Saturn (Alchemical Lead)

This glyph represents the planet Saturn, and it corresponding alchemical metal, lead. The image mimics the scythe of Saturn, the god of the harvest and time.  The qualities of Saturn include limitation, protection, and restraint; lead is therefore used historically where these qualities are required- it is still common to see lead-lined caskets, and it is traditional to keep scriptures and religious relics shielded in lead reliquaries.

Alchemically, lead was the prima matera, or primal matter, and represented the putrefaction and decay necessary for new life.

The sigil is similar to the Hebrew letter Tau, which also has associations with time and death.

Saturn, from a medieval book of hours
Related Symbols:
Coptic Cross

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February 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm


Judy February 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm

SATURN is symbolic of the Harvest I seriously question some of the warnings issued around Saturn at the time of the harvest. If you plant your garden and tend your plants greatly, when it comes time for the harvest, you should be able to go out and harvest the garden.

I know that we are constantly making decisions over what to do to bring forth the best results.

Gaerett August 21, 2013 at 2:30 am

It’s also questionable whether the Muslim “Shaitan” and Judeo-Christian “Satan” are derived from “Saturn”.

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