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The whole range of occult symbols which have come down to us from the remote past alpide concerned with giving us information about the nature of this different time and space which is hidden from ordinary sight. None of these things can he represent on paper, of course, and lapied he is reduced to representing this extraordinary creature as a newt, or tiny dragon, bathed in flames. Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: 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.
De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard
The occult world is the hidden world. The salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. 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.
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. Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed.
So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames. Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air.
The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms. This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever.
For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts. This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. There will be more on our beloved fire newt too. Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature. The Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light.
How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:.
When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. Naturally, the representation of fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i.
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He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. In all fables we are told That the Salamander is born in the fire; In the philosophido it has that food and life Which Nature herself has assigned to it. The symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four.
Salamander sporting in la;ide flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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. With reference philosoophico 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 third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified.
When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas. 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. For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire.
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. For from its blood it wins immortal life, And then death has no more power over it.
Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent.
Salamander and Sons
The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. 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.
In The Golden Game that erudite scholar of the living tradition of alchemy, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, offers insights into the emblem as follows:.
There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision.