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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Emblem XXIX from the latter text shows the salamander amid flames and smoke accompanied by the words:. 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.
De Lapide Philosophico | The Fire Lizard
This considered elaboration is quoted at length below:. 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. Each form of generation seeks the aid of the proper agent. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: He sees a sort of life force which is directly linked with the phliosophico of the Sun; he also sees that the fire is animated like all earthly things by a special soul-being.
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.
There are many occult drawings of salamanders luxuriating in the flames of the fire.
Fire in all its attributes warrants a more detailed examination; this shall be undertaken via forthcoming posts. Its blood is the most precious Medicine upon earth, The same has not its like in the world. 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.
Phi,osophico a six-legged variant is mentioned, it is the four-legged salamander which is most frequently encountered throughout the literature.
Salamander and Sons
Imagine, for example, something we have already mentioned, such as the flames which are used to denote the spiritual realm. So it is philksophico an occultist seeks lappide represent the nature of the salamander which he sees dwelling in the flames.
This symbol indicates that the fire principles strives upwards, as though to the spiritual realm. 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.
But what is it hidden from? Then he hies him to his cave, But on the philoslphico is caught and pierced So that it dies, and yields up its life with its blood. 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 Salamander, which, according to fables, lives in the fire, is the perfect symbol of Sulphur, Fire, Spirit or Light.
The third is greater, the fourth brighter than the rest — In all these the Salamander washes, and is purified. 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 Blood of Fire is the Quintessence, which cures all ills in the three Realms.
He knows that the most important thing about the salamander is its life, its joy, its exuberant movement and its love of warmth. The symbol for Fire was more often than not the salamander, sometimes with six legs, sometimes with only four. 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 will be more on our beloved fire newt too. 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. The occult world is the hidden world. Salamander sporting in the flames, from a 14th century manuscript in the Bodleian Library.
How is it possible for a hidden world, or an invisible realm, to be represented in ordinary pictures? 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. Most occultists will say that, while it is quite possible for anyone to see this hidden realm, special preparation is usually needed. He probably knows that the flames are fed by oxygen from the air, and that what he is seeing is an incandescent gas.
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:.