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She is the life energy that animates the male principle, and the male principle in turn animates action in the world. According to Carl Jung the psyche was composed of three components: The ego, in its multiplicity, represents our consciousness. The shadow, in its multiplicity, represents our personal unconscious. And the archetypes represent our collective unconscious. The archetypes animus and anima emerged as Jung observed the mingling of his male and female clients, in the hopes of understanding the human condition in a deeper more self-actualized way.
The best way to imagine the anima animus is to picture a yin-yang in your mind. The anima is the black dot on the white side, and the animus is the white dot on the black side. Men are like walking white-sides with black dots. Women are walking black-sides with white dots. Yin Yang An individuated man will have a more prominent and magnanimous black dot, just as an individuated woman will have a more prominent and magnanimous white dot.
In less psychologically healthy people their dots are mere pinpricks. The Eternal Feminine is all that is vulnerable and pregnable within us, all that is wild and fertile: The Eternal Masculine is all that is invulnerable and impregnable within us, all that is structured and firm: One of her brothers died a tragic death as well. Now a younger sister is threatened with drug abuse. I remember suggesting to my client that she find out why her mother was destroying her own children.
To my horror, she registered no reaction to this statement which I had said to shock her into the reality of this dangerous situation. Then she gives a memorable example: There is no point in doing anything. Life will never change for the better. This is what gave the movie its enchanting aspect, its magical feel and its deep, delightful spell casting. The animus tends to produce opinions in women. She may have strong beliefs in what is right and wrong.
When properly developed, it can build a bridge to the Self through creative activity.
When Anima Meets Animus
The positive qualities of the animus are: It can take much time and genuine suffering as it requires conscious attention. It is no mere chance that in olden times priestesses like the Greek Sibyl were used to fathom the divine will and to make connection with the gods.
In the macrocosm, the Sibyl played an anima role for Roman civilization. She is the perfect compliment to the ultra-rational Roman! I believe that Graves was going through a dark experience with a woman at the time the wrote the book as well. Because she is his greatest danger she demands from a man his greatest, and if he has it in him she will receive it.
They are quite actually father and mother of all the disastrous entanglements of fate…. They are powers in the unconscious, in fact, gods…. His fear of the dark incalculable power of the unconscious gives his wife an illegitimate authority over him, and forges such a dangerously close union that the marriage is permanently on the brink of explosion from internal tension-or else, out of protest, he flies to the other extreme, with the same results.
John A. Sanford
It is their urge to become conscious during the time Venus is travelling through the Underworld. Jung explains that the anima comes between [a man and his wife] like a jealous mistress who tries to alienate the man from his family…. That might be — it might even be arranged by the anima as the most effective means to the desired end. Such an arrangement should not be misconstrued as an end in itself, for the blameless gentleman who is correctly married according to the law can be just as correctly divorced according to the law, which does not alter his fundamental attitude one iota.
The old picture has merely received a new frame. If he feels that his mother had a negative influence on him, his anima will often express itself in irritable, depressed moods, uncertainty, insecurity, and touchiness…. Within the soul of such a man the negative mother — anima figure will endlessly repeat this theme: The whole of life takes on a sad and oppressive aspect.
Such dark moods can even lure a man to suicide, in which case the anima becomes a death demon. The Greek Sirens and the German Lorelei are negative anima figures as well. Projecting the anima onto a woman is an immediate and automatic thing. Only then can she accept higher wisdom from the unconscious that contradicts the opinions of her animus.
John A. Sanford | Revolvy
She is distantly related to mermaids, ondines, sylphs, the Lorelei and the Sirens in Ulysses. She can be dangerous in her ability to seduce or lure a man to his death but in her positive aspect she is alluring, not luring.
The conscious attitude of woman is in general far more exclusively personal than that of man. Her world is made up of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, husbands and children.