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

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

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

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

5 "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.'"

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

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

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

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

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

11 "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."

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

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

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

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

16 "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."

17 "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

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 "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."

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

21 "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."

22 "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

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

24 "In the self the one is also the many, and the many are all comprised in the one."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite