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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 alchemists regarded the mystery of creation as divine."

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

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

4 "Each individual becomes the vessel for an incarnation of God."

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

6 "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."

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

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

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

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

11 "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."

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

13 "All things have their life and being from the wisdom of God…for according to the wisdom of God, which is the life of all things, was made all that was made…and this [wisdom] is that archetypal world, after whose likeness this sensible world was made." Hugh of St. Victor

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

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

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

17 "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."

18 “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.”

19 "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."

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

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

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

23 “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

24 "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),

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite