Natural History and Folklore
The chemical symbol for Silver comes from the Greek name arguros and its Latin name argentum, both of which mean grey or shining. Silver is one of the metals long associated with magic, especially healing and warding against evil. Due to its beauty, this metal has been used for jewelry and finery since its discovery. Slag heaps in Turkey and Greece show that silver was mined as early as 3000 BC.
Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: Ag Melting Point: 961*C / 1763*F
Atomic Number: 47 Boiling Point: 2162*C / 3924*F
Silver is considered safe for general and regular use, even internally. But regular ingestion of silver over long periods can lead to argyria, a causing a bluish-grey coloration of various parts of the body. Though some do have a natural allergy to silver.
This metal is soft, grey, and reflective. It has the highest electrical conductivity of all elements and highest thermal conductivity of all metals. It is also known to have antibacterial properties. Silver is a very ductile and malleable metal. Silver does not react with air or moisture regularly, though if either of these contains sulfur, it will react.
This metal is the best natural reflector of all metals.
Used mostly for coinage, jewelry and utensils. It’s electrical conductivity makes it useful in various electronics. It’s anti bacterial properties make it useful for surgical devices. Its uses in making flutes comes from the way the wind moves across its surface. Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper, making it harder than regular silver, and some are plated with a finer silver to make it appear more beautiful.
Silver coated band-aids are believed to reduce the liklihood of infection. Colloidal silver, or a liquid suspension with silver particulates in it, is sometimes marketed as a panacea. It is also used in the production of solar power equipment, air conditioning, photography, dentistry and water purification.
Magical Associations/ Uses
Silver has long been associated with healing magic and warding against evil. Protection magic often uses silver, and many mythical creatures seen as impure (werewolves, vampires, etc) have always been said to have a great weakness to silver.
This metal has a long standing use as a purifying element, traditionally used in treating illnesses, contagions, and wounds. Water kept in a silver container or with silver coins in it was often given to patients or used to wash their wounds. Wearing silver jewelry heals the body and calms the mind as well as to draw negative energy away from a person, making way for positive energies.
Some traditions connect silver to the sixth chakra. It is considered a reflective metal magically, just as it is in appearance. Its conductivity makes it a good metal to use in any sort of channeling magic. It can also be use in offensive magic, i.e. a silver bullet ideology. Its beauty makes it a good metal for glamour magic.
- Truth and trust
- Psychic abilities
- The moon
- Element: Water
- Zodiac: Cancer & Aquarius
- Deity: any moon goddess
Pound Sterling, the currency of the UK, was once equal in value to one pound of silver.
Before digital photography, 30% of all silver produced was used in photography
In the US, an alloy can only be called silver if it has at least 90% silver
It is believed to be one of the oldest metals, discovered around 5000 BC
At least 14 languages share a word for silver and money