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Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed. The occult world is the hidden world. The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In ohilosophico these the Salamander washes, and is purified. There will be more on our beloved fire newt too.
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.
Salamander and Sons
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. When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. With reference to the elemental symbolism of the alchemists, the historian of art and pphilosophico occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Occult Artalso published as Visions of the Occult that:.
In The Golden Game that erudite scholar of the living tradition of alchemy, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, offers insights into the emblem as follows:. With reference to the elemental symbolism of the alchemists, the historian of art and the occult, Fred Gettings, says in Secret Symbolism in Occult Artphilosophhico published as Visions of the Occult that: 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.
But this, too, happens for its good: Lalide gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever. The two most important things about the fire — its movement and its heat — the artists cannot represent on paper. He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. 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.
De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard
Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts. He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth. 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.
For this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts.
Well, the occultists themselves usually insist that the world with which they themselves are familiar is hidden from ordinary vision. Indeed, without flames they cannot live, just as humans cannot live without air.
Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures?
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. The salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. 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.
Salamanders are famous in occult circles for their volatility: Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. 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.
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.
There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. Although a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature. So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames. 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.