Natural History and Folklore
Humans discovered copper roughly ten thousand years ago. Smelting it began around the Neolithic era in different parts of the world at nearly the same time, beginning the Copper Age. It was used in everything from tools to razors to mirrors.
Copper is commonly found in nugget form and is historically one of the first metals we as humans worked with. Some traditional folklore says to place bits of copper around the home (inside) to attract money to you. In some forms of folk medicine, copper jewelry helps to relieve arthritis.
Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: Cu Melting Point: 1084*C/ 1983.2*F
Atomic Number: 29 Boiling Point: 2562*C/ 4643.6*F
Copper salts give color to turquoise, azurite, and malachite, and it is located in the 11th column of the periodic table and is a trace dietary mineral.
If you ingest anything stored too long in a copper dish of any kind it can cause copperiedus poisoning. This has been linked to a variety of problems within the body and mind. Elixirs made with copper should be created with indirect methods for safety purposes.
It is one of the more malleable and ductile metals, making it prime for jewelry making and tool making, though it is too soft to use alone in most tools. It is also used to strengthen some metal alloys or make others more malleable. It is commonly used in wiring and cookware for its conductivity of both heat and electricity. Its natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties make it useful in things that collect bacteria.
When oxidized, it creates a green patina to protect the metal beneath (think statue of liberty). This ability has made copper and its alloys resist the test of time incredibly well, preserving the integrity of tools and decorations throughout the ages. When not covered in patina, it has a light orange color.
When you clean copper you have to keep in mind that it will eventually turn green, if left alone. Gently polish with baking soda to rid it of the patina and return it to its former shine. Do not leave it soaking, however, as this would not work to clean it.
Copper is non-ferrous, meaning it is not on its own, magnetic. Galvanic corrosion occurs when this metal comes into contact with other metals.
Upwards of 60% of copper is used for electrical wiring and cables, though it is also used in plumbing, roofing and industrial machinery. Copper alloys like brass and bronze are used when stronger metals are needed in industrial purposes.
Beyond the obvious industrial and technological uses, copper is used in jewelry, decoration, tools, and even in music. Bells, horns, cymbals… a variety of instruments are partially or entirely made of copper or copper alloys such as brass.
It is also used to make pigments for all kinds of art. In architecture it is used for its weather resistance, its corrosion resistance, and its durability.
Like it’s engineering and scientific uses, in magic it is good for transferring and sending energy. This make wands and staves with copper on them good for directing, sending, and transferring energy.
It is sacred to love goddesses. Called Cyprium by the Romans since it was mined mostly in Cyprus, which was the birthplace of Aphrodite. Evolved into Cuprum where it’s chemical symbol Cu comes from. Also sacred to the sun. Copper is associated with the element of water due to its malleability.
Wearing copper on the receiving side of the body is said to attract positive things to you. Any healing magic done with copper involved is said to have amplified affect. Copper aids in work involved with balance, fertility, prosperity, attractions, and any kind of work where you need to direct energy from one place to another (due to its conductivity) hence its use in healing wands.
Use copper in any magical or ritual working to promote positivity in relationships of absolutely any kind or in any working to connect two things together. Inversely it can be used to draw away negative energies. It can be used to refine the senses. It can be used in magic strengthen oneself (i.e. to make oneself more malleable as opposed to breakable.)
You can use copper for any variety of magical purposes. Use it in money drawing spells, healing spells, energy work of any kind, to do a positive kind of binding spell (via copper wire), creativity (though making art with it or simply using it as a component), for balance and harmony, lowering or raising vibrations. Your imagination is the limit with this amazing metal.
Copper is associated with Aphrodite and other love goddesses due to its lustrous shine and its use in ancient mirrors.
- Love, Relationships
- Moving energy/ Directing energy
- Creativity, inspiration
- Grounding work
- Harmony and balance
- Planet: Venus
Pennies went from 95% copper to roughly 2% after 1982.
Copper is one of the few metals not silver or grey in color.
The human body contains 1.4 to 2.1 mg of copper per kilogram of body mass.
Silver is the only element with a higher conductivity than copper.
Copper is 100% recyclable.
The largest single piece of copper found weight 520 tons