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

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

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

4 "In unity, in a point, and a centre, which are the three principles of number, measure and weight, are all things created…and in God they are all things;…for in the centre He sustains all, in the point fulfils all, and in unity perfects all." 'Theatrum Chemicum' (1622),

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

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

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

8 "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

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

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

11 “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.”

12 “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

13 "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

14 "Each individual becomes the vessel for an incarnation of God."

15 "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."

16 "There is One thing, that never dies, for it continues by perpetual increase."

17 "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."

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

19 "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.'"

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

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

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

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

24 "The temple of God is holy, and it is within you." Honorius of Autun, 'Speculum'

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite