With Natrium we arrive at the siliciumseries. With the completing of the personality, which took place in the carbonseries, it is now time to interact with other people. The manifestation of a strong personality was the quest of that previous series. The personality symbolised by taurus and it’s strength by the complementary sign, scorpio.


With the siliciumseries the interest in the surrounding world emerges, the world outside the personal space. This part of the human development is similar to the next sign of the zodiac, gemini


Clever, curious, communication. Making connection with surroundings. Trying to figure out, intelligence. Talkative, sociable, loves to interact with others on a superficial level. Unemotional, impersonal, ruled by rationality. Requires great mental stimulation. Playfull, inconstant, attention easily drifts so something new, seeks novelty.  


Natrium, which is in stage 1 of this sociable and interacting series, is doing that in the characteristic way of aries.  


Activity that is self-motivated, unaffected by others. New beginnings, the start of new cycles, birth, vitality. Agressive, willful, assertive. Focussed in short bursts, unlikely to sustain interest in the long term. Adventurous, pioneering, warriour-type energy, impatient, works best alone. Unconcerned with approval or acceptance. Lacks persistance and stamina. Honest and fortright.


Scholten mentions the withdrawal from relationships. Here the complementary signs come into play. Libra, the compliment of aries, has to do with relationships. And sagittarius, the compliment of gemini, has the withdrawal.

Natrium is well known for the silent grief after a relationship.


Going impulsive into relations. Can not reflect on their own behaviour in a relation. Very vulnerable for rejection. Sensitive for the behaviour of the other. Disappointed they withdraw. Give up on relationships. Feeling of a wall between them and the rest of the world. Fixed on one relationship and loosing that, gives an enormous shock.  Withdraw from relations. Don’t like company and consolation. Keep their problems to themself, very closed. No need to talk about their problems.




The next remedy is Magnesium in stage 2 of the siliciumseries. After the impulsive interaction of Natrium, we now have the interaction with the polarisation between stubborn and fear.  


The purpose of this stage is to come to a manifest interaction, but before that can be accomplished there has to be dealth with manipulation and abuse. The polarity between stubborn and fear belongs to taurus and the polarity between manipulation and abuse to the complementary sign scorpio


This basic principle is the same as it was in the carbonseries, where the whole series can be seen in that light.


The difference here in stage 2 of the siliciumseries, is that it all has to do with the interaction with other people. There is an exchange of forces which has to be handled with flexibility instead of being to static.


Vermeulen in Prisma about the role of Magnesium in the body:  


Magnesium deficiency reduces offensive aggressive behaviour but increases defensive aggressive behaviour. Lower levels of magnesium supplementation increase the number of attacks on intruders while higher levels have the opposite effect.


Magnesium in Homeopathy and the elements: 


The essential question is where they are in the relation and where the other. How to stand up for yourself and at the same time keep the relation good. Fear that the relation will be broken. To avoid that, they do not defend their own space. Avoidance of aggression can become an ideal. Becoming a pacifist.   




Aluminium is placed in stage 13 of the siliciumseries, the same stage as Boron in the carbonseries. 


The two signs involved are gemini and sagittarius.  


The next step in the interaction of the siliciumseries is developing a personal vision. After the polarity of manipulation and abuse from Magnesium, it is now the polarity of judging and withdrawal. Or on a more physical level, the polarity between expansion and retraction.


Aluminium in nature immediately reacts with oxygen and forms clay, which is the Alumina that is mainly used in homeopathy. In Prisma: 


Nature seems to expect aluminium to remain clay because the metal is difficult to extract. The key process for fertile soil is the formation of clay. 


Expansion might explain the dryness, which is a marked characteristic of Alumina. As clay that has gone to far from its source and dries out.   


Alumina in homeopathy is also well known for the confusion about his own identity. Scholten mentions the typical symptome ‘not recognise themselves when they look in the mirror’.  


With this confusion they can avoid responsibility. Acting under influence of others. Doing something because others tell them to. Can not decide which ideas to follow.  Always afraid to choose wrong. 


The complementary sign is gemini with the polarity between curious and anxious, which is the same theme as the whole siliciumseries is about.


As a result the final purpose of Aluminium is a visionary interaction. That is to interact with other people based on their own opinion.   




Silicium is in stage 14 of the siliciumseries, the series of interaction. It is the same stage as Carbon and it is similar to capricorn, which is the polarity between formal and depressed.


The final purpose is construction, making the vision of Aluminium concrete, leading to a constructive interaction.   


Capricorn and gemini represent the body and mind. They have to integrate the spirit and soul, which are represented by the complementary signs, cancer and sagittarius.  


About Silicea in Prisma:  


The conflict between inner and outer life. Too much in the head, not in touch with instinct and feeling, not rooted. Indecision is a big problem. Mind doing one thing and body doing another. Scientific thinking temperament battling with the artistic feeling or intuitive temperament. The split often occurs in the field of relationships with others. The person can be pulled between their own needs and the expectations of others.  


Well known is the lack of self-confidence which has to do with interaction and the overworked mental state. 


It is a matter of communication, a fear of being unable to find exactly the right words. Seeks for words and has even greater difficulty in expressing his thoughts in writing. Nevertheless he wants to go on working, even though he has reached the limit of his endurance long ago.




Phosphorus is in stage 15 of the siliciumseries, the same stage as Nitrogen. After the construction of a personal vision, it is now time to extend the interaction to new people and new places.


The astrological sign here is aquarius


Freedom and cooperation between individuals. Free-thinking, unorthodox, far-sighted, idealistic, utopian. Impersonal thinking, detached from emotional considerations. Interested in focusing the mind to formulate new and unusual ways of dealing with people, groups, society and the world.  


Scholten mentions the many friends, learning and desire to travel. 


See someone as a friend even if they only know him shortly. Want to share their friends with other friends. Another aspect of the communication is the use of language. Talking, listening, writing, reading, thinking and learning. Learning especially as an exchange of knowledge, not so much of achieving. Desire travel because of the constant change of people, places and cultures.  


Phosphorus is well known for an open mind and sees the whole world as a field of study. This leads to inventive interaction, but it can also go into extremes of nervousness and destruction.  


Great susceptibility to external impressions, to light, sound, odors, touch, electrical changes, thunderstorms. Suddenness of symptoms, sudden prostration, shooting pains. Produces a picture of destructive metabolism.  


The quality that has to be integrated is the individual spirit. This is leo, the complement of aquarius. Which is about personal expression, and is also the centre of the next homeopathic remedy, Sulphur.   


Here at this point is the transition from the primordial into the individual area, which is the centre of the human development.



With Sulphur we arrive at puberty during the human development. Here is the transition from the primordial part of the zodiac into the individual part.


The earth- and airsigns represent the series of the periodic table, while the fire- and watersigns mark the transition between them.


Sulphur is in stage 16 which is the same stage as Oxygen, and shares the similarity with pisces, which resembles here the fantasies and lazyness. 


Although still part of the siliciumseries, this part is called Sulphur as a subseries and is very similar to leo, the individual spirit:


Ego development, setting yourself apart from the rest of the world. Becoming your own person. Self-expression, being true to your inner nature, acting from the heart. Dawning awareness of self in relation to others. Ego, self-centred, arrogant. Creative expression. Needs to be center of attention, likes to be noticed and appreciated. Personal integrity, honorable, trustworthy, self-assured, confident.  


Expression is the purpose here, but the polarity arrogant and disrespect has to be explored first. Here with Sulphur the individuation process begins:  


Individuation is a natural, inherent process in man. It cannot be stimulated by something external, but it grows from the inside. Just as the body can become deformed or sick by lack of nutrition or movement, the personality can be deformed by lack of experience or education.


But also the complementary signs are well known characteristics of Sulphur. The philosophical theorizing (sagittarius) about revolutionary ideas (aquarius) and also the knowledge of many details (virgo).




Chlorine in homeopathy is best known as muriaticum. The picture is very similar to the astrological picture of cancer, the primordial soul.  


Nurturing, support, emotional bonding, belonging, roots, source. Ground of your being. The unconscious, feelings, emotion, first emotional attachments to the world. Mothering, emotional and physical nurturing. Experiences and imprinting during infancy and childhood. Family, ancestors, heritage, relationships to the past. Belonging, feeling at home, caring. Feeling supported, that needs are provided for. Insecurities and fears if your needs haven’t been fulfilled. 


Scholten talks about the close relationship between mother and child.  


It is a relation that has to end sometime, the child has to go it’s own way as an adult. 


But also relations in general:  


Afraid the other will abandon them or die. Feeling they are abandoned and do not dare to move on in life. Keep brooding about past relations. 


Chlorine is in stage 17 which is the same as Fluor. So it is mainly about the polarity between claiming and abandon (cancer) and about holding on and release (stage 17).  


The complementary sign (capricorn) also plays an important role here with the polarity between formal and depressed.


The goal is to learn how to use the emotions in a constructive way.  




Argon is like Helium and Neon in stage 18, which is the place where one series transforms into another.  With Argon that is the transition from the siliciumseries into the ironseries.  


This is at the same time a transformation from the primordial part of the zodiac into the individual part.  This transformation already started with Sulphur, but that was only a potential inner process.   


Here it should manifest in the world outside. If this inner process has resulted in an individual, who is convinced of his own creative potential (leo) and can deal with his emotions (cancer), it is now time to become really good at something (virgo). 


Embodiment of the individual in the world. Problems of adjustment dealing with the world and others. Perfection of the approach to life. Development of mundane skills, ability to change to adapt to life better. Service, helping, perfectionist, always seeking to improve, efficiency, practical, functional, analytical. Interested in crafts and projects, true to self in a simple, unassuming manner. Reacts to defeats and setbacks by pulling back and altering approach. Duties and responsibilities. Interested in maintaining the body as a fit vehicle.  


It is the polarity between critical and indifferent and should result in a function. A function that builds a strong individual who is capable of dealing with the world.




16. Sulphur