Anima as Witch

Luis Ricardo Falero, 1878, Departure of the Witches, US Public Domain
Luis Ricardo Falero, 1878, Departure of the Witches, US Public Domain

Carl Jung speaks of the relationship between the anima image and the witch. He says:

“she changes into all sorts of shapes like a witch, and in general displays an unbearable independence that does not seem at all proper in a psychic content. Occasionally she causes states of fascination that rival the best bewitchment, or unleashes terrors in us not to be out-done by any manifestation of the devil…. She is a mischievous being who crosses our path in numerous transformations and disguises, playing all kinds of tricks on us, causing happy and unhappy delusions, depressions and ecstasies, outbursts of affect, etc… The witch has not ceased to mix her vile potions of love and death; her magic poison has been refined into intrigue and self-deception, unseen though none the less dangerous for that.” (9i, para. 54)

This image by Luis Ricardo Falero was painted in 1878. It captures the mischievous aspect of the anima image.

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