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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 is the bond of eternity and equality.”

2 "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

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

4 "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),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 "According to Wisdom 7:23f., Wisdom is a 'vapour of the power of God and a certain pure emanation of the glory of almighty God…the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God's majesty, and the image of his goodness.'"

15 "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

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

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

18 "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."

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

20 "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

21 "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'

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

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

24 "The movement of loving is circular, and love is the real unitive force."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite