By Hwaa Irfan
We began with 3 Minerals of the natrum group…
I. Natrum muriaticum, depicts a woman who is very much a product of the Industrial Revolution. 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 thrown off balance by a rejection that began as a traumatic experience from her past. Defined by her comfort zone she is subject to anticipatory anxiety that arises from anything new because she has a deep sense of worthlessness.
III. Natrum phosphoricum’s 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.
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 for they are complete within themselves. 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. 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
VII. 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. Independent, ambitious and career minded she needs intellectual challenge, but celebrates her freedom, her connection with her own body, and her connection with the earth. 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.
VIII. Calcarea carbonica 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. Famous Calcarea carbonica 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, and as a nurturer. When things go wrong, she 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.
Three Remedies of the Mineral Group
IX. Sulphur is about appreciation, and so it should be. Insoluble in water, Sulphur combines with almost all the elements, and therefore falls into more than one homeopathic family. The 9th most abundant element in the universe, sulphur offers its opposite as a part of its polarizing feature. As a male energy the sulphur type originates out of the collective consciousness, and is dominant through all life. They are pioneers, and adventurers not fearing the unknown, and always questioning and seeking answers, but fall from grace when they are no appreciated enough.
We take a look at a second inorganic mineral, phosphorus, which like all members of the Elemental Kingdom are fundamental to the earth and human structure, representing slow and progressive development, physiologically, psychologically, and metaphysically.
Phosphorus glows in the dark from a source of light that is emitted from within – a luminescence, but combusts spontaneously when exposed to air. This quality made phosphorus the center of intrigue in the 17th century, with observations noting that those who made frequent contact with it were sexually aroused. It acquired a reputation in the treatment of tuberculosis, and dilute preparations were found to increase mental and physical power. Fear of it would come later from abuse exposing the individual to its toxicity.
Phosphorus does not occur naturally, but may be found in the oxidized compound form of phosphates . It is the 11th most abundant element in the earth’s crust, and is one of the three main elements of the plant kingdom that make plant life possible.
Phosphorus is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body, second only to calcium. It is one of the five elements that make up our DNA, and generally plays a fundamental role in the subtle release of energy. Essential to the formation of healthy bones and teeth, phosphorus is essential to many of the processes of our bodies like the regular contraction of the heart, and normal cell growth. It is also found in substantial amounts in the nervous system,
Phosphorus is a Greek word meaning Carrier 0f Light [Venus’s], and is often equated with the lightening – the flash of illumination – Lucifer is the Latin equivalent. The glowing quality of phosphorus was equated with Judeo-Christian mythology in Lucifer’s fall from grace consumed by his own inner light, i.e. the light of his own ego-based intellect which became blinded with selfish pride, becoming his own god. That light shines without warmth, yet seductive, gratifying yet ensnares. Consultant homeopath, David Lilley refers to this fall as the “price of intellectual arrogance.” As Lucifer fell, so too did the emerald from his brow, a symbol of unconditional love (the 4th chakra).
Vithoulkas describes the phosphorus person as generally lean in appearance, tall, delicate in features, hair, skin, and hands. As a child they would have been very open and impressionable; one can “see through” such a child, whose being is effortlessly manifested, without much reserve. During adolescence, there is a tremendous growth spurt which leads to the typically lean, lanky appearance.
Throughout life they are warm, friendly extroverts who enjoys friendship and company very much, but also may enjoy solitude to pursue artistic endeavours. Such a person is enjoyable to have around, because he or she is truly sympathetic, freely putting the interest of friends above personal concerns. The Phosphorus person is highly intelligent and refined. There are no secrets for such person; whatever is on her mind he shares freely towards friends and even strangers.
Much of their life revolves around interpersonal relationships. Such a person makes a good politician, the type that pushes for humanitarian causes, or a sales agent because he has the ability to sell anything he believes in. They place love very high in their ideals, with an emphasis on reciprocal love, not one-sided live like her sister Natrum muriaticum. Individuals that place love very high in their ideals are usually outgoing, open-hearted, affectionate and cheerful. They are likely to tell you that they want to feel loved and that they would do anything to achieve it. They often feel that they are not loved as much as they would like. They are sensual creatures, and to caress is a way of expression, and related to the idea of love. Phosphoric compounds are recommended for all those individuals that care so much about being loved.
They love the limelight, and show an aptitude for drama, art, dancing or music being naturally graceful and rhythmic. Their academic achievements do not always reflect their potential, as they love to play the most. With maturity, they become refined, enriching society through the arts.
However, the phosphorus person needs structure, as they have a conflict between stability and freedom.
Phosphorus’ vulnerability is diffusion picking up on its signature which is found always a part of something else (compound phosphates). As it plays a crucial role in all creation, so it is easily influenced for there are no barriers. When stressed as in giving out too much energy instead of the slow release she plays in nature, barriers fall. On the physical level injury occurs as in haemorrhaging, as the barrier walls of the blood vessels allows blood to diffuse into surrounding tissues. Menses might be heavy or prolonged with the blood bright red in colour. They may be easily refreshed by little sleep, but the more mentalized they become the more sleep they need. She thirsts for cold drinks, which can also ease any burning sensations in the stomach until it warms in the stomach. She comfort eats on chocolates, and sweets.
On the emotional level, they give out freely without being able to contain and protect themselves from emotional vulnerability. The roots of dis-ease for phosphorus can start in their childhood, with doting parents that help sow the seeds of narcissm. This is because as children they have precocious gifts of intelligence, looks and talent which makes them shine. They are made to feel too special and become seriously spoiled brats. Conversely, the phosphorus person is pre-disposed to be born into an emotionally deprived environment, or a spiteful mother, which somehow, phosphorus are able to survive by seeing themselves as ‘different’ and special, but if a split occurs between their outer and inner world, phosphorus hides in a world of superiority and entitlement when in fact they feel abandoned, neglected, and rage the extent of which worsens depending on the level of abuse.
The impact of childhood abuse grows within her using the sense of superiority to seek power according to Lilley. Using her sexuality, she learns to manipulate others and dominate them ensnaring as Lucifer ensnares, as the cold attracts before discarding with that she has conquered. The burning within her manifests as burning sensations within the physical with flashes of heat that spread from the hands unlike Sulphur which spreads from the feet but cannot bear to have the hands covered. This is why they thirst for cold drinks like her sister Pulsatilla, but as soon as what is consumed gets warm in the stomach more energy is lost, and the symptoms reappear again.
On the mental level they become unfocused and even space-out. She becomes sensitive to changes in atmosphere, whether climatic, social or emotional. They can be easily startled by a sudden noise, and evening the lightening that is a part of their nature. They develop anxieties and fears that dissipate the energy of phosphorus the woman. She is anxious about the welfare of others, and about her own health, and fears being alone, fear the twilight, and fears thunderstorms. As the dis-eased state progresses, phosphorus the women finds it more and more difficult to relax, tends to hyperventilate creating imbalance in the pH of her blood. Sleep is no longer refreshing, and remains anxious to the point of fearing disease, and even death according to Vithoulkas.
The ailments of phosphorus are mainly physical, from severe headaches, gastro-intestinal disorders, problems with their extremities, complaints of the chest, urogenital and sexual, but with the healing qualities of the homeopathic remedy, balance can be re-established!
We live in a world whereby unconditional love is the exception rather than the norm, everything has a price including the insatiable appetite for food and sex. We pretend relationships are not important, and bury the hurt in our subconscious, while projecting a false image into the world. After all it is a world that prides itself on monetary value, a value that as we all can see is quickly depreciating. The modern materialist, corporate or otherwise enacts a fall everyday that has a price. Parents have to know that the value of their unconditional love is the birth right of every child, and not the conditional love that corrupts and spoils a whole life.
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Vithoulkas, G. “Phosphorus.” http://www.vithoulkas.com/en/books-study/online-materia-medica/3051.html