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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 art, or wisdom, or Word of almighty God is the form of all creatures. For it is at the same time both the exemplar and the efficient and formal cause preserving things in the form given them, until created things are directed and recalled to it." Robert deGrosseteste, 'De unica forma omnium'

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

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

4 "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."

5 "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."

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

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

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

9 “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.”

10 “The world-soul is a natural force which is responsible for all the phenomena of life and the psyche.” Guillaume de Conches (1080-1154), Platonist who taught in Paris

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

12 "Know, therefore,….that from that One the whole of creation proceeded." Pythagoras, 'Turba Philosophorum' (medieval Arabic text)

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

14 "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."

15 "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

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

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

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

19 "The individual human being is the maturing-ground and birthplace of a divine inner man."

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

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

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

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

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

25 "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."

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