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Ferrum

 

FERRUM METALLICUM

Praise Osmium (transition metal)“Mars for bravery in struggling for success…”

(Patricia Villiers-Stuart)

 

Ferrum has to battle the elements, it is easily corroded and turns to rust. The Ferrum type dreams of  battles, falling into water and of war.

 

Word Association Game

IRON?

Blacksmith, Hephaestus, Vulcan. Tools, horseshoes, arms. Ares, Mars. Primitive warfare. Conquest. With iron and bread. Iron bars, handcuffs, chains, prison, violence. Will discipline, strictness. Iron Chancellor, Iron Lady. Railways. Heavy industry, conquest of the Earth. Swords and plows.

(By Tamas Revbiro: The Metaphysics of Silicon. www.revbiro.hu/esilicon. html)

Alchemy

Until the mid-eighteenth century, only seven metals were known and recognized to exist. They included copper, lead, iron, tin, gold, silver and mercury. Brass was manufactured from copper, but people did not understand that it was an alloy which included zinc. In 1752 the so-called eighth metal was discovered: platinum, from the gold mines of Columbia.

“Belief in a linkage of the seven metals with the ‘seven planets’ reaches back into pre-history: there was no age in which silver was not associated with the Moon, nor gold with the Sun. These links defined the identities of the metals. Iron, used always for instruments of was associated with Mars…. Then, around the beginning of the 18th century these old, cosmic imaginations were swept away by the emerging science of chemistry. The characters of the metals were no longer explained in terms of their cosmic origins but instead in terms of an underlying atomic structure.” (Kollerstrom; www.koller.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk, p.1)

In the 20th century Rudolf Steiner, Rudolf Haushcka and Wilhelm Pelikan wrote about the seven traditional metals as expressing most fully the seven planetary characters. “The seven fundamental metals represent something like the seven notes of a scale. As there exists a great variety of intermediate tones within the scale, so one can recognize intermediate tones between the metals.” (Ibid.)

It has recently been found that the orbital motion of the planets correlates in sequence with its metal’s conductivity, that is, the slower a planet moves, the less able its corresponding metal is to conduct electricity. (Ibid, p2) Iron has the lowest atomic weight of the seven classical metals

Ferrum lies in the 4th period of the Periodic Table along with the metals Manganese, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper and Zinc. These metals are concerned with performance and defense. (Sankaran, p.81) It’s astrological houses are Aries and Scorpio.

 

History

The word “Ferrum” derives from Latin, meaning “Iron”. It is the fourth most commonly found element found on the planet and it is the basis of all forms of steel. Although it is found only sparingly in its free state, there is an abundance of ores from which it is readily obtained. It is referred to in many ancient texts, and there is evidence that it was known more than 7,000 years ago. In China its usage dates back to 2,550 B.C. Some Vedic poets wrote that their prehistoric ancestors already knew how to transform iron into utensils using a number of different methods to extract the metal.

It is mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 4:22:

“ And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron…”

According to information gleaned from various Roman and Greek texts, metals such as iron, tin, copper and brass were imported from India, as sheets, so it must presumably have been smelted and cast before being exported. Sanskrit literature supports these claims. (www.Vanderkrogt.net) During the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Ferrum Indicum appears in the list of dutiable articles. There also exists an ancient Greek treatise dealing with the chemistry involved in tempering Indian Steel. The Arab geographer Al-Adrisi (1099-1166) noted that the Hindus excel in the manufacture of iron (Ibid.)

Ferrum is the metal of the planet Mars, and not surprisingly, it is used extensively in the manufacture of weapons, as well as tools, since the Iron Age. The keywords to the remedy Ferrum are based upon the uses that iron has been put to, viz., fighting and “performing your task” (Scholten, p.400).

There is a remarkable Indian pillar of steel dating back to A.D. 400, which has remained standing at the center of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, the first Moslem mosque in Delhi, India. According to Vanderkrogt, the pillar is a classical example of massive production of high quality Iron and is the biggest hand-forged block of iron from ancient times.

 

 

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Other, possibly later sources of Iron for the Greeks were the Chalybes, who inhabited the sought coast of the black Sea, and for the Romans.

 

Besides importing iron from the Chalybes, it was also imported from Spain, Elba and the province of Noricum.

 

The alchemy of Iron is associated with Mars and Mars rules Scorpio and Aries.

 

Physical Factors

The planet Mars is red because of the quantity of iron in the soil there. The color red is symbolic of blood, and anemia is one of the problems associated with Ferrums. They also tend to get red cheeks from drinking wine. They may desire or have an aversion to tomatoes. The liver too is featured prominently in Ferrums. Eczema, a reddish rash is also a Ferrum ailment.

Iron is one of the premier constituents of the body, and it is also present in many of the foods we eat. When it is digested in excess, it increases the amount of iron in the blood, and it will stimulate the appetite. (Clarke, p.753) It also augments the number of heartbeats and increases physical vigor. However, an excessive intake of iron may lead to a person proving the metal, so that the individual becomes more and more exhausted, becoming almost paralyzed with fatigue. The person will also develop pains in the limbs as well as abdominal affections.

The type of anemia caused by iron causes the cheeks to look flushed, as if the patient were in blooming good health, but in spite of this the lips and mucus membranes are pale, and it will be accompanied by exhaustion and breathlessness.. Other symptoms include restlessness, tremor, and vertigo on sudden rising neuralgia. The worst time is at night.

Tension of Opposites

Parts of body red, face red during a chill Body parts become white
Obesity, Canine hunger Emaciation, complete loss of appetite
Diarrhea Constipation
Flushes of heat CHILLY
Quarrelsome, scolding; rudeness Tranquility, serenity; calmness
Dictatorial Weeping, tearful mood
Fear: of apoplexy, death, people Positiveness
Restlessness; driving out of bed Ennui

 

Sadness, despondency, gloomy Cheerful, mirthful, gay; laughing immoderately
Confusion of mind

 

Conscientious about trifles

 

 

 

 

The weakness of Ferrum is seen in rubrics such as:

 

  • Ailments from anger
  • Concentration, difficult
  • Death, thoughts of
  • Ennui, tedium
  • Discontented, displeased, dissatisfied
  • Company, aversion to
  • Confusion of mind, forgetful
  • Indolence, aversion to work
  • Memory, weakness of
  • Morose, fretful, ill-humor, peevish
  • Prostration of mind, mental exhaustion, brain-fag
  • Sit, inclination to
  • Talk, indisposed to, desire to be silent; taciturn
  • Talking agg. All complaints
  • Unconsciousness, stupor
  • Work, aversion to mental

Having too much iron in the diet often causes this Ferrum state, and it can lead to a number of digestive problems, which in turn weaken the body even further. The other, most often diagnosed problem is anemia. The homeopathic preparation of Ferrum in “its highest potencies” will cure anemia (Clark, p.754). Another peculiar tension of opposites is found in the fact that Ferrum is a remedy for weak, delicate girls, as well as for someone who is dictatorial!

Vermeulen comments that a central theme of Ferrum is MOTION. There is a strong aversion to activity and an inclination to sit, a desire to remain in bed, there is irresolution and indolence. Yet the patient is forced to move because of pain, ailments or restlessness, and occupations and diversion ameliorate. (p.165)

They are also VERY SENSITIVE TO NOISE, yet they can be laughing immoderately, be quarrelsome, abusive and insulting.

 

Modalities

Worse: At night, midnight; emotions; violent exertion; eating; drinking; vital losses; perspiration; Quinine; EGGS; heat and cold; raising arms; rest, especially sitting still; overheating; during menses.

Better: GENTLE MOTION; slight bleeding; leaning head on something; summer; pressure; after rising; after stool; solitude

Discharges

Epistaxis

Diarrhea

Vomiting (after eggs, especially)

Involuntary urination

Copious menstruation; profuse perspiration, morning, in bed.

 

 

Organs and Tissues most Affected

The blood, spleen, digestion, nerves; left side. Mucus membranes abnormally pale. Left deltoid.  Goiter from suppressed menses. Muscles flabby and relaxed.

Sensations

Vertigo on descending

Head feels hot but extremities are cold.

Sensation of heat when eating warm food

 

Causations

Iron is present in much of the food that we eat, and if the diet is incorrectly supplemented with additional iron, it leads to the Ferrum state. Tyler: “In pernicious anemia there is a deficiency of normal gastric secretions…”. This means that food is inadequately assimilated, leading to the anemia.

 

Appearance

Ferrum children, according to Grandgeorge, are “authoritarian, strong willed, red-faced at times, then suddenly pale and exhausted.” They tend to be overweight and are likely to suffer from nosebleeds. Their appetites are changeable and they refuse to eat big bites or chunks of food. They prefer their food mashed or pureed, like Lyc., Merc. and Staph. They also have an intolerance to eggs.

Physical Symptoms

Head: Vertigo, on descending; when walking too rapidly; on crossing running water. Head pulsates from sudden motion, and is better for pressure. Painful confusion in the head above the root of the nose, esp. in the evening; pressive pain, especially in fresh air; periodic hammering and pulsative headache, which oblige the patient to lie down every tow or three weeks; head sensitive to touch; profuse falling off of the hair with pain where touched.

Eye: Lachrymation from pain in other parts of the body; eyes cloudy, dull, blue rings around eyes; eyes red with burning pain; swelling and redness of eyelid with sty, suppurating on the upper lid.

Vision: Acute in hysterical persons at night

Ear: Ringing noises before an during menses; haring impaired prior to menses

Nose: Epistaxis, from one nostril, in the evening. Accumulation of clots of blood in the nose.

Throat: Sensation of lump on empty swallowing, also when not swallowing; spitting of blood

External throat: Exopthalmic goiter, from suppressed menses

Stomach: Eructation after beer, fats; bitter eructation after fat food; smelling like spoiled eggs. Sensation of fullness after eating only a little. Indigestion from eggs and met. Vomiting after acids, beer and eggs.

Abdomen: Inflation and hardness of abdomen; liver enlarged and sensitive; spleen large and sore, cramps in spleen region; violent rumbling flatulence in the evening; painful weight of the abdominal viscera in walking as if they would fall down; bowels feel sore and bruised.

Stool and Anus: Diarrhea after cold drinks; while eating; after exertion, fruit, meat and worse for motion. Watery, corrosive diarrhea, sometimes with cramps in the abdomen, the back and the anus; watery diarrhea burning the anus; discharge of blood and mucus at every stool; slimy feces; stools hard and difficult; contractive spasm in the rectum

Bladder: Involuntary urination, during motion, from sudden movements, while standing; constant urge to urinate with pains in the bladder.; hot urine; albuminuria; urine blood red, contains blood corpuscles.

Male: Coition: Enjoyment absent; increased desire with frequent erections and pollutions; impotence; flow of mucus from the urethra.

Female: Coition, enjoyment absent; painful. Insensibility of vagina during coition. Menses: dark clots; copious from motion. Pain in vagina during coition.; face fiery red with copious flow of blood, at one time liquid, at other black and coagulated; abortion; sterility

Respiration: Difficult, wants to be fanned; better for motion and walking slowly about. Hot breath; oppressed short breathing; tickling in the trachea which excites coughing. Purulent expectoration from the cough

Chest: Palpitations, compelled to move, better for slow motion

Back: Pain in lumbar region, before a snowstorm

Sleep: Position: can only sleep on back; impossible to lie on side

Dreams: Battles, falling into water; of war.

Generals: Orgasms of blood from nervousness.

Compare:

  • Ferrum compares well to other metals as well as Graphites. It is antidoted by Ars, Chi, Hep, Ip, Puls. Bora: Vertigo when descending; Mang: cough worse after eating; Ars and Chi: intermittent fever; Selen and Thuj: bad effects of tea; Graph: flushes of heat; Rhus > from
  • motion; Caust: paralysis

 

 

Praise

Jupiter for Splendor in worldly success

Mars for bravery in struggling for success

Venus for success in Love

Mercury for the Magic Touch

Saturn for a sense of Destiny

Sun and Moon as alternating

Heavenly Bodies

Parents of our life

On Earth

 

And earth

Oh for God

Sake

Let’s praise

EARTH

By Patricia Villiers-Stuart, Anthem for 2000 ( from http://www.levity.com/alchemy/kollerstrom_sevenfold.html)

 

 

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