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Anima and Animus

“When animus and anima meet, the animus draws his sword of power and the anima ejects her poison of illusion and seduction. The outcome need not always be negative, since the two are equally likely to fall in love (a special instance of love at first sight).”

page 4019, “Aion”, Volume 3 by C.G. Jung

Explanation: The anima and animus can be identified as the totality of the unconscious feminine psychological qualities that a man possesses or the masculine ones possessed by a woman, respectively. Because a male’s sensitivity is often lesser or repressed, the anima is one of the most significant autonomous complexes of all. It also influences a man’s interactions with women and his attitudes toward them and vice versa for women and the animus.

Connection: A bird was used by C.G. Jung to describe an archetype, so 2 birds (animus and anima) were used for this purpose in the painting.