The Anima Wants Life

“Because the anima wants life, she wants both good and bad.”
(Carl Jung, 9i, para. 59)

Jung tells us that the word “Anima means soul.” He adds that notion of the anima “designate something very wonderful and immortal. ” (9i, para. 55) Hillman tells us that the anima is the “mediatrix to the eternally unknowable” (p.133).  As soul image, the anima guides us beyond what is known into the ‘unknown’ mystery of being. The soul exits somewhere between the eternal and temporal, between the infinite and finite, and thus can be considered the mediatrix to the unknown.




  1. The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9 Part 1)
  2. Symbols of Transformation (Collected Works of C. G. Jung Volume 5)
  3. The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol. 8)
  4. Myth of Analysis by James Hillman