Proving date: October 2013
Proving completed by: Misha Norland, Mani Norland & The School of Homeopathy
Common name : Lightning
Read full proving here: Lightning (Fulgurite)
Lightning and the Gods
Many cultures have myths about a god who is the divine source of thunder and lightning. Such a god does not have a typical depiction, as it will vary according to the culture. In Indo-European cultures, the Thunder God is frequently known as the chief or king of the gods, e.g. Indra in Hinduism, Zeus in Greek mythology, and Perun in ancient Slavic religion; or a close relation thereof, Thor, son of Odin, in Norse mythology.
Zeus, the god of the sky and ruler of all the gods on Olympus is well known for the lightning bolt he brandishes. His portrayal in Greek mythology is that of a powerful leader responsible for justice and mercy, the lightning bolt being used to punish those who transgress.
The ancient Slavic God Perun is described as a rugged man with a copper beard. He rides in a chariot pulled by a goat buck and carries a mighty axe. Thor, is modeled after his image, and is a fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded, God of Norse mythology. He is the hammer-wielding deity associated with lightning storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind, and also healing and fertility.
The lightning bird features heavily in Zulu, Xhosa and Pondo African mythology; the creature is sometimes black and white with red/green iridescent feathers. The bird is associated with witchcraft and it is said that the bird has the power to summon bolts of lightning to shoot out from its claws and wings. It is said that the bird would sometimes change into a good-looking man in order to seduce young women.
Lightning in Religion
In the Christian Bible there are many occurrences of lightning being hurled down from the heavens. This was described as an act of punishment by God, striking those who had done wrong, alternatively some believe it is the brightness of God’s presence blazing forth. Famously, several religious building and statues have been struck by lightning and religious believers see it as a sign of God’s displeasure with the evil in the world.
Lightning Struck Sand
In Wikipedia we read, on Earth, the lightning frequency is approximately 40–50 times a second or nearly 1.4 billion flashes per year and the average duration is 30 microseconds. Fulgurites (from the Latin fulgur, meaning "thunderbolt") are the varietal name given to fused quartz, silicon dioxide, which has been heated by the action of lightning striking a desert and locally melting the sand. The best-known fulgurites are found in quartz sands, where they take the form of tubes that may be branched, sometimes exceeding a half-inch or more in diameter. The outer surfaces of fulgurites are often rough with adhering, un-fused sand grains. The inner surfaces and openings of the tubes are usually smooth and glassy.
Rock Fulgurites are formed when lightning strikes the surface of a rock, melting and fusing the surface, and sometimes the interior of the rock.
Fused sand and rock may also be formed by meteorite impact and volcanic explosions and also by man made electrical arcs and high voltage discharges. In all cases of formation the temperature must be high enough to fuse the silicone dioxide, at least 1,800 °C is required, totally transforming its structure. Because it is now amorphous, fulgurite is classified as a mineraloid. The event of transformation in the case of a lightning strike is measured in microseconds.
Above is an image of the specimen used in our proving. This being 3 by 4 cm it was conveniently placed in a glass jars and covered with good quality Vodka and sealed. It was shaken lightly on a daily basis and in a month had provided the immersion tincture. This tincture was run up to 30c potency in the classroom (substance unknown to provers), with provers taking turns at dilution and succussion, using Korsicovian methodology. The final potency of 30c was used as the proving dose. As is our custom at the School of Homeopathy, just one dose was taken, proving diaries, and one-to-one supervision, commencing from this point, and continuing for two months.
Here is the account of the woman who found it. “I collected the fulgurite from the desert. A group of us went out riding to find them. We were near to Wickenburg, Arizona. We spotted them on horseback and then would jump off to collect them. The idea was to have a purpose while riding, rather than just drifting along. It's barren out there and then there are these fulgurites, which are like little treasures. Some glisten a little in the light.”
There are two components that join in the composition of a sand Fulgurite: there is silicone dioxide, the main component of sand, and the intense heat generated by electricity in the form of the incandescent plasma of the lightning strike. The latter transforms the structure of the former. When the sand re-solidifies, it is changed forever.
Lightning is Classified as an Imponderable in Homeopathy
This group of remedies are potentised from energy sources and include Sun light (Sol), Moon light (Luna), Magnetism, Electricitas, X-ray, Mobile phone radiation, Positronium decay radiation, etc. The influence of the energy is typically ‘captured’ by lactose that is stirred while being irradiated, or by water in a vial that is close to the source. In the case of fulgurite however, it is sand that has become transformed by the encounter with lightning that is the source. The proving symptoms have little in common to the well known remedy Silica that is the result of slow precipitation of nodules of flint in lime-stone formations, and a lot in common with the themes of imponderables.
Imponderables - a general overview
Energy and power are forces without any material substance. When we anthropomorphise these forces we could feel invincible, not affected or altered by anything, unlike plant, animal, or indeed ourselves, that are affected by all manner of external forces. Alternatively, we might feel overwhelmed, held, crushed and overpowered by forces against which we have no defence.
- Spreading, disseminating
- Stronger than matter
- Penetrates matter
- Access to everything
- Unrestricted by time and space
- Beyond matter, spiritual
- I have tremendous power and potential (Yet I have no substance)
- Null, void
- Of no worth
- “Forget it, nothing”
- Cancelled, revoked, invalid
Energy, restricted by time and space, becomes matter
Energy is observable by its effect on matter
- Powerful yet unrecognised
- Energy comes before matter
- More power and potential than matter
- Yet matter is required for the recognition of that potential
- Matter is recognised as real
- Energy may have: unrecognised, unjust, unfair feeling
- Inconstant, changeable
- No certainty – probability only
- Can be this, or that
- Wave or particle
- Either is possible
- They are a group apart, using energy words rather than structure words as minerals do
- Energy in pure form
- Only energy
- The experience of energy
- Power that emanates penetrates and goes through anything, having access to everything, or the opposite, being overwhelmed and destroyed by powers beyond control.
In 1832 Michael Faraday published his finding that the electricity induced from the magnet, voltaic electricity produced by a battery, and static electricity are all the same.
Static electricity is usually caused when certain materials are rubbed against each other, like wool on plastic or the soles of shoes on carpet. The process causes electrons to be pulled from the surface of one material and relocated on the surface of the other material. A static shock occurs when the surface of the second material, negatively charged with electrons, touches a positively charged conductor, or vice-versa.
Lightning is a dramatic natural example of static discharge. The initial charge is thought to be associated with contact and separation between ice particles moving within the turbulence of storm clouds. The flow of charges results from neutral atoms and molecules in the air being torn apart to form separate positive and negative charges, which travel in opposite directions as an electric current. These then neutralize as a spark discharge: the lightning strike.
Continue reading the full proving here: Lightning (Fulgurite)
Exposed vs. hidden
Industry vs. Lull
Flying vs. Falling
Loss of boundaries/Invaded/ Sensitivity/Paranoia
Mineral Species: A variety of Lechatelierite
Mineral Group: Oxides
Chemical Formula: SiO2
Lightning is a dramatic natural example of static discharge. The initial charge is thought to be associated with contact and separation between ice particles moving within the turbulence of storm clouds.