Water

From Anthroposophy

process in nature on earth and the earth's hydrosphere

magical effects of water, see eg IIH step 1


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1923-10-06-GA229 points out that the combination of water and air as we find on earth is alchemically called quicksilver or mercury, and water contains mineral substances in an extraordinarily rarefied condition

.. even in the earthly realm the effects of enormous dilutions must be reckoned with. We can draw water from a river or a well and use it as water. Yes, it is water, but there is no water that consists solely of hydrogen and oxygen. It would be absurd for anyone to suppose that water consists of hydrogen and oxygen only. In the case of mineral waters and such-like, it is of course obvious that something else is present. But there is no water composed solely of hydrogen and oxygen: that is only a first approximation.

All water, wherever it appears, is permeated with something else. Essentially, the whole water-mass of the Earth is quicksilver for the universe. Only the small quantities we use are water for us. For the universe, this water is not water, but quicksilver.

.. embedded in this quicksilver, naturally, are metallic substances — in brief, all the earthly substances ..


Discussion

Water as a mineral

Water is not classified as a mineral, since it lacks a crystal structure being that it is in a liquid form. However when water freezes into ice, it is a mineral. Water and Mercury are the only two naturally occurring, inorganic substances with a definitive chemical formula that occur in a liquid state at normal temperatures.

The definition of a mineral is that it is a naturally occurring, inorganic, chemical compound of limited chemical composition, with a crystalline structure.

  • Naturally occurring: Yes.
  • Inorganic? While water is sometimes the result of biological activity, it is, for the most part inorganic, so yes, inorganic.
  • Fixed or limited chemical composition? Yes , H2O. There isn't really any other element that can substitute for hydrogen or oxygen in the structure of water and maintain the chemical properties of water.
  • Crystalline structure?
    • No, water is an amorphous substance, ordered internal atomic structure. However, when water freezes into ice or snow, it will have an ordered internal atomic structure. Ice or snow has (have) hexagonal atomic arrangement and therefore they are Minerals. Note that Ice must be naturally occurring, meaning ice cubes and ice in a refrigerator is not a mineral. Snow is always a mineral
    • Yes - snowflakes are water crystals. Pretty much everything has a melting point, and water's is pretty low, so low that most of the time we see it as a liquid but below 0 degrees C it is a crystalline solid.
  • It is a solid in the natural state: No; it is a Liquid (However, there is an exception to this rule, for example: Mercury is a liquid);.


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