The Magic of Metal: Tin

Natural History and Folklore

Tin is one of the older metals known to man, used in combination with copper to form the alloys brass and bronze since the 4th millennia. It’s chemical symbol comes from the Latin ‘Stannum’ though the romans referred to it  by Plumbum Candidum which means ‘white lead’ as a lead and silver alloy. The Romans used it to make mirrors as well as coins. Tin is associated with the god Jupiter.

While the working of iron is referred to as blacksmithing, the working of tin is called ‘whitesmithing.’ The Romans and Greeks referred to the British Isles as the ‘Tin Isles’ for their abundance of tin. It is naturally found in the tin belt through China and Peru in the ore form. The Bronze Age was only possible through Humankind’s use of Tin.

Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol:                 Melting Point: 231.9*C / 449.5*F
Atomic Number: 50              Boiling Point: 2,602*C / 4,716*F
Physical Properties

Tin is shiny and malleable and since it doesn’t oxidize and is resistant to weathering and corrosion, tin items found in archaeological digs and even shipwrecks appear as if new. It acts as a bactericide and when used in instruments like bells it has a good acoustic quality.
Practical Uses

Tin is used in canning for its non-corrosive nature. It is also used in superconducting magnets, and to coat other metals, again for its non-corrosive nature. Below 13* C it turns into a powder form, albeit slowly. Most window glass is made by floating molten glass on molten tin to make it flat. Tin has been used in various forms for ceramics and gas sensors as well as to make barnacle resistant paint for boats and ships (though this is now outlawed in most place due to its toxic nature.) Tin is also used in solder.
Magical Associations/ Uses

Tin is used in magics related to luck, business success, general prosperity, abundance, expanding your horizons, and in divination. It can be used in rituals involving sex or sexuality, and to bring to you the things which you desire most. Tin tools charged during a lightning storm are potent and powerful magical tools.

It is used in healing music magic, as tin is used to make bells and bowls. As it is used to protect other metals from corrosion, it can also be used in protection magic. Its use in solder can relate to connections and reparations within a magical or ritual setting. It can also be used in glamour magic for its traditional use in mirrors. Illumination magic, knowledge and softening.

  • Element: Air
  • Planet: Jupiter (& the deity)
  • Sagittarius & Pisces
  • Healing
  • Regeneration and rejuvenation
  • Lightning
  • Protection
  • Sex/ Sexuality
  • Beauty
  • Prosperity/ Money/ Abundance

Alchemical Symbol

Image result for alchemical symbol of tin

Fun Facts

The golden oscar statuettes are actually over 90% tin

When bent at room temperature, tin makes a high pitched creak called the ‘tin-cry’

It is the 49th most common element in the Earth’s crust

It does not corrode in water

Tin has more stable isotopes than any other element


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