'You must grow again into the image of God both from above and from below, as a young tree is moved by the wind and must stand in heat and cold, and in such turmoil draws its power to itself above and below and must endure many windstorms and stand in great danger before it becomes a tree that bears fruit.'
By Jacob Boehme (Author), Eric Bowers (Editor), C.J. Barker (Editor), D.S. Hener (Editor), John Sparrow (Translator)
The Aurora is Jacob Boehme's first book. It introduces many of his ideas, and some of Boehme's explanations about nature and the human and divine which are unique to this book.
There are many themes in common with the theosophical neo-platonic tradition of Ammonius Saccas, Plotinus, Porphyry, Iamblichus and Proclus, as well as with the Kabbalistic tradition. Hierarchies, the emanation (generation) of Cosmos, angelic kingdoms, trinities, signatura, ideation, duality, transformation can all be found with Boehme, as with the other traditions. Keep in mind that Jacob Boehme uses a very veiled style of writing. He had to do that, in order to survive the narrow-minded world of the fundamentalist Christians, at war with each other at that time.