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1 "Ideas are exemplars existing in the divine mind." Introduction to Saint Thomas Aquinas (Anton C. Pegis, editor)

2 "The ancient mathematical philosophers probed into the archetypal patterns and found them in nature." A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science (Michael S. Schneider)

3 "These form-giving principles (archetypes) of the mind spell out the features of an inner world with its own significance and reality, a topos of the soul connecting the mind inwardly with its source and allowing it to experience the larger transpersonal world that creates and sustains it." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

4 "The word 'archetype' is derived from the Greek prefix which signifies a first or primal cause….The word is best taken for the numinous or abstract principle behind any thing or group of things in the phenomenal world. Being thus Numinous or Essential, it is not extended in space-time, but is what we would call a mathematical point with neither size or time-extension." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

5 "The archetypes of the collective unconscious are psychic components undergoing transformation in the direction of consciousness." Richard Roberts Tarot Revelations (Joseph Campbell & Richard Roberts)

6 "By using archetypal symbols that resonate on a universal level, art can evoke the complete range of possible life experiences, including the boundless nature of our souls." Alex Grey Experiencing the Soul (Eliot Jay Rosen, editor)

7 "The sense of being in touch with something that feels collective, shared, is indeed part of what 'archetypal' connotes." Christine Downing, Prologue Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

8 "Archetypes are forms of different aspects expressing the creative psychic background. They are and always have been numinous and therefore 'divine.' In a very generalizing way we can therefore define them as attributes of the creator. That would explain the compelling character of such inner perceptions." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

9 "Every major culture of the world includes in its mythology archetypal figures representing death and rebirth or transformation." Stanislav Grof Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.)

10 "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)

11 "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)

12 "As animals of the same kind show the same instinctual phenomena all over the world, man also shows the same archetypal forms no matter where he lives. As animals have no need to be taught their instinctive activities, so man also possesses his primordial psychic patterns and repeats them spontaneously, independently of any kind of teaching." C. G. Jung: Letters, 1951-1961 (Gerhard Adler and Aniela Jaffe, editors)

13 "Through the genome of our species we inherit the archetypal predispositions of our ancestors, and it is on these basic, universal, and persistently active themes that individual cultures work out their sets of variations and transmit them from generation to generation." Ariadne's Clue, A Guide to the Symbols of Humankind (Anthony Stevens)

14 "Philosophically, in the reality structure of the feminine archetype, Great Nature is just as important within as it is without. The principle of the 'unus mundus', the unified reality stream, is operative here; the realm of inwardness has as much ontological status as the external world has. The feminine principle expresses itself as an unfolding of levels of existence, not as the conquest of facts." The Search for the Beloved (Jean Houston)

15 "Certain basic images are universal. From culture to culture, they may vary somewhat in surface details, or content, but in underlying form they are basically the same. These include the archetypes of figures such as the Hero, the Wise Old Man, the Great Mother, the Self, the Sun-God, the Demon, and events such as Birth, Death, the Initiation Rite, the Sacred Marriage." The Sphinx and The Rainbow: Brain, Mind and Future Vision (David Loye)

16 "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)

17 "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)

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

19 "According to the Ancient Wisdom, the world issues by means of archetypes, the Divine Ideas or forms of Plato. These are nonmaterial matrices or guiding fields, geometric in nature, which shape forms from within." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

20 "This beautiful world is a reflection and an image of the Original, the Divine Spirit." Plotinus Men Who Have Walked With God (Sheldon Cheney)

21 "The archetype of the human being is God…'God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him' (Genesis 1:27)." Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition (Valentin Tomberg)

22 "The Greek root, 'arche', refers to beginnings, to origins; 'type' derives from a Greek verb meaning 'to strike' and from the related noun that refers to an impression or model. 'Archetype' thus signifies the model from which copies are cast, the underlying pattern, the beginning point from which something develops." Mirrors of The Self, Archetypal Images That Shape Your Life (Christine Downing, editor)

23 "Platonic ideas are the structuring principles of all things, inherent in all, and to be recognized by the wakened mind." The Masks of God (Joseph Campbell)

24 "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)

25 "In the psyche, at a depth which cannot be called 'personal', there exist the great archetypal images. These images are demonstrably related to the true Archetypes; and although, in dreams for instance, they may sometimes move in the personal levels of the psyche and participate in actions which reflect personal conditions, still their more profound character is manifest." The Sword and The Serpent (Melita Denning and Osborne Phillips)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite