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Aurora Consurgens
Marie Louise vonFranz
Medieval Alchemical text attributed to Thomas Aquinas with commentary by vonFranz; companion volume to Jung's CW13

1 "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."

2 "Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum'

3 "In the self all opposites – conscious and unconscious, psyche and physis, and so on – unite."

4 “According to St. Thomas Aquinas there is an intellectual light innate in man, which by ‘participated likeness’ is capable of knowing the first principles.”

5 "The art, or wisdom, or Word of almighty God is the form of all creatures. For it is at the same time both the exemplar and the efficient and formal cause preserving things in the form given them, until created things are directed and recalled to it." Robert deGrosseteste, 'De unica forma omnium'

6 "According to Wisdom 7:23f., Wisdom is a 'vapour of the power of God and a certain pure emanation of the glory of almighty God…the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God's majesty, and the image of his goodness.'"

7 "The soul knows the First Being and itself in its essence by its own reflection upon itself." Avicenna, 'De anima'

8 "Bitterness is produced merely by the misunderstanding with which men approach Wisdom; if they surrendered to her, the bitterness of the struggle would no longer prevail, but only the 'sweetness' of pure love."

9 "Knowledge of God occurs when the soul reflects on itself."

10 "The alchemists regarded the mystery of creation as divine."

11 “The Holy Spirit manifests liberty, for he is love.” Christopher Ulrich Hahn, ‘Geschichte der Ketzer im Mittelalter’

12 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one."

13 "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

14 “What first sets the will and intellect in motion is something higher than the will and intellect, i.e., God.”

15 "Know, therefore,….that from that One the whole of creation proceeded." Pythagoras, 'Turba Philosophorum' (medieval Arabic text)

16 “The Holy Spirit warms all things with the fire of love.”

17 "The individual human being is the maturing-ground and birthplace of a divine inner man."

18 "According to the medieval view the divine likeness reaches down even into the physical structure of natural things."

19 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’

20 “God manifests in everything. He is present in everything and is the visible and the invisible.”

21 "The human psyche, like God, can intervene creatively in the physical and chemical processes of nature."

22 "The meaning is clear: the neophyte, reborn, becomes God." Apuleius, 'The Golden Ass'

23 “The Brethren of the Free Spirit taught that the human soul was of the substance of God.”

24 "God is the dynamic energy in all things, and everything is full of psyche and moves in perfect order."

25 “The Holy Spirit is the bond of eternity and equality.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite