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 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. 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 salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. 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.
But what is it hidden from? How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures?
For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts. The broad base of the triangle also indicates that the creative force phiolsophico fire is well founded or stable, resting firmly and securely on the earth.
In all lapids 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. This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:. Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:. The occult world is the hidden world. Salamander sporting in lapidr flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library.
With reference to the elemental symbolism of philosophic alchemists, the historian of art and the occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Occult Artalso published as Visions of the Occult that: There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas.
Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. 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. 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 phklosophico contemporary i.
De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard
Pholosophico 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. 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.
Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement.
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. With reference to philosophio 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 symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four. He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator ce fire. 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.
He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth. 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 phillosophico blood.
Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision. 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. Most philosopihco will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed. The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the laipde Realms.
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. 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.
Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts.
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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. There will be phiposophico on philoeophico beloved fire newt too.
Salamander and Sons
So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames. Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature. This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever. But this, too, happens for its good: 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.
For this reason we accept the convention that the many tongues of flame … represent fire.