Gold, Silver, Pewter, Platinum, Bronze…
Jewelry has been used as adornment for centuries, but it has also been used by shamans and priests in rituals. Before using jewelry in a ritual, practitioners agree that the piece should first be “charged” with the desired energy. This can be accomplished in a myriad of ways. One way is to hold the piece in your left hand while placing it under cold, running water. While doing this, put your special intention into the piece. Next lay the piece of jewelry on a shelf overnight, preferably on a moonlit night.
Some readers believe that wearing jewelry during a ceremony or reading takes energy away from the event and interferes in some way. But what it eventually comes down to is personal choice, and individual belief.
Under the ancient Chinese system, metal had a very specific meaning. It is said to represent both inner strength and receptivity. Metal also represents the autumn season—drawing energy inward for reflection while centering on the subconscious mind.
In Chinese astrology, metal represents the Monkey and Rooster as a fixed element. Characteristics of people ruled by metal include confidence, assertion and sometimes, aggressive natures. Metal rules the lungs, which involve the sacred breath of life. Now let’s explore specific types of jewelry.
Rings represent eternity and reincarnation. Traditionally rings have been associated with weddings. An old belief begun in ancient Egypt stated that a vein or nerve on the third finger of the left hand connected directly to the heart. Therefore, wedding rings were traditionally worn on that finger.
Similar beliefs state that the finger the ring is worn on connects with a particular element. For instance the thumb is with water, the pointer finger with fire, the middle with spirit, the ring finger with earth energy, and the pinky with air.
Necklaces connect very nicely with the wearer. If a necklace hangs at the throat or heart chakra area it will connect with love, empathy, and understanding. The throat chakra connects with energies of self-worth and communication.
Bracelets employ energy for balance or attunement, and are very useful for ritual practice.
Because they are generally worn on two sides of the head, earrings are good for balance and equilibrium.
Each metal has a different type of energy. As you read on, think about what metals your favorite jewelry pieces are made from and what energies they have.
Brass: Deflects harm; good for healing and fire ceremonies
Bronze/Copper: Nicely amplifies energy; great for calming and clarity
Gold: Courage, energy, guidance, health, healing and happiness; also purification and strength
Iron: Aggressive energies, chaos, emotional control, protection and willpower
Lead: Binding, boundaries, change, materialism, new beginnings as well as past-life regression
Pewter: Money, pleasure, prosperity, sustenance and unity
Platinum: Channeling, intuition, psychic powers and transformation
Silver: Balance, beauty, communication, dance, divination, healing, hope and inspiration
Steel: Dream protection, grounding and stability
Tin: Abundance, expansiveness, luck, mental powers and money
What does your jewelry say about you? Do your favorite metals represent your energy? Whether you wear your jewelry for ritualistic purposes or just for adornment, don’t forget to enjoy the overall power held within it.