( /ˈlɛd/) is a main-group element with the symbol Pb (from Latin: plumbum) and atomic number
is a soft, malleable poor metal. It is also counted as one of the heavy metals. Metallic lead
has a bluish-white color after being freshly cut, but it soon tarnishes to a dull grayish color when exposed to air. Lead
has a shiny chrome-silver luster when it is melted into a liquid. (wikipedia)
, in alchemical
terms, definitely has an androgynous nature with qualities of cold and damp allowing it to be called an arcane substance
representing the lusterless prime matter
. For this reason it is similar to Adam
and is said to be the counterpart of the planet Saturn
. The alchemical symbol for lead
is an old man with a wooden leg and a scythe.
This also is the symbol of Saturn
, "Take that white tree and build around it a round dark house covered with dew, and place in it a man of great age, a hundred years old,' etc. The old man is Saturn-lead as prima materia.
being the equivalent of Saturn
, having a definite androgynous nature, is both malefic, and the worst events can be expected, and a purifier. Lead
represents the impurities of metals and humans. Some say these are the vexations and troubles which God
puts on people to bring them back to repentance. Others say these are just the troubles of life which man has to overcome in order to perfect himself
. But as lead
burns it burns all of the impurities with it which is why Boethus the Arab called it the water of sulphur?
. The tribulations of life are metaphoric with lead
as they cleanse people of the imperfections they incur.
The Babylonians knew lead
as a powerful cumulative poison containing antimony?
. According to tradition some said transmutation
was successfully achieved when bits of the Philosopher's Stone
was sprinkled with lead
.” (source unknown)