The Moon & Jung’s Anima

This is the third of a series of blog posts designed to help you to understand how your astrological Moon drives the ebbs and tides of your everyday life as well as your most intimate relationships. This post explores the relation between Jung’s archetype of the Anima and your astrological Moon. Beware, the jury is still out as to whether the Anima works differently for men than for women.


In simplest terms, Jung’s anima represents the feminine aspects of both men and women.

Jung believed that for men, the astrological Moon represented the unconscious – hunches, moods, and intuitions – aspects of which he was challenged to integrate into his psyche.  In keeping with tradition stemming back to Ptolemy, in ancient Greece, Jung entertained the idea that in certain cases, the anima represented the manifest expression of a man’s mother as well as his ideal wife. By contrast, the animus, symbolised by the astrological Sun, that represented the natural mode of a man’s expression.

Jung further suggested that the anima was symbolic of the conscious – the mode of natural expression for women. It was the animus, symbolised by the astrological Sun, that women were challenged to integrate into their psyches. Also in keeping with Ptolemaic tradition, the Sun symbolised the manifest expression of a woman’s father as well as her ideal husband.

Regardless of whether we now believe Jung’s assignment of animus and anima to women and man is outdated – anachronistic, we can still learn much about the anima (for both men and women) by examining Jung’s own explorations of the astrological Moon in the Red Book (Liber Novus).

In the Red Book, the astrological Moon represents the entire spectrum of the lunar myth and cycle, from the dark of the new moon and back again. Unlike classical astrology that divides the planets into either malefic or benefic, Jung’s astrological Moon at once both and neither. She can be dangerous – even treacherous. Moreover, the Moon as a fluid, living principle, always in flux. Indeed, Jung saw the astrological Moon as both deeply complex and ambivalent – the archetypal core of which equates to the triple-bodied lunar goddess of antiquity, Hecate.

Consider four of the Red Book’s female personages:


Questions to consider:

  • How might these images have formatted Jung’s perception of the real women in his life?
  • If you’re a woman, how might similar images formatted by the astrological Moon in the chart of important men in your life effect how you relate to them?
  • What, if anything, might you be able to do about it?

References:

  • Greene, L. (2018). The Astrological World of Jung’s Liber Novus; Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Greene, L. (2018). Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic and the Qualities of Time. Abingdon: Routledge.

Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

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