Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
wrote the following on the salamander: "This has no digestive organs,
and gets no food but from the fire, in which it constantly renews its
scaly skin. The salamander, which renews its scaly skin in the
Early commentators in Europe often grouped "crawling things" (reptiles
or reptilia in Latin) together, and thus creatures in this group,
which typically included salamanders (Latin salamandrae), dragons
(Latin dracones or serpentes), and basilisks (Latin basilisci), were
often associated together.
Alchemist Michael Maier said that the salamander is the elemental of
fire, who not only eats fire, but elects to live in the flames. One
should look for the Stone in the fires of sulphur, which are, the
fires of the unredeemed passions. Before the Sacred Stone may be
discovered, the fires must be put under control.
Salamanders are also parthenogenetic, along with various other
animals. This is yet another reason for them being associated with the
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