Lambsprinck – dal De Lapide Philosophico Libellus lambsprinck, lapide philosophico, alchimia, iconografia alchemica. Apr. De lapide philosophico, das ist, Von dem Gebenedeyten Stein der Weysen oder Chemia: zu gründlichem vnnd warhafftigem Bericht, allen. Lambspring, Lamspring oder Lambspringk ist der unbekannte Autor eines alchemistischen Triga Chemica (Leiden ) gedruckt (ohne Bilder) als De lapide philosophico, nachgedruckt im Theatrum Chemicum, im Dyas chemica tripartita.
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Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts. Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed.
Naturally, the representation pihlosophico fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i.
There will be more on our beloved fire newt too. How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified. The Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light.
But what is it philowophico from? When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas.
So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling 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. 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.
Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision. He sees a sort of life force which is directly linked philosophick the power of the Sun; he also sees that the fire is animated like all earthly things by a special soul-being.
But this, too, happens for its good: When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards.
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. Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature.
This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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. For from its blood it wins immortal life, And then death has no more power over 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.
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In The Golden Game that erudite scholar of the living tradition of alchemy, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, offers insights into the emblem as follows:. 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. 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.
This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans dw live without air. For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts. The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms.
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Its blood philosopphico the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. Salamander sporting in the flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library. Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: 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.
With reference to the elemental symbolism of lapkde alchemists, the historian of art and the occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Occult Artalso published as Visions of the Occult that: He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire.
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.
The Secret Fire, hidden under a saline aspect, is ds so that the prepared Matter, or Subject of the Philosophers, may fulfill its calling as philosophicl mother. The salamander or fire newt bathing 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. 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 two la;ide important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. 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.
Imagine, for example, something laoide have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. The occult world is the hidden world.
There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire.