“Hermes the god is the herald who carries messages from the gods to humankind. In psychological alchemy, Mercurius is that part of our psyche through which insight and knowledge come from the “higher” (divine, transpersonal) realms to the human, personal realms. He is the prince who awakens Sleeping Beauty; he is the archetype of the Awakener.”
— Ralph Metzner, in The Unfolding Self: Varieties of Transformative Experience
"Be tolerant and defend the right to be different. Never use the faculty of judgement to blame or condemn anyone, for you cannot read the hearts and souls of others. Look at them benevolently and leniently, and see what is best in them."
- Rose Croix Code of Life
"An occultist is an expert in the science of life. As an operative magician, he is able to manipulate the forces of nature to the gratification of whatever end he may desire but woe to him if those ends are not in harmony with the natural plan! By means of his knowledge, he may work miracles, like the magicians of India, but: his feats are miraculous only to those who do not know as much as he does concerning the subtle forces of nature."
- Manly Palmer Hall
"The bee is a symbol of wisdom, for as this tiny insect collects pollen from the flowers, so men may extract wisdom from the experiences of daily life. The bee is sacred to the goddess Venus and, according to mystics, it is one of several forms of life which came to the earth from the planet Venus millions of years ago."
- Manly P. Hall
"If you only see what is ugly in the world, then it is you yourself that needs repair.”
— The Lubavitcher Rabbi