First published on FB 28/02/2020
And another two alchemical symbols. These are for mercury and lead, two of the seven elements known in ancient times.
It is obvious which planet and god the element mercury is associated with. The symbol represents the god Mercury’s ‘caduceus’ or staff with two snakes entwined around it.
Lead was associated with Saturn, and the symbol is his scythe with which he castrated his father Uranus. Saturn flung the genitals into the sea and around them formed a foam from which rose the goddess Venus.