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1 "The Mandala is the Mother of symbols." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

2 "The symbol proper is a dynamic and polysymbolic reality, imbued with emotive and conceptual values: in other words, with true life." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

3 "St. Augustine shows that teaching carried out with the help of symbols feeds and stirs the fires of love, enabling Man to excel himself; he also alludes to the value of all things in nature – organic and inorganic – as bearers of spiritual messages by virtue of their distinctive forms and characteristics." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

4 "The Jungian archetypes have something in common with Bohm's implicate order. The archetypes are the structuring principles that underlie individual and collective behavior. As structuring principles they are never pereived or experienced directly but appear as images and myths and are manifest within dreams and patterns of behavior." From Certainty to Uncertainty, the Story of Science and Ideas in the Twentieth Century (F. David Peat)

5 "Symbols are among the most profound expressions of human nature…certain images are universal and timeless, occurring n the East and West, in the ancient past and in our hurly-burly present….such universal images, or archetypes, carry dynamic, creative forces that move us deeply." Sacred Origins of Profound Things (Charles Panati)

6 "Our Being is a brilliant pattern of energies: a spectrum of possibilities….Symbols are windows through which we can view the Essential Nature of our Being." Ngakpa Chogyam, 'Rainbow of Liberated Energy' Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing (Judith Cornell, Ph.D.)

7 "Mind has the possibility of seeing itself reflected in the forms and symbols to which it gives birth. Its words and numbers, forms and images, are metaphors describing itself, and so are our most powerful tools for penetrating into its actions and modes." Robert Lawlor, 'Ancient Temple Architecture' Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

8 "The history of symbolism shows that everything can assume symbolic significance: natural objects (like stones, plants, animals, people, mountains and valleys, sun and moon, wind, water, and fire), or man-made things (like houses, boats, or cars), or even abstract forms (like numbers, or the triangle, the square, and the circle). In fact, the whole cosmos is a potential symbol." Aniela Jaffe, 'Symbolism in the Visual Arts' Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

9 "Universal symbols are common to all humankind and are used to express our relationship to our Creator and to teach universal truths. They also tell us a great deal about our true selves." Symbols, Guiding Lights Along the Journey of Life (Kathleen R. Prata)

10 "The myth is the undisclosed thought of the soul. The characteristic trait of the myth is to convert reflection into history." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

11 "Shakespeare's definition of the function of his art, 'to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature', is equally a definition of mythology. It is the revelation to waking consciousness of the powers of its own sustaining source." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

12 "Symbols, images, and archetypes…are the key regulators and main 'switches' of human consciousness and of one's inner life. It is through them that all alterations, focusing, and expansion of human consciousness take place, for they are the regulators, accumulators, and transformers of human consciousness. They enable a person to connect himself (and his field of consciousness) temporarily and to identify with something greater and larger than he is and, thus, slowly to transcend himself and actualize his latent energies, faculties, and potentialitites." Divine Light and Fire, Experiencing Esoteric Christianity (Peter Roche deCoppens)

13 "Mythology helps you to identify the mysteries of the energies pouring through you." A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living (Diane K. Osbon, editor)

14 "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)

15 "As the imagery of a dream is metaphorical of the psychology of its dreamer, that of a mythology is metaphorical of the psychological posture of the people to whom it pertains." Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

16 "Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

17 "According to the late mythologist Joseph Campbell, mythic tales reconnect us to the trnascendent source that undergirds daily life, while disconnection from this realm invites anxiety and soul sickness." As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Ronald S. Miller and the editors of New Age Journal)

18 "What we need is the development of the inner spiritual man, the unique individual whose treasure is hidden on the one hand in the symbols of our mythological tradition, and on the other hand in man's unconscious psyche." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

19 "If we are to see things in their right perspective, we need to understand the past of man as well as his present. That is why an undertanding of myths and symbols is of essential importance." Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

20 "[In mythology] stand revealed the hidden processes of the enigma Homo sapiens – Occidental and Oriental, primitive and civilized, contemporary and archaic. The entire spectacle is before us. We have only to read it, study its constant patterns, analyze its variations, and therewith come to an understanding of the deep forces that have shaped man's destiny and must continue to determine both our private and our public lives." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

21 "The natural symbol is the synthesis of a group of vital functions. The corn poppy in the fields is the symbol of the season and the vital conditions in its environment." Nature Word (R. A. Schwaller deLubicz)

22 "The deeper truth embedded within cultures that emphasize mythological systems of spiritual anatomy is that the divine is within us." The Roots of Consciousness (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)

23 "Folklore and fairy tales are filled with lessons about the values of love, compassion, generosity, and caring for family, friends, the sick, and the elderly. These are the virtues that matter to heaven. These are the virtues that matter even if there is no heaven. And these are the virtues we are required to develop and refine on our spiritual journey." Invisible Acts of Power: Personal Choices That Create Miracles (Caroline Myss)

24 "The symbols by which we structure our world have direct and substantive effect on how we act in that world." Janet Martin Soskice, British theologian The Lion Christian Quotation Collection (Hannah Ward & Jennifer Wild, compilers)

25 "The reality of the symbol is founded upon the idea that the ultimate reality of an object lies in its spiritual rhythm – which it incarnates." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite