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Tidbits 37: Let’s Look At Lachesis!

Elaine Lewis
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Elaine takes apart a candidate running for president

Mom, why do we have to look at Lachesis?

Because he gets bored if he’s not the center of attention!

He does?

Allow me to quote from Philip Bailey:  “The proud, extroverted Lachesis is pleasant as long as he is the center of attention, but will become bored when he has to take a passive role, and resentful if his own high opinion of himself is threatened.”  (Homeopathic Psychology, p. 106-107.)  

Shana, what are you doing here?

What, I can’t just randomly drop by an article?  I’m here to help you.

You are?

The first thing we have to do is find someone…someone famous, someone everybody knows, someone in the headlines, who fits the description of Lachesis.

Good idea, Shana; it’s much easier to explain materia medica when you’ve got illustrations. OK, let’s think.  We need someone who’s ego-centric, loves to hear himself talk, is exhilarated by his own “eloquence”, loves to make speeches, loves to hold court, thinks that everything he says is brilliant …

Mom….

… someone who’s insulting, sarcastic and hates to be interrupted….

Mom…

… someone who changes his beliefs at the drop of a hat…

Mom!  Could you stop talking for two seconds?  I think I’ve found our Lachesis!

Who?

Donald Trump!  Oh, and one more thing, You’re Fired!

Ha-ha!  Shana you are a riot!  Thanks for your Donald Trump impersonation!  And now, ladies and gentlemen, I want you to watch the video below, but while you’re watching, I want you to keep these Lachesis words in mind: Egotistical, Conceited, Self-promoting, Enthusiastic hatred, Vindictiveness, Cruelty, Loquacity, Animated, Intense, Narrow-minded, Insulting, Sarcastic, Malicious, Mocking, Combative, Energetic.

The Bushmaster Snake

    So let’s have a look at Lachesis.  First of all, if you have a Lachesis person in your family–a Lachesis husband, father or mother–my heart goes out to you.  You don’t have an easy life!  These are not easy people!  Now, as you know, Lachesis is the venom of the Bushmaster snake; it’s a snake remedy, so we have to talk about the snake.  The Bushmaster is the most aggressive snake in the world, he will not back down, he will chase you down if you come near his territory and he’s not afraid of confrontation.  In this sense, you will confuse Lachesis with Nux vomica who also wants to be number-1 at any cost and is similarly possessed of high energy.  (In fact, Donald Trump has been famous for accusing his rivals of being “low-energy” types.)

Far from fearing confrontation like so many of our remedies–Lycopodium, Silica, Pulsatilla, Staphysagria, etc.– Lachesis welcomes it, and the reason is because Lachesis has a very strong, intense, passionate emotional side; he’s not placid, not content to allow people to “just be themselves”.  And with such strong emotions, he needs something to be emotional about!  Maybe it’s religion, and if he’s religious, it’s not enough that HE should be religious, oh no; everybody has to be religious!  And if he’s an atheist, he can’t quietly be an atheist; EVERYONE has to be an atheist or everyone is stupid!  And he will let you know it!  So they have very strong views, very intense convictions, and they make them known!

Striking!

Here’s another thing about snakes, they strike!  They strike with suddenness.  They lie in wait, quietly; you’re thinking all is well, and then without a word, they attack!  And it’s with such a suddenness that you never know what hit you!  So one of the things you will experience with Lachesis is their sudden and unwarranted attacks!  

Out of nowhere and for no good reason, all of a sudden, Mr. Lachesis is either yelling at you or threatening you in some way or even forcing his attentions on you.  Can you imagine?  Imagine living with such a person!  Can you ever feel safe?  You have to think of domestic abuse here or abuse in the workplace.  

Well, what does this have to do with Donald Trump?  Here’s what his butler of 60 years, Anthony Senecal, said about him in an interview with Inside Edition:

“A man of many moods, he could lose his cool at any moment. There’s the kind and generous Donald Trump, and then, all of a sudden, he’ll go off!  He’ll scream at you!  And there you are, seething!  But guess what?  He’s forgotten about it already!”

http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/15238-trump-is-a-picky-eater-who-sleeps-3-hours-a-night-and-hates-sloppy-dressers

“A wicked tongue”, they say of Lachesis:  An ability to cut you down and leave nothing unsaid.  Possessed of an uncanny perception, he can penetrate your feelings and motives and anticipate your thoughts, finish your sentences, see clearly what you’re all about, grasp ideas so quickly that most people can’t follow.  He may be psychic, clairvoyant.  No one stands a chance in a confrontation with Lachesis!  Case in point:  Magazine writer, Natasha Stoynoff, doing a piece on Trump’s one-year wedding anniversary for People, writes:

We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us. I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.

Now, I’m a tall, strapping girl who grew up wrestling two giant brothers. I even once sparred with Mike Tyson. It takes a lot to push me. But Trump is much bigger — a looming figure — and he was fast, taking me by surprise and throwing me off balance. I was stunned. And I was grateful when Trump’s longtime butler burst into the room a minute later, as I tried to unpin myself.

Physically Attacked by Donald Trump – a PEOPLE Writer’s Own Harrowing Story

What’s Lachesis-like about this story?  Suddenness.  Fast.  A sudden strike, taking you by surprise, leaving you stunned, using his tongue as a weapon (“a wicked tongue”).  

I’m sure there are many ways to seduce a woman but this particular way involves: a desire to attack, violent behavior, a love of power, and lasciviousness.  If I repertorize these 4 rubrics, Lachesis comes out on top.  (I’m sorry for non-homeopaths reading this trying to figure out what the heck I’m talking about.)  In fact, Lachesis finds conflict energizing!  No, he will not agonize over your feelings; he will not cry in sympathy for you; in personal matters, he has no scruples.  But his scruples in matters of world affairs, Justice, Freedom, and other large concepts, are incorruptible.  You might call him a fanatic.

Addictions

Look out, because Lachesis is made from poison, and as such, the Lachesis person may be drawn to poisons, such as alcohol, sugar, sweets, carbs, coffee and other drugs.  As you can imagine, an alcoholic Lachesis is the worst of all–belligerent, confrontational, attacking… (Drop a 30C pellet of Lachesis in his whisky bottle so he’ll drink and fall asleep instead of going after you.)

Suspicion

Maybe this should be the Lachesis Theme Song: “Suspicion” by Terry Stafford–everyone swore it was Elvis Presley; but, that’s another story.

Am I the only one who knows who Terry Stafford is?

Shana, are you still here?  Here’s the thing, Lachesis is toxic; snake venom is toxic, a Lachesis person is forever injecting poison into a relationship; and because of that, he assumes you’re doing the same thing!  “If I’m no good,” he wonders, “if I’m a cheat, if I’m evil and manipulative, I assume others are too!”  So he is forever looking for evidence that you’re betraying him!  They are big-time STALKERS: following you, reading your mail, listening in on your phone conversations, suspecting your motives, fearing betrayal.  Because of this, the Lachesis husband will be very possessive!  He will be watching you like a hawk, suspecting every innocent remark you make about another man as proof that you’re having an affair!  In fact, on the most innocuous set of events, he will place the worst possible interpretation on each of them!  You will find yourself saying, “What????   What????  What on earth are you talking about???  That’s not true!!!”

Liar, Liar!

When is Lachesis NOT lying?  To quote Catherine Coulter, “…Lachesis can also be an accomplished liar.  With a powerful and vivid imagination, he can get into positions where one falsehood leads irresistibly to another as he succumbs to an intellectual intoxication.” (p. 332, Portraits of Homeopathic Medicines)

The online magazine, Politico, undertook to actually count the number of times Donald Trump lied in a given week, fact-checking all his statements; they came up with “roughly one misstatement every five minutes.”

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/trump-tells-lie-about-every-five-minutes-literally

Unbelievable!

Forked Tongue, Shedding The Skin

We all know that snakes have forked tongues.  How does this manifest in the Lachesis person?  In a word, dualism.  Dualism and polarities.  Look for Lachesis to be a complete hypocrite!  Look for him being a Bible-thumping preacher in the afternoon and a carouser, gambler and drug-abuser at night.  Look for him going from politically liberal at one time in his life to the complete opposite a year or ten years later.  Donald Trump is a case in point.  He’s running for president as a Republican, meaning a right-wing conservative.  Who are the Republicans, you ask?  Stated simply, they’re against a lot of things, they like to assign blame, look for scapegoats, people they can get emotionally all worked up about– minority groups, the Jews, the Mexicans, the Muslims; they don’t like the government and they’re not too fond of women either…they’re against women’s rights, legal abortion, equal pay for women…they don’t much like the poor either, and their solution to every problem is, “More guns!” or, “Privatize it!” or, “Cut taxes!”  

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Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom. Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at LEWRA@aol.com Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: http://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org

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  • I vote republican most of the time. People like you that teach we are haters is one of the reason I very seldom vote for the other side.I will not read another one of your crap pages. This is no place to get in between to candidates that are like two peas in a pod.

  • Roy, if you vote Republican most of the time, fine; but, don’t try to tell me your party doesn’t thrive on hate. In fact, the Republican Party is a disgrace. Let’s look at what the Republicans have done since Obama took office–nothing but obstruct! They obstructed his Jobs Bill that would have put Americans back to work, they shut down the government–how many times? Tried to get America to default on its loans. They keep trying to over-turn Roe v. Wade which made abortion legal, they’re against the voting rights act, the minimum wage, equal pay for women, they don’t like environmental regulations, marriage equality for homosexuals, universal health care, they think climate change is a hoax; they think Obama is an illegitimate president because was born in Kenya–even though he wasn’t, they think he’s a Muslim, even though he’s not; they won’t allow him to appoint a supreme court justice to replace Antonin Scalia even though that’s the privilege of the presidency, they don’t believe schools should teach evolution, they think the earth was created 6,000 years ago, and they keep coming up with ways to keep blacks from voting such as Voter I.D. laws; the list of stupid things Republicans believe in goes on and on; and if you’re not a hater, then join a party that doesn’t hate; but thanks for reading my article, even though it’s the last one you’ll ever read; I’ll miss you.

  • Thanks for a fine article about Lachesis characteristics (I think your critic missed that part) and drawing analogies to Trump. I’d love to see your constitutional take on other politicos. Perhaps Mitch McConnell is a turtle as Bill Maher jokingly asserts. Obama often says one thing and does another. Could he be a thuja? I see a book in the making!

  • Mitch McConnell certainly looks like a turtle, I’ll tell ya that! I don’t know WHY he always gets re-elected! What does anyone see in him? Yes, a book. Who’s gonna write it?

  • Alan, as for my “critic”, there was no way to explain Donald Trump’s Lachesis-like about-face, from left-wing to right-wing, without explaining the nature of the party he’s in right now! He used to be a Democrat, which is the “liberal” party–he supported abortion rights and other liberal causes. Now he’s inexplicably a Republican, and there’s no way to side-step explaining what the Republican Party represents! I’m so sorry he’s not cognizant of how much hatred and xenophobia exists in this party! How does he explain the Trump supporters? How does he explain their attacking black protesters at Trump rallies? And no, he didn’t seem to be aware that this was an article about Lachesis or even about homeopathy.

  • Well, typically I enjoy your articles once I get past some of the initial nonvalue added dialogue, and this one gives a really good picture of Lachesis that illustrates it well. I do enjoy your past articles where you consider other remedies and why they do or don’t fit the picture. And I completely see your point in Donald Trump being one. While I am a Republican female, I don’t really support Trump based on how he inflames tensions in this country and I don’t really trust him. And thanks for the bigoted, narrow-minded insults to Republicans supposedly being the same. I don’t hate any racial or ethnic group, and in fact think everyone is so valuable that, yes, I believe they’re all valuable and even shouldn’t be killed in the womb. (Oh, the horror of valuing people!). And I don’t feel oppressed at all, and the pimary influential men in my life, pretty much all Republicans, honor women and treat us like queens, so, sorry that you must not see that in your life. And as far as politics go, when the House and Senate vs Preesident are different parties, it always happens that they’re in conflict. Some historical research in that as well as the origin of the Republican party, and also the real costs of policies like Obamacare as it is now can be quite enlightening. I’m really not sure why political parties and insults got all tangled up in this discussion of homeopathic remedies, good grief.

  • Kelly, first of all, thank you for reading my article, I really mean that. You stated the following:

    “I don’t really support Trump based on how he inflames tensions in this country and I don’t really trust him. And thanks for the bigoted, narrow-minded insults to Republicans supposedly being the same. I don’t hate any racial or ethnic group, and in fact think everyone is so valuable that, yes, I believe they’re all valuable and even shouldn’t be killed in the womb. (Oh, the horror of valuing people!).”

    The proof you offer that you value all ethnic groups and races is that you’re against abortion rights. Do I have that right? It just seems like a non sequitur to me, an excuse to introduce the issue you really care about– abortion. So let’s talk about that. You’ve perhaps unwittingly positioned yourself as being anti-women’s rights. Do you see that? Because, what “rights” do women have if they can’t decide when to have a baby, and who to have it with? It’s so basic. It’s the original right; without it, women are no different than animals living in the wild–no control over their reproductive system.

    So, I’ll take your word for it–you’re fine with minorities, it’s only women’s rights you have a problem with. Again, this is a real problem for the Republican Party–condemning women to the status of animals. This doesn’t mean we have to LIKE abortion, promote abortion, encourage abortion; it simply means the right should be available so that women don’t have to go to the Mafia for a medical procedure, which it (organized crime) will over-charge for, do ineptly, and its “patients” will wind up in the ER. That’s how it was in the bad old days. This is what legal abortion does away with; it doesn’t promote abortion, it just protects women’s lives.

    And Kelly, your party? It’s not anti-abortion; it’s just pandering to you. Here is a quote from an article in the Baltimore Sun about Nancy Reagan and her actual pro-choice stance: “But her remarks were not entirely a surprise. In a book by former White House chief of staff Donald Regan, she was quoted as once saying, ‘I don’t give a damn about the Pro-Lifers,’ and demanding that all mention of abortion be removed from the president’s 1987 State of the Union address.” http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1994-09-21/features/1994264147_1_nancy-reagan-donald-regan-first-ladies

  • Well, this is a short-sided argument. Are those babies not majority female? We know that they all start with female chrimosomes at least, and most of them stay female since the majority of the population is female. So do they not also have rights? Or are theirs less than the woman who was careless with her body and produced a human? I’m still not sure how killing is a right. Honestly, and this is a much deeper issue than politics, but when women see themselves with more respect, pandering less to men who will only take advantage of them and demanding resoect for themselves and knowing that sex is a superficial way to fill a void in their hearts and lives, and educate themselves, there will many less unwanted pregnancies. But, our society isn’t concerned with considering possible consequences of actions before taking that action, nor dealing with the consequences in any way that might inconvenience them, and it isn’t going that path and will continue to do as it pleases in the moment. Same with nutrition, gmo’s, and the proliferation of cancer, diabetes, etc. Yes, I expect more of women, to treat themselves with respect and not be used, or think that sex will fill whatever need they have in their life. And goodness knows I understand liking sex but I’m also educated and responsible enough to know what sex can produce and that I will handle a baby if one were to be reproduced (though I am married and that is kinda the goal.). I’d rather hold women up than giving them an option that can also prevent further pregnancies and traumatizes their emotional, physical and mental health. I definitely fail to see how that is healthy in any of those aspects?? That one makes me shake my head. I’ve never heard one woman speak without emotion and wondering what could’ve been about the event. Lastly, you said I wanted to “introduce” abortion, but to be fair, you mentioned the Roe v Wade, and I touched overarchingly on many subjects you brought up, race, ethinicity, abortion, Congress, etc. Aaaaand, I’m unsubscribing from notification of further comments bc while I don’t mind that people have conflicting opinions from mine, I feel that a certain level, discussions of two obviously hard-headed women like we are over the internet gets kinda silly and we could discuss till we’re blue in the face and I have other things that need my attention, as I’m sure do you. But in general, I do appreciate your quizzes and whatnot re:homeopathy, and Donald Trump is a great and timely (and unforgettable, lol) example of Lachesis.

  • I’m glad you liked the article, I’m sorry you’re taking yourself off the comments section because I would like to be allowed a response–after all, I read yours.

    Kelly, at the risk of talking to myself, I have to say that I don’t know anyone who likes or supports abortion. It’s not legal because people like it. It’s legal to protect women from back alley, unsafe abortions. Not just women; but girls and teenagers as well. These females may have been “bad”, “promiscuous”; yes, even stupid, but they don’t deserve to die; they are, after all, some mother’s baby, and she wants them very much to live.

    What are you going to say to these ladies? “Well, I am soooo sorry, but maybe you should have used your head before you decided to have SEX with an idiot!!!!”

    I don’t know, forgive me, but I just don’t see why you have all the sympathy in the world for the unborn, but nothing but contempt for real, living females with an unwanted pregnancy. They can just die as far as you’re concerned; they should have known better, exercised some restraint, shown some character, cultivated some moral fiber. Well, why not just say “Everyone should be perfect” and get it over with? It ain’t gonna happen! People make mistakes. So, what are we gonna do with these females who “made a mistake”, make them pay for it with their lives? That’s the question I wish you would answer.

  • I did read your comment bc it notified me from the previous subscription and I figured it was only fair anyway, funny you said that too. But, suffice it to say, I don’t see anyone with hate or disregard and come from a completely different angle than I think you see my position from, which I think causes the most misunderstanding. That being said, I’m just not someone who likes to belabor points, trade barbs, or constantly go back and forth, and I stated my original points as did you and replied and so it is what it is.

    Anyway, best of luck to you and your family. Truly.

  • My position doesn’t force anyone to have an abortion who doesn’t want one. Your position has forced the closing of abortion clinics, harassment of abortion providers and their patients, innumerable deaths from shootings and explosions in abortion clinics, the whole profession is on the run and in hiding in many states, and to what end? Has abortion stopped? A woman or girl determined to get an abortion will get one, one way or the other, even if it means having the baby in secret and disposing of it in a public trash can or dumpster, we’ve all heard these stories on the news. You might even say that all your efforts at making abortion more and more difficult to obtain, have created the very thing you’re horrified by the most–“baby killing”.

  • Wow, Elaine, I haven’t visited this site in a quite a while and now it’s rather disappointing that an article about a remedy turned into a political debate. Very out of place, in my view. However, there is something to be learned here – or reaffirmed – and that it that each person sees the world and all the people in it through his or her own miasmatic/constitutional prism. It’s very difficult to get away from that. As a homeopathy teacher I try to avoid using famous people as examples of remedy portraits, because we haven’t “taken the case”, and therefore are lacking information.

    Although your description of the Lachesis type covers a few of the key mind symptoms, you didn’t mention anything about physical generals. Also, your slant on Lachesis seems to emphasise the negative constitutional characteristics and you neglect to mention any of the numerous positive symptoms of the remedy. This kind of approach has its place, I suppose, but too often it leaves the student with a one-sided interpretation of a remedy portrait.

  • Dear Molly,

    Thanks for reading my article. I’m sorry you think a political debate is such a bad thing. In this day and age, it’s so easy for each side to hide from each other–one side hides in Fox News, the other side hides on MSNBC. We rarely come face to face with each other. Even Donald Trump himself has renounced the oppressive “political correctness” which insists that we can never speak a “truth” because someone’s feelings might be hurt. Clearly, that has happened in this article. At least two, or possibly 3, people have felt that I have had some nerve calling the Republican Party or Donald Trump “racist” even though clearly the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed Trump, Trump has encouraged violence at his rallies, and one “Trumpster”, who was never arrested by the way, openly punched a black protester in the face as he was being led off the premises by security. Trump’s openly racist campaign has received the majority of Republican votes and he has won the nomination for President; so, saying that the Republican Party is racist is a simple statement of fact, not opinion. Actor, Rob Reiner, when asked on “Morning Joe” recently why the Republicans had voted almost unanimously for Trump in the primaries, said, “There are a lot of racists in the Republican Party.”

    Trump, himself, is the originator of the “Barack Obama was not born in America” movement, AKA the “Birther Movement”. The Republican Party has colluded to obstruct all legislation that might reflect well on the President in an effort to make his presidency fail so that a Republican would be sure to be elected at the end of Obama’s term, never mind how this might negatively impact the well-being of the American people if the presidency were to fail. Party, not country, was all that mattered to Republicans.

    How else are we to understand Donald Trump without explaining his party? How else are we to make sense of his left-wing political stance from just a decade ago except by saying, “Yes, that’s Lachesis, shedding its skin, getting rid of the old, and on with the new!”

    You said I didn’t report any of the Lachesis generals. Are you sure you read this article? You didn’t see Better for Dishcarges, Worse Sleep, Worse Restriction, and so forth? They’re in there.

    And you say I gave no positive characteristics of Lachesis? Again, I have to wonder if you read the whole article. I said that after reading all this you would have to wonder how a person could ever marry a Lachesis but Lachesis can be very charming and a person could easily fall for someone with such high energy, romantic fervor, passion, devotion to issues of a moral content, firm ethics, high standards, incorruptability, fearlessness, etc.

    Catherine Coulter was one who frequently pointed to characters in fiction and real life to say, “So-and-So is a Calc-carb!” and so on. I think it was she who said Charlie Brown of the Peanuts cartoons was Calc-carb and I totally agree. Everyone who reads this will, I think, finally understand Lachesis.

  • Can a person have layers of ‘constitution’? Like seemingly fit one but after peeling away the layers with remedies come away with a different one?

  • When you label someone as a remedy, do you mean where they are NOW as opposed to being innately that constitution?

  • Alicia, when we say “constitution”, we mean the totality of symptoms including the mental and emotional picture. There’s a view that your constitution is what you always were and always will be. All we really know is that what you “are” on the day you present yourself to a homeopath is what we need to find a remedy for. A trauma can change a person’s constitution. A person after a head injury may act totally unlike himself, but that’s the person, or presentation, we have to find a remedy for. Every time you get an acute illness, it’s highly possible that your constitution will change. The patient with an Arsenicum flu isn’t his usual cheery self; now he’s afraid of dying and desperate for company and reassurance. The patient with a Gelsemium flu isn’t his usual cheery self either. He’s apathetic, doesn’t care if you stay or go, is very dull-witted and doesn’t do or say anything. A person with a Nux vomica flu isn’t his usual self either. He’s irritable, shouting, impatient, making demands, telling people to hurry up… and yes, for the moment, that is his constitution and you have to give him Nux vomica even though he was a Sulphur yesterday! I hope that answers your question.

      • I love this! Originally found your article on Calc Carb as I was checking my facts and looking for a good synopsis and I love how you write! I’ve not heard the ‘Gels, Arsen, Nux Vom etc Flu’s’ described like that before and how a constitutional rem can (almost reset itself from a trauma) makes so much sense. I’ve got a question tho, how is it Trump is so clearly Lachesis and not Sulphur? I’m not a homeopath, but used it for years and just like to sharpen up on my remedies. As you write, it sounds like Lachesis is the Gemini of Sulphur, being dual? 😊 but I thought they were quite similar, both self-focused, though Lachesis more of jealous type and both wanting the limelight, don’t they? So how do you distinguish the two from such distance, is it that obvious? Thanks, Laura

  • Wow! I love the way you spring remedies to life for those of us who sometimes find it difficult to differentiate between similar remedies. I get lachesis now better then ever and in fact can think of many others, even in my family that can certainly benefit from it! I also appreciate your unique, interesting writing style that always makes reading one of your “interviews” an adventure. Regardless of some of the negative comments, I for one believe you are a kind, compassionate caring homeopath and fair and just humanitarian. It does not surprise me that you feel as you do regarding our current president. Let’s just all keep our fingers crossed that he will do right by our country and a good homeopath like you will cross his path and slip him lachesis 🙂