The so-called group analysis method has already been described in the book ‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’. It comprises the study of a group of remedies, rather than the individual remedies. For instance, we had a look at the whole Natrium group, including Natrium carbonicum, Natrium muriaticum, Natrium phosphoricum and Natrium sulphuricum. The themes and characteristics that were common to the whole group were then distilled out of the overall picture and subsequently applied to the lesser known or even unknown Natriums.
Group analysis of the periodic table
Now we will apply this method to even larger groups, that is to say to the series or horizontal rows and to the stages or vertical columns of the periodic table. In the previous book I made a start with this in the example of the Iron group, or Iron series as it is called here. But now the group analysis will be extended to include the whole series, not only from Chromium to Zincum, but going all the way from Kali to Krypton. We will see a theme developing for each individual series as well as for each stage.
Going on from there, we can then take the theme of a particular series and combine it with the theme of a particular stage, to create an overall theme that is unique for that element. For instance, we can take the theme of stage 5 and combine it with the characteristics of the Silver series to find the theme of Niobium. This way of combining themes can lead to new discoveries about the properties of any one element. If we look at Ferrum for example, we find the theme of ‘perseverance’ of stage 8, combined with ‘routine’ from the Iron series, which gives us the new concept of ‘discipline’ as being a part of the Ferrum picture.
Going on to the combination remedies we will see all these concepts coming up once again. Ferrum muriaticum, for instance, portrays the theme of ‘a disciplined (Ferrum) mother (Muriaticum)’, while we also find some of the other characteristics coming through, such as perseverance (stage 8, Ferrum) and letting go (stage 17, Muriaticum).
Variations on the theme
Because there are many different ways of expressing the same basic theme, you will find a variety of keywords and examples to describe each theme. But even where a variation on a theme has been developed it is important to bear in mind that all variations are merely different expressions of the same central core, which could also be called an archetype.
For reasons I have explained in detail in ‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’, the main emphasis in this book will once again be on the mental and emotional symptoms,i.e. the picture of the mind.
Any particular theme can be expressed both ways, i.e. projected onto the other or projected onto the self. That is why you can often put the word ‘self’ in front of a certain concept and thereby create a new concept. For example, the concept of ‘worth’ in the Carbonicums can, with the addition of the word ‘self’ be turned into ‘self-worth’. Other examples are ‘love’ and self-love’ with the Sulphurs and ‘sexuality’ together with ‘self-sexuality or homo-sexuality’ in the Fluoratums.
In the combination remedies we can add the word ‘not’ without any problems. The subconscious mind doesn’t seem to pick up on this word, it gets ignored, so to speak. This aspect, together with the concepts of the previous paragraph, is discussed in the chapter on ‘Language’.
The phenomenon in question is directly related to the polarity in each remedy. Every remedy has the aspect of both success and failure within it. One the one hand we have qualities, on the other hand these qualities can become a pitfalls. We often see these polarities (Pelt 1993) coming back in the remedy symptoms: a desire for a certain food can easily turn into aversion and vice versa.
‘Homoeopathy and Minerals’ had one chapter devoted to ‘Single remedies’.
The concepts belonging to these remedies were: ‘all or nothing’, ‘loose’ and ‘no integration’. It is in these single remedies that the theme of an element is most clearly revealed, untempered and unaffected by any bonds. Kali and Natrium on their own can be quite extreme for instance, whilst they are known for being quiet remedies in their various chemical combinations with other elements.
Most of the remedies discussed in this book are single remedies. In order to avoid repetition, the above mentioned concepts will not be mentioned every time, the more so because the concepts themselves are so broad that they wouldn’t add much detail to the overall theme. It is nevertheless a good idea to bear them in mind and to remember that the single remedies are more open and extreme in their expression than combination remedies.
The seven series
In this book I will use the word ‘series’ to describe the horizontal rows in the periodic system. Every series has its own theme, its own area of problems. The word series also indicates that there is a progressive line of development from one series to the next.
For practical reasons I have named each series after its most characteristic element. You will be familiar with the term ‘Ferrum series’ from my previous book, but here I have used it in a broader context, representing all the elements of the 4th row of the periodic system, i.e. from Kali to Krypton.
The rows below Ferrum have been called Silver series and Gold series, after their most well known elements. The second series is called Carbon series, and the third Silica series.
To give you an impression of the correlation between the series I have written a brief summary below. A more extensive description will be given at the start of each chapter.
Table 1: the seven series
|Uranium||Magus||Old age||Universe||Intuition||Bone marrow|
The eighteen stages
The eighteen stages are stages in a cycle. Each cycle consists of the beginning of a project, the successful accomplishment of this project and then its eventual decline and final breakdown. It describes the rise, the success and the fall of any undertaking, project, business or kingdom.
The stages could be seen as separate moments fixed in time in this overall process. They describe the continuing process as if it consisted of different steps that can be lifted out separately.
The stages are the same for each series, so they can be applied to all of them. We just need to bear in mind that the first few series have fewer stages; it is as if they have skipped a few. Further down the line we get progressively more stages, as if there is more differentiation between each stage of development in the later series. For further information on this I would like to refer to the chapter ‘Further comments on the stages’.
I have given each stage a number instead of a name. It is easier to work with numbers than to remember 18 different names in the right sequence. Later on I added some names to describe the main characteristics of that stage.
1. The Hydrogen series: Hydrogen to Helium
‘To be or not to be’ in this world. The theme could be described as ‘whether or not to incarnate’ in this world. The fact that this series only has two elements is quite symbolic of its general theme: there are only two possibilities, to be or not to be.
They experience and have a great desire for unity. This is expressed in a deep love for every living being on this earth. They feel totally at one with everything. Hydrogen experiences the world as a whole. There is no division between self and other in the same way that a foetus doesn’t feel this division. But later on this sense of unity is gradually lost and they begin to feel that they are separate from the rest of the world. It is as if their world has collapsed and they have ended up in hell. Their paradise has changed into a world of good and evil, of me and you. They feel as if they can’t bridge this chasm of separation anymore and it makes them feel lost and lonely.
In the development of life this series corresponds with conception and the period of the unborn child.
2. The Carbon series: Lithium to Neon
This level represents the development as an individual and questions such as ‘who am I ?’.
This is immediately followed by the question ‘what am I worth?’, ‘what is the value of the world?’, ‘what is the meaning of life?’.
The age that corresponds to this phase of development is that of the toddler. A toddler learns to distinguish between different things and one of the most important distinctions is the one between ‘I’ and the other person.
In this phase the area that is being (dis)covered is only small, i.e. the body.
3. The Silicium series: Natrium to Argon
Family and relations
This is the level of relationships, first within the family, then gradually including other people later on.
This is the age of the teenager. The teenager finds out about his position in relation to others, learning to define his own space and to respect that of others.
Home Neighbourhood Friends
The area increases to include their own house and the immediate neighbourhood, the environment where the child learns to relate to people outside the family. This includes his school where he starts to make friends with other children.
4. The Ferrum series: Kali to Krypton
Task Trade Abilities Profession
This is the level where abilities start to be developed. They have to learn to fulfil certain tasks. In order to do this they have to be schooled by another person, either a master or a teacher, a school, or the parents themselves. Eventually they learn to carry out this task by themselves.
This is the phase of becoming an adult. In our society this includes the years of puberty. This is when they learn a certain trade at school.
This is the area of the village or the tribe, as it used to be in the olden days. The individual gets to know the whole group and starts to determine his own position within this group. This position is linked to a trade he has learned, for instance being a baker or a carpenter. The area is still small enough for everybody to know everybody else, the way it happens in a village. Research has shown that it is possible to know about 2000 people personally, and this is the average population of a village.
5. The Silver series: Rubidium to Xenon
The theme that belongs to this level is Art. But there are many other themes linked to this series that might at first sight have little to do with art: advising other people, mysticism, being a spokesman. The central theme is the passing on of ideas and images. This can be done through paintings and sculptures, through poetry, theatre, music, through speeches or through channelled information from other spheres.
This level is usually developed in middle age. But the theme can be present at any age, often even in childhood.
Region County Province
The area is that of the province. The governor of the county is a representative of the king, ruling over a small area. A large town is usually the centre of such an area. It should be noted that we have now reached a level where it is no longer possible to know everybody. This is reflected in the case of the artist who is greeted in the street by many people he has never even seen before.
Speech and hearing are two specific physical themes that belongs to the Silver series. We use speech to get our ideas across to others, we use our ears to receive the ideas.
6. The Gold series: Caesium to Radon
Power is the central theme of this level. It is all about leadership and power over other people. And leadership goes hand in hand with a feeling of responsibility for those people.
This is the phase of maturity, the age at which people traditionally used to, and still do, come into a position of power.
The area has now been extended to include the whole country or even the whole world. The vision of a king has to be much broader than that of a baker: a king has to be able to see his whole country in order to plan his strategies.
The eyes are associated with the Gold series. They are one of the main problem areas of the remedies in this series.
7. The Uranium series: Francium to Plutonium
These are the magicians, the people who know how to reach their goal through the power of intention and the power of thought. They are the shamans, the prophets who guide the evolution of mankind from behind the scenes, people like Merlin and Rasputin.
They work with invisible forces. They work quietly in the background, unseen by most people. They know how to manifest the hidden knowledge and power deep within the subconscious mind.
This is the time of very old age.
There are no limits to the area on which they focus their powers. They work with the whole world and the whole universe. The themes that go with it are those of the super nations, the USA, Russia, China, India, the EEC, and specifically the United Nations.
This series focuses on the intuition. These people are often clairvoyant, or clairaudient or they simply know what is going on.