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1 "The material world illustrates for us the Archetypal Powers in action, and then the pattern of the Archetypal Powers gives us a further clue by which we can penetrate more deeply into the lessons of the material world without losing our way." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

2 "In volume 18 of his Collected Works, Jung explained: 'The archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs – representations that vary a great deal without losing their basic pattern.'" Our Dreaming Mind (Robert L. Van deCastle, Ph.D.)

3 "The archetypes precipitate as ever more complex forms in the material world in accordance with the cyclic development of consciousness….The sequential unfolding of the archetype's potential from simple to complex proceeds cyclically, according to an inner order." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

4 "Truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images." The Gospel of Philip (3rd century ad Christian Gnostic catechesis) The Other Bible (Willis Barnstone, editor)

5 "The materialization of a form originates upon the archetypal planes, through the agency of divine thought, and from thence (through directed streams of intelligent energy) acquires substance as it is reproduced upon each plane, until eventually, upon the physical plane, the form stands revealed at its densest point of manifestation." A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (Alice A. Bailey)

6 "When I say as a psychologist that God is an archetype, I mean by that the 'type' in the psyche. The word 'type' is, as we know, derived from (the Greek word for) 'blow' or 'imprint'; thus an archetype presupposes an imprinter." 'Psychology and Alchemy' Collected Works (Carl Jung)

7 "Mandalas are also formed with the hands, danced, and represented in music (for instance Bach's 'Art of Fugue')….When a mandala is being formed, everything round and square known to man works on it too. But the impetus for its formation comes from the unconscious archetype." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

8 "The universality of an archetype affirms the reality of the principle in question." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

9 "The purpose of human learning and philosophy is to reawaken in the soul remembrance of the eternal, spiritual realm of pure forms and ideas." The Roots of Consciousness (Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D.)

10 "I understand that there arise and are made in me, when I seek them out earnestly, certain ideas like intelligible species, of the intelligibles within, which I contemplate with the mind alone." John Scotus Eriugena (800?-877?), 'On The Division of Nature', Selections From Medieval Philosophers (Richard McKeon, editor and translator)

11 "For all the beautiful things in the world would never have been what they are if they hadn't been molded after the archetype of true beauty, the Uncreated, the Blessed, the Imperishable." Philo (c. 15bc-45ad), Alexandrian Jewish philosopher God, A Companion for Seekers (David Schiller)

12 "By far the greatest number of spontaneous synchronistic phenomena that I have had occasion to observe and analyse can easily be shown to have a direct connection with an archetype." Synchronicity, An Acausal Principle (Carl Jung)

13 "Carl Jung spoke of a God-archetype within the psyche. The psyche has an affinity for God, a faculty for relationship with God." Spiritual Pilgrims, Carl Jung & Teresa of Avila (John Welch, O. Carm.)

14 "The archetypes represent the uniquely human means whereby instinctual, biological energy is transformed into the meaningful symbolic life of the human psyche." J. J. Clarke The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

15 "The Absolute or Supreme God is the basic, or final Archetype in which all lesser archetypes originate and are resolved." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

16 "Without these Ideas – these generalizations, regularities and ideals – the world would be to us as it must seem to the first-opened eyes of the child, a mass of unclassified and unmeaning particulars of sensation; for meaning can be given to things only by classifying and generalizing them, by finding the laws of their beings, and the purposes and goals of their activity." The Story of Philosophy (Will Durant)

17 "Ideas are the original forms (formae principales), the stable and immutable ground of things….They are a part of divine intelligence." Modern Esoteric Spirituality (Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman, editors)

18 "There is no excellence among the creatures which is not to be found in a much higher style, and as an archetype, in the Creator." Albertus Magnus (1193-1280) A Treasury of Philosophy, Vol. 1 (Dagobert D. Runes, editor)

19 "Mankind has common instincts of imagination and of action. All conscious imagination and action have been developed with unconscious archetypal images as their basis, and always remain bound up with them." C. G. Jung The Secret of the Golden Flower (Richard Wilhelm, translator)

20 "Since archetypes are what give form to the collective unconscious, awareness of the archetypes in everyday living is a means by which the elements of existence may acquire a more conscious structure. Situations exist for the purpose of our being able to center and create ourselves anew through them." Mandala (Jose and Miriam Arguelles)

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

22 "Physically the structure of a cell retains its identity, even while the matter that composes it is continually altered. The cell rebuilds itself in line with its own pattern of identity, yet is always a part of emerging action, alive and responding even in the midst of its own multitudinous deaths. So psychological structures form to which various names are given. The names are meaningless, but the structures behind them are not. Such psychological structures also retain their identity, their pattern of uniqueness, even while they change constantly, die and are reborn." The Nature of Personal Reality (Jane Roberts)

23 "The archetype is an archetype because it represents a past reality; its power over us as internal image is so profound because it was once an experienced fact of the external world." Great Cosmic Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor)

24 "Archetypes are organs of Essence, the cosmic blueprints of how it all works." A Mythic Life, Learning to Live our Greater Story (Jean Houston)

25 "They (the Archetypes) are, indeed, an instinctive trend, as marked as the impulse of birds to build nests, or ants to form organized colonies." Carl Jung Man and His Symbols (Carl Jung)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite