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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This site uses cookies. For from its blood it fe immortal life, And then death has no more power over it. 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.

Naturally, philosopico representation of fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i. 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.

De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard

He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas. 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 philosoohico hidden from ordinary sight.

Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision. The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms. For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts.

Salamander and Sons

With reference to the elemental symbolism of the alchemists, the historian of art and the occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Philosophicp Artalso published as Visions of the Occult that:.

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. So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames. Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. But this, too, happens for its good: There will be more on our beloved fire newt too.


He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth. The Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light. Fire in all its attributes warrants laoide more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts.


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. Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature. In The Golden Game that erudite scholar of the living tradition of alchemy, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, offers insights into the emblem as follows:.

The salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. The spiritual Secret Fire, corporified as a Salt, puilosophico the hidden Sulphur which, as Maier lzpide out, is the Philosophick Tincture, and which fixes all flying Spirits. This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm.

Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air. 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. 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 are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. 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.

But what is it hidden from? To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Each form philoso;hico generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. 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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When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:. Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed. 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.

The symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four. 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 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 occult world is the hidden world. For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire. This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:.

Salamander sporting in the flames, lapidw a 14th century manuscript in lqpide Bodleian Library. 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.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used lapde denote the spiritual realm. This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for papide.

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. 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.

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