Behind the Masks of the Feminine VIII: Calcarea carbonica
By Hwaa Irfan
I. We explored the feminine Natrum muriaticum, depicting a woman who is very much a product of the Industrial Revolution. Raised in a family where mother bonding is disrupted. Natrum muriaticum has grown up in an environment emotionally distant depriving this type of woman of what she needs to flourish in her life.
II. Then we explored the feminine face of Natrum carbonicum, more down to earth and open than Natrum muriaticum, but is thrown off balance by rejection, a rejection that began as a traumatic experience from her past. She stays within her comfort zone to define her place in the world, to escape the anticipatory anxiety that arises from anything new because she has a deep sense of worthlessness.
III. With Natrum phosphoricum her sensibility is grief. In a state of dis-ease she is volatile and sensitive to external influences. She feels worthless and reacts to her pain out of fear which suppresses her internal communications, emotions, and the normal functioning of their bodies.
IV. Pulsatilla is a vibrant person who moves with the flow of events. She has an innate sense of human relations, and God’s plan for human society. Unlike the Natrum sisters, Pulsatilla’s problem is not one of grief, or inner suppression, but of external censorship. She expects fairness, and when that fairness is missing, they become distressed, and instead of moving with the flow, they become tossed by the wind of events. Their life force becomes weakened without the ongoing environmental support and love they need. She hides her vulnerabilities by projecting sophistication, but deep down they desire space, and self expression which separates their inner world from their outer world.
V. Staphysagria is a born intuitive, who likes to stand above the crowd. Their level of intuition makes them sensitive to external influences, and combined with their desire to be noticed they feel deeply hurt if ignored. With a lifetime of rejection Staphysagria reacts in a variety of ways the result of which is a struggle of suppression vs. expression.
VI. Belladonna has abundant life force and gives out a lot of energy. Extremely healthy looking belladonna stands out in a crowd, but they do not desire company as they have no need for external stimulation. Their intelligence is apparent, emotions vivid, but can be quite excitable. As creator and destroyer they work towards the nurturance of humanity by destroying the false ego. If they are suffering in any way they prefer to keep it to themselves. Belladonna’s sensibility is shock disappointment in love, fear or too much sun. As she loses sense of a true self, it becomes replaced by a false-self filled with fear and anger.
Three Marine Remedies
VI. Sepia is a female archetype who is independent by nature like Pulsatilla and Natrum Muriaticum. She likes to be away from people, and withdraw into nature. She seeks to be herself, unfettered by the expectations of others, especially men, unlike Natrum Muriaticum who seeks independence as a protective mechanism against hurt. She can be independent, ambitious and career minded, is powerful, and she needs intellectual challenge. She celebrates her freedom, her connection with her own body, and her connection with the earth. She can also be the motherly type who feels the responsibilities of her family, but has no time left for herself. Her love of independence, and being unfettered by the expectations of others, becomes the means by which she falls into a state of dis-ease as her vital force becomes blocked by the suppressive impingement of her environment – censorship from others.
VII. Calcarea carbonica or Calcium Carbonatum is a homeopathic remedy made from oyster shell. Inside the thick, hard calcium shell lies a soft and relatively formless creature. Like most people. when the oyster feels at ease the shell opens, but passively lets in the sea water, and any food. When in danger the shell closes. If a hard grain of sand enters the shell the oyster protects its soft body by covering its self with layers of hard material, and with time a precious pearl evolves.
Calcium salts form a wide array of compounds. Calcarea carbonica is a source of calcium one of the most abundant minerals of the human body, and the fifth most abundant element of the earth. It appears in the mineral kingdom as part of ossified deposits like limestone, and chalk. In marine life, calcareous shells act as protection from change in the insecure world of the sea.
In contact with air it forms a yellowish coating , is reactive in warm water, and burns with a yellowish-red flame.
It is essential for cellular structure, and bone strength 99% of which can be found in the bones and teeth. It is essential for transmission of nerve impulses, blood clotting, activation of Vitamin K, the regulation of blood cholesterol , uterine contractions in childbirth, lactation, the storage and release of hormones, digestion, metabolism of fats for energy, and the production of saliva.
Famous Calcarea carbonic people include Mozart, Helen Keller. They have a lustrous nature like the pearl that glows through a long process of becoming. Cool to touch, pearls are a symbol of spiritual wisdom, light, female sexuality, and the creative power of the female principle, which reflects in Calcarea the person as a nurturer they also understand others.
The formlessness and paleness of the creature that lives inside the oyster shell is signature. Calcarea the female is often blond, blue-eyed, over-weight, and short of breath when in a state of dis-ease; but at-ease she is strong, hard-working, well organized, and reliable, but needing structure, builds her talents upon prescribed structures. Her goal is to provide security, sustenance, and education for those who depend on her, as well as herself, but she is not materialistically minded. She is commited to her family, and gives unconditionally, and has a great sense of accomplishment and achievement once she has fulfilled her tasks. Her home represents a goal, a goal that is enjoyed by all those who are family, and visitors.
Calcarea evolves into the wise old woman, the elder everyone turns to because of her wise counsel, and spiritual insight. Calcarea represents the highest form of sacrifice, through service without reward unlike her marine sister Sepia, who also needs to be in touch with who she is and sustains her great sense of independence in order to do so.
In homeopathic psychology, Dr. Georgios Loukas describes the underlying problem characteristic of the calcium group as a need for a secure environment, which in terms of the Doctrine of Signature highlights the dis-eased state as being opposite of the ease/balanced state – in the case of Calcarea carbonica the at-ease state is the insecure, open emotional sea. Calcarea carbonica the person is unable to cope without someone providing that sense of safety and protection, and when missing, they develop serious anxieties which compromised their life force as in the case of her mineral sister Natrum carbonicum. However, with Natrum carbonicum the reason for the deep anxiety is not environmental, but is a result of weak/broken bonding with her parents. The signature of this dependence is in the natural forms in which calcium is found, which is as a compound.
Any structure that provides Calcarea with the kind of sense and security she needs, once compromised, poses a threat to her existence – from the parental bond, to taking on too much brings out her anxiety and with her anxieties, a wide ranging set of fears. Separation in all its forms – from a traumatic birth, to weak/no parental bonding. She may have been orphaned or experienced bereavement, shock, danger, abuse, humiliation or failure in some form. Also anything that causes a sense of detachment from her own body, including sexual excess.
Dr. Patil describes as if “… they live in a different time-frame from the rest of creation.” The keyword homeopath Philip Bailey uses to describe Calcarea carbonica the person is ‘inertia,’ like the passive way in which the oyster shell ‘sits’ in the ocean.
When stressed, they become isolated, defensive, as when the oyster shell closes, obstinate, insecure, lethargic, and inactive. As children, they tend to have large heads. They tend to sit and observe what is happening around them. With this level of inertia, they have a leaning towards obesity. They have difficulty absorbing calcium, so they tend to have milk allergy, or they refuse breast-feeding. They have problems with their immunity, and are late developers in walking and with their teeth. Headstrong in a state of dis-ease, their openness leaves them vulnerable, and they develop a lot of fears.
Calcarea the person finds difficulty in coping with the turbulence of the sea of life, and retreats into her grey shell. The fossil nature of oyster shell is reflected in the person who ossifies their emotions, and anything to do with or projects into the outer world. Calcarea carbonica has affinity with the:
- Glands (cervical, lymph glands of the intestines, skin)
- Chest (right lung)
Her downward spiral manifests in her body as her metabolism slows down, along with the function of the thyroid, the mental, the venous, the lymphatic system, digestion, and their immune system.
Psychologically, Calcarea has a lot of fears – irrational fears which increases as night falls, and controls her life. Sometimes, we elude ourselves as to our true essential needs because of societal fashions. Sometimes our true essential needs are simpler than we allow ourselves to believe. Once we can take care of those needs, we are then more able to thrive instead of just survive!
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