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26 VIII. 18.

My soul, what is going on? What’s brewing? I’m seized by uneasiness!

Anima. You’ve waited for too long. Why didn’t you ask earlier?

I. I thought that I must let things happen.

A. Yes, but you still need to take care of what is yours. You should have asked. I had to make you uneasy.

Salome cooks poisonous potions. She is a Medea, adept in magic.

A: I. What is she doing?

A. Ask her.

I. Salome, what are you doing?

Sal. I will get my revenge. Why have you given me a meaning? I don’t want to have a meaning. I only want sensation. I want,. the bare event.

I. But what if nothing happens?

Sal. Everything will happen according to its time. I have prepared poison for you if you don’t let it happen.

I. What should I let happen?

Sal. Whatever prepares pleasure.

I. Express yourself more clearly. What are you doing X:* and what do you want to do?

Sal. I want sensation. Do not disturb the event.

I. I won’t disturb it, but I want to know.

Sal. You shouldn’t know. You should let things happen.

I. I let things happen, but what do you strike up around me?

Sal. I will disturb your peace.

I. Why?

Sal. Because you should not look on calmly, but irritated. I irritate you. I. To what end?

Sal. Your irritation is good for women. It excites them. They need your irritation, otherwise they do nothing.

I. My soul, tell me, is that true?

A. Some of it is true. Women must have grounds, otherwise they let too much happen.

You must accept this irritation, let it be seen; it excites, as Salome rightly says.

You can do nothing. Accept and take care of yourself. You must suffer somewhat. You cannot make it happen. Patience, much patience.

Sal. will speak.

Sal. I must somewhat upset you.  If you are too peaceful, then you give the appearance that everything is in order.

Commands are not useful, just feeling. You are too impatient. You have the power devil in you. Everything must happen as it does.

There is nothing to do. Others must also have their share in life.

I. My soul, do you know something beyond this?

A. Nothing to give away. I advise attachment. ~The Black Books, Vol. VII, Page 194-195

[A}Abbreviation for “Anima.”

This is the first place in the Black Books where Jung identifies the soul as the anima.

In an undated revision to his 1916 paper “The Structure of the Unconscious,” he introduced the notion of the anima as a
counterpart to that of the persona.

He regarded both of these as “subject-imagoes.” Here, he defined the anima as “how the subject is seen by the collective unconscious” (CW 7, § 521).

In 1921, he wrote “The inner personality is the way one behaves in relation to one’s inner psychic processes; it is the inner attitude, the characteristic face, that it is turned towards the unconscious.

I call the outer attitude, the outward face, the persona; the inner attitude, the inner face, I call the anima” (CW 7 § 803).

The inner attitude was the soul, which had a complementary relation to the persona. In women, he named this the animus.  ~The Black Books, Vol. VI, Page 194, fn 124