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1 "She may play and dance as Artemis, allure as Aphrodite, domesticate as Vesta, or be maternal as Demeter. She may function as Athena by furthering civilization and skills, or be concerned with comfort and the relief of misery as Mary. These are but a few of the many faces of the Great Goddess." Return of the Goddess (Edward C. Whitmont, MD)

2 "All our actions are typifications of the divine archetypes." St. Gregory of Sinai, 'On Commandments and Doctrines' The Philokalia, volume 4 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos and St. Makarios)

3 "Culture and psyche are not opposed entities but two aspects of the same psychobiological process – the actualization of innate archetypal propensities." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

4 "The sky is moist and dry, cold and hot, bright and obscured by turns; these are the rapidly alternating forms included under the one ideal or universal form of the sky. The earth is ever passing through many changes of form; it generates produce, it nourishes the produce it has generated, it yields all manner of crops, with manifold differences of quality and quantity; and above all, it puts forth many sorts of trees, differing in the scent of their flowers and the taste of their fruits. Water takes different forms, now standing, and now running. Fire undergoes many changes, and assumes godlike forms;…they are like our mirrors, and reproduce the ideal or universal form in visible copies with rival brilliance." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

5 "The point of archetypal images, like the point of myths, is not problem solving but imagining, questioning, going deeper. Archetypal images free us from identifying ourselves with our literal failures and successes or from seeing our lives as banal, or trivial. The aim in attending to these images is to awaken us to a sense of our yet unrealized latent possibilities, to save us from our sense of isolation and meaninglessness. It is to open up our lives to renewal and reshaping. Attending to the images creates a new bond between our personal lives and the collective experience of humankind." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

6 "Everything which will later become this or that particular thing is contained invisibly in the seminal reasons implanted at creation; the world blooms out of its primitive elements as a tree develops from its seed." Richard McKeon, introduction to St. Augustine Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

7 "The images of created things are in the divine mind 'before' the created things themselves, acting indeed as their archetypes….God does not stand outside of the world, deriving knowledge from it; on the contrary, the world derives its being from the knowledge of it that God continually pours into it." Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master (Robert Barron)

8 "Plato argues for a hierarchy of Forms or Ideas, in which sensible images 'participate'. In the 'Timaeus', he makes them exemplary causes, models for the Divine Artificer or demiurge, in fashioning things from eternally existing matter." Introductory Metaphysics (Avery R. Dulles, James M. Demske, Robert J. O'Connell)

9 "The unconscious, as the totality of all archetypes, is the deposit of all human experience right back to its remotest beginnings. Not, indeed, a dead deposit, a sort of abandoned rubbish-heap, but a living system of reactions and aptitudes that determine the individual's life in invisible ways." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

10 "Quintessentially, archetypes are about relationship….As inhabitants of the We Are realm, archetypes bridge spirit with nature, mind with body, and self with universe. They are always within us, essential elements within the structure of our psyches." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

11 “Archetypes represent the law-determined course of all experienceable things.” Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

12 "The 'Ideal Forms' are the archetypal or formative ideas…the eternal and subjective concepts of things subsisting in the divine mind prior to becoming." The Secret Doctrine (Helena P. Blavatsky)

13 "The 'imago Dei' [God-image], is the archetype of the self in us." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

14 "Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

15 "The soul, which is immortal, has an arithmetical, as the body has a geometrical, beginning. This beginning, as the reflection of the great universal Archaeus, is self-moving, and from the centre diffuses itself over the whole body of the microcosm." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

16 "We are the accumulation of a set of archetypes that interact with the world drama that enfolds us." God Is A Verb, Kabbalah and the Practice of Mystical Judaism (Rabbi David A. Cooper)

17 "The idea of wholeness is an archetype of deep significance." Gerhard Adler (b. 1904), English Jungian analyst, 'Studies in Analytical Psychology' The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

18 "The archetype – let us never forget this – is a psychic organ present in all of us." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Since the archetypes, or elementary ideas, are not limited in their distributions by cultural or even linguistic boundaries, they cannot be defined as culturally determined." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

20 "God formed things as they first arose according to forms and numbers." Plato, 'Timaeus' Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

21 "Nature can put us in touch with the archetype of regeneration." A Passion for This Earth, Exploring a New Partnership of Man, Woman & Nature (Valerie Andrews)

22 "In myths and fairytales, as in dreams, the psyche tells its own story, and the interplay of the archetypes is revealed in its natural setting as 'formation, transformation/the eternal Mind's eternal recreation.'" Collected Works (Carl Jung)

23 "Archetypal means a pattern which is universal and existent in all people in all cultures at all periods of history." The Mythic Tarot (Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene)

24 "The archetypes are in us, and eternal." Charles Lamb, 'The Essays of Elia (1821) C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

25 "Sooner or later nuclear physics and the psychology of the unconscious will draw closer together as both of them, independently of one another and from opposite directions, push forward into transcendental territory, the one with the concept of the atom, the other with that of the archetype." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite