In the previous blog, I talked about how copper cause a glaze to be female, while Iron caused a glaze to be male. Now I want to talk about how Lead aesthetically changes a glaze.
Lead, linked to the planet Saturn by alchemy and with the glyph ♄, inherits the planets attributes in astrology.
The god that Saturn is named after was the god of Time. The Greeks called the god “Chronus” which is where we get words like “chronograph”- aka a timer that counts forwards. Greeks and Romans worshiped this god primarily for good harvests, which is why Saturn is portrayed with a sickle or scythe. Time allows things to grow, but likewise, it brings death as well, which is why astrologically the planet relates to death.
I believe that as a result, this why the grim reaper carries a scythe.
Looking back at lead, which has the power to change things dramatically,
Lead = Saturn = ♄ = Death.
So aesthetically, within a glaze, poisonous lead is linked with death.