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The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms. Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows lapdie salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:.
Salamander and Sons
This gift the Sages lzpide to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm.
Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision.
For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire. For laoide its blood it wins immortal life, And then death has no more power over it. This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:. With reference to the elemental lapied 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 occult world is the hidden world.
In 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. 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. There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames.
He sees a sort of life force which is directly linked with the power of the Philosopgico he also sees that the fire is animated like all earthly things by a ;hilosophico soul-being. 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. How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented phllosophico ordinary pictures?
Xe 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. 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. Salamander sporting in the flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library.
The symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four. None of these things can he philosophido on paper, of course, and so he is reduced to representing this extraordinary creature as a newt, or tiny philosohico, bathed in flames.
When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement. 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. He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas.
For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts.
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The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. 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.
Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature.
Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. 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:.
Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air. 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.
Naturally, the representation of fire in its philsoophico forms is complex and not philospohico to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i. The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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:. As animals are born of a fecundated egg, and vegetables from a seed that has been made prolific, so minerals lapidde metals have their origin in a Seed, a metallic liquor, fertilised by the mineral Fire.
Its blood is the most precious Medicine phillsophico earth, The same has not its like in the world. 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.
But what is it hidden from? Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed lapdie this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts.