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Symbolic Meaning of Gold

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Tags: Alchemy | Natural Symbolism

Symbolism of Gold

Symbolism of Gold

Technically (and alchemically) speaking, gold is a soft, shiny, yellow, heavy, malleable, ductile metal.  It is also a trivalent and a univalent which means it’s a transitional metal.

As a transitional metal, gold is symbolic of flexibility on our spiritual path while life experience galvanizes our faith.

One of the more valued elements, gold represents perfection in all matter, on any level. It also symbolizes humankind’s quest to perfect, illuminate and refine his/herself.

Because of its resistance to heat and acid, gold is a symbol of immutability, eternity and perfection.

Because of its golden color, it is almost universally associated with solar symbolism.  This gives gold such attributes as:

  • Vitality
  • Life
  • Health
  • Radiance
  • Wisdom
  • Clarity
  • Unification
  • Virtue
  • Light

In Christian symbolism, gold is considered an attribute of virtue and golden hues are used quite often in Christian art to convey divine love.

The infamous legend of alchemists turning common metals into gold is actually a parable for the human quest to change base vulgarities like greed, hate and selfishness into qualities like love, virtue and compassion through the process of self-purification.  Ergo, gold is symbolic of this transition of the soul.

Other symbolic fodder:

Symbolism in Alchemical Elements

Symbolism of Silver

Symbolism of Copper and Finding Pennies

Symbolism of the Diamond in Alchemy

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