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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 "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."

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

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

4 "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'

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

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

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

8 "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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite