Lately I have been very attracted and attuned to copper, and have been using quite a bit of it making jewelry. Since copper was in use as early as 9000 BC in the Middle East, this metal was most assuredly used for magical purposes by our pagan forbears. I had never really thought much about copper before, so I headed out to the Internet to see what was being said about the magical properties of this natural element:
ProQuest’s Discovery Guide says:
It represents Venus, both the planet and the goddess. It is the universal symbol for female (♀), and in hieroglyphics is represented by the ankh, which symbolizes eternal life. It is associated with Friday, the goddess [sic] Aphrodite and the country of Cyprus, where the word cuprum originates. [...] Ancient Egyptians (~2400 B.C.) used copper for sterilizing wounds and drinking water, and as time passed, (~1500 B.C.) for headaches, burns, and itching. Hippocrates (~400 B.C.) used copper to treat leg ulcers associated with varicose veins. Ancient Aztecs fought sore throats by gargling with copper mixtures. And today, many arthritis sufferers wear copper bracelets to relieve pain.
WiccaSources offered this entry:
This metal is good for a multitude of things. Copper is a great electrical conductor, which makes it great for directing Magickal energy. It is also a wonderful healing and good luck metal. Finally, copper offers love attraction, money attraction, and general protection.
Fynn McKewl states that:
Copper has the ability to balance the polarities of the body[;] this is why copper is used to heal and prevent sickness. Copper balances the flow of energies in the body, both receptive and projective. When a person feels ill, it is believed that the energies in the body are not in balance or are blocked and copper is worn to balance these energies and stimulate the natural healing of the body[.]
This entry is from the Gemstone Diva:
Copper positively influences the blood and blood circulation in the body. Copper does not just protect the blood against disease[,] but also stimulates the hormones and vitamins that are transported through the blood. Copper also strengthens the immune system against fevers and infections. Next to that[,] [c]opper eases the pain of sciatica, pulled muscles, arthritis and rheumatism. Copper strengthens the consciousness of its wearer and strengthens the bonds of family. In magic[,] [c]opper is used to attract love[;] it is the metal associated with the Goddesses Aphrodite, Astarte and Ishtar. Copper is also used in rituals for money and healing.
The JewelrySupplier carefully had this to say:
Healers base their belief in [c]opper’s power to heal the mind and body based on the metal’s energy conducting properties. They believe that it can even facilitate this process and use it for creating crystal wands and other means of transferring the energy of crystals. They also attribute many of the same healing qualities to crystals and minerals that contain [c]opper traces.
Mental Healing[:] According to New Age healers, [c]opper can stimulate the flow of energy and hence move [p]sychic or [m]ental energies thereby helping the wearer overcome lethargic tendencies, resulting in a more vitalized person with amplified thoughts. They also attribute powers of communication, channeling, cleansing, purification, increasing self-esteem and freeing the wearer of mental burdens.
Physical Healing Text[:] Beginning in the 1970s in the United States, [c]opper use as a healing agent began to see an increase. People who believe in its power esteem it as a very powerful assistant with [a]rthritic and [r]heumatic diseases, but also look to it for its healing properties in improving the circulation of blood, increasing energy, detoxification, reducing inflammation, stabilizing metabolism and improving [o]xygen use.
Kryzia Kreations had this short entry:
Copper is a very powerful metal that directs energy, both electrical and physical[,] and acts as an aide in the body’s healing process.
From the Pagan Grove:
Gender – Female
Energy – Receptive
Element – Water
Planet – Venus
Magical Properties – Energy Direction, Protection, Luck, Love, Healing
Associated Stones – Quartz, Emerald
Deities – Aphrodite, Astarte, Ishtar
The Healing with Gemstones entry reads:
[H]ealing, attracting love and money, releasing, protection, luck
I gleaned the following from the super-copyrighted New Age Enterprises Lucky Gemstones website:
A town called “Cyrus” was on an island known as “the Sacred Isle of the Goddess Venus,” which they claim is how copper became associated with Venus, the planet. At first I thought “Cyrus” was a misspelling of “Cyprus,” but Cyprus was a country island, not a town. There was a King named Cyrus and I did find the following regarding his establishment of a township in an article by Jona Lendering: “The second century Greek-Roman author Arrian of Nicomedia tells us in his book about Alexander the Great (the Anabasis) that [King] Cyrus founded a frontier town in Sogdia [the ancient civilization of an Iranian people and a province of the Achaemenid Persian Empire; i.e., not anywhere near Greece]; there is no reason to doubt this statement. The Greeks called this town Cyropolis (‘town of Cyrus’) or Cyreschata (a pun on the name of the king and the word ‘far away’); both names seem renderings of Kurushkatha, ‘town of Cyrus’. The Sacae (or Scythians) lived between Bactria and Cyreschata, and there is nothing implausible in Herodotus’ words that Cyrus subdued these tribes.” I also could not find any confirmation of Cyprus being known as “the Sacred Isle of the Goddess Venus,” although the Purple Mountain Tours website does say, “And there is no better place to practice the High Magic of Love than in Cyprus, the Isle of Love and the birthplace of Aphrodite.” My conclusion is that this claim is unfounded.
They also claim that because the astrological sign, Libra, which is represented by a set of balancing scales, is ruled by the planet Venus, ergo, through the magic of correspondence I guess, copper is supposed to have a “balancing” effect upon whatever body part it touches. Copper is also supposed to act as a love charm on the basis of the previously noted (and I believe unfounded) association with Venus as the Goddess of Love. Oddly, though, Venus is not specifically listed by anybody as one of the acknowledged deities magically associated with copper (although I do acknowledge that Venus is the Roman name for Aphrodite, who is listed). Ya know what, Lucky Gemstones? Pplltthhhh!
My conclusion regarding my own current attraction to copper is most likely for its much touted healing properties, most specifically as it relates to blood and energy. And what the heck, probably as it relates to money, too! ‘Cuz I needs some! Energy AND money…