Powers: Power, healing, protection, wisdom, money, success, male sexual dysfunction
Magical uses: Gold, perhaps the most magically potent of all metals, is utilized in magic to lend its energy to rituals. Worn during magic, gold jewelry enhances the magician’s ability to round and send forth power. Wearing gold during your everyday life increases your personal power, thus promoting courage, confidence, and will power.
Gold tools were traditionally used to collect herbs. I say “traditionally” because pure gold is too soft for this purpose. If you happen to have some gold plated knives lying around the house, they would be ideal for herb collecting. Strictly speaking, use these to gather projective (masculine, positive, or electric) herbs. Silver knives are better suited symbolically for the collection of receptive (feminine, negative, magnetic) herbs.
Chains of gold are worn around the neck to preserve health, and gold bands are worn to alleviate arthritis. Gold worn habitually is said to ensure a long life.
Owing to its solar gleam, gold is a protective metal. Plain gold can be carried or worn as a guardian. A special ring made of gold and studded with gold nails is also protective. To this day, small children in India are guarded by tiny gold amulets. The gold crucifixes and crosses worn today by Christians are a survival of ancient pagan customs.
During protective of defensive magic, place gold objects or jewelry on the altar. A simple gold chain placed around a white candle can be the focus of protective rituals.
Gold is also utilized to promote wisdom. For this purpose it is not carried but given to another, with no conditions. This is done to bring illumination to the giver.
Since it has long been used as a medium of exchange, and due to its great value, gold often figures in money rituals. This may seem strange. If you have gold, why preform money rituals? Actually, the smallest amount of gold, even a fragment of gold leaf, is all that is required.
Gold nugget jewelry is worn to bring a continuous flow of money into the magician’s life, again by those fortunate enough to possess such rings. It is thought to be particularly potent for miners and for those investing in mines or precious metals.
As a symbol of the Sun, gold is utilized in success rituals. Wearing specially empowered gold has also been found to be helpful in relieving male sexual dysfunction.
(Source: Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic)