Author: Jan Scholten
Theme: king, emperor, president, leader, manager, organisor.
Theme: power, tyrant, responsible, serious, heavy.
Identification with the world
The main identification in the Gold series is with the world. They feel part of the world and responsible for the world. They are the people who want to make the world a better place to live for all human beings. They feel one with humanity and see all people as brothers and sisters.
The people outside of the world are easily seen as enemies, like the invaders from Mars.
The theme of this series is leadership and management. They are the leaders in the family and in the business. They try and steer the firm towards success. They are the people who take on large projects, people like managing directors, mayors etc.
They are involved in the larger structures of society. They think about the organisation of businesses, town councils, matters involving the whole of society, the whole country. They are always busy delegating and planning to make the organisation work.
Responsibility is another important theme, as we have seen in Aurum. The most characteristic aspect of this series is that their sense of responsibility includes the whole of society. They feel responsible for their family, their employees, their fellow citizens or their subjects.
They can also be very helpful, or at least appear very helpful. But it is not the helpfulness of a servant, it is the helpfulness of a king who tries to assist his subordinates. The theme of help may also be expressed in the feeling of receiving (divine) guidance.
They don’t feel they have to justify their actions to anyone. On the contrary, they are very independent people who feel their only judge should be either themselves or God.
The sense of responsibility can make them very serious. They carry the burden, not only of themselves but of their whole country. All these people are dependent on him and this can be a heavy load. Like the director of a company that is about to go bankrupt feels that it is not only his job, but the job of all his employees that is on the line.
Even as a child they were probably quite serious. They did not play a lot, did not laugh a lot, they remained calm and composed. Their face can often appear bloated and congested.
The theme of leadership is most pronounced in the case of a king or an emperor. But their are other people in society who come under this heading. People like judges, directors, lord mayors or bishops. The preciousness of the metals is a reflection of the preciousness or nobility of these people, even if the nobility is only an outer facade. The most precious metals are the ones around the top stages, i.e. Osmium, Iridium, Platinum, Aurum and Mercury.
Power is a key word in the Gold series. Like the king who waves his sceptre and has total power over his people. They like to exercise their power over others. They may even feel they have power over life and death, as if they are the representative of God here on earth. This is why we see so many murderous impulses in this group of remedies, as well as suicidal impulses, which is the projection of the murderous impulses towards themselves. When someone commits suicide he takes the law into his own hands and doesn’t allow life to determine its own course.
Rubrics we often see: ‘death, desires’, death, thoughts of’, ‘dreams, dead bodies’.
The love of power can lead to dictatorial behaviour. Instead of using their power they begin to abuse it. The elements that are at, or just past the top are particularly prone to this kind of behaviour, elements like Platinum, Aurum, Mercurius and Thallium. This is the shadow side of power, the pitfall to be aware of. It is also the lesson the Gold series has to learn: power is an illusion, everybody is equally powerful and everybody deserves to be respected.
The dictatorial behaviour also calls forth the opposite force: the enemy that breaks down power. This theme is very strong in Mercurius and Thallium as we see in the Mercurius symptom: ‘delusion surrounded by enemies’.
In the ‘Complete repertory’ (Zandvoort) we also find rubrics like: ‘dictatorial’, ‘obstinate’, ‘headstrong’.
Dignified Haughty Respect
They carry out their managerial tasks in a very dignified manner. But the position of king can make them feel haughty. They are so high up on the ladder that they can only look down on the ordinary people. This feeling is very strong in Platinum who feels that they are bigger, better, and stronger than anybody else. This feeling of being raised above the crowd is also expressed in symptoms like: fear of heights, dreams of falling and dreams of walking up or down long staircases. They like to blow themselves up, impress other people, appear bigger than they really are.
The haughtiness is expressed in various ways, depending on which stage they are in. In the beginning stages we hardly see any sign of it. In the later stages it is there but it doesn’t really come out. It isn’t until we get to the top stages that we can clearly recognise it, particularly in Platinum. In the following stages we see a gradual decline again, the feeling becomes less intense and it is less openly displayed.
The solution to this whole problem of power and haughtiness lies in the ability to let the power flow through you, not as something to hold onto, but as something to pass on to the people you are responsible for’.
In the complete repertory of Zandvoort we find this theme under the rubrics: ‘haughty’, egotism, self-esteem’.
There is also a strong element of courage in this series. They feel there is a mighty task to complete that takes a lot of courage. It is almost too much for an ordinary mortal to achieve. But the fear of failure has to be conquered and they have to understand that their is no such thing as failure in the end. Even if you do fail you will have completed your task. The only failure is not trying. The fear of failure is also linked to haughtiness, because failure means your air of superiority was only show.
Another link between failure and superiority can be: as long as you fail you don’t have to be afraid of becoming too haughty. This variation is often present in the beginning stages, where they dare not manifest their abilities out of fear of becoming too arrogant. These rubrics are found in the Complete Repertory under: ‘audacity’, ‘cowardice’, ‘discouraged’, ‘irresolution, indecision’, ‘obsti-nate, headstrong’, ‘timidity’.
They tend to be real ‘workaholics’. They want to achieve what they have taken on as their responsibility and they will go on without a break if necessary. They put a lot of pressure on themselves and this shows in their face which is often congested and blown up. They are also prone to high blood pressure resulting in heart problems or strokes.
The other side of this picture can present itself as a complete lack of interest in work. They feel like a king who doesn’t have to work anymore, who only has to order other people to do the work for them. This aspect is found in the rubrics: ‘indifference, apathy’, ‘indolence, aversion to work’, ‘work, aversion to mental’, ‘work, impossible’.
Because they feel so superior to other people they are easily offended. The slightest remark is taken as a great insult and they tend to feel that they are not being treated with due respect and consideration. They may feel mortally wounded in their pride and this is the cause of the murderous impulses.
Their reaction to being offended can vary according to the stages. Barium would probably hide it and withdraw and Tantalum would think that it is better to quit the task they have taken on. Osmium will try to do even better, Platinum will be most indignant and superior, Aurum and Mercurius will show increasing anger and Plumbum and Bismuth are likely give up altogether.
Here we see the Complete repertory rubrics: ‘ailments from mortification, humiliation’, ‘ailments from anger, vexation, indignation, with’, ‘contradiction, intolerant of’, ‘offended easily’.
They may also get a feeling that they cannot complete their mighty task. This creates a feeling of failure which makes them want to give up. They don’t feel like doing anything anymore and become depressed or even suicidal. But they are the ones who determine whether they are a failure or not. This is an important differential point with the Iron series, and to a lesser the degree the Silver series as well. In the Iron series it is usually the other people who determine whether they have succeeded or not. The Iron series feels more observed, dependent on other people’s judgments.
A variation on this theme is that they don’t hold a managerial position themselves, but they are being manipulated by somebody higher up the ladder, a power that is greater than them that can have a negative influence on them.
The fear of failure is expressed in fear of heights and fear of falling from high buildings.
Another feeling we frequently meet in the Gold series is the feeling of isolation. They may be the king, but because of that they feel seperate from the ordinary people. The are so separate that they can no longer share their own, ordinary human beingness with others. This creates an intense feeling of isolation. There is no warmth, no contact with others. They have ceased to be human in a way, because they have are above all that. ‘It is very lonely at the top’.
This is analogous to the non-reactivity of the precious metals, they are above it all, they don’t form connections with other elements. They are very active as a catalyst however, they facilitate reactions between other elements, but remain unaffected themselves. In the Complete repertory we find rubrics such as: ‘aversion to family members’, ‘consolation agg.’, ‘fear, men of’, ‘fear, people of, anthropophobia’, ‘forsaken feeling’, ‘reserved’, ‘misanthropy’, ‘suspicious, mistrustful’, ‘talk, talking, talks, indisposed to, desire to be silent, taciturn’.
They often have very strong religious feelings, as we already know from the Aurum picture. Aurum starts to pray when things go wrong. But it is a theme that belongs to the whole series. They feel they are God’s representative on earth. Like the old kings, who were the rulers about life and death, who ruled almost like gods. The pharaoh’s in Egypt were seen as demi gods. The elements of the Gold series might view their task as one given to them by God Himself. They communicate with God all the time and know what needs to be done for the welfare of his people. A variation on this theme is the feeling they might have that God has abandoned them or that they are being punished by God. Or that the state or the king is punishing them, that this is a fate that they have called upon themselves. Sometimes they accept it as a lesson they needed to learn, but sometimes it may feel like a terrible injustice imposed by a super power. In the latter case they regard it as an indiscriminate act of dictatorial behaviour that they need to fight against. But this turns out like the fight of Don Quichotte against the windmills. In the repertory we see rubrics like: ‘delusions, religious’, ‘Godless’, ‘religious affectations’, ‘delusions, spectres, ghosts, spirits, sees’, ‘religious mania’, ‘religious sadness’.
Sexuality also plays an important role. Sexuality is linked to power and creativity, it creates new life. In this respect they might feel like a king who creates a country and keeps the race intact. Kings always have a harem, for as long as history has been recorded. A king passes on his nobility to his children and to his people. Here we see a strong association with the animal kingdom where, for instance, the queen bee is the creator of all her descendants, or where the stallion is the father of all the foals in the herd.
The opposite of this is an aversion to sex, which we also find in this series. They may feel far too superior to mix with ordinary people, let alone make love to them. Here we find repertory rubrics like: ‘ailments from, sexual excesses’, ‘dreams, amorous, with erections’, ‘lasciviousness, lustful’, ‘nymphomania’.
This group also has a creative side, like the Silver series. But in the Gold series it is expressed in the creation of structures and organisations, businesses and states. This creativity is also connected to sexuality where a new life is being created.
They are easily angered and don’t hesitate to express it. A king doesn’t have to hold himself in in front of his inferiors. We find this phenomenon in its most extreme form in dictators who won’t tolerate any advice and immediately burst out into fits of anger.
Some rubrics: ‘anger, irascibility, trembling, with’, ‘abusive, insulting’, ‘dreams, quarrels’, ‘ailments from anger, vexation’, ‘cruelty’, ‘morose, cross, fretful, ill humour, peevish’, ‘irritability’, ‘malicious, spiteful, vindictive’, ‘quarrelsomeness, scolding’, ‘repulsive mood’, ‘violent, vehement’.
They may easily become depressed about their failures and their isolation: ‘anxiety, suicidal disposition with’, ‘complaining’, ‘despair’, ‘discontented, displeased, dissatisfied’, ‘ennui’, ‘tedium’, ‘hypochondriasis’, ‘lamenting, bemoaning, wailing’, ‘loathing of life’, ‘sadness’, ‘serious, earnest’, ‘shrieking, screaming, shouting pain, with the’, ‘suicidal disposition’, ‘sulky’, ‘weary of life’, ‘weeping, tearful mood, alternating with laughter’.
Cheerful, gaiety, happy exaltation, excitable, excitement, mirth, hilarity, lively, vivacious.
Morose, sad, depression, suicidal.
Fear: heart disease; future; death.
Mind: prostration, exhaustion, brainfag; absent minded, concentration difficult, stupefaction, confusion, dull; forgetful, memory weak.
Hurry, haste, impatience.
Sensitive, oversensitive, < noise, < odours, < pain, < insults.
Fears: heights, falling, murder, death, suicide, heart disease, stroke, insanity, people, crowds, religious, devil, God.
Dreams: heights, falling.
Delusions: superior, alone; mania.
Irritability: < offence.
Guilt feelings, < feeling responsible.
Mental: absent minded, confused, rigid, mad.
Professions: king, leader, director, manager, president, captain, lord mayor, bishop, top sportsman or woman, judge.
Causes: disasters, humiliation, insult.
Trembling < anger.
Sensation: heavy; congested, full; boring, contracting.
Type: male, dark haired, overweight; blown up.
Weather: cold; > open air; < gloomy, < dry.
Time: < night.
Desires: alcohol, narcotics, bread, sweet, meat, cold water.
Aversion: meat, eating.
Food: < narcotics, > eating, < fasting.
Menses: < menses, < pregnancy, < labour.
Physical: < rest, < sitting, < lying, > walking, > motion; < dark, > pressure, > rubbing, < touch; > stretching.
Nerves: brain disease, apoplexy, haemorrhage; paralysis, Parkinson’s.
Head: headache, migraine; male baldness.
Eye: diseases; vision diturbed.
Heart: high blood pressure, infarction, failure.
Female: ovary problems, cysts, inflammations, cancer; sterility; amenorrhoea, metrorrhagia.
Male: testes inflammations, cancer, cryptorchism.
Limbs: bone affections, necrosis, inflammation; glands swollen, inflamed, indurated. Abscesses, necrosis.