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Salamander in the flames, being tended by an alchemist, seventeenth century. Courtesy Fortean Picture Library.


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Some Wiccan traditions that use ideas from Ceremonial Magic acknowledge elemental beings as "Guardians of the Watchtowers" of the four corners of the ritual Circle. These elementals are creatures that personify the qualities of Air, Fire,

Water, and Earth. The element of Air, in the east, is associated with the elemental spirits known as Sylphs. Fire, in the south, is associated with Salamanders; Water, in the west, with Undines; and Earth, in the north, with Gnomes.

According to tradition, Salamanders taught humankind the use of fire. They are sometimes seen at night as balls of light floating over bodies of water or marshy ground. St. Elmo's Fire is the Christianized name for this phenomenon. Salamanders are usually depicted as lizardlike creatures, sometimes partly human.

References in classic literature ?
Is a Teton horse a salamander that he can walk amid fiery flames unhurt, or do you think the Lord will show his might in your behalf, as in the days of old, and carry you harmless through such a furnace as you may see glowing beneath yonder red sky?
She would say, 'Take a salamander,' as if a general should command a private to catch a Tartar.
If that will be YOUR married look, I, as a Christian, will soon give up the notion of consorting with a mere sprite or salamander.
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Cricket McKay is excited to find a long-toed salamander population in her hometown, but then discovers that the salamanders are having trouble migrating from a pond to their hibernation grounds.
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