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NEW IDEAS ON THE PERIODIC TABLE
Additional patterns in Jan Scholten’s metaphor
By Frans Maan

When we look carefully at the patterns that Jan Scholten describes about our remedy pictures derived from the periodic table, we can detect even more patterns than the ones he made explicit. Jan Scholten described our remedy pictures embedded in a metaphor ‘from unborn to death’, with different themes in each row of the periodic table. Within each row his metaphor describes ‘a rise, a top and a fall’...
Jan Scholten (p.8): ‘The periodic table shows rows and columns. The columns can be seen as subsequent phases of development. The rows can be seen as different levels or areas with a definite theme on which the development occurs.... The seven rows represent subsequent episodes in an even bigger development.’ (p. 19): ‘‘The spiral (of the periodic table) as a whole represents ever widening circles of consciousness and awareness. At the same time perspective also widens. In de second row there is only awareness of the body. Slowly the perspective widens to include the family, the village, the area (province), to include at the sixth row an encompassing awareness of the country and the world. In the same way the widening of the spiral occurs parallel with the advent of age. In the first row the age is one of an unborn child to end at the seventh row with old age.
Is the ‘from unborn to old age and death’ vertically similar to ‘a rise and a fall’ horizontally? It is my conviction that it is. Let us have a look within Jan Scholten’s descriptions to find some similarities between rows and columns.
  
I will leave columns 3 up till 2 for what they are for the moment, because in columns 3 - 0 elec- tronshells are filled on the inside in buried subshells, to make some kind of new start on the outside again in columns and 2. We will make some comparisons with elements from the third row immediately, because it focuses my argument.
We obtain a chess-board with an empty 8-th row, and only a few occupied fields in the first and seventh row.
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(In Jan Scholten’s terms - short and sketchy; his complete keynotes and elaboration of them can be found in his book, which I recommend wholeheartedly. His keynote essences and issues referring to specific chemical elements can be found immediately after the grid with psychological terms projected on the periodic table in chapter 6.).

Row 1: beginning to incarnate; coming from unity, ‘paradise lost’ resulting in loneliness.
Column 1: simply beginning; as a unit; lonely as well.
Similarity is clear and we may assume a lonely vision behind the ‘beginning’, projecting possibilities into the future.
From row 3, column: Natrium simply falls in love. Falls in love with stability in relationships: Natrium carbonicum and Natrium silicatum. Falls in love with some enchanting relationship: Natrium phosphoricum. Falls in love with a potentially satisfying relationship: Natrium sulphuricum. Falls in love with a potentially redeeming relationship: Natrium muriaticum.
I am aware that these short characterisations are not the same as we can find in the textbooks. However, I would like you to reconsider. Aren’t they accurate as to how the imbalances in those remedies start off? Isn’t there a lonely projective vision behind the pictures we know.

Row 2: the body; small child; (Who) am I ?; values, magical thinking, need support.
Column 2: determining position; no frame of reference; values; evaluation, insecurity, timidity. A small child (row 2) does not have a clear frame of reference (column 2); no clarity where his body ends and the outside world begins (row 2); values and evaluation are based on bodily sensations / feeling (row 2): okay or not okay; satisfying or not satisfying (evaluation - column 2 - of sensations).

We are emphasising ‘vision’ here, because it allows for an easy link with purposiveness, zodiacal fire, Jungian intuition?
As is common, 'he' or 'his' may be read as 'she' or 'her', when it does not refer to a specific individual.
  
At the same time both (row 2 & column 2) are not able to disconnect from any pain that is experienced. No frame of reference yet (column 2). There is insecurity here and psychologists have traced ‘basic insecurity’, ‘basic anxiety’ to our bodily experience. We may add ‘insecurity’ and even ‘symbiosis’ to the keynotes.
From row 3, column 2: Magnesium. Magnesium carbonicum has been linked to orphanage and ‘illegitimate infants, conceived by clandestine coition’ already by Kent in 904 (p. 656). We may imagine what the orphanages have been like in those days: ‘60 to 00’ babies in a ward screaming and shouting for care, or forced to be silent. No wonder most Magnesiums cannot stand aggression. No basic trust! Nowadays we mostly see Magnesium in children from divorced parents or from families where there are a lot of quarrels. We see it also in adults with 'peacemaking' qualities, even though they can have eruptions of violent anger.

Row 3: relationships, communication, (further) development of language (concepts, perspective), play; puberty; determination of position.
Column 3: self-opinionated; position taken (, and in decay or outgrown).
Here we have made a jump from column 2 to column 3. The jump is reflected in Jan Scholten’s descriptions, but we can find similarities in issues. While the term ‘relationships’ has a neutral ring to it, ‘puberty’ we can use. In puberty (row 3) an individual often determines his position (row 3, column 3) against adults (love - hatred, row 3; suspicious, distrust, column 3), and for and with their peers (relationships - row 3). Self-opinionatedness (column 3) of individuals in puberty (row 3) is (happily) quite common.
We might change the keywords into ‘confusion about appropriate roles’ that fits in with puberty (row 3) for sure. About column 3 we can find the following lines from Jan Scholten: ‘They had a clear function in the past... They do not want to consider the perspective of what once was right, may not be right anymore... Listening and discussions (= communication; also row 3) are useless... There is disbelief in possibilities... They withdraw on outdated islands.’
Consider puberty again: a lot of the inherent confusion of puberty is projected onto the parents. The lines on column 13 sound a bit like a fifteen year old talking about his parents. At the same time there is a lot of conservatism in puberty, that individuals concerned are not even aware of. In their ‘direct opposition’ to ‘outdated ideas’ they are often determined by them. (Some ‘progressive’ parents may talk in a similar vein about their children in puberty as well.) ‘Confusion about appropriate roles’ fits in with column 3 as well. (Erikson: ‘identity versus role confusion’.) It highlights an aspect that is implicitly there in Jan Scholten’s description. The difficulty here is that Jan Scholten’s themes referring to the rows are described in rather neutral terms. The columns on the other hand... We will encounter similar difficulties in the following rows and columns.
From row 3, column 3: Aluminium. ‘Confusion about appropriate roles’ seems fitting enough. They lack some of the self-opinionatedness or self-determination of Jan Scholten’s description of column 3. There are reasons for this ‘self-opinionatedness’. Let me note for now that columns 3 to 2 only come into existence in the fourth row.

Row 4: task, duty, work, routine; responsibility; technique, perfectionism, practical, pragmatic; rules, order, control, rigidity, conservatism; sensitive to criticism, examination; fear of failure, sense of guilt, paranoid, fear of police, restlessness; young adult.
Column 14: diverting; empty, inert, formal; indifferent; hide behind rules, conventional, ceremonial, conforming; facade, reserved, distant, stable; irresponsible.
Norms are quite fixed within the group an individual belongs to. A young adult (row 4) only gets a voice in matters, as long as he follows the rules of the group (column 14), otherwise he just can leave. To be taken seriously he has to stick to the rules (column 4) - out of responsibility (row 4) or not (column 4) is not the point. He has to learn his job first (row 4) and prove his ability within a conventional (column 4) setting.
From row 3, column 14: Silicium, best known from Silicea. Just read the keynotes on the fourth row with Silicea in mind. For sure, they are not detailed enough. However, they convey the right idea.
(I know that Jan Scholten placed Carbon and Silicium in the tenth column. As you will see, I do have reasons to put them back to the fourteenth.)

Row 5: creativity, inspiration, fantasy, culture, ideas and ideology, wisdom, concerned with the unique and the special, enchanted by the wonderful, beauty and ugliness, conveying, art, science, medicine; shamanism, mysticism, priesthood, performance, show, enchantment, air, facade (here as well), influencing, intermediary, public relations; rise above the common, pride, arrogance, need for compliments, fear of failure, inability to enjoy out of fear of becoming arrogant, angry when not appreciated; complaints with voice and hearing (connected to communication, like in the third row) middle aged.
Column 15: loss, fear of death; exaggeration, superfluous; surrender; offering, emptiness, poison,
desperate, refusal to cooperate, forgiving.
A constructive contribution is in order when an individual reaches ‘middle age’ (row 5) in development (if ever); more is needed than just sticking to the rules. Whatever their creation (row 5), they will have to offer it (column 15). In offering they lose (column 5) their creation (row 5) at the same time...
The best argument to spot similarities here is to refer to Phosphorus, row 3, column 5, bypassing Jan Scholten’s descriptive terms of the column. Where Jan Scholten links the fifth row to creativity, we have ‘flowery’, creative, artistic (?), socially involved Phosphorus in the fifteenth column. Phosphorus may get ‘diffused’ in the enchanting ‘Maya’ of outer appearances. While only some homoeopaths will think about Phosphorus in terms of ‘scientists’ or ‘shamanists’, terms that Jan Scholten linked to the fifth row, the enchantment is very similar. Phosphorus treats you as if you are unique, only to treat the next person as uniquely. It has cooperativeness as well.
The facade here is an inflated one, whereas the facade in the fourteenth column is a formal one. While I bypassed Jan Scholten’s description here, I can recognise it in very imbalanced cases.

Row 6: power; leadership, big projects, organisation, delegation, responsibility for others as well, serious, heavy, noble, possibly suicidal, dictatorial, arrogant, courageous, workaholic or indolence, mortification, indignation, manipulation, isolation, mistrustful, misanthropy, strong sexuality; ripe age.
Column 16: remembering; everything lost; expectation that needs will be met eventually; claiming, begging, indignation; seductive; search for depth, remembers and lives on old glory, nostalgia, fantasising, air-castles, reconciliation with fate; neglect; ego-boasting; theorising; lazy.
Power (row 6) and powerlessness (column 16) are two sides of the same coin; Whoever possesses power is dependent on where the power comes from. The word sacrifice fits for what is needed. If the ego identifies itself as the source of power, ego-boasting (column 16) and arrogance (row 6) results. At a ripe age (row 6) often vitality and competence diminish, and leadership (row 6) becomes based on experience in the past - remembering (column 16). The ‘seductiveness’ in column 16 I would like to replace by manipulativeness, because it seems to have more ‘feeling’ depth than merely ‘flowery’ seduction.
Similarities here can best be found in Sulphur, row 3, column 6. Whatever else we may say about it (and we may say a lot), Sulphur is known to have leadership qualities.

Row 7: magic; magus, magician; hidden knowledge, power and influence; old age; precognition, intuition.
Column 17: the real end; nothing to be done; need for limitless space like the sea, or fear of it; letting go; want to hold onto the past (onto life, onto the life of someone who is dying); pain, grief, sense of guilt; licentious, impulsive, exploitive, aggressive, amoral, criminal; condemned, outsider, plundering and exhaustion, escape.
At an old age (row 7) people often know their knowledge is not valued anymore, it is over (column 17) and so has to be hidden (row 7). Some have a beautiful silenced form of wisdom and power (row 7), in which death is already accepted, but also the life that is still left (column 7). We may use Erikson: ‘integration versus despair’, and even ‘religious despair’ in our own terms. The theme of the seventh row links with integration, the imbalanced ‘end’ of the seventeenth column links with despair and possibly acting out.
We may also use ‘moral dilemmas’ as a keynote. Whichever way a ‘magus’ moves may have a destruc- tive effect. They need to be full of care if they are to prevent irreversible damage.
From row 3, column 17: Chlorum, best known from the muriaticums. Linked to ‘motherhood’ by Jan Scholten and linked to the father by Didier Grandgeorge in Natrium muriaticum. Let us stick to Natrium muriaticum. In my own practice I have often heard from clients that benefited from it, ‘I have never had a real mother, she had no attention for my needs as an individual’, but also ‘I am lonely (Natrium) in facing all aspects of raising my children’. Mother, father, whatever... moral dilemmas are involved in parenting and there needs to be a lot of care not to make means subordinate to ends.
(We had some lines on Natrium muriaticum already and those tell something about what the relationship could be like; possibly redeeming, setting both parent and children free.)
Of course ‘religious despair’ links best with Kalium bromatum, but I have seen it also in other ‘seventeenth column remedies’ and in Radium bromatum; we may use it as a partial summarising expression of the proving of Plutonium nitricum by Jeremy Sherr and a dreamproving by the ‘Gilde Amsterdam’ (to be published).

There is no eighth row (yet?) in the periodic table, but death follows inevitably after we had old age.
Column 18: rest, inertia, retreat, closed off, in a cocoon, coma, autism, death, meditation, on holiday, cloister, asylum, denial, inner transformation, transition, freedom, unlimited, not bound, flight from reality, dissociation etc.
No comments needed.
Jan Scholten links Argon (row 3, column 18) to ‘unemployment’.

Of course I have chosen just a few terms from Jan Scholten that fit in in a comparison, that can illustrate similarities... I have not build a theoretical construct upon another. I am continuously checking my own lines with known materia medica in mind. Jan Scholten’s ideas can be elaborated, giving them a slightly different focus. With a slightly different focus it becomes possible to refine a little and make many links. Without Jan Scholten I would not have been able to do so.
By spotting similarities between the rows and columns we are able to find just seven hooks to make it easier to memorise a lot of diverging remedy pictures. Added to those seven there is a very special one in the noble gases that I would like to refer to as a ‘whisker’. We may replace Jan Scholten’s 7 series and 18 stages for seven general stages going both horizontally and vertically. Horizontally the special ‘whisker’ one is added. In comparing I have emphasised third row elements as representatives of the columns. Jan Scholten’s descriptions of the columns may be used as descriptions of extreme imbalances with regard to the rows. As you can see in the above we can even use seven specific chemical elements as hooks and we may use those to say things like: the first row is a bit like Natrium (3, ), the second row is a bit like Magnesium (3,2), the third row is a bit like Aluminium (3,3) etc. We could do that as well with chemical elements from the other rows, but the third row is the one we know most about since the old days. The best would be to use specific elements that are in the same (sub)stages horizontally as they are vertically: Hydrogenium (1,1 ), Beryllium (2,2), Aluminium (3,3), Germanium (4,4), Antimonium (Stibium) (5,5), Polonium (6,6) and... possibly Americium (7,7). However, some of those we have a little experience with only. In using seven specific elements from a row we should take the general theme of that row into account, subtracting it. We arrive at ‘lonely vision’ for Natrium (3, ), ‘vulnerability’ for Magnesium (3,2), ‘confusion’ for Aluminium (3,3), ‘rigidity’ for Silicium (3,4), ‘inflation’ for Phosphorus (3,5), ‘manipulativeness’ for Sulphur (3,6) , ‘amoral destructiveness’ for Chlorum (3,7), means subordinate to ends.

What about columns 3 - 2?

We will add substage -, and sub-substage numbers to the chemical elements in the rest of this article.

I can stammer some and say: 1 , 2, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/0, totalling 8.
In columns 3 - 0 there is a development on the inside; buried sub-shells are filled with electrons (highschool stuff). We may symbolically translate it into ‘introspection’. Psychologists tell us that introspection is in order when people expect failure, when there is negative expectancy 5. Negative expectancy may turn to ‘learned helplessness’ 6 in columns 3 - 6. Negative expectancy may turn to ‘testing skills’ 6 in columns 6 - 9, but there is still the expectation of failure. ‘It will never be good enough’. With ‘positive expectancy’ people continue on a given track even in the face of failure. It refers to columns 10 - 18. We may call it ‘cramped continuance’ or ‘hopeless’. You may add ‘helpless’ to columns 3 to 10 and ‘hopeless’ to columns 10 to 18, after we have come to the fourth row. Scandium (4, ) becomes like a helpless visionary Natrium (3, ), Cuprum (4, ) becomes like a hopeless visionary Natrium (3, ). Titanium (4,2) becomes like a helpless vulnerable Magnesium (3,2), Zincum (4,2) becomes like a hopeless vulnerable Magnesium (3,2). The only thing we need to add is a fourth substage theme: work, tasks etc. Fourth row like, fourteenth column like, Silicium (3,4) like.
The pattern in columns 3 - 0 is the same as the pattern in columns - 8.
Of course, Jan Scholten’s top at the 10th column corresponds with the top in the ‘additional pat- terns’.
(The reasons for the graphic representation of the additional patterns will become clear in my book.)
5common psychological concepts.

A similarity between column 10 and 18 can be found in Jan Scholten’s terms ‘inertia’, or even ‘glass- bell’ with Niccolum (4,8/10) (column 10) and ‘in a cocoon’, referring to column 18. A prediction that follows would be that ‘extreme arrogance’, even sociopathy and ‘extreme self-depreciation’ may be part of the pictures for the noble gases as well.
Column 11 may be viewed as a new start, with a fully developed buried subshell.
Having spotted similarities in patterns both horizontally and vertically with sevens and additional ‘whiskers’ horizontally, we have the ingredients and data to make links with many other sevens and even ‘magic sevens’. We might even have a look if ‘fours’, ‘fives’ etc. are better accommodated in a ‘seven’, than their original number. The additional patterns can be of help in finding formal links with accepted personality psychology, Jungian psychology, the zodiac and even esotericism. Where it is obvious that psychological development theories can be added to Jan Scholten’s development theory, the additional patterns may be used as a bridge to ‘horizontal’ trait psychology. All of them may give us additional insights into our remedies. And, interestingly, there is a general theory of process available, developed by Arthur Young, that enables us to expand the same patterns to the other kingdoms, bridging Jan Scholten’s ideas and Rajan Sankaran’s kingdom approach. In Young’s approach there are seven kingdoms: light (1), nuclear (2), atomic (3), molecular (4), plant (5), ani- mal (6) and human (7). The sevens in the rows and columns turn out to be similar to the seven kingdoms.

We may use the patterns in some tricks to illustrate how seven and a whisker, horizontally, vertically, even three- (- and more -) dimensionally, can help in memorising homeopathic materia medica.
We may play a game as if we have to solve all cases with the eight elements from the third row of the periodic table only - with those eight and combinations between them. We may pretend that those are the only ones available. As Hahnemann has putted it in § 62 of the Organon (Dudgeon transla- tion): ‘It sometimes happens, owing to the moderate number of medicines yet known with respect to their true, pure action, that but a portion of the symptoms of the disease under treatment are to be met with in the list of symptoms of the most appropriate medicine, consequently this imperfect medicinal morbific agent must be employed for lack of a more perfect one.’ Let us imagine we have only the third row available. What would we give in a clear case of Aurum metallicum for instance when Aurum would be unknown? (Row 6, hopeless substage 1.)

1 FIRE H He
2 WATER Li Be
3 AIR Na Mg K Ca Rb Sr Cs Ba Fr Ra
4 EARTH Sc Ti V Cr Mn Fe Co Ni
5 AIR Y Zr Nb Mo Tc Ru Rh Pd
6 WATER La* Hf Ta W Re Os Ir Pt
7 FIRE Ac**Db Jl Rf Bh Hn Mt

We might think of Sulphur, the sixth element of the third row, because Aurum is in the sixth row. However, it does not feel good enough. We could look at Natrium, the first element, because Aurum is in a fire column, an introverted intuitive column. Not good enough again. The option open is to combine them, one and six: Natrium sulphuricum. Now we are getting close. If I know something about Natrium sulphuricum, I could know something about Aurum, even if I would not know anything about it.
Even though Aurum and Natrium sulphuricum only share 72 mental rubrics out of 605 (Synthesis 7), the ‘feel’ I have about them in practice is quite similar. They can both be closed, very serious and possibly depressed and suicidal. Both have a strong sense of duty and responsibility. Both are sensitive to music. I have seen several Natrium sulphuricums with highly responsible functions in society, with strong religious feelings and convictions. (No doubt, you will have seen it as well.)
An accurate comparison with elements from the third row would be with a remedy that adds Aluminium (3,3) confusion - for the whole periodic table. The atomic kingdom is the third kingdom and Aluminium is the third element of the third row. Confusion versus self-determination.
(I do regard Aluminium to be the utmost representative of the whole periodic table. Third kingdom, third row, third element. In my understanding, anyone needing a remedy constituted from elements from the periodic table shares something with Aluminium.
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With all of them there will be some confusion. To many this confusion will be so natural, so self- evident, so inherent in the fact of being alive, that it is not even talked about.) Added to Aluminium, Sulphur and Natrium, we might compare with Silicium (3,4) and Natrium (3, ), because Aurum metallicum is a metal ( ; introverted intuition) within the molecular kingdom (fourth kingdom). (See chapter 2.) Natrium sulphuricum introduces Oxygen (2,6) and the ionic bond in Natrium sulphuricum, that is not there with Aurum metallicum, and we would need to add Magnesium (3,2) both for the second row (Oxygenium) and for the ionic bond (2) in the molecular kingdom (4) (see chapter 2).
However, Aluminium, Silicium, Magnesium etc. complicate things. We may summarise those ‘complications’ and extract the idea that in Aurum there is more compulsiveness than in Natrium sulphuricum, which has more vulnerability. Even while Natrium sulphuricum may rise to ‘high office’, it is more personal.) A straight comparison with a known remedy is not possible, but Natrium sulphuricum comes close to Aurum. We may compare, but we should not replace.
Similarly we might compare Argentum metallicum (row 5, hopeless sub-substage) with Natrium phosphoricum (sub-substages 1 and 5 in the third row). In going into Argentum nitricum, Philip Bailey immediately starts to compare with Phosphorus (3,5), picturing Argentum nitricum as a bit more eccentric. The closed aspect (Natrium (3, )) with a ‘minority complex’ of Argentum metal- licum is accentuated by Jan Scholten. Performance and show in singing and talking, high intellect, poor emotion in Argentum metallicum - among others - is highlighted by Rajan Sankaran. Singing and talking: communication, air, extraverted thinking, Phosphorus like.
(Aluminium (3,3) confusion could be added for the whole periodic table. Silicium (3,4) rigidity and Natrium (3, 1) lonely compulsiveness for the metal in the molecular kingdom etc. All this could be done for the same reasons as with the comparison between Aurum and Natrium sulphuricum.) Cuprum (4, 11) might be compared with Natrium silicata (1 and 4 in row 3). Mercurius (6,2) might be compared with Magnesium sulphuricum (2 and 6 in row 3), Cadmium (5,2) with Magnesium phosphoricum (3,2 and 3,5), Zincum (4,2) with Magnesium silicata (2 and 4)... A remedy like Ferrum metallicum (4,6) might be compared with a helpless Sulphur (6) combined with Silicium (4). We have no remedy that combines those elements to my knowledge, but we can imagine one, by imagining a rigid and fragile (4) - Sulphur, or a pushy (6) - Silicium.
We may compare with the notes and reserves in mind, mentioned with Aurum and Natrium sulphuricum. More elements should be added to be able to make straight comparisons. Awareness of hierarchical differences should be there. However, it may give clues and hints and to me it is a big help in memorising. I would like to suggest to make comparisons between remedies we do know something about at first, to appreciate this technique. We always need to return to our known materia medica, because that is the ‘solid’ ground we have. We may use the same trick with each row to be able to make further comparisons. We might even do it with single columns, when they would have had all seven and one areas filled. However, the third row is the easiest one, because it shares an Aluminium confusion theme with the whole atomic kingdom. In teaching and studying homeopathy the trick of linking remedy pictures to combinations of third row elements may be of help. On all of the elements from the third row we have a lot of information, except on Argon (3,8/0). It could be a good way to start the study of materia medica with reading about them, and to see videotapes of cases that benefited from them. It could facilitate the study when Aurum is not presented as just another remedy, but a remedy with a picture very akin to Natrium sulphuricum. Not only akin in the empirical data we have about them, but also in a pattern behind those similarities.
Moving from the third row to other remedies could mean ‘from general to particular and peculiar’. From seven and one general human issues to specific situational imbalances, that ask for different remedies in each particular case. It could mean moving to distinct shades in colouring in personality pictures, to different shades in colouring in general, peculiar and particular symptoms. A pattern quite fitting to our homoeopathic approach. It is in line with a suggestion by Constantine Hering: ‘The proper mode of studying the whole materia medica, consists in making one’s self completely master of a few remedies, and afterwards of those most nearly connected with them; and so on, always comparing the new ones with those first studied.’ All other remedies and groups of remedies, might be compared, contrasted and refined in being related to the stages the above remedies repre- sent. The trick might be used to tell something about ‘unknown remedies’ as well.
In direct opposition to Hahnemann’s advice in § 62, I do agree with the dictum ‘a rare case asks for a rare remedy’ .When a seemingly ‘indicated remedy’ fails to act, the trick may be used the other way around, to arrive at relatively unknown ones. For instance: when Natrium phosphoricum ( and 5 in row 3) fails, I might think of any other remedy, but also of Rubidium (5, ), Yttrium (helpless 5, ), and Argentum (hopeless 5, ) again.

There are other ‘tricks’...
The lanthanoids (6, ) become helpless Aurum’s, where Aurum (6, 1) is hopeless. Hafnium (6,2) becomes a helpless Mercurius, where Mercurius (6,2) is hopeless. The lanthanoids may also repre- sent some kind of internal ‘marriage’ of what Aurum (6, )1 and Cuprum (4, 1) represent on the out- side because the lanthanoids fill buried electronshells at the same subshell-level as do the elements in the fourth row. From a Jungian point of view we may expect distortions of sexuality here. The ego - shadow complex (4) combined with the animus (6). Lutetium may represent a ‘marriage’ of Aurum and Argentum (5, 1). We may use the same ‘tricks’ within Arthur Young’s kingdom grid that we will describe in the book. In the above we need not consider a long term Aluminium (3,3) confusion and Silicium (3,4) rigidity theme, because the remedies we compare are derived from the same third kingdom as they come out in actual behaviour in the same fourth molecular kingdom.
In the kingdom grid with the other kingdoms we should take the long term themes into account.

1  light
2  nuclear
3  atomic
4  molec.
5  plant
6  animal
7. human
cosmic gamma x-rays rays rays
row 1 row 2 row 3
metals salts methane
series compounds
bacteria algae bryophytes phytales
protozoa sponges coelenterates
lonely tribal self- hunter conscious fire water air
quint.
substage1 2 3
uv ir
row 4
micro
row 5 polymers calamites annelids creative air
5
tv, radio
row 6
proteins
gymno- sperms arthro- pods christ/ buddha water
6
low- frequency
row 7
dna/virus
angio- sperms chor- data
?
fire
7 8/0
functional
anti matter noble
gases
minerals fungi
tuni cates
psilomolluscs objective earth

Sticking to the third row in the periodic table all plant remedies (kingdom 5) could be compared with Phosphorus (3,5) enchantment. All angiosperms (substage 7 in kingdom 5) with a combination of Phosphorus enchantment (3,5) and Chlorum (3,7) care (possibly destructive). All fungi (sub- stage 8/0 in kingdom 5) with a combination of Phosphorus (3,5) enchantment and Argon (3,8/0) absence. All animal remedies (kingdom 6) with Sulphur (3,6) manipulativeness. All ‘human’ remedies (kingdom 7) with Chlorum (3,7) care. With all of them we need to subtract the Aluminium confusion theme from the third row elements. Subtract a Silicium rigidity theme as well, as the behaviour of the chemical elements comes out in the molecular kingdom.
In practice, the additional patterns may be used as an interface: we may ask whether the main imbalance a client is stuck is in a ‘lonely vision’, in ‘vulnerability’, in ‘confusion’, in ‘formal rigidity’, in ‘inflation and diffusion’, in ‘manipulativeness’, in ‘amoral destructiveness’ with means subordinate to ends, or any combination of those. The whiskers are stuck in extreme arrogance and/or extreme self-depreciation. Answers to the main imbalances point to distinct, newly arranged groups of possibly indicated remedies. The how and why is presented in the book. In this introduction it may be noted shortly that the issues correspond to Jungian introverted intuition, introverted feeling, introverted thinking, introverted and extraverted sensation, extraverted thinking, extraverted feeling, extraverted intuition, quintessence. Zodiacal: fire, water, air, earth, air, water, fire, aether. In Big Five trait terms: extraversion, agreeableness, openness, contientiousness, openness, agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism. If I were to start studying homeopathy all over again, I would love to have ‘the third row only’, the zodiac next, combined with introversion and extraversion. Whenever I hear or read about a remedy I hardly know about, I am using the tricks and the grids to fix new information in my head.

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