Metal Magick

Like gemstones, metals were prized by our ancestors for their magickal properties as well as their practical ones. Gold, for instance, was associated with the sun and the various sun gods, such as Ra and Apollo. Silver was linked with the moon and the moon goddesses Diana, Artemis, Isis, etc. When the ancients built temples to honor their gods and goddesses, they often incorporated precious metals in the architecture, decorations, and icons that corresponded to the deities. This practice continues in churches and temples throughout the modern world, although the connections may not be consciously understood today.

Metals resonate with their own, unique vibrations, and these resonances can be tapped for magickal purposes. Magicians often choose to fabricate their ritual tools from metals whose energies are in line with the magician's purposes. A ceremonial chalice, for example, might be made of silver that vibrates with feminine energy. Copper, a metal associated with Venus (goddess and planet of love), could be utilized in a love talisman.

Magickal Properties and Correspondences of Metals

Many of the correspondences for metals and minerals have been handed down from the alchemists. These medieval chemists are best known for supposedly transforming lead into gold, but they discovered many other substances and their properties as well. Alchemists believed that everything on this planet could be broken down into key elemental correspondences. They also understood the connections between heaven and earth, including the energies of the sun, moon, and planets, and coordinated their work to harmonize with celestial movements.

The following list of metals and minerals and their magickal associations derives from various sources, including old magickal texts and mythology. Familiarize yourself with these correspondences and traits before you start applying them in your own spellworking.

Mineral/Metal

Magickal Uses

Boji stone

to inspire symmetry, peacefulness, and a sense of foundation

Brass

a fire-oriented metal that exhibits energy similar to gold but on a gentler scale; popular in healing and prosperity magick

Copper

linked with Venus, copper is used in love spells; the preferred metal for making witching wands, it conducts energy and inspires health, balance, and good foundations

Feldspar

made of aluminum silicate and other minerals, it's associated with love, fertility, and working with the fey

Flint

durability, strength, protection from mischievous faeries

Gold

related to the sun and the God aspect, gold confers strength, leadership, power, authority, and victory to the bearer

Hematite

for grounding and stability

Iron

strength, safety, protection from harmful spirits; some consider iron an antimagick metal, which is why witches prefer not to cut magickal herbs with an iron knife

Lead

for reconnecting to the earth and to encourage practicality; it blocks psychic energies, so don't choose it for a pendulum or wand

Lodestone

the magnetic quality of this stone makes it ideal for attracting good fortune, particularly in love and relationships

Meteorites

because they come from celestial realms, meteorites are good for meditation and spiritual pursuits, astral projection, dreams, and journeying

Pyrite

to protect yourself from being fooled or deceived

Salt

for purification, banishing, and protection

Serpentine

a protective stone, used mostly for health-related purposes

Silver

the metal of the moon and the Goddess, silver inspires insight, dreams, psychic awareness, and creativity

Steel

for protection, especially when made into a ring

Tin

for expansion and traveling; said to be lucky if you put it in your shoe

History and legends from numerous cultures describe myriad magickal practices for various metals. The Greeks inscribed pieces of lead with incantations and used them as amulets to ward against negative charms and spells. Pliny recommended hematite for attracting positive energy. In the East Indies, people put lodestone into the monarch's crown to improve his charm. Alexander the Great gave pieces of lodestone to his armies to protect them from evil influences (particularly genies).

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