Homeopaths have for years surmised the Constitutional pictures of each character in the wonderful Tolkien tale of The Lord of the Rings. Previously in Links Liz Lalor explored the characters of Frodo as Anacardium and Gollum as Mancinella. This essay is a follow on from that article and looks at the character of Queen Galadriel and the remedy picture of Anhalonium.
The Ring of Nenya – “it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be” – Elven Queen Galadriel and Anhalonium
In Middle-earth history there are several Rings of power that are all able to bestow particular gifts or powers on their owners. The Elven Queen and Kings have three, the dwarfs possess seven, and men have nine. The Dark Lord of Mordor, Sauron; decides to create One Ruling Ring of Power that is able to offer him ultimate power over all the Rings of Power, thereby diminishing the power of all the other Rings owned by the Elven Queen and Kings, the Dwarfs and man. The Lord of the Rings is a story of mans irresistible desire for power. The One Ring created by the powerful dark wizard Sauron acts like an evil “eye” in that it has the capacity to know the desires within the hearts of men and Elves, and to offer those powers to each individual who comes into contact with the One Ring. Each character within The Lord of the Rings has a different reaction to the temptation of power. I have previously concentrated on the main Ring-bearers, Frodo and Gollum. In this essay I explore the character of Galadriel, and the specific temptation that is able to identify her as the constitution Anhalonium. The most important aim of these series of essays is to identify the ‘like’ homeopathic state that each character in The Lord of the Rings has the propensity to move into as a result of coming into contact with the Rings of power. Galadriel is in possession of the Ring of Nenya, the Ring of Adamant. The power of the Ring of Nenya possesses characteristics of a “like” Anhalonium state.
The Ring of Nenya, one of the great Rings of power which Galadriel holds is able to bestow on her the power of “clairvoyance.” Galadriel offers Frodo the chance to see; “Here is the Mirror of Galadriel, …..What you will see, if you leave the Mirror free to work, I cannot tell. For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be.” Pp.474-475. [J.R.R. Tolkien] Anhalonium patients I have always have a rich spiritual world. They have to capacity to see what was in the past, present and future. I have one patient who works as a clairvoyant and spiritual guide through her writing. My other two Anhalonium patients know they possess clairvoyance but struggle with accepting their powers even though they as one patient put it; “do not wish to give them up, and become part of this material plane.” Anhalonium has the Rubric: Delusion: world, from the: he is separated: which reflects this struggle for Anhalonium to stay within the present. Galadriel is not wise or counselling as was Gandalf, her power lies in the power of The Ring of Nenya and her ability to foretell, “I will not give you counsel, saying do this, or do that. For not in doing or contriving, nor in choosing between this course and another, can I avail; but only in knowing what was and is, and in part also what shall be.” P.468. [J.R.R. Tolkien]
My Anhalonium patients strike me as always having an incredible comfortable acceptance of fate and destiny within their lives. Rajan Sankaran places Anhalonium in the Cancer Miasm but within the Cactaceae family. The ‘Sensation’ of Cactaceae is “contraction,” with the plant kingdom polarity being “expansion.” The Cancer Miasm instills within Anhalonium the ‘Depth and Pace’ that the presenting “Task is beyond my limits, Things out of control: all get destroyed if I do not keep control.” P. 68. An Insight Into Plants. Anhalonium resolve this dilemma with their Delusion: world, from the: he is separated: Delusion: immortality, and their Flight from reality: a Rubric in which Anhalonium is the only remedy listed. Sankaran lists the ‘Compensation’ of the Cactaceae family as “Not affected by contraction and oppression.” P.525. An Insight Into Plants. In analyzing the ‘Delusion’ of an important psychodynamic change, or ‘never well since’ symptom or ‘Sensation;” we must as homeopaths always be careful to note how the patient has chosen to create an illusion or ‘Delusion’ which enables them to escape the presenting trauma or painful event in their lives. Sankaran says of this crisis within Anhalonium, “He starts living inside a bubble, isolated from the rest of the world but inside it, he creates his own universe.” The Soul of Remedies P.9.
Galadriel, an Anhalonium constitution, knows she will diminish and loose possession of the Ring of Nenya, when, and if, Frodo succeeds in his mission to throw the One Ring of Power into the Fires of Mount Doom to be destroyed for all time. Without the Ring of Nenya, Galadriel along with the other Elven Ring bearers knows she and her Elven kingdom of Lothlórien will disappear. Galadriel forewarns Frodo, “For if you fail, then we are laid bare to the Enemy. Yet if you succeed, then our power is diminished, and Lothlórien will fade, and the tides of Time will sweep it away.” P.479. [J.R.R. Tolkien] Galadriel who has always desired the One Ring of Power is tempted by the immortality it offers her. The temptation for Galadriel as Anhalonium is the illusion and the ‘Delusion’ of immortality. Anhalonium believe they lack a “non-material body;” [Vermeulen] Galadriel knows she will loose her inner visions and her “superiority” [Vermeulen] – she “sees” the “eye” tempting her; she “sees” she would be able to truly know her immortal greatness if she was to take the Ring from Frodo.
When Frodo offers the One Ring to the Elven Queen Galadriel she amazes herself that she is able to reject her own desire for the Ring. Anhalonium is listed under both the Rubric: loss of will power: and the Rubric Will: insight, self-awareness; with increased. The Rubric: loss of will power: and the Rubric Will: insight, self-awareness; indicate that within Anhalonium is an ability to have insight to their loss of will power, and their desire for power. I have several different constitutions who consult me with the gift of clairvoyance. Anacardium in comparison who possess auditory clairvoyance is listed under the Rubrics Will: contradiction of: and the Rubric: two wills; sensation as if he had: Anacardium have conflict between the two wills of good and bad; Anhalonium have no conflict. This distinction is profound. Anhalonium and Anacardium are both listed under the Rubric Will: weakness of: In my previous essay on Frodo as Anacardium his ability to resist the power of the Ring indicates the remedy as Anacardium; “These two sides of Anacardium are constantly in opposition to each other: should he be an angel or a devil.” The Soul of Remedies P.7 Sankaran. Anacardium has an “angel” on one side, and a “Devil,” on the other side. As an Anacardium, Frodo has a good “Fastidious, Passionate,” side which is able to give strength and purpose; “tries to prove himself,” [Vermeulen] to the Quest to destroy the Ring. As Anacardium, Frodo also has a dark side which causes him not to throw the Ring into the Fires of Mount Doom and claim the Ring for himself. The Anhalonium Queen Galadreil knew she could not take the Ring from Frodo; she knew in place of the Dark Lord she would become a Dark Queen.
Galadriel gives up her desire because she knows how powerful she would become in its stature; she knows she would replace the Dark Lord as a Dark Queen. Galadriel says to Frodo, “For many long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring come in to my hands, and behold!….And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!” P.480. [J.R.R. Tolkien] To truly appreciate the dark immortal power manifesting itself within Queen Galadriel it is necessary to see the film version of the trilogy of The Lord of the Rings; The Fellowship of the Ring, because in the film it is possible to view her “light” expansiveness and the “heavy” foreboding; “beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night!”
In An Insight Into Plants Sankaran states that the ‘Sensation’ of Anhalonium is “heavy and light.” Anhalonium has to expand their reach and identity into the universe and into everything outside of their material world in order to have the sense they will survive. When Galadriel refused the Ring she passed the ultimate test for Anhalonium. Galadriel could easily have taken the Ring from Frodo; in fact she is the only one who would have been able to; but with her action of not taking the Ring, Galadriel knew she was condemned to face her own mortality. In noting this; Galadriel knows she will lose her power of “clairvoyance” and the power of the Ring of Nenya. None of my Anhalonium patients have ever expressed to me any fear of dying, in fact, they are extremely comfortable with friends or family who have died or with their own potential death. Anhalonium and Galadreil only fear mortality because they then have to become of this “earthly plane.” Anhalonium want to be able to merge with the universal power of immortality. Anhalonium fear becoming aware of their “earthly body and the material plane;” only because they then have to face the reality of their own morality. One of my Anhalonium patients, a clairvoyant, described the trauma of having to deal with her illness and her body “as a painful reminder that she is not of the universe;” she was desperate for me to fix her physical ailments – “I don’t want to have to feel this earthly body, I don’t want to know about this, I am not of this earth; it weighs me down and I can’t see.” She described the pain of having to “become of this world and of her body” as a loss of the “ethereal; I will not feel light any more, it is boring to be part of this world, that is not me, I am not part of my body.” Anhalonium is listed under the Rubric: Awareness heightened: body; of: Anhalonium is also the only remedy listed under the Rubric: Flight from reality. Anhalonium also has the Rubric: Delusion: immortality: Galadriel resists the Ring because she is also Anhalonium and is able to outdo herself and as Anhalonium do something for a greater cause. She is immensely proud that she is able to face her fears – “I pass the test, …I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel,” P.480. [J.R.R. Tolkien] The Fellowship of the Ring. Galadreil is aware that without the Great Ring and without the Ring of Nenya she will “remain Galadriel.” In saying this she knows that her body will become material; Anhalonium possess the ‘Delusion’ that their body is immaterial. When Anhalonium “become of this world and of their body” as one patient put it; they lose their “clairvoyance.” [Vermeulen] Anhalonium is listed under the Rubric: Euphoria. And the Rubric: Excitement: In my experience with Anhalonium when they merge with the universe they experience as one patient put it; “a delightful peace that feels like I am having an orgasm on the highest spiritual plane.” Anhalonium is also listed under the Rubric: Vivacious.
Anhalonium is a drug remedy prepared from Peyotl the cactus from which the phenethylamine mescaline is extracted. I treated a patient with Anhalonium who consulted me for intensely painful Trigeminal Neuralgia, left-sided; which he suffered with ever since he had trained with a Reichi Master. He was under the illusion or ‘Delusion’ that the teacher was “evil” and she had taken his identity, and he was lost forever. He said he was starting to “dissolve into the air.” He was experiencing visual hallucinations of bright colored green and white shafts of light shooting out of his forehead. The lights would shoot around the room “like a dragon,” and re-enter his forehead where he was experiencing the origin of the pain. He was also under the belief that ever since the pain and the visions of light had started he had been able to tell what everyone around him was thinking; he believed he “knew who was evil.” Aside from the fact that he confronted and scared me in his accuracy of being able to tell me in detail what I was thinking, and what I had been doing; he also had started to terrify himself.
He had also consulted me because he knew I have experience working as a psychotherapist; he firmly believed that he had started to not be able to tell the difference between his sub-conscious and conscious world. The dose given was Anhalonium 200 1/d x 3 days. The remedy was repeated cyclically 3 times at intervals of 3 days apart. The patient experienced a complete recovery from the pain and the visions. As an interesting aside, he told me that his friend, who came to see me through my Fertility program; would have her child early and her partner would become very sick. I wish I had taken him more seriously as she suffered with Pre-eclampsia; the baby was born too early; fortunately the baby so far appears to be well; unfortunately her partner has recently been diagnosed with a Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Anhalonium really do possess the ability to foresee the future.
Sankaran states, “Anhalonium comes from a situation where people experience a total solitude and feel they could lose their identity. In such a situation the only solution is being in the Anhalonium state, where they can identify themselves with not only a group or family but with the whole of existence.” “The experience of mescaline is often one of merging with one’s surroundings or the feeling of being one with the whole of existence seeing oneself without any boundaries. This is the closest to the highest spiritual experience as described in Hindu or Buddhist philosophy as oneness or non-duality of Spirit. This experience implies immortality- what dies is the body: as the Self is continuous with the whole of existence, it cannot be mortal.” The Soul of Remedies P. 9. Tolkien describes this expansion of spirit within Galadreil when she has to confront her “Will: insight, self-awareness;” and her desire for the Ring; “She lifted up her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measurement, and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white, whose gentle voice was soft and sad. – ‘I pass the test, she said. ‘I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.” P.480. [J.R.R. Tolkien] In An Insight Into Plants Sankaran says of Anhalonium; “This is exactly the experience of Anhalonium. It has a lot to do with the mind expanding. There is a talk of depersonalization and dissolving of the borders and yourself, expanding into the universe. The feeling is as if there is decomposition of shape. One’s body is immaterial and enlarged and diminished. The merging of oneself with one’s environment is basically a self-expansion. This is the main symptom of Anhalonium.” “In Anhalonium everything is getting narrow and shrinking and I have to expand or I will disappear.” P.p.142-143. Anhalonium has a need to feel like they are expanding into the universe.
I have treated only three Anhalonium patients, but in all three cases the need to expand into the universe comes from a strong knowing that if they were to stay on this material plane they would “diminish” and have to face as one patient put it; “becoming just of their body” as Galadriel had to when she says, “I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.”. In each of the three patients there was a history of abuse. In homeopathy we do not prescribe on the basis of an event or particular disease; we prescribe on how the individual perceives that event and experiences that particular disease; i.e. the ‘Delusion’ and ‘Sensation’ of the ‘Never Well Since’ event. Anhalonium is listed under the Rubric, Forsaken feeling: isolation, sensation of: Regardless of whether the abuse was physical or sexual each Anhalonium patient interpreted the psychodynamic process as a sensation of isolation. Each Anhalonium patient concluded that they would survive any potential assault if they were as one patient put it, “outside of my body.” Anhalonium is listed under the Rubric Delusion: world, from the: he is separated: In deciding the constitution of Galadriel the essence of ability to choose to “diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel;” has to reflect the inner most characteristic of the psychodynamic crisis of Anhalonium. Anhalonium also has “Confusion as to his identity, depersonalization, loss of self-knowledge and self-control, disassociation from or self-identification with environment.” [Vermeulen P. 97]. Anhalonium is a Plant remedy; as such it has the Sensations and characteristics of polarity and opposites; in particular for Anhalonium; identity and no identity; weightlessness and yet part of everything at the one time. The Rubrics, Delusions: enlarged and Delusions: objects diminished; have the same theme of expanding and shrinking. Vermeulen [Prisma P.94] quotes Shah; “A feeling of having been here before. Of coming back again. God is one. Everything is one. Lifetime is short but there is something that will continue on.” Sankaran in The Soul of Remedies comments that “The experience of mescaline is often one of merging with one’s surroundings or the feeling of being one with the whole existence, seeing oneself without boundaries. ….. This experience implies immortality – what dies is the body; as the self is continuous with the whole of existence, it cannot be mortal.” It is this knowing within Anhalonium that enables them to be comfortable with death; Anhalonium know they will continue within the expanse of the universe. It is their ability to be comfortable on “this plane” that gives them the gift of “clairvoyance;” the Mirror of Galadriel, ….. “For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be.”
Delusion Rubrics for Anhalonium
- Delusions: Answers to any delusion:
- Delusions: beautiful:
- Delusions: Dead: he himself was:
- Delusions: double: being:
- Delusions: enlarged: objects are:
- Delusions: enlarged: objects are: diminished and:
- Delusions: faces sees: closing eyes on:
- Delusions: fancy, illusions of:
- Delusions: seeing figures:
- Delusions: floating air in:
- Delusions: hearing: illusions of:
- Delusions: Objects; about: colored; brilliantly:
- Delusions: exaggeration of time:
- Delusions: transparent; he is:
- Delusions: visions; has:
- Delusions: visions; has: closing eyes on:
- Delusions: visions; has: colorful:
- Delusion: world, from the: he is separated:
- Delusion: immortality, of: Anhalonium is the only remedy listed.
Rubrics for Anhalonium
- Awareness heightened: body; of:
- Loss of will power:
- Will: insight, self-awareness; with increased:
- Will: weakness of:
- Flight from reality: Anhalonium is the only remedy listed.
- Forsaken feeling: isolation:
- Awareness heightened: body; of:
- Confusion: identity, as to his:
Liz Lalor is the author of A Homoeopathic Guide to Partnership and Compatibility (published by North Atlantic Books) which is an innovative analysis of constitutional types using examples in over 50 different romantic films to help explain relationship compatibility and Materia medica. Aside from working as a homoeopath Lalor also uses constitutional homoeopathy within a conventional counselling practice to help her patients understand more about themselves as a particular ‘homoeopathic constitutional type.’ Lalor is able to draw upon her experience of counselling the more ‘unusual’ constitutional remedy pictures and has written articles on the remedy picture of Agaricus and Alice in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; published in Homoeopathy in Practice UK. Links magazine have published Lalor’s essay on the characters Frodo and Gollum, and the remedy pictures of Anacardium and Mancinella, in Tolkien’s tale of The Lord of the Rings. Homoeopathy in Practice UK 2005 published Liz’s essay on the character of Hamlet as the remedy picture of Muriaticum acidum. Lalor practices homoeopathy in Melbourne, Australia.
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(The Lord of the Rings is comprised of three books – The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the final book The Return of the King.)
Vermeulen, Frans, Prisma. The Netherlands, Emryss bv Publishers, 2002
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