Natural History and Folklore
It is the heaviest of the base metals. Lead items found in archaeology are often entirely unbroken and many of the pipes in some European cities are the same lead pipes put in place by the ancient Romans. Alchemists once believed they could turn lead into gold.
The Latin word for lead is Plumbum, which is where the symbol for lead (Pb) came from. The Greeks mined it and it has been used for more than 6000 years.
Chemical Information/ Toxicity
Chemical Symbol: Pb Melting Point: 327.5*C / 621.5*F
Atomic Number: 82 Boiling Point: 1749*C / 3180.2*F
Wearing anything made of lead over a long period of time will cause it to react with oils in the skin and will be absorbed into your body. It is not toxic to hold for short periods of time, however.
Lead is not a pretty metal, and tends to block out light and sound. It is a poor conductor of both heat and electricity. Lead is soft and ductile. Melts easily over open flame. Lead has a bluish white color but will tarnish to grey when exposed to air. Lead is very corrosion resistant. Lead is also used on occasion to store corrosive liquids. It has no known biological role, but if it builds up in the body it can be lethal and cause serious health problems.
The largest use of lead today is in lead acid batteries. It is also used in various consturction industries, and in the manufacture of ammunition, the use of solder in electronics. In machining, it is mixed with brass to reduce the wear on the material.
Magical Associations/ Uses
Lead can be used in magic for connecting with oneself, protection, meditation, stability and grounding. It can be used in binding magic as well, specifically for binding and controlling negative behaviors and thoughts. Lead is also good for communicating with spirits and the underworld.
This metal is also good for magical workings involving learning, and safe travel. Lead is also a great metal for divination, especially in pendulums. As it blocks out sound and light, this metal is good for making barriers against all kinds of energy. Due to its toxic nature, it can be used in curses and other maledictions as well as the inverse, the reversal of such magics.
- Element: Fire
- Planet: Saturn
- Deity: Saturn / Chronos
- Zodiac: Capricorn and Aquarius
- Element: Earth
The ancient Romans made pipes from lead
Plumbum is also the source of the word Plumber
Once used widely in paint, its toxicity has long since stopped that
Half the lead produced is used for automobile batteries
There is no lead in lead pencils, it is actually graphite