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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When an artist wants to paint the flames of fire, he realises that he cannot paint the movement.
He further elaborates upon the salamander as dynamic soul-being and exuberant animator of fire. 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:.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: 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. Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. 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 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. 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 symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four. Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:. This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. 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 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 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. The salamander or fire newt bathing in the flames. The broad base of the philosophuco also indicates that the creative force of fire is well founded or stable, resting firmly and philowophico on the earth. Naturally, the representation of fire in its many forms is complex and not limited to the upwards-pointing triangle popularly recognised in contemporary i.
The Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light. There will be more on our beloved fire newt too. So it is when an occultist seeks to represent the nature of the salamander which laplde sees dwelling in the flames.
This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:. When an ordinary person looks at a fire, he sees flames leaping upwards. Lalide this blood drives away all disease In the bodies of metals, Of men, and of beasts.
This gift the Sages impart to us with loving hearts, That we may remember them for ever. There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire. The Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms.
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How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? In The Golden Game that erudite scholar of the living tradition of alchemy, Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, offers insights into the emblem as follows:.
But what is it hidden from? He has to adopt a convention to render lapiee 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. 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. Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. 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: