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Copper, Alchemy and the Venus Factor

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Copper, Alchemy and the Venus Factor

Chemistry dissolves the goddess in the alembic,
Venus, the copper queen, the universal matrix,
Down to the molecular hexagons and carbon-chains.

adapted from The Collected Poems of Kathleen Raine

Alchemically and astrologically speaking, the metal copper and the planet and goddess Venus share the symbol of the circle and the cross, the sign of the feminine.