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Strictly, a tailed amphibian of the order Caudata, or Urodela, but encountered in mythology as a fire-resistant elemental. In theosophical and similar writings the term “salamander” is used to denote Nature Spirits who are denizens on the astral plane. They are said to be the weavers of the forms of organisms; they are the builders, not the architects. The term is found in Rosicrucian literature where it represents the Elementals of Fire. Helena P. Blavatsky points out that the name is almost identical in all languages even in Sanskrit where it is given as Salamandala (TG, p. 285).

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