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Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. Salamander sporting in the flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:.
For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire. When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement. This gift pholosophico Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever.
Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent.
When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. Then he hies him to his cave, But on the way is caught and pierced So that it dies, and yields up its lqpide with its blood. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts.
There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. But this, too, happens for its good: The Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light. 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.
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 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. 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. There will pholosophico more on our beloved fire newt too.
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 philosophifo ordinary sight. The symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four.
The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Naturally, the representation of fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i.
The occult world is the hidden world. Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air.
Salamander and Sons
How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? Lzpide all fables we are told That the Salamander is born in the fire; In the fire it has that food and life Which Nature herself has assigned to it. He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. It philosohico in a great mountain Which is encompassed by many flames, And lwpide of these is ever smaller than another — Herein the Salamander bathes.
With reference to the elemental symbolism of the alchemists, the historian of art and the occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Occult Artalso published as Visions of the Occult that: The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms. For from its blood it wins immortal life, And then death has no more power over it. 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.
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.
Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, phiosophico preparation is usually laplde. But what is it hidden philosophioc Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature.
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 d different space.
Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts.
Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. 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.
De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard
Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. The salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. 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.
The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent lapie paper.
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. He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth.
Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision.