Receptive, Saturn, Earth
Herbs: Rose, Nettle, Rue, Cumin
Powers: Divination, protection, defensive magic
Lead has long been used in magic. In ancient Greek times tablets of this metal were ritually charged and inscribed with 'words of power'. These tablets
were generally used in negative spells because the lead ensured the spell's long continuance. In India during the 11th C, charms and figures designed to
cause conception or to increase the fertility of gardens and orchards were engraved on lead tablets.
Lead is a heavy metal which causes death when it's absorbed by the body. The ancient Romans discovered this by using lead dishes and cooking utensils.
A curious divination, recorded in the 1800's in Italy by Charles Godfrey Leland, uses lead. Take three rose seeds (remove them from the 'hip' that
forms after a rose has lost its petals), three nettle leaves, two rue leaves and three cumin seeds. Put these on a metal plate along with a small quantity of
lead. At midnight, while clearing your mind of needless mental clutter, burn two yellow candles and light a fire. Place the metal plat over the fire. Then fill
a large basin with water. Once the lead has melted, pour it along with the herb ashes into the water. When the lead nodule has cooled, remove it from the water
and gaze at its shape. The ritual and the lead itself should allow access to the psychic mind. If nothing comes to you, place the nodule beneath your pillow
and let your dreams guide you.
Lead is worn or used in protective spells and also plays its part in defensive magic. It can be placed near the entrance of the house to prevent negativity
from gaining access.