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

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

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

4 "In all things that operate God is the cause of their operating." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', III, 66

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

6 "Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum'

7 "The divine existence…is infinite, and is not limited to any genus of being, but possesses within itself the perfection of all being." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', I, q. 25, art. 3 resp

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

9 "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."

10 "This earth itself is the risen Christ and the divine mystery - indeed, it is God himself."

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

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

13 “According to St. Thomas Aquinas there is an intellectual light innate in man, which by ‘participated likeness’ is capable of knowing the first principles.”

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

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

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

17 "The earth is identical with the sublime figure of Wisdom….On closer examination this is really a tremendous thought. The 'Wisdom of God' in the Bible was the playmate of Yahweh, who was with him before the beginning of the world. In patristic literature she was defined as the 'archetypal world' or as the sum of eternal ideas in the mind of God, the prototypes from which he created all things."

18 “The Holy Spirit warms all things with the fire of love.”

19 "A real continuation of God's creative power runs through the human soul."

20 "Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia'

21 "Western alchemy's chief concern was the production of the One: 'one is the stone, one the vessel, one the procedure, and one the medicine."

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

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

24 "The feminine aspect of the God-image, as an archetype, is in fact form without limitation, eternal and yet manifest and repeatable in an infinite number of individuals."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite