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The Mineral Kingdom: Exploring the Fourth Row of the Periodic Table

Drs. Pratik Desai, Ruchita Shah and Armeen Jasavala discuss Scholten’s view of the 4th row, and present a case to illustrate.

As described in the previous two articles on the Mineral Kingdom from the other song, we have learned that the first three rows correspond to the developmental stages of childhood, starting from conception, then on to birth, separation from the mother, and developing a separate identity.

From the fourth row onwards, the issues are related to adulthood, including security, protection, finding a job, money, performing, and taking responsibility.

The main issue in Row 4 is of security, especially in terms of money/finances and relationships, house, job and health. This row represents the development of one’s security or adding of mass/strength, where one develops the ability to defend or safeguard oneself.

Once the identity is established, the next step is to develop a solidity or defensive capability, which on the left side of the row is deficient, then it slowly starts developing and then on the right side you start losing it.

It is the stage of development where they have developed their identity (issue of row 3) and now the issue is of doing the routine day-to-day work of the daily tasks of work like a soldier or a carpenter.

Row 2 –  needs covering

Row 3 –  needs connection

Row 4 – needs strength and energy

The main issues of Row 4 are

  • Security and Task
  • Adding Mass or Strength
  • Stability and Solidity

Security here is in terms of money, relationships, house, job and health.
The feeling is “I know who I am (‘Identity’- Row 3), but now I need safety and security”.

This process of accumulating mass from the outside is the most important theme in Row 4. In human beings the development of security, mass or strength is seen as:

  • Health
  • Job
  • Relationships
  • Security
  • House
  • Insurance
  • Safety
  • Poverty
  • Development of physical strength
  • Development of bones and muscles
  • Development of finances; having money, insurances, etc

We will often find that individuals in Row 4 need to have a secure and stable job as it gives them stability in terms of health, wealth and shelter (house). This arises from the marked fear of poverty that they have. They need to have different kinds of insurance coverage against any kind of future calamity. e.g. house insurance for theft, fire, earthquake etc; health insurance for medical expenses; life insurance for the future of the family and so on.

So the question in their mind is:

  • “How much mass (i.e. money, health, job, etc) do I have?”
  • “How much mass am I lacking or losing?”
  • “How stable or solid I am to protect and defend myself ?”

The elements on the left hand side of Row 4 experience a lack of this mass; they feel that their ability to protect themselves (security) has not developed enough therefore they need to depend on others for the same.

Elements in the middle have developed the ability to protect and so are successful in protecting themselves.

On the right hand side, the feeling is that they are losing or have lost their mass and their ability to protect, and hence they themselves need it from outside.

The elements in this row are Kali/Potassium, Calcium, Scandium, Titanium, Vanadium, Chromium, Manganum, Ferrum/Iron, Cobalt, Niccolum/Nickel, Cuprum, Zincum, Gallium, Germanium, Arsenic, Selenium, Bromine, Krypton.

Additional Issues of Row 4 include:

  • Endurance and fatigue
  • Resistance against pressure
  • Many fears of realistic things (for example: poverty, financial loss, losing their job, disease/infection, dogs/animals, horrible things/sad stories, dark, ghosts, robbers, injections)
  • Sensitivity to being watched, observed or looked at
  • Responsibility
  • Guilt feeling/guilt of conscience and feeling of a crime/criminal

Key Words

Words expressing the issues of security and protection (security in terms of money, relationships, house, job and health):

  • Security
  • Protection
  • Fear of accidents
  • Fear of animals
  • Afraid of calamity
  • Afraid of darkness
  • Afraid of ghost
  • Afraid of dentist
  • Afraid of doctor
  • Afraid of injection
  • Afraid of loneliness
  • Blood
  • Fire
  • Duty
  • Earthquake
  • Everyday job
  • Everyday task
  • Fight
  • Financial loss
  • Financial security
  • Financial stability
  • Money
  • Foothold
  • Guard
  • Home
  • Horrible
  • Horror
  • Monster
  • Murder
  • Insecure
  • Insurance
  • Poverty
  • Protection
  • Protection
  • Pursued
  • Risk
  • Robber/Thief
  • Safe
  • Safety
  • Secure grip
  • Security
  • Shell
  • Shelter
  • Support
  • Terror
  • Violence

Words expressing issues of consolidation, mass, solidity, etc:

  • Body building
  • Consolidation
  • Firm
  • Firmness
  • Fortify
  • Load
  • Metallic
  • Rest
  • Solidity
  • Steel
  • Store
  • Strength
  • To build
Row 4 Remedy Expressions
KaliI exist and I have a separate identity, care and nourishment but I do not have the capacity to protect myself and to be secure. Therefore, I need to depend totally on someone else, like my spouse, family, doctor, etc. for protection, finances, health, etc.’
CalciumBeginning to find security but still very dependent and in case of slightest threat will resort back to their support
Scandium‘Can I find my own security or do I still need to depend on someone?’
TitaniumStarting to protect own self but unsure of their ability.
VanadiumAlternates and doubts about ones security. Going ahead and coming back.
ChromiumThey have to prove themselves and it is a challenge to protect themselves and others. There is risk in it but they still go ahead and do it.
Magnanum‘I know I can defend myself but how much opposition can I bear? How much can I protect myself in difficult situations?’ Here they need support but at the same time resent domination
Ferrum‘I must protect and defend. I have to resist the pressure and opposition.’ They feel compelled to do something against their wish and have to fight against it.
Cobalt‘I can face the opposition and defend myself but I doubt whether my protection is absolute and complete’
Niccolum‘I am successful in protection of myself and others’
CoprumThey have reached a level of success as far as security is concerned, both financially as well as feeling protected. In order to maintain their position they have to keep up their defences. They are tested by intermittent attacks to their structure, so they are always ready to defend themselves.
ZincumConstant attack to their position of security and protection and it is difficult for them to handle these anymore. Thus they are alert, agile, and defensive all the time, making constant efforts to see that they don’t lose their structure of security
GalliumAn imminent unavoidable loss of protection and security
GermaniumFailure to protect their security in face of attack. They couldn’t do anything but they make desperate attempts to restore their ability to protect
ArsenicNow their defences are weak, people are taking away things and they are too old to protect it. They have to be careful and cautious and see for how long and how much can they persevere. Things are going out of control (Cancer miasm). There is no one to go to; they have to do it themselves – the opposite of Kali and Calcarea – and they can’t do anything, the feeling is totally helpless
SeleniumThere is a complete loss of capacity, loss of energy and a loss of ability to pursue their work or security. They feel weak and attacked.
BromineTotally insecure and completely alone to face the danged and attack. They feel there is nobody to protect them. They have issues to do with ghosts, being pursued , conscience , hitting, punished etc.
KryptonContent with security and the opposite feeling of total absence of security and then the need to develop it with the self and to feel complete within the self without somebody else providing the security.


Comparing the responsibility of Row 4 and Row 6:


Row 4

(Security and Task)


Row 6

(Responsibility and Leadership)


·  You are responsible and duty bound to someone else or to the organization or to the people above you. You are a part of the structure and you need to fulfil your part in it.

·  You basically do your job as well as you can.

· You are the boss.

· You are responsible for people below you.

· You don’t feel you are reporting to anybody.

· You have to make decisions although you can delegate. You decide the fate of the entire organization.


Comparing the guilt of Row 4 and Row 6:


Row 4



Row 6


·  The guilt is for having failed to do their job or task and then they get blamed by others (the boss or the spouse or family members)

·  It’s a feeling that duty and responsibility is in context with their job and security

·  If they blunder they lose security, i.e. their job, money, health, house, etc.

·        The guilt feeling derives from having failed in a responsible role (in taking the leadership or in a position of power), and here they reproach themselves for the same.

·        It’s a feeling that they have not only affected the lives of several people but of the entire organisation of the entire nation

·        If they blunder then consequences are much more serious.



Let us look at a case example from Dr. Pratik Desai for further explanation.

A Case Of Varicosity Of The Great Saphonious Vein

About the author

Pratik Desai

Pratik Desai

Dr. Pratik Desai has been an in-house consultant and faculty at ‘The Other Song’ clinic and international academy since its establishment in January 2011. He is a mentor for the university courses conducted by MUHS (Maharashtra University of Health and Science) at ‘the other song’. He has also shared his clinical experience and successful cases in various homoeopathic journals such as Homeopathic Heritage, Interhomeopathy, Links, NJH among many others.

About the author

Ruchita Shah

Dr. Ruchita Shah, B.H.M.S.

About the author

Armeen Jasavala

Armeen Jasavala

Armeen Jasavala,BPHE(Hon), DHMHS, International Coordinator and Senior Editor of Publications, the other song – International Academy of Advanced Homeopathy. Armeen is an expat from Toronto, Canada who now resides in Mumbai, India. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Health and Education and a Diploma of Homeopathy. She the senior editor of the TOS publications team, writing for local and international homeopathic magazines and journals. She has a private homeopathy practice in Mumbai combining her knowledge of homeopathy, physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupressure and acupuncture

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