Across the ages, the artistry of brass objects has held a significant place in human culture. Dating back to ancient civilizations like the Indus Valley Civilization and Ancient Egypt, brass has been a cherished medium for artistic expression. Exploring the world of brass not only delves into a rich history but also provides a captivating glimpse into the creativity, craftsmanship, and culture of our ancestors.
Brass is a metal alloy that consists of copper and zinc. Known for its versatility and beauty, it's an excellent substitute for gold in both jewelry and ritual magic. But brass shines brightly for reasons that extend far beyond its physical appearance. Join me on this exploration of the meaning of brass in the metaphysical world and learn how to utilize its properties in your daily life.
Uses of Brass in Magic
When used as a talisman, brass can shield you from negative energies, psychic attacks, and harmful influences. As a material widely used for forging coins, brass is linked to wealth.
Brass also serves as a fair substitute for gold in ceremonial magic, due to its beautiful golden hue. For energy work, brass can serve as an energetic conductor in magical rituals. For example, a brass wand, pendulum, or dagger works just like a copper or bronze one.
How to Choose and Wear Brass Jewelry
- Choose brass jewelry that resonates with your intention. Then, look for brass jewelry that has a shape, a symbol, a stone, or a design that matches that intention.
- Choose brass jewelry that complements your skin tone, your hair color, and your outfit. Brass jewelry can look stunning on any skin tone, but it can also enhance certain features and colors. For example, if you have a warm skin tone, brass jewelry can bring out the golden undertones of your skin. If you have a cool skin tone, brass jewelry can contrast with the silver undertones of your skin.
- Choose brass jewelry that reflects your style, your mood, and your occasion. Brass jewelry can be simple or elaborate, classic or modern, casual or formal, depending on the style, the size, the shape, and the design of the jewelry.
How to Clean Your Brass Jewelry
Brass Jewelry Physical Cleanse
To clean brass jewelry physically, you can use basic ingredients like lemon, vinegar, and salt. Here’s how you keep it shining as new:
- Lemon and salt. Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle some salt on the cut side, and rub the jewelry with it. After you clean the piece, remove any excess salt with a soft cloth and store it dry.
- Vinegar and salt. This is a powerful way to clean brass jewelry that has a lot of tarnish and patina. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a bowl, and soak the jewelry for 10 to 15 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub off the tarnish, and voilà.
Reminder: pay special attention if your brass jewelry contains gemstones. Most gemstones should not come in contact with these natural acids.
Brass Jewelry Spiritual Cleanse
To clean brass jewelry energetically, you can use crystals, incense, salt, and even moonlight. Here’s how you do it:
- Crystals. Crystals can help clear negative energy and charge your brass jewelry with positive vibrations. You can use crystals such as, ]black tourmaline or Selenite. Place your brass jewelry on a crystal cluster or near a crystal point for at least an hour.
- Incense Smoke can be an effective way to cleanse and purify your brass jewelry. You can use easily accessible incense sticks in scents like sandalwood, lemongrass, or eucalyptus. If it’s accessible for you, burning resins like frankincense and copal on charcoal is also a great way to smoke cleanse your pieces. Be sure to set your intention before beginning the process and hold your intentions in your mind and heart throughout the process.
- Salt. Salt is a mineral that can absorb and neutralize negative energy and restore balance to your brass jewelry. Fill a bowl with salt, and bury your brass jewelry in it for at least 24 hours. Then, rinse and dry your brass jewelry well. Note: if your brass piece contains gemstones like Selenite, Scolecite, or Kyanite this method is not advisable.
- Moonlight. Moonlight is a powerful way to cleanse your jewelry, especially during a full moon. Just leave your brass jewelry under the moonlight for 24 hours.***