The Magic of Metal: Nickel

Natural History and Folklore

The majority of the Earth’s nickel is located in the Earth’s core. The Germans called it ‘kupfernickel’ or ‘Devil’s Copper’. The world leader for nickel production is the Philippines, followed by Indonesia, Russia, Canada and Australia. Most industrial nickel is found in ores like garnierite, limonite and pentlandite. It is also found in meteorites, which is where the majority of Canada’s nickel is believed to come from.

A zinc-nickel alloy was used in China as long ago as 200 BC and was called pai-t’ung (white copper).

Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: Ni            Melting Point: 1455*C / 2651*F
Atomic Number: 28                Boiling Point: 2913*C / 5275*F

Nickel is a dietary supplement and is found in everything from fruits to veggies, and is especially present in baked beans. Some nickel compounds as a dust can cause cancer when inhaled.

Physical Properties

Nickel is silvery white in color with a hint of gold. A hard and ductile metal, it is a good conductor of both heat and electricity. Fairly corrosion resistant and able to be polished to a fine shine. It is one of the four metals that are magnetic at room temperature.
Practical Uses

Nickel’s primary use is for making nickel steel and other alloys. Like Stainless steel it is corrosion resistant and extremely strong. It is also used in alloys with iron to make magnets as well as its uses in battery production. Nickel Cadmium and Nickel Metal-hydride batteries are rechargeable. Other uses include armor plates for military uses and the production of coins. It has been used throughout history in place of silver in decorations.
Magical Associations/ Uses

Helping in magics to reveal the truth or influence situations. It is an empowering metal, and can boost one’s workings when used in spellwork. Per its use to protect other metals, it can be used in protection magic and in magics to keep things strong or bound together, as it resists corrosion.

Per its use to make coins, nickel can be used in magic to protect one’s money or even to draw money to you. Nickel can be used in magic for permanence, to strengthen magic, for glamours (due to its shine) and in magic to open doors of all kinds. Wearing nickel jewelry is helpful for inspiring creativity and nickel can be used as a substitute for silver in magical workings.

As it is found in the planets core, rituals and magic that involve changes to oneself and our core being can involve nickel. Since it is magnetic, nickel can be used in magic to draw things to you, or inversely to repel things away from you.
Correspondences

  • Money
  • Protection
  • Power/ Charging
  • Binding
  • Strength/ Stability
  • Food/ Health
  • Meteorites
  • Creativity
  • Zodiac: Virgo

Alchemical Symbol

Image result for nickel alchemy symbol
Fun Facts

65% of Nickel produced is used to make stainless steel

The second most abundant element in meteorites following Iron.

Pure nickel is rarely found on earth.

Recycled nickel accounts for 38% of the total nickel used yearly.

It is believed to be a common skin allergen.

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