Mrs. Jung: Could you say something about the relation of the animus to immortality in the same way that you discussed the anima and immortality?
Dr. Jung: The animus seems to go back only to the fourteenth century, and the anima to remote antiquity, but with the animus I must say I am uncertain altogether.
Mrs. Jung: It had seemed to me that the animus was not a symbol of immortality, but of movement and life, and that it is man’s attitude that gives that different aspect to the anima.
Dr. Jung: It is true that the animus is often represented by a moving figure—an aviator or a traffic manager.
Perhaps there is something in the historical fact of women being more stable, therefore there is more movement in the unconscious.
Mr. Schmitz: Surely there could have been no repression of the animus at the time of the matriarchy.
Dr. Jung: We cannot be too sure.
Mrs. Zinno: The figures of gods carry the idea of immortality, do they not?
Inasmuch as they are also animus figures and come into women’s dreams, I should think one could say the animus carried the meaning of immortality also.
Dr. Jung: Yes, that is true, but there remains a tremendous difference between the animus and the anima.
Mr. Schmitz: Is immortality in the individual?
Dr. Jung: No, only as the image.
Immortality belongs to the child of the anima.
Inasmuch as the anima has not brought forth, she assumes immortality.
When she brings forth she dies.
But this problem of the anima and the animus is far too complex to be dealt with here. ~Carl Jung, 1925 Seminar, Page 168.
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