Actinoides o. Actinide
Kind/Anhang: (Jan Scholten)
Vergleich: Siehe: Anhang (Deirdre Holmes/Patricia Le Roux)
The actinides, when transformed into homeopathic potencies, are remedies of our times, where life seems to be speeding up and old established systems are falling apart.
Being at the far end of the periodic table, with the inherent tendency to decay, the Actinides correspond to the approach of death, the release of the physical state, the transition from the
material realm into the realm of energy. In their raw state, the actinides, or radioactive elements, have an immense capacity for destruction, either by inducing genetic mutation and (fatal) illness,
or from the effects of nuclear weapons or fallout from nuclear plants. The destruction can take place at an unprecedented level, as in the case of nuclear weapons, where a few powerful people
have the decisive power to wipe out entire cities within moments. The damage can also have far reaching effects both in space and time, with winds carrying radioactivity far from the original
site, and illnesses occurring long after the event. The insidious nature of radioactivity becomes apparent in illnesses where the origin is often untraceable, showing up only years later as deep-seated illnesses of, for instance, the bone marrow and the blood. Conversely, the actinides also have the capacity to bring about healing, in the form of radiation therapy and as homeopathic remedies.
The states requiring Actinide remedies are powerfully charged. Actinides’ patients can feel fragile and unstable, in a continuous state of chaos and threatened disintegration. Physically, there can be severe pathologies or malformations, often genetic. The person may feel like they are living in a wasteland, between life and death, as might in fact be the case.
Emotionally, the situation can be equally charged, with the person talking of “exploding”, “falling apart” or “crumbling”. The ailments can stem from an unknown source, events that may have taken place long ago or far away, perhaps in previous generations or past lives. This can include the results of overwhelming violence, that which has shattered someone to the
core. There can be a sense of carrying the “sins of the fathers”, and a need to compensate by being of great service to mankind.
While those in an Actinide state who are ruled by their shadow can cause untold harm to others, those who have delved deep into their unconscious, in their search for transformation can be the “wounded healer” for others, with capacities that are not restricted by time or space. Clairvoyance is not uncommon among Actinide people, as is the desire, and the ability, to heal with energy, often from a distance. This highly charged state requires an enormous vigilance for the person, in order to maintain their physical and emotional well-being, involving times of quiet, solitude, and often a spiritual practice. Many of the actinides explode when exposed to air, so immersion in water (baths) is also necessary and helpful. They often need to be careful around electronic equipment, as it may malfunction in their presence: computers break down, wrist watches stop, and even glass is known to shatter. Relationships can also be volatile.
On the other hand, there can be wisdom far beyond one’s years, evident even in small children who have the capacity to “counsel” their parents.
In these times, our world is facing “Actinides’ circumstances”. We have discovered the potential of the radioactive substances, both for good and for harm. We are like the sorcerer’s apprentice, knowing a little about power and magic, but nevertheless capable of destroying ourselves by lack of wisdom. We are rapidly depleting our resources and polluting the very earth that sustains us. Our capacity for inflicting destruction on each other has never been so great and yet, more and more people are seeking a deep and true healing, delving into themselves and transforming their own lives into channels of awareness, for themselves and for the world at large. The Actinides, in their correspondence with these extreme states, are able to help many take this transformative step. In this, they are similar to the Lanthanides, with which they are often confused, and also to the gem remedies. Just as with the actinides in their material form, however, the Actinide remedies require cautious use. With their ability to work at a very deep level, they usually need very little repetition; over-application and injudicious use can in fact prove harmful.
Margriet Plouvier-Suijs shares her extensive experience of the Actinide remedies. She has learned to recognise these states not only in The Last Series their severe forms, but in their subtle earlier manifestations as well, so that we can learn to prescribe these remedies before someone becomes so disastrously ill. She has included cases from other colleagues as well, broadening our
knowledge and experience of these remedies.
“The Last Series of the Periodic Table“
The Actinides belong to the 7th series of the periodic table. Jan Scholten uses the word Uranium Series in his book «Homeopathy and the Elements ».
Francium and Radium are the first two elements of the 7th series. Actually these two elements don’t belong to the Actinides; they differ chemically.
Actinium is the 3rd element in the series; Actinium has element number 89. The elements numbered 89 (Actinium) up to103 (Lawrencium) are Actinides.
In summary the themes of the series in Jan Scholten’s book.
Archetype: the testifier, the joker, the clown, the lightning conductor, the prophet
Congenital deviations, genetic deviations.
*The hidden camera
Jan Scholten has literally dis-covered the Lanthanides for us; as homeopathic remedies they were previously unknown. In Boericke there is only one: Cerium oxalicum.
In Jans book «Secret Lanthanides» he explains the main theme of the Lanthanides, which is autonomy. Other themes are searching, going deep, reflection. I would like to add analysis and thinking
to the themes he describes.
People who need Actinides do not use analysis. Whatever they observe is transparent; they know, insight and overview is there at the same moment. For that reason I compare this observing with the use of a hidden camera.
Observing is pure and objective.
These qualities of observation we learn in our profession as therapists. For practising homeopathy Hahnemann recommends this objective observation. In our profession it is a quality, but in daily life this quality can cause big problems. In daily life this objective observation of how people deal with each other can be a painful difficulty because of the sense of liability.
Again and again the question comes up: ‘what to do with the insight, the overview and knowing?’ If all the tricks and playing games in human behaviour are transparent, how should we react?
The only way to live with this quality is to improve compassion.
Aetiology: the broken mirror
Children are most illustrative in showing the picture of Actinides. There is usually an aetiologic moment in their life. I call this moment: ‘breaking the mirror’.
Development in the first year of life:
Rapidly after birth the baby has eye contact with one of the parents, usually with some kind of recognition. From that first eye contact the baby uses ‘imitating mimicry’. The parent and the baby reflect each other. Initially the child identifies itself in this mirroring face.
At the age of nine months the child is able to distinguish faces and indicates its preference, this is the period of timidity. The child develops the ability to remember the favourite face and give it
a name, Mummy, Daddy. Thanks to memory the child becomes aware of more than one face at the same time, mummy and daddy. This is the awareness of the triangle: father, mother and child.
Up to that time the child was one unit with the mother. In the unity communication is non-verbal. At the time the child is aware of the triangle, it begins to talk. Thanks to the awareness of
the triangle the child will recognise his own individuality. At the age of three years the child uses the word ‘I’ for himself. At the same age the milk teeth are complete, the fontanel is closed,
the child is able to jump (on the ground) and he says “I”: I want and I don’t want.
In the course of the first years everything the child does is learned by imitation. In that mirror it recognises itself. When, however, there is a dramatic event in those early years and the parents cannot handle the situation, the mirror can be broken. From that moment on the child will no longer imitate the parents.
At that moment Opium or Aconitum or another remedy layer can come or cover up.
If the remedy that is needed is an Actinide, something else will happen at the moment of the dramatic event. Let us look at the moment of the first eye contact between mother and child; this is the moment of recognition. We are able to recognise someone we used to know in a former life. If we, as human beings, reincarnate it is possible that the mother recognises the newborn child and vice versa. Sometimes the reincarnation is one of an old soul. At the moment of a dramatic event, the moment the parents are not able to handle the situation, the reincarnated part of the child takes the lead in the child’s life. The personality that learns ‘’how to do’’ by imitating others, babies-instinct, will disappear. From that moment on the identity of that wise old person awakens in the child.
That person will help the parents to return to normal, but afterward it is possible that this state continues in the child. This is visible in the social behaviour and in the language the child uses.
New words heard by him or her are immediately used in the correct context. For instance; a mother said to her two-year-old daughter: “You shouldn’t show off,” and the little girl answered:
“No, actress, no!” The disadvantage for the child in this condition is that his childish expression disappears; for the mother it is not appropriate to have this wise guy on her lap.
After the correct use of the Actinide remedies for these children they regain their childish behaviour.
In the history of adults who need an Actinide, I have seen this trauma in their childhood and the disadvantage of growing up in such a state. As infant or toddler they lost contact with their own inner child. They have no experience of quarrelling or standing up for themselves. The ‘wise elder person’ inside them did not allow that kind of childish behaviour. For adults the correct application of an Actinide ‘brings the child back’ to life. From that moment on a process develops in which there is the growing of a resistance, like children during early childhood.
DD.: Androctonus, Aurum, Carcinosinum, Diospyros kaki, Granitum.
Strictly speaking Radium isn’t one of the Actinides. It stands at 2nd place in the seventh series of the periodic table. Marie Curie-Sklodowska discovered the element in 1898. The element was extracted from pitchblende. Before Radium, she extracted Thorium from pitchblende, but Gerardt Schmidt in Berlin, who published about it 2 months before, had already discovered this element.
Radium is known for different purposes: as well as for radiotherapy,
Radium is used in drinking and bathing water. Other exotic examples are: an electric blanket impregnated with Radium, a radioactive corset to treat rheumatoid arthritis and even more extreme:
a remedy made from an extract of monkey testicles and Radium to cure impotency. Radium is found in cosmetic creams as well.
The effect of the radiation by Radium on the skin was obvious very quickly: erythema, redness of the skin as if it was burnt, then healed spontaneously, leaving a depigmented scar. The handling of Radium sources caused the skin to burn on the fingertips, finally leading to carcinoma. Except for Pierre Curie, who died in an accident, all the people working with radioactive elements in those days died from malignant diseases.
In 1950 Radium was progressively replaced by artificial radioisotopes e.g. iridium 192, caesium 137, cobalt 60, iodine 125. Radium has been abandoned for radiation protection difficulties.
Be present, see
To communicate, to listen
To observe, to perceive
Join, take place
Sensitivity, sympathy, compassion
Old age, grandparent
Archetype: the testifier, the joker, the clown, the lightning conductor, the prophet
Reserved while listening
Doubting about the observation
Too insecure to trust
Truth: never take anything for granted
Communication, listening: careful communication, reserved while listening
They communicate very carefully. A topic will be introduced, but they leave it to the partner in the discussion to take it or to do something about it. They seek the contact and abandon it, as if every word that might be said would be too much. They are insecure in communication and they let the other speak. They listen, but while listening they cover themselves. They follow the story smoothly, trying not to show themselves. As if it might burn their fingers.
Wisdom, reflection, trust: too insecure to trust
They have wisdom, but they don’t dare to show it. They don’t dare to trust.
Wisdom expresses itself by confirmation: it seems as if they know every situation that people can be in. Therefore in a conversation it is possible to discuss every subject. They appreciate others because of what they express, but they are withdrawing themselves.
To observe, to perceive: doubting about the observation
The uncertainty of stage 2 is expressed by withdrawing. As a bystander they don’t mix in the situation because they feel uncertain; they prefer to be the observer.
Overview, transparency: never take anything for granted
They do recognise the motivations of the behaviour of others as well as of themselves, but they continuously need to test their own analysis. Even what they learn from others, is tested. This is how they seek continual confirmation, still trying not to show themselves or their own opinion and ideas.
Sensitivity, sympathy, compassion: keeping silence
They are very sympathetic, knowing and being able to feel the emotions that fit the circumstances. They try to put their emotion on the other, because they are too uncertain to show it themselves.
Universal truth: keep silence
They are uncertain about the difference between their own interest and the general interest. They do not clearly state that there is a general interest; it remains unspoken. Others criticise them for not making things clear and this confuses them.
Old age, grandparent
All of this mainly fits old age. At the end of life people are experienced, which makes them able to relativise, contemplate and let it be. Like a grandparent they withdraw. They don’t intercede.
Dreams: Breaking glass, predicting dreams, fire, black and white surfaces, getting lost.
Tantric experiences, the feeling as if the external ear is
widened, the feeling of moving forward and being pulled
Ambiguous: to attract and to reject. Emotional swings.
Cancer, leukaemia, aplastic anaemia, Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin disease,
epithelioma, sepsis, necrosis, neuralgia.
Head: Heaviness, headache, frontal headache above the right eye
Eyes: Redness, sore pain << reading, paralysis of the eyelids.
Nose: Itching and dryness in the nasal cavities >> open air.
Face: Violent trifacial neuralgia, acne rosacea.
Mouth: Metallic taste, Prickling sensation of the tip of the tongue.
Throat: Dry, sore, raw with earache, feeling in the throat « As if from pepper ».
Stomach: Empty feeling, nausea and sinking sensation, aversion or desire of sweet, pork,
Abdomen: Pain, violent cramps >bending double, rumbling, full of gas, pain over McBurney’s point and at location of sigmoid flexure.
Rectum: Constipation # loose movements, itching of anus and haemorrhoids, rectum sore and prolapsed.
Chest: Tightness, continuous tormenting cough > eating, sitting, exertion, open air.
Back: Aching in back of neck, pain and lameness in cervical vertebrae <dropping head forward, >standing or sitting erect, lumbar and sacral ache, lumbar-sacral bone pains
> hot baths, continuous motion, weakness between scapulae.
Limbs: Deep pain in joints, knees and ankles, arthritis, pain in toes and fingertips, trophic changes in fingernails, dermatitis of the fingers.
Skin: Erythema, dermatitis, itching, burning, redness, necrosis, ulcers, itching and burning over the whole body, scleroderma, depigmented scars, lichen sclerosis, epithelioma, callosities.
>: open air/hot bath/continuous motion/after sleep;
pressure, eating, cold drinks.
DD: Hydrastis, Conium, Cundurango, Uranium, X-ray, Arsenicum, Causticum, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rhus radicans, Granitum
Radium bromatum is described as a remedy with good results for complaints after radiotherapy:
Francium (Fr). Radium. (Ra). Kurtchatovium (Ku). Hahnium (Ha). Seaborgium (Sg). Nielsbohrium (Ns). Hassium (Hs). Meitnerium (Mt). Neptunium..
At the moment of a dramatic event, the moment the parents are not able to handle the situation this incarnating part in the child takes the lead in the child’s life. The personality that learns how to do by imitating others (= babies-nature) will disappear. From that moment on the identity of that old wise person raises in the child. That person will help the parents to come to themselves, but afterward it is possible that this state in the child continues. The disadvantage for the child in this condition is that his childish expression disappears. For the parents it is not appropriate to have this wise guy on her lap.
As infant or toddler they lost the contact with their own inner child. They have no experience in quarrelling and standing up for themselves. The ‘wise elder person’ inside them did not allow this kind of childish behavior.
For adults the correct application of an Actinide ‘brings the child back’ to life. From that moment on a process develops in which I saw the growing of a resistance, like children during early childhood.
The actinides, or radioactive elements, belong to the 7th and final row of the periodic table; they relate to extreme or final stages of life, and the ailments of these times. In physical form, these substances have immense capacity to destroy, by inducing serious or fatal illness or from the effects of nuclear weapons or from their capacity to pervert the course of natural existence via damaging genetic change.
Yet, paradoxically, they can too offer hope for life, through radiotherapy treatment for disease, medical imaging for pathology that would otherwise be hidden, and in homeopathic usage. These extremes of life and death are part of actinides’ themes. The realms they are used for may not be physical: their challenges may involve extremes of emotional or psychological suffering, the quest for spiritual survival in the face of enormous odds and when the costs are huge. If the battle is won, however, the gains are great, releasing the patient from a life that is lived on the edge or in shadow, captive to conditions that may seem hopeless or insurmountable. Often, they can emerge with greater resilience or creativity; sometimes their emergence from the suffering is miracle enough in itself.
This huge polarity between the expression of health and disease is a feature of the actinides and as in keeping with their position in the periodic table; not for them the smaller scale, more personally based stories of the higher series. The actinides have pathologies that can seem utterly intransigent and may have their origins far away in time and space; the sinister instigating influences untraceable, the protagonists faceless and unknown. Their stories may include genetic disorders, the effects of intergenerational and intercultural violence and abuse, suffering from nuclear, electromagnetic, or environmental pollution, or trauma buried deep in the subconscious from this lifetime or others. The abuse may be on a corporate or government scale and cross boundaries of nationality and terrain. The sufferers or their descendants may never encounter their abusers, as in the situation of victims of nuclear war, accidents, or testing (Hiroshima, Chernobyl, the Pacific, and so on). Disorders may take decades to emerge and be slow to develop, as in the case of radiation induced cancer or psychological trauma from previous abuse. The full effects of the situation may not reveal itself for generations to come. The pathology may be deep in the body, hidden from view - bone marrow disorders, for example – insidiously affecting blood and immunity, the markers of life force and its defence capability.
All actinides are in a state of fast or slow decay (as described by their half lives) and of transformation from one element into another. This transformation is artificially achieved in nuclear reactors with the creation of plutonium, the best known and most powerful of the actinides, from uranium. Plutonium was named after Pluto, the final planet known in the solar system at that time. (Interestingly, another name proposed for plutonium was ultimium - ‘the ultimate element’). Plutonium is found at stage 8, which is concerned with struggle and exercise of power, and most exemplifies the story of the actinides. In Roman and Greek mythology, Pluto was the god of the underworld, the dead, and riches. He was an all-powerful black-clad autocrat, merciless and jealous, separate from the other gods. His kingdom was a cold dark shadowy underground realm that was home to the dead, who gave up all rights and personal power on entering his domain. He ruled his world absolutely and could not be appeased or bargained with. He fell in love with his niece Persephone, daughter of Ceres, and despite opposition abducted her by force, compelling her to live with him in the underworld, the land of shadows, for a portion of the year. This devastation and loss to the world created winter, where all life seems to cease. Persephone’s return to the world at the end of winter signals the regeneration of spring, and life begins again. Thanks to Pluto’s cunning deception, however, Persephone is condemned to return to the underworld at the end of every autumn, and so the cycle endlessly repeats. Pluto is also known as Hades, ‘the Invisible’. He is the god of riches, referring to the vast storehouse of mineral reserves and mines underground, which is also home to the actinides.
This story is rich with imagery describing the themes of the actinides: abuse of power and position, loss, devastation, amorality, profound transformation, inexorability, cruelty, death, and transgression of boundaries both moral and physical. There is powerlessness but the return to life as power is regained. We see the conflict between light and dark, sacred and profane. Ruthless selfish ego, acting from base or lower self motives, wreaks havoc with far reaching and unforeseen consequences for many. The challenge for the actinides is to exercise power with higher selfless motives, for the good of all, and to conquer the dominion of their shadow aspect.
It is no accident that the discovery of the actinides and their applications parallels the development of modern psychotherapy, with its acknowledgement of self versus shadow, conscious versus unconscious.
The power of an unacknowledged shadow can be immensely destructive, until the light of consciousness is shone upon it. Often, actinides patients are struggling with either the darkness in their own subconscious or the trauma created by the actions of another’s shadow. Patients may describe an immense sense of burden, responsibility, or karma; the ‘sins of the fathers’ and issues passing through generations. The lanthanides can also have this struggle and desire to develop consciousness, but it is less intense and their sense of self is more ambivalent, less vanquished or overreaching. For the actinides, the struggle to free oneself from the effects of this oppression can be immense but the rewards of this liberation are profound. The riches are in the form of self-knowledge and personal empowerment, and the ability to benefit others.
We also see themes of isolation, not necessarily by choice, which may in patients be dictated by illness or complete breakdown and vulnerability. The patient may be reclusive and feel not at ease in the world. In a healthy actinide, withdrawal, time out, or a formal spiritual retreat may still be necessary to maintain equilibrium and peace. They may need to remove themselves totally from their environment, in order to heal or re-find themselves.
Actinides are fragile, volatile elements, in a state of transition and decay, and prone to spontaneously setting alight in contact with the air. This describes the fragile, unstable, and combustible patient, whose life can feel in a constant state of instability, chaos, and threatened disintegration. This energy may communicate to energy or power sources around them and electronic devices may be prone to breaking down, light-bulbs shattering, and glass breaking. Actinides as a group may have relationships to gem remedies, the lanthanides or aurum series, the bird family,
Illnesses are extreme and involve huge loss of power, function, and freedom. Actinides patients may feel as if they are living in a wasteland, or on the edge of existence. They may feel not of this world, somewhere between life and death, as indeed they may really be. Often, they have a translucent quality, or etherealism, not uncommon in those approaching the end of life, or those with clairvoyant or mediumistic abilities.
For them the veil between this world and others is thin, barriers disappear, and the invisible and hidden becomes visible. The world of spirit may be more real than the physical plane they inhabit, and they may struggle to be fully incarnate. These are also the remedies of those with abilities to see, move energy, or heal at a distance. They may see their work as the payment of a debt of some kind and can show enormous devotion to helping others in their healed state. The challenge is to find their ability to live in this world, to transform and regenerate.
The hidden camera and the broken mirror Six years ago during a course, I presented all I knew about the remedy Uranium. Over the years I have learned much more about the remedy and about other remedies of the Uranium-series:
They are wise, not in the sense of clever, they have a wisdom which shows insight. The appropriate sense is intuition. They are clairvoyant and sometimes they simply know. They recognize if intuition is colored by emotion and know the truth.
The aim of living is to try to be in peace with each other. In the cycles of lives a quality has different stages: we are victim, actor, indicter, judge, defender, we are condemned and finally we regret. People who need an Actinide know these stages and do not have any judgment. In observing the judgment is absent.
They observe as if everything is transparent. They understand what is going on at the moment they see it. They do not filter. This way of looking at things is like using a hidden camera. People of old age and little children observe the world around them in this way. The similarity of elder people and children is that they do not react on the world they observe, they have no emotion about it, they are objective and just watching. Observing is pure and objective.
In daily life this objective observation of how people deal with each other can be a painful charge because of the sense of liability. Again and again the question comes up: ‘what to do with the insight, the overview and knowing?’ If all the tricks and playing games in human behavior are transparent, how to react?
1 - 4 or 5x weekly. She spits without reason, but also when she is angered or during a cough. Every deviation of daily routine leads to more and more frequent vomiting. If she vomits she looks vaguely, her face is very pale, her eyelids are red. She remains active, but takes rest from time to time. She has no appetite and takes no food. During pregnancy her mother had high blood pressure and physically it was not easy. After 37 weeks of pregnancy the delivery was induced. She breastfed her daughter for 7 months and everything was fine, but she had some fever after vaccinations.
At the age of 10 months she felt sick and 3 hospitalizations followed: The first because of a gestation with the R.S. virus, the second because of pneumonia, and the third because of the vomiting. The course of the first hospitalization was dramatic: she arrived in the hospital in a bad condition and her respiration became worse and worse. At the end she was passive. The parents gave a big alarm, but nobody reacted to them. After a long time the baby was given oxygen and slowly recovered. The parents felt forsaken and powerless at that moment.
The little girl has a strong will. She plays her own game. If someone else plays with her and takes over from her she stops playing and will start to do something else. She does not accept guidance. She is capricious while playing. She is very good at observation and imitates afterward. She is very sensitive to noise. She prefers company and she panics if she is left alone. It is remarkable that
Analysis Stomach, vomiting paroxysmal. She prefers company and is in panic if she is left alone. Fear of being alone lest she die (the situation in hospital). She is neat and likes to wash her hands: Rubric: always washing her hands. Generals, vaccination. Cannot rest when things are not in their proper place.
Follow-up After the remedy she had an aggravation, but no amelioration. She vomits even during sleep. Mother tries to make agreements with her with success. She is very accurate and she knows exactly what kind of agreement they have. She corrects her mother: "that we didn’t agree, mamma!” She is a high performer in social contact. She uses sentences and she becomes frustrated if she
Die Actinoide (früher: Actinide) sind silbrig-glänzende, durchwegs radioaktive Metalle. Sie sind äußerst reaktionsfreudig und oxidieren sehr schnell an Luft. Mit Wasser reagieren sie unter Freisetzung von Wasserstoffgas.
Nur die ersten fünf Actinoiden -Thorium, Protactinium, Uran, Neptunium und Plutonium- kommen auf der Erde natürlich vor. Die beiden letzten sind Zerfallsprodukte von Uran. Alle darauf folgenden transuranischen Elemente wurden erst nach 1940 künstlich erzeugt.
Jan Scholten: Thulium gives up autonomy for the sake of gaining Self. What could this mean? Well, he adds that giving up their personality is their Achilles heel. Its much more than backing down out of politeness like Phos. Is it yielding the ultimate... submission? What kind of submission?