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1 "If these primal spiritual forces – these archetypal powers – can work through the collective unconscious to touch and influence [us] through our myth and ritual and imagination, including imaginative prayer, then we can in actual fact alter the course of history." Myth, History & Faith (Morton Kelsey)

2 "She may play and dance as Artemis, allure as Aphrodite, domesticate as Vesta, or be maternal as Demeter. She may function as Athena by furthering civilization and skills, or be concerned with comfort and the relief of misery as Mary. These are but a few of the many faces of the Great Goddess." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

3 "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)

4 "In all traditions meditation on archetypal forms has been used to reconstruct thought patterns, to integrate thoughts and feelings, and to free the adept from the apparent disorder of life." Theosophy, The Wisdom of the Ages (Cherry Gilchrist)

5 "Number should not be understood solely as a construction of consciousness, but also as an archetype and thus as a constituent of nature both within and without." Marie Louise vonFranz A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

6 "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)

7 "The psychosomatic entity that is everywhere being shaped – namely, the bioenergetic system of the one species, Homo sapiens sapiens – is and has been for some 40 millennia a constant. Hence, the 'elementary ideas' (Bastian) or 'archetypes of the collective unconscious (Jung), of this single species – which are biologically grounded and at once the motivating powers and connoted references of the historically conditioned metaphorical figures of mythologies throughout the world – are, like the laws of space, unchanged by changes of location." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

8 "The archetypal world is 'eternal', i.e., outside time, and it is everywhere." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

9 "The universality of an archetype affirms the reality of the principle in question." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

10 "The material world illustrates for us the Archetypal Powers in action, and then the pattern of the Archetypal Powers gives us a further clue by which we can penetrate more deeply into the lessons of the material world without losing our way." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

11 "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 (Shirley Nicholson)

12 "The archetype is a structural element of the psyche that we find everywhere and at all times; and it is that in which all individual psyches are identical with each other, and where they function as if they were the one undivided Psyche the ancients called 'anima mundi' [world soul]." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

13 "The existence of the atom and its components may well consist in a continually repeated process of rejuvenation, and one comes to similar conclusions in trying to account for the numinosity of the archetypes." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "Archetypes were, and still are, living psychic forces that demand to be taken seriously, and they have a strange way of making sure of their effect. Always they were the bringers of protection and salvation." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

15 "We are the accumulation of a set of archetypes that interact with the world drama that enfolds us." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

16 "Archetypes, that is, universal and inherited patterns, taken together, constitute the structure of the unconscious….archetypes are the forms or river-beds along which the current of psychic life has always flowed." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

17 "Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

18 "Appearing in dreams, fantasy, art, myth, and religion, and even in scientific thought, the archetypes design the entire field of human experience." Journey Into Consciousness: The Chakras, Tantra and Jungian Psychology (Charles Breaux)

19 "Since the archetypes, or elementary ideas, are not limited in their distributions by cultural or even linguistic boundaries, they cannot be defined as culturally determined." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

20 "The feminine aspect of the God-image, as an archetype, is in fact form without limitation, eternal and yet manifest and repeatable in an infinite number of individuals." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

21 "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)

22 "Plato arrived at the conclusion that there exists in a supra-sensible world a host of models or archetypes, immaterial, immutable, eternal, man in general or man in himself, triangle in itself, virtue in itself, etc. These he termed ideas, which are the object apprehended by the intellect, the faculty which attains truth – that is to say, they are Reality." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

23 "All things have their life and being from the wisdom of God…for according to the wisdom of God, which is the life of all things, was made all that was made…and this [wisdom] is that archetypal world, after whose likeness this sensible world was made." Hugh of St. Victor Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

24 "The idea of wholeness is an archetype of deep significance." Gerhard Adler (b. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

25 "Since archetypes are what give form to the collective unconscious, awareness of the archetypes in everyday living is a means by which the elements of existence may acquire a more conscious structure. Situations exist for the purpose of our being able to center and create ourselves anew through them." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite