The anima: soul-spiritual motivation
The feminine has a strong motivating aura for the man, which moves him to literally go beyond himself. It is an attraction that gives direction and meaning to his life and inspires his willingness to give of himself.
The Anima as Inner Woman: Relational Ability
Relationship aspect and magic
The anima of the man corresponds to his own idea of femininity and thus represents his "inner woman". This is closely linked to his soul. As an inner image, it is shaped first by the mother, then also by the sister and other women. In addition, there are social ideas and ideals of femininity, which have a significance that should not be underestimated. They all form the inner woman of the man, which enables him to relate on an immaterial level.
The inner woman as a spiritual greatness: MAGIC!
As an inner image or imagination, detached from physicality, the anima belongs to the realm of the mind, visions, illusions or dreams. From here she acts as a "goddess", "angel" or "feeling" and influences the man's thoughts and actions, often without him being aware of it. Instead, "it" then simply feels "right" to him or he "feels the magic" when he perceives certain circumstances that correspond to this inner image.
The Anima as Archetype: a Goddess or Magician
Because she belongs to the realm of the spiritual, the ARCHETYPE of the Anima has a supernatural radiance, something "numinous", as C.G. Jung expressed it.
In the dimension of the collective she appears as VIRGIN, SEA VIRGIN, as SNAKE or WHORE, as celestial GODDESS OF LOVE or LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD and in many other forms, as for example the harpy or fate deity/oracle, as flame beast or turtle.
The song "Angels" by Robbie Williams as an illustration
Robbie Williams has created a video clip to his song "Angels", which shows the anima fantasies of a man very vividly. (The black and white photos in this article are taken from this clip).
The song lyrics alone speak volumes: "... and when love is dead, I'm loving angels instead!" ("When love, in other words the relationship is dead, I'm loving angels instead! ").
Robbie's Anima comes down from heaven as an angel or goddess - in a helicopter (!) and gives him this longed-for feeling of security in love.
[S. Robbie Williams: "Angels."]