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De lapide philosophico: das ist von dem gebenedeyten Stein der Weysen oder Chemia. A philosopher kneels in prayer before God. Beside him is his book sealed with a lock. A man places a small globe on top of a table, and it is received by a small winged horse who places its front hooves around it. In the background an alembic is heated on a fire.

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Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words: Ut Salamandra vivit igne sic lapis which translates into English as: As the Salamander lives in the Fire so does the Stone. The Secret Fire, hidden under a saline aspect, is indispensible so that the prepared Matter, or Subject of the Philosophers, may fulfill its calling as a mother.

Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. As animals are born of a fecundated egg, and vegetables from a seed that has been made prolific, so minerals and metals have their origin in a Seed, a metallic liquor, fertilised by the mineral Fire.

The spiritual Secret Fire, corporified as a Salt, is the hidden Sulphur which, as Maier points out, is the Philosophick Tincture, and which fixes all flying Spirits. The only salamander depicted in De Lapide Philosophico or The little book of the noble old German philosopher Lambsprinck of is found in Figure X.

It dwells in a great mountain Which is encompassed by many flames, And one of these is ever smaller than another — Herein the Salamander bathes. The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified. Then he hies him to his cave, But on the way is caught and pierced So that it dies, and yields up its life with its blood.

But this, too, happens for its good: For from its blood it wins immortal life, And then death has no more power over it. Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts. This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever. The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms.

He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. This considered elaboration is quoted at length below: The occult world is the hidden world. But what is it hidden from?

Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision. Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed. The majority of people are quite content to pass their lives immersed in the ordinary world of time and space, oblivious to the fact that it is a world interpenetrated by other worlds in which there is a different time and a different space.

The whole range of occult symbols which have come down to us from the remote past is concerned with giving us information about the nature of this different time and space which is hidden from ordinary sight. How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures?

Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas.

Now, when an occultist or an initiate looks with especially sensitised eyes towards the flames of a fire, he does not see only incandescent gases. He sees a sort of life force which is directly linked with the power of the Sun; he also sees that the fire is animated like all earthly things by a special soul-being. Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: they change their shape with extraordinary rapidity and love flames.

Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air. There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement. He has to adopt a convention to render the fire as though it were still, even though he knows full well that the important thing about a fire is that it is in constant movement and that it is hot.

The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire. So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames. He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth.

None of these things can he represent on paper, of course, and so he is reduced to representing this extraordinary creature as a newt, or tiny dragon, bathed in flames.

This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. The broad base of the triangle also indicates that the creative force of fire is well founded or stable, resting firmly and securely on the earth. Naturally, the representation of fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i.

Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts. There will be more on our beloved fire newt too. Salamander and Sons Follow us via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

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Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words: Ut Salamandra vivit igne sic lapis which translates into English as: As the Salamander lives in the Fire so does the Stone. The Secret Fire, hidden under a saline aspect, is indispensible so that the prepared Matter, or Subject of the Philosophers, may fulfill its calling as a mother. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. As animals are born of a fecundated egg, and vegetables from a seed that has been made prolific, so minerals and metals have their origin in a Seed, a metallic liquor, fertilised by the mineral Fire. The spiritual Secret Fire, corporified as a Salt, is the hidden Sulphur which, as Maier points out, is the Philosophick Tincture, and which fixes all flying Spirits. The only salamander depicted in De Lapide Philosophico or The little book of the noble old German philosopher Lambsprinck of is found in Figure X.

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