Zero activity: the Noble Gases and Helium
The strange, rare and peculiar elements of Stage 18 or Group Zero
Initially, there were only seven main groups in the Periodic Table (PT) of Dimitri Mendelejev, the founder of the classification of elements. When he formulated his first PT in 1868, the noble gases were not yet known. When they were found soon afterwards as inert and strange elements of virtually zero chemical activity, he created an 8th group or “group zero”, because they seemed not to fit into his ideas of classification due to their inactivity. Only the later atom theory and quantum physics of the early 20th century could explain that these strange gases indeed fitted into a higher developed Periodic Table (PT) and that the term “group zero” was incidentally quite apt to describe their nature.
Today, the chemical groups are called “stages” in homeopathy according to Jan Scholten, who was the first to unravel the homeopathic secrets of the PT in 1996 in his epochal work “Homeopathy and the Elements”. He uses the fully developed 18 stages of the modern PT in his Theory of Elements. Stage 18 is the equivalent of Mendelejev’s group zero. It is the end stage of each row. Stage 18 is a “day of rest” after the creation of a series, a well-earned holiday after the hard labour of each row, with no activities whatsoever. In terms of atom physics, this last stage of each series is characterized by a complete set of eight electrons in the outermost shell of an atom, the so-called noble gas configuration. Eight electrons in the outer sphere of contact is a complete state for an element and makes it inactive. In this stage or state, there is no need for electronic or chemical contact, no desire and also no possibility to exchange or form bonds with other elements or beings. It is a kind of sabbatical until the next row starts, beginning again with stage 1. This state of temporary perfection was seen as nobility and thus these elements were called as noble gases.
Another strange feature of this group zero or stage 18 is their elements’ gaseous nature even when they are as heavy as Radon, in the 6th series or the Gold series, sharing the nature of very heavy atoms such as lead. You cannot see these noble elements or touch them like you touch iron, silver or gold, and you cannot even smell or taste them. Under normal conditions, the noble gases do not form salts or molecules or compounds. They just stay as they are, having escaped from the game of relations for the time being. They are kind of far-out gases on their own orbit. The noble gas configuration of electrons makes these atoms chemically inactive, zero action, so they tend to be on their own and unnoticed. This stop of chemical activity means complete rest, an inert state like a lazy Sunday afternoon in a rocking chair. So stage 18 or stage zero, whatever we may call it, does neither act nor react.
The evolution of seven series in stages, ending with the noble gases as a zero-group
In the evolution of elements, as is natural, there is a development from the simple to the complex. The first three rows are simpler than the other four. The first series of the PT is as simple as one. It finishes with only two elements, Hydrogen and Helium. It can hardly be called a series, because if you take the noble gas Helium as a member of group zero, the whole series is finished in one step, with only one active element, Hydrogen. The active constituents of the next two series (Carbon and Silica series) are seven elements, ending in an appendix of an inactive eighth element, Neon (Carbon series) and Argon (Silica series). The seven stages of these two series are the ones with the highest evolutionary drive. Their elements are the ones we find most in nature.
Recently, Jan Scholten presented his new botanical classification during a seminar, which is also based on seven series and seven phases, like in the PT. He uses the simple 7x7 version in an adapted version for plants, which makes sense, because a fundamental truth is always universal. The seven stages or phases of the lower three series are the core structure of the 18 stages of the higher series. In nature, only a handful of elements of the first three series up to the silica series make up the physical bulk of bodies, whether it is the earth crust with its minerals or the bodies of plants or animals. The vital force forms the bodies of living beings mainly from Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon and Nitrogen plus the other elements of the carbon and silica series. The eighth or zero-group of noble gases is only present as non-active elements, hardly taking any part in the game of life.
The next higher series, from four onwards – the Iron and Silver series – are only complete in 17 plus 1 = 18 stages, ending with the noble gases Krypton (Iron series) and Xenon (Silver series). The vital force uses the elements of these series in living beings only sparsely and in traces for example as central controlling atoms in enzymes etc, or like iron as the central atom of haemoglobin.
Then, comes the fullest complete series, the sixth or powerful Gold series, also with 17 plus 1 = 18 stages, ending with the noble gas Radon. In the Gold series exists an insertion row of the Lanthanides, signifying the development of inner power, which distinguishes it from the Iron or Silver series. The elements of the Gold series are naturally found elements, some very rare and precious, some radioactive, but stable for long periods of time. They are also found only in traces in the bodies of living beings, some even without a known function. Nevertheless, they can be very powerful remedies.
The seventh and last series, the Uranium series, are too bulky beings, the dinosaurs of elements. The further we go in this series, the more complicated they are, unfit to exist as matter. They decay quickly in nuclear fission, emitting radioactivity. So, the Uranium series remains incomplete. Its theoretical end as a noble gas is called “Ununoctium” or “Eka-Radon”. This “element” has been produced artificially in 2006 by bombarding Californium with Calcium ions, with some hope to find a new stable element, but it existed only for fractions of a second and broke up again, an artificial product without practical relevance, only of academic interest to scientists, unfit to live.
Some versions of the Periodic Table, showing the seven series in 7, 8 or 18 stages.
Here is a simplified version of the PT in seven stages plus the noble gases.
A fuller version of the PT with seven groups plus noble gases, lanthanides missing.
Another version of the PT with 18 groups, lanthanides “included” but still excluded.
The PT according to Jan Scholten, lanthanides fully included
Helium was first discovered in the spectrum of the sun during a solar eclipse in India in 1868, which is why it is called Helium (helios = sunlight). It is thought to be created by nuclear fusion of hydrogen in the sun. It has a peculiar effect on the voice. When you inhale it and then speak, the voice becomes queer and squeaky like with Mickey Mouse.
We have seen a case of Helium which is quite typical for the aforementioned description of noble gases. It shows how the zero-activity quality of stage 18 can appear in a human being.
She was an old friendly lady at the end of her life. She was kind and good-natured, and always much liked by all when she came to the clinic. She was unobtrusive with an utter lack of egoism, and she emitted a kind of autumn sunshine, warm and mellow, which made her presence pleasant but also kind of bland. She had been widowed early and had reared some 13 children after WW2, some were even adopted as orphans of war. She had once asked for family allowances with the community but on meeting some complications with the authorities, she just did it on her own.
A sad story happened at the end of her life. None of the grown-up children were willing to take care of her and they put her into a home for old people. She turned completely silent there. It was a strange state. She didn’t talk but just smiled, and one did not know exactly what she understood and what she didn’t. She just didn’t react to anybody and kept quiet, effortlessly, as if things had just stood still and the voice ceased. Her state lacked any grudge, resentment or protest, she just didn’t talk.
This state continued for about half a year, when Jan presented his epochal work on the elements in 1996. His description of Helium was so apt to her state that I gave it to her. In the same week, she started talking again to everyone surprise. She talked little, less than in the old days, but she picked up contact again. This effect was repeated after a relapse and another dose of Helium MK.
She died a peaceful death after another half year or so. Her life just ebbed out silently. And one might think that she will come again and start a new series, afresh and with good merits.
 As formulated by the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry).
Photo: The seven steps; Ulrich Welte
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