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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 world-soul is a natural force which is responsible for all the phenomena of life and the psyche.” Guillaume de Conches (1080-1154), Platonist who taught in Paris

2 "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."

3 "Western alchemy's chief concern was the production of the One: 'one is the stone, one the vessel, one the procedure, and one the medicine."

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

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

6 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia'

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

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

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

10 "A real continuation of God's creative power runs through the human soul."

11 "The divine existence…is infinite, and is not limited to any genus of being, but possesses within itself the perfection of all being." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', I, q. 25, art. 3 resp

12 "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.'"

13 "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."

14 "Alchemical symbols have the function of uniting the opposites."

15 “At the touch of Wisdom the human spirit flows and begins to follow its most natural desire, namely, for its own perfection and the knowledge of God.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 "In all things that operate God is the cause of their operating." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', III, 66

23 "The movement of loving is circular, and love is the real unitive force."

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

25 "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'

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