Animus Rising: Mothers, Daughters and the Endopsychic Phallus
The subject of Dr. Freud’s Oedipal Complex deals essentially with Fathers and sons. Neglected, however, in much psychological exegesis is something equivalent as Mothers and daughters. In the following work as much has been attempted and with special attention given to what Dr. C. G. Jung called the “animus,” the unconscious maleness of the feminine psyche. However, the animus is not limited to the feminine estate simply because it is engendered as Spirit per se and with broader implication as zeitgeist. It is thus included as an aspect of Western culture and collective consciousness. The World Animus makes its first pre-historic appearance in what is known as a “standing stone.” The giant phallus thus serves as an image exemplifying what I refer to as “Animus Rising” and, as such, not only represents a momentous event in the early period of European and Western culture but the modern culture trend especially noticeable in the U.S.A. toward a matricentrific society.