Animus and Anima in the Realm of the Gods
Animus and Anima as gods
Spiritual power and strength
Animus and anima are to be called "spirits" or "gods" because they are not tangible. Their power consists in the fact that they are spiritual complexes which move the human being as a drive or via inner images and imaginations.
As primal types (archetypes) of the energetic opposites masculine and feminine, they appear in positive or negative form, depending on whether they appear in function of love or power.
In their collective meaning, Animus and Anima are represented by important archetypes such as CHRIST, the DEVIL or the FATHER or the VIRGIN, the MOTHER, the WHORE or the SNAKE.
Ambivalent: for good and for evil
The Anima - Goddess, Ideal Woman and the Dream of Men
The anima is the spiritual archetype of femininity, the "goddess."
She is able to draw man into the realm of the spirit, as Goethe put it in his Faust:
"The eternal feminine attracts us".
As a WHORE, however, it can bind the masculine to matter, and as a serpent it paralyzes and blinds.