Albert Cau has studied the properties of pitchblende and uranium and believes it to be the subject of the sages:
This information has been around for a while. What I post here gives some weight to the argument.
"The cause and nature of radioactivity is at once an atomic phenomenon and the
accompaniment of a chemical change in which new kinds of matter are produced.
The two considerations force us to the conclusion that radioactivity is a
manifestation of subatomic chemical change.
If man ever achieves this control over Nature, it is quite certain that the last
thing he would want to do would be to turn lead or mercury into gold—for the sake
of gold. The energy that would be liberated, if the control of these sub-atomic
processes were possible . . . would far exceed in importance and value the gold."
- Rutherford and Soddy
Wikipedia - "Radioactivity was first discovered in 1896 by the French scientist Henri Becquerel, while working on phosphorescent materials. These materials glow in the dark after exposure to light, and he thought that the glow produced in cathode ray tubes by X-rays might be connected with phosphorescence. He wrapped a photographic plate in black paper and placed various phosphorescent salts on it. All results were negative until he used uranium salts. The result with these compounds was a deep blackening of the plate. These radiations were called Becquerel Rays.
It soon became clear that the blackening of the plate had nothing to do with phosphorescence, because the plate blackened when the mineral was in the dark. Non-phosphorescent salts of uranium and metallic uranium also blackened the plate. Clearly there was a form of radiation that could pass through paper that was causing the plate to become black."
Black - al khem.
Uranium - Ouranos - Heaven
Pitch/Pech = Perch:
"Perun (Slavic Jupiter/Zeus/Ammon) is strongly correlated with the near-identical Perkūnas/Perkons from Baltic mythology, suggesting the existence of an ancestral Balto-Slavic deity, which ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo European thunder god whose original name has been reconstructed as Perkwunos. The root "perkwu" originally probably meant oak, but in Proto-Slavic this evolved into per- meaning "to strike, to slay".
In Egyptian Mythology the goddess Neith is associated with many names that we find identify
our initial subject - Laton, Copper, crocodile, the Nile Perch...
Alchemists have concerned themselves with the radiation/rays of the sun and moon. Perhaps an earthly
sun would not be the metal gold, but a substance that radiates like the sun - a black sun.
Before the discovery of radioactive materials, pitchblende was considered worthless and left in heaps
outside of mines for anyone to cart away.
Radioactive elements are known to cause mutations and transmutations. :)