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1 "The Absolute or Supreme God is the basic, or final Archetype in which all lesser archetypes originate and are resolved." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

2 "Symbols, images, and archetypes…are the key regulators and main 'switches' of human consciousness and of one's inner life. It is through them that all alterations, focusing, and expansion of human consciousness take place, for they are the regulators, accumulators, and transformers of human consciousness. They enable a person to connect himself (and his field of consciousness) temporarily and to identify with something greater and larger than he is and, thus, slowly to transcend himself and actualize his latent energies, faculties, and potentialitites." Divine Light and Fire, Experiencing Esoteric Christianity (Peter Roche deCoppens)

3 "All the tableau of the Major Arcana (of the Tarot), the pictorial forms, patterns, and colors, like the world itself, are expressions of archetypal Ideas, themselves the formative powers of the Macrocosmic plane." Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

4 "Ideas, by the analysis St. Anselm makes of them, are thenselves things; and for them to be is indication of something concerning the nature of things." Richard McKeon, introduction to St. Anselm Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

5 "The greatest and best thoughts of man shape themselves upon these primoridial images (the archetypes) as upon a blueprint." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

6 "Psychologically, the archetype as an image of instinct is a spiritual goal toward which the whole nature of man strives; it is the sea to which all rivers wend their way." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "In its created being (the soul) incessantly receives the impress of its Eternal Archetype, like a flawless mirror, in which the image remains steadfast and in which the reflection is renewed without interruption by its ever-new reception in new light." John of Ruysbroeck, 'Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage' Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

8 "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)

9 "Just as conscious apprehension gives our actions form and direction, so unconscious apprehension through the archetype determines the form and direction of instinct." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 "Archetypal images are not remnants of archaic thought, not a dead deposit, but part of a living system of interactions between the human psyche and the outer world." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

11 "Ideas are the original forms (formae principales), the stable and immutable ground of things….They are a part of divine intelligence." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

12 "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)

13 "Wherever conscious life becomes one-sided or adopts a false attitude, these [archetypal] images instinctively rise to the surface in dreams and in the visions of artists and seers to restore the psychic balance, whether of the individual or of the epoch." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

14 "The Godhead IS, and his 'isness' contains goodness, love, wisdom, in their essence and principle." Meister Eckhart The Perennial Philosophy (Aldous Huxley)

15 "Numbers keep recurring not because we make them do so but because they are inherent in the proportions of nature that express the timeless mathematical archetypes." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

16 "The ancient mathematical philosophers probed into the archetypal patterns and found them in nature." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

17 "Dr. Jung points out that he has borrowed his term 'archetype' from classic sources: Cicero, Pliny, the Corpus Hermeticum, Augustine, etc. ('Psychology and Religion', par. 89). Bastian notes the correspondence of his own theory of 'Elementary Ideas' with the Stoic concept of the 'Logoi spermatikoi'. The tradition of the 'subjectively known forms' (Sanskrit: antarjneyarupa) is, in fact, coextensive with the tradition of myth, and is the key to the understanding and use of mythological images." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

18 "The earth is identical with the sublime figure of Wisdom….On closer examination this is really a tremendous thought. The 'Wisdom of God' in the Bible was the playmate of Yahweh, who was with him before the beginning of the world. In patristic literature she was defined as the 'archetypal world' or as the sum of eternal ideas in the mind of God, the prototypes from which he created all things." Aurora Consurgens (Marie Louise vonFranz)

19 "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 (Jean Houston)

20 "Because these (archetypal) symbols are collective or transpersonal, to touch the archetype is actually to begin to transcend oneself, to find deeply within an intimation and pointer to the deeply beyond." Spectrum of Consciousness (Ken Wilber)

21 "The archetypal level contains the great symbolic and mythic patterns that charge the human spirit with meaning and direction." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

22 "Empirically it can be established, with a sufficient degree of probability, that there is in the unconscious an archetype of wholeness which manifests itself spontaneously in dreams, etc., and a tendency, independent of the conscious will, to relate other archetypes to this centre." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 “Archetypes are universal themes – cross-cultural, transhistorical, and transreligious in world consciousness, i.e., in the collective Self.” Mary Within (David Richo)

24 "As the intellectual historian Richard Tarnas points out,'Platonic Forms are not conceptual abstractions that the human mind creates by generalizing from a class of particulars. Rather, they possess a quality of being, a degree of reality that is superior to that of the concrete world. Platonic archetypes form the world and also stand beyond it. They manifest themselves within time and yet are timeless. They constitute the veiled essence of things.'" Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential (Caroline Myss)

25 "The prototypes of the images and forms utilized by the oneirocritic, poetic and prophetic idioms, can be found around us in Nature, revealing herself as a world of materialized dream, as a prophetic language whose hieroglyphics are beings and forms." Franz P. Schubert (1797-1828), Austrian composer, 'Symbolik des Traumes' A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite