"Quintessentially, archetypes are about relationship….As inhabitants of the We Are realm, archetypes bridge spirit with nature, mind with body, and self with universe. They are always within us, essential elements within the structure of our psyches."
A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story
"The archetypes serve as blueprints to guide the growing forms. They are like the perfect song on a conceptual level which individual singers bring into being in their unique way."
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
"Dante said, 'The elements of all things that Nature begins, whatever be their mode, observe an inner order. It is this Form that makes the Universe resemble God.'" Robert Lawlor, 'Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light'
Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science
(Christopher Bamford, editor)
"Archetypal ideas are part of the indestructible foundations of the human mind. However long they are forgotten and buried, always they return….continually reproducing themselves in new forms representing the timeless truths that are innate in man's nature."
"Shamans exercise their psychospiritual senses, and through this special form of imaginal knowing gain access to a visionary world that is not unlike the 'archetypal world' of Carl Jung. There shamans, dreamers, and visionaries return again and again, extending consciousness and reality at the source level of gnosis and creative process, a place where the self moves freely amid archetypes and universals, listening to the pulse and dynamic transorming patterns of the Universal Dance." Jean Houston, Foreword
Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality
(Shirley Nicholson, Compiler)
"Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype."
C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961
(Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)
"The greatest and best thoughts of man shape themselves upon these primoridial images (the archetypes) as upon a blueprint."
"The archetype does not stem from forms or from figures or objective beings, but from images within the human spirit."
A Dictionary of Symbols
(J. E. Cirlot)
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."
The Secret Teachings of All Ages
(Manly P. Hall)
"The purpose of human learning and philosophy is to reawaken in the soul remembrance of the eternal, spiritual realm of pure forms and ideas."
The Roots of Consciousness
(Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)
"The soul, which is immortal, has an arithmetical, as the body has a geometrical, beginning. This beginning, as the reflection of the great universal Archaeus, is self-moving, and from the centre diffuses itself over the whole body of the microcosm."
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"They (the Archetypes) are, indeed, an instinctive trend, as marked as the impulse of birds to build nests, or ants to form organized colonies." Carl Jung
Man and His Symbols
"Archetypes are life models, images and ideas that guide the direction of your life toward your soul's ultimate destiny."
Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire
"The 'Ideal Forms' are the archetypal or formative ideas…the eternal and subjective concepts of things subsisting in the divine mind prior to becoming."
The Secret Doctrine
(Helena P. Blavatsky)
"The archetypes have, when they appear, a distinctly numinous character which can only be described as 'spiritual'." 'On the Nature of the Psyche'
"In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the psyche tells its own story, and the interplay of the archetypes is revealed in its natural setting as 'formation, transformation/the eternal Mind's eternal recreation.'"
"In the psyche, at a depth which cannot be called 'personal', there exist the great archetypal images. These images are demonstrably related to the true Archetypes; and although, in dreams for instance, they may sometimes move in the personal levels of the psyche and participate in actions which reflect personal conditions, still their more profound character is manifest."
The Sword and The Serpent
(Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)
"Certain basic images are universal. From culture to culture, they may vary somewhat in surface details, or content, but in underlying form they are basically the same. These include the archetypes of figures such as the Hero, the Wise Old Man, the Great Mother, the Self, the Sun-God, the Demon, and events such as Birth, Death, the Initiation Rite, the Sacred Marriage."
The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision
"Archetypes are a specific pattern of relationships and a particular set of biopsychic possibilities of development of consciousness."
Occult Preparations for a New Age