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Shop Girl / La vendeuse

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“The anima is the archetype of life itself “, C. G. Jung “The yearning, the desire for new undertakings makes itself felt first in the unconscious-feminine. Receptivity is a feminine attitude presupposing openness and emptiness wherefore Jung has termed it the great secret of femininity”, Emma Jung If a male dreamt of an image similar to this one, it would likely point to the need for him to relate in some way to his inner so-called “feminine” side. In Jungian terms, this is the “anima” figure within each man, the equivalent to the “animus” in women. The inner feminine is formed by early contacts with women, primarily with his mother, as well as with any sisters and females in the extended family. Later, female teachers, doctors, clergy and other contacts with women in general, or as seen in movies or online, add to this inner image of what a “woman” is for a particular man. This inner image strongly affects his choice of a mate since it is automatically projected onto women who fit in some way his ideal woman within. Since a male’s conscious body-mind image is related to his maleness per se, his less developed “feminine” side in his psyche takes the form of a female. If, for example, a man normally uses thinking and the intellect to handle important decisions, then his less developed way of dealing with certain situations would often be related to emotions and values. Consciously related to, the anima functions as a kind of bridge to the creative unconscious and to unknown potentialities for development. The anima also serves as a guide in relationships, particularly with those who have a different outlook. When not consciously related to, the anima causes a man to be moody, capricious, ruthless, and snide with others and himself. Broadly speaking, the anima is also related to the “irrational”, vague feelings, and to an openness to nature. The four stages of anima development are: 1) The “primitive” woman, e.g. Paul Gaugin’s paintings of his Polynesian wives. 2) “Romanticized beauty”, e.g. the classical example of Helen of Troy still shows up in movies and on television. 3) Spiritualized eros, e.g. images of the Virgin Mary. 4) Women who transcend even the most holy and most pure, e.g. a classical example is Athena, the Greek goddess of Wisdom. The current level of anima development can be seen in a given female dream-figure, or in the nature of those females depicted in paintings, sculpture, photography and movies. In this image, the young woman’s appearance is blurred and somewhat confused. We can’t even see her whole face. On analogy, all of this would point to the ego having a very unclear understanding about this inner figure. She’s also in black, suggesting a certain “dark” aspect to her nature and, again, how this likely affects the ego in a regular way without the latter being very aware of this fact. The commercial location symbolically points to her being “employed” by the five senses (e.g. as partly symbolized by the green leaves) to gather money (i.e. energy) from the ego via, for example, compulsive impulses and drives. A negative anima within can cause this to happen to an excessive degree, leading over time to little or no connection to more humane emotions and values. Below are some general types of anima images that can appear in the four stages of development: Stage one, the purely biological and instinctual: In dreams, the seductive welcoming woman, the Siren, the prostitute, a primitive tribal woman, an Eve-like woman, a city with the feel of Babylon, the stripteaser. Stage two, the romantic, the aesthetic, the sexual: In dreams, a girlfriend, wife, daughter, actress, a beautiful mysterious woman, the Moon, a doe. Also, women reminiscent of such figures as Cleopatra, Ophelia, Lady Macbeth, Scarlett O’Hara, Maria Callas, Judy Garland and countless other examples that may be present in the current awareness of a given society. Stage three, love raised to the heights of spiritual devotion: A man in a Western culture, whether the member of a church or not, might dream of a Mary-like figure while those in other cultures would dream of equivalent female images. Stage four, wisdom that transcends even the most holy and most pure: A Mona Lisa-like dream image might appear, or one echoing Sophia, Sapientia, the Bride in the Song of Solomon or one who is revered in a similar way in other cultures. Bloor St. Culture Corridor, Toronto


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