Humans have always been fascinated with metals. We even name periods of our history after it- The Copper Age, The Bronze Age, The Iron Age- each represents an advancement in the use of metals, and an advancement of our culture as a result. Look at the California Gold Rush in the 1840s and 1850s. It shaped the way our country looks forever, as it moved our population Westward. Even our beloved wireless phones are made mostly of metal bits and sorcery.
So it’s not surprising to find out that we can use metals in spellwork and ritual, and that each metal has its own magickal and historical properties. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular metals and their associations!
- Aluminum (associated with air and Mercury) – This metal has all the Mercurian properties you would expect, as it rules travel, the mind, skills, connections, and energy.
- Brass (associated with fire and the Sun) – Brass is associated strongly with wealth and money, but also with protection, returning negativity, and reversing bad luck.
- Copper (associated with water and Venus) – Copper has a lot of Yin properties, like fertility, healing, love, and spirituality, but it also has associations with concentration and connection, optimism, strength, and willpower.
- Gold (associated with fire and the Sun) – Gold has all the properties you would expect, like money and wealth. But it also rules Balance, confidence, energy, honor, hope, light, longevity, power, strength, and success as well!
- Iron (associated with fire and Mars) – This is a very Martial metal, having to do with battle, defense, reversal and strength. But it’s also helpful in manifestation, grounding, protection, and security.
- Silver (associated with water and the Moon) – Silver is the beloved metal of witches, and it’s no wonder. Silver is associated with attraction, communication, consciousness, divination, dream work, emotions, healing, breaking hexes, intuition, love, lust, magic, the mind, peace, power, prosperity, psychic abilities, purification, and spirits.
- Steel (associated with fire and Mars) – This is another Martial metal, associated with war, defense, healing, negativity and nightmares, protection, strength and support.
- Tin (associated with air and Jupiter) – Tin is associated with energy, hope, luck, prosperity, and secrets.
* I left out lead and mercury, as they’re both highly toxic. Don’t use them in spellwork!
** Information found in Sandra Kynes’s Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences.
So I’m curious. Do you work with metals in your practice? Or do you use jewelry that is sacred in your spiritual path? Please let me know in the comments. Blessed be! <3