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Archetypes in the Tarot: Anima / Animus

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Carl Jung proposed a number of psychological archetypes he deemed to be present in the collective unconscious, and one of these was the Anima or Animus. The anima is the female representation of the self in the male psyche, and the animus is the male representation of the self in the female psyche. These opposites of the self are often seen as a shadowy not-self figure, an other within oneself who seems to act against one's own agency.

For others, this umbral figure, while still cloaked in shadow, is a friend and guide to mysteries beyond what is normally within...