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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 "God is the dynamic energy in all things, and everything is full of psyche and moves in perfect order."

2 "In the self all opposites – conscious and unconscious, psyche and physis, and so on – unite."

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

4 "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."

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

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

7 "The anima mundi [soul of the world] is the Holy Spirit, for through God's goodness and will, which is the Holy Spirit, lives everything that exists in the world." Honorius of Autun

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

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

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

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

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

13 "After the self has been experienced as a divine centre within the psyche, this experience expands into a feeling of oneness with the whole cosmos."

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

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

16 “Solomon says: The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world.”

17 “At the touch of Wisdom the human spirit flows and begins to follow its most natural desire, namely, for its own perfection and the knowledge of God.”

18 “All things are of one.” Senior, ‘De chemia’

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

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

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

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

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

24 "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."

25 “God manifests in everything. He is present in everything and is the visible and the invisible.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite