for holistic healing practices.

Copper’s magickal essence is harnessed in spellwork, enhancing intentions related to amplifying energy, conducting psychic abilities, and fostering deep connections in both love and spirituality.

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.

TraditionDescription
Ancient MetallurgyCopper has been used for thousands of years by various ancient civilizations for its practical and symbolic purposes, including tools, jewelry, and sacred objects.
Alchemical SymbolismCopper is associated with the alchemical element of Venus and is connected to the transformative processes of love, beauty, and harmony.
Folklore and SuperstitionsCopper 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.
Table 1: Cultural and Historical Significance

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.

Copper Correspondences

  • 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.

Copper worn on the receiving side of the body will attract love, health, and prosperity.

Healing and Magickal Uses

Magickal PurposeDescription
Energy ConductionCopper 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 BalanceCopper 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 ProsperityCopper 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 RelationshipsCopper 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.
Table 2: Magickal Uses of Copper

Body

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.

Mind

Copper is said to aid in bringing emotions into balance.

Magick

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 Toxicity

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.

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