Copper is a metal sometimes found in a pure state, and sometimes as part of a variety of colorful ores, including chrysocolla, cuprite, azurite and malachite. It was the earliest metal discovered and developed by mankind. The human race began developing technology through this easy-to-find, easy-to-work metal, and it is still very important today. Pipes, electrical wiring, and the Statue of Liberty are made of copper. It’s also the key element in important alloys, such as bronze, brass and sterling silver.
Metaphysical properties: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) and 2nd Chakra (Sacral Chakra/Spleenic Chakra) for aiding in motivation, to increase self-love, to encourage an optimistic attitude, for an increase in confidence, to overcome negative thought patterns and conditioning, to create balance between the physical and ethereal bodies, to stimulate telepathy, for good luck, for grounding, to amplify energy and intention, to maintain proper circulation, to relieve infection, and to energetically support patients with arthritis pain.
History: Copper was the earliest metal to come into common use all over the world. One of the reasons is that it’s often found in a relatively pure form, close to the surface. This natural formation of metal is called “native copper.” In the Midwest, we have our own native copper mines in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where Native Americans discovered copper nuggets. Over time, they learned to use stone mauls to hammer the metal out into a foil, using fire and water to make it less brittle. Once they had the pure foil, they could use it to form lots of useful, decorative and ceremonial objects. In various Native American cultures, native copper turned into beads, tools, rings, earrings, weapons, armor and bells. Europeans who had been cultured to believe Native Americans were “primitive” were amazed when they saw that, in reality, these people produced an amazing array of sophisticated metal items.
Use care! While copper, in very small amounts, is necessary to the human body, in larger amounts it is toxic. Please don’t use it in elixirs, take care when handling it, and don’t let children put it in their mouths.