Posts Tagged ‘Anima and Animus’

What is up with Rumpelstiltskin?

May 4, 2010

Rumpelstiltskin is an odd and enduring tale, weird at so many levels that it has to make you wonder, “What’s up with that?”

Firstly, the bragging father whose big mouth leads to his daughter being locked in a tower and forced to spin straw into gold upon threat of death if she fails.  Spineless woodcutters are bad enough (leaving Hansel and Gretel to die in the forest), but dad as virtual pimp, OMG.

Next we have the “little man” whose name we do not know, but who gets a necklace (something close to the girls heart and bosom), ring (symbolic marriage vow) and finally promise of her firstborn child (how personal is that?).

With firstborn kid deals we’re in the realm of Rapunzel, but at least the ravenous-for-rocket preggers mom is above the age of consent when she makes the deal to trade her unborn child for arugula (alas, poor Rapunzel ends up locked in a tower over a salad).  With Rumpelstiltskin the unnamed girl (and this is interesting to me, after so much is ultimately made of the name of the little man) comes into unsavory contact in the tower that is not meant to protect her purity, but keep her from leaving if she doesn’t give up the gold.

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The Animas in their summer dresses

August 21, 2009

Channel No 5Hexagram 1The Anima is a Jungian word for the archetype of the woman a man most longs for.  In actuality, the Anima is best understood as both the feminine soul of a man, and as the ideal which drives the pursuit of the “soul mate.”  It is more than just sexual desire that provokes men to look at women, it is also an unconscious searching for that elusive spark that will complete the Jerry Maguire in the everyman.

Of course, since women are sexually responsive to being utterly and singularly desired, there is a natural conflict between men looking at every woman, and women wanting to be the one and only woman that all men look at.  Given that children benefit from harmonious relationships between their parents (even if those parents no longer are together), a deeper understanding of the Anima might help us be better parents.  (Note, the female counterpart to this is the Animus, to be addressed in another blog, for now it needs just two words:  George Clooney).

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