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

2 "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."

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

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "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.'"

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

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

11 "The anima mundi [soul of the world] is the Holy Spirit, for through God's goodness and will, which is the Holy Spirit, lives everything that exists in the world." Honorius of Autun

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

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

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

15 "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'

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

17 “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.”

18 "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),

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

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

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

22 "After the self has been experienced as a divine centre within the psyche, this experience expands into a feeling of oneness with the whole cosmos."

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

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite