Healing Metals

This is an article written by Peter Morrell (1998) from his website: www.homeoint.org.

“There are seven metals in the ancient alchemical system of healing, which have resurfaced from time to time in medical thought. With growing interest in this area, this article gives merely an outline of them, their links with disease and materia medica and thus hopefully an introductory portait of their perennial relevance to natural healing.

The article is basically divided into two parts – first a part that describes the 7 metals and their symbolic links; second a discussion of how this knowledge can be applied to heal your life.

The seven metals are:








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. Stated simplistically and for brevity, mars is seen as masculine and active, venus is feminine, artistic and passive, jupiter the theorizer, saturn the lord of death, 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

sun – gold – aurum – heart and spine

moon – silver – argentum – brain and fluids

mercury – mercury – hydrargyrum – nervous system, lungs

venus – copper – cuprum – kidneys, nutrition

mars – iron – ferrum – blood, muscles and circulation

jupiter – tin – stannum – liver & gall bladder

saturn – lead – plumbum – skeleton and skin, hair, nails

Similarly the planets and metals correspond to certain colours. There are various schemes. One such scheme is as follows:

sun – gold – golds, yellows

moon – silver – white, cream, greens

mercury – mercury – silver, grey, yellow

venus – copper – blues, pinks, pastel shades

mars – iron – reds & browns

jupiter – tin – oranges

saturn – lead – black, dark colours, purple, violet, indigo

Because foods can also be classified as the seven metals, one may change one’s diet so as to reduce foods that are harmful for you and increase your use of more helpful foods. This applies generally, not just to considerations of which foods might be rich in which metals. Some food correspondences are shown:

sun – sunflower seeds, oranges, eggs, grapes

moon – melons, cucumbers, yogurt, cheese, milk

mercury – cereals

venus – fruits, potato, chocolate, sweets, berries

mars – peppers, tomatoes, onion, garlic, curry, meats, black pudding

jupiter – nuts, seeds, lemons, apples

saturn – coffee, carob, aubergenes, olives

Guide to the seven metals

A brief outline of the metals is as follows:


A person who has excess Iron is hard, strong, active and assertive – an ‘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 and a job they thoroughly enjoy. They think on the hoof, rarely reflecting on what they do. They are activity centred, spending most of their time fully occupied. They like sports of all kinds. Many business people fall also into this category. 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. Nux vom and Coffea types abound here. Also Sulphur and Ferrum met.


People with an excess of Copper, like venus, are mild and artistic, goes with the flow, creates harmony, will never upset others needlessly. It is prominent in artists of all kinds; they like sweet things, sloppy films.

Like silver people, with whom they match very well, they are inspired, poetic and romantic. The copper type has the needs of others just as clearly in mind as their own. They are kind, deep, generous and warm-hearted. They like their creature comforts, food, etc and a romantic life. Copper people love life and people; they love to socialise and mix with others. They have strong family ties and the presence and companionship of friends and family are very important to them. jobs 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. Pulsatilla is a key remedy for copper types.


Persons with an excess of Lead are dark and heavy, rather sombre or gloomy, rather depressed or maybe a control-freak; ‘don’t touch that, it’s mine!’, etc. They like coffee, dark clothes, winter, night-time and gloomy or highly structured music. They tend to be rather conservative and love structure and strict time guidelines, etc. They can be uptight and intolerant especially of interference from others, which they dislike. They are often too wrapped up in themselves to bother much about others. They fail to see how others can’t also lead a strict and orderly life. They tend to be very serious, to think too much and to dwell in the past. Jobs like architects, bankers, accountants, solicitors. They are rather conservative and set in their ways. They dislike change and upset of any kind. Interested in politics. The lead type needs to loosen up a bit and develop more spontaneous joy. It is chiefly mellowed and improved through gold, copper, tin or silver. Close remedies are Calc, Plumbum, Alumina and Lycopodium.


Tin people are the theorizers; even when there is nothing to think about; they like to speculate, maybe gamble a little, a flutter on the horses is not beyond them; they also like travel and long journeys abroad. They might be accused of having a suspicious mind and of seeing things that aren’t there. Their love of theories comes from their ability to clearly see patterns in events and data. 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. They often have a well developed sense of humour. Tin types 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 information. They tend to be excessive and obsessive in the things they do. This also stems from their great natural enthusiasm. jobs like university and college lecturers, philosophers, bishops, clergy, professors, travel agents. Tin can be livened up a little with iron, made more artistic with silver or copper and deepened with lead. Chelidonium and other liver remedies are associated with Tin.


Mercury is the chatterbox, ceaselessly talking and gossiping, sometimes harmlessly, sometimes bitchily. Mercury makes a good messenger, diplomat or go-between, yet they can be two-faced and cannot keep a secret! They appear as all things to all people, somewhat promiscuous in every sense and rather changeable. they love books, letters, newspapers, magazines, journals, correspondence, reading, writing, telephones, crosswords, languages, jobs like teachers and writers, servants, doctors, diplomats, entertainers, Mercurius, Tuberc, Cann indica and Stramonium are related remedies.


Silver is the sensitive metal of the emotions and the more refined senses. Maybe 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 types, for example, who they find far too rough 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 the harsh realities of life, by reducing the intensity of their emotional response. mothers, childminders, nannies, nurses, teachers. Argentum, Pulsatilla and Ignatia are related to the Silver type of person.


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 or win without even trying; they can be proud, aloof, smiling, aim to succeed, become famous; kings, queens, bosses, directors, music lovers, etc. Remedies like Aurum, Platina.”

Mr. Morrell continues to explain (with regards to using the ideology of healing metals in daily life practice):


“I recall with some shame now my own scepticism when told by a patient some years ago about a local Muslim healer she had visited for her sick son, who mostly used Islamic prayers written in Arabic on pieces of paper to be placed in the bath of the sick person. I privately scoffed at this idea at the time, yet now I can see its more subtle significance. Perhaps the lesson to learn here was that we do not know everything and should always be open minded even towards the apparently ludicrous – especially towards the ludicrous!


The method we adopt is largely immaterial, it is the process of linking and correspondence that is important, and bringing it more closely into your life. By re-establishing your intimate correspondence with that metal in some way, one initiates a healing process, which is in reality a harmonisation of imbalances. The precise method one uses to link up with the archetype is secondary, varies from individual to individual and embraces all the healing arts available. A certain amount of harmless experimentation is required with this technique to find for oneself what acts best.


One might meditate upon a certain colour, metal or flower, immerse oneself in a certain phrase or poem that encapsulates the quality one seeks to acquire. These might include acquiring a cat (gold), dog (mars), fish (tin), tortoise (lead) or horse (tin) as a pet, wearing a certain colour more often, placing of crystals upon one’s body or the use of Flower essences or essential oils.


One can find in Britain simple remedies that are useful. They occur in fields, waste-places and gardens. They can be prepared in homoeopathic form by the usual methods or by flower essence preparation using spring water and pressed juice, preserved with some vodka and then potentised in the usual way. Gems, crystals and mineral remedies can be used directly or prepared using the Rae potentiser. Remedies can also be introduced into your life by being with them, holding them, placing them within your active environment. This especially applies to colours, crystals, metals, plants and minerals. It is the original method of Bach with his flowers. It is also worthwhile considering removing some elements from your life that might be harmful to your health. Some colours, foods, fragrances, plants etc that you have around you may be producing mild provings in your health or are counteracting more subtle forces that would otherwise enhance your health.


For each remedy it is important to gain some insights about its healing properties, some astrological links and also associated colours, etc. These will help people who wish to meditate upon each remedy before using them. Perhaps the remedies a person needs grow right outside their own house. And we attract to us the remedies we need. So looking beyond the very commonest plants that are found in your garden – including foreign plants – pick those unusual ones that only grow or thrive in your garden. It is safe to assume that these plants are specifically attracted to you. Choose those and make tinctures or a mixed tincture to potentise or as an oil to rub behind the ears. This acts like the Bach remedies. They can also be brought closer to you by bringing them indoors, placing them in the bedroom, etc.


All of these are perfectly valid methods of bringing the desired healing quality into your life. They represent different methods of ‘imbibing’ a metal into one’s psycho-physical system. In this way they are all methods of ‘bringing a metal into one’s life’ and activating a healing response or re-tuning of one’s life. They are also different expressions of the same law of similars, which is the driving force behind homoeopathy.


From the above it becomes possible I hope, to more fully appreciate the otherwise silly sounding sentence that ‘jupiter in the heavens is tin in the earth and the liver in man’. It is a remarkable correspondence of qualities and functional processes that is being revealed, an organic vision of universal wholeness, not a logical or scientific claim.”

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