Aurora Consurgens Marie Louise vonFranz Medieval Alchemical text attributed to Thomas Aquinas with commentary by vonFranz; companion volume to Jung's CW13
"The alchemists regarded the mystery of creation as divine."
“According to St. Thomas Aquinas there is an intellectual light innate in man, which by ‘participated likeness’ is capable of knowing the first principles.”
"Know, therefore,….that from that One the whole of creation proceeded." Pythagoras, 'Turba Philosophorum' (medieval Arabic text)
"Matter is one, soul is one, and God is one." 'Corpus Hermeticum'
"The meaning is clear: the neophyte, reborn, becomes God." Apuleius, 'The Golden Ass'
"The temple of God is holy, and it is within you." Honorius of Autun, 'Speculum'
“God manifests in everything. He is present in everything and is the visible and the invisible.”
"A real continuation of God's creative power runs through the human soul."
"Spirit, soul, and body are one, and all is of One." Zadith Senior (Zadith ben Hamuel), 'De chemia'
"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."
"In unity, in a point, and a centre, which are the three principles of number, measure and weight, are all things created…and in God they are all things;…for in the centre He sustains all, in the point fulfils all, and in unity perfects all." 'Theatrum Chemicum' (1622),
"In the self all opposites – conscious and unconscious, psyche and physis, and so on – unite."
"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'
"The soul knows the First Being and itself in its essence by its own reflection upon itself." Avicenna, 'De anima'
"Alchemical symbols have the function of uniting the opposites."
"According to the medieval view the divine likeness reaches down even into the physical structure of natural things."
“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.”
"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."
"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
"The movement of loving is circular, and love is the real unitive force."
“What first sets the will and intellect in motion is something higher than the will and intellect, i.e., God.”
“The Brethren of the Free Spirit taught that the human soul was of the substance of God.”
"The individual human being is the maturing-ground and birthplace of a divine inner man."
"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."
"God is the dynamic energy in all things, and everything is full of psyche and moves in perfect order."