The Anima is a feminine archetype, residing within the psyche of a male. When unconsciously projected at a woman, it influences whether he is attracted to her or not. Basically, the Anima is the quintessence of his desires, which determines those females he finds himself falling in love with at first sight, and when asked why he fell head over heels in love with a certain woman, he might just answer, "I don't know, it's as if I was struck by lightning!".
The reason why, is because of the Anima, which of an inner archetype, makes her primary appearance within dreams. The Anima has different aspects, which can manifest within the dream as differing female characters, such as Clea, who reflect back varied emotively charged imprints within the male psyche of a Doctor Strange.
You then have the Anima and her numerous manifestations, which appear within the dream as having distinctly different personality types. For example, with one type of woman, a man may find himself being empowered by her femininity, whereupon he becomes concordantly more masculine, like that of a superhero dressed in a Doctor Strange costume saving a snowy Princess. However, she could just as well be a Queen, whereupon, he feels disempowered; for she is the one who takes dominatrix control, which may what he is attracted to as her dominated subject.
In other words, the differing manifestations of the Anima are coupled with different self-images within the male psyche. This in turn translates over into a relationship dynamic, when the Anima is unconsciously projected at a female, who is felt to be a counterpart of what the male sees himself as of an internal self-image.
However, the internal-self-image is usually not known or consciously conceptualised, let alone deeply understood. What the male consciously believes himself to be may not correspond with the internal self-image, which is coupled with a corresponding aspect of the Anima. Hence, as a consequence, problems will invariably arise in a physical relationship, until he becomes aware of his Anima, which reflects back his true self.
In order to determine how a male truly sees himself, he has to observe his dreams, wherein his internal-self-image is revealed, as well as a corresponding aspect of the Anima.
In Hinduism the Anima is termed as Shakti whose dream manifestations are called Dakinis. In the West, a Dakini would be termed as being a Succubus.
In Tibetan Bonpo Buddhism, which has Tantric leanings of a shamanistic legacy, the Shakti manifestations of the Dakinis are consciously conjured into lucid dreams in order to empower assumed (internal-self-images) Avatars, which are seen as being Buddhas. Each of the Buddhas have different qualities the practitioner seeks to attain, which are empowered by corresponding Dakinis, who are of the Shakti power of the dream.
When the internal archetype of the (Shakti) Anima is explored through the practice of Art, her (Dakini/Succubus) manifestations can be seen as being Art Muses, whose manifestation within a dream can inspire the Art of an Artist. Each of the Art Muses are coupled with constructed self-images of the Artist, and that of corresponding Art styles the Artist seeks to explore within his dreams, to then externalise of manifested artistry.
For a female Artist, she has her Animus, which of a male archetype acts in the same way as the Anima, which reflects back her internal-self-image, as well as determining her attraction to certain males. She too would explore her Animus, just as a male Artist explores his Anima.
Although, such is determined by their respective sexual orientations, who may be otherwise attracted to their own sex or both; whereupon the Animus and Anima swaps roles, or becoming bisexually androgynous as a hermaphrodite.
What is interesting is that the Animus has been extensively explored, this is more so the case since the Animus has been symbolically deified as a God and Devil, as well as being quantified as an All-Father, Lord, King, or that of a Father, Son and Holy Ghost trinity, along with a plethora of Animus aspects, manifesting as machismo Angels and butch Demons, which are listed in the commonality of the Playgirl grimoires down the ages.
You could say that Witches are very much aware of their Animus, since its symbolism is all around them of a religious fixation; whereas the symbolic expression of the Anima is nonexistent. This gender focus has nothing to do with the creative principle behind everything, which cannot be quantified as being of a particular gender, let alone being seen as having a human form.
It has far more to do with energetic connections with each other. However, the Animus and Anima can be utilised as a symbolic interface with the creative principle via dreams. But whatever symbolism we utilise to do so, even if it is abstract, is not what the creative principle is; for it is essentially an unknowable mystery, which cannot be branded or owned by any cultural construct of a religion. What we will otherwise find is our own selves being reflected back by our opposite of an Animus or Anima to thereby understand.
A female Artist will soon determine that woman has created the cultural religious fixation upon an all male symbolic paradigm of the Animus, which permeates the very structure of language and all levels of society; whereby, woman has forged present patriarchal civilisation, of which many a male is totally unaware of, since they are generally quite oblivious that the Anima exists.
Although, this was not always the case, in ancient times, before the ascendancy of the monotheistic faiths of a deified Animus fixation, the Anima was known of, which other cultures still remember, such as the Shakti of Hinduism.
The reason why many a male is unaware of the Anima in Western society, in particular, is because her archetypal influence has been cut out of the symbolic equation and verily cast into the bottomless pit of the unconscious, as the 'Fallen,' along with all her (succubae) Succubi manifestations.
One example of this being, there are no Anima archetypes listed in the plethora of magical tomes, which are essentially Playgirl grimoires you can find in many a Newage Hogwarts bookshop; nor is there any historical example of a Playgirl grimoire. Whereby I rebelled by creating such a Necronomicon of the ancient Anima, listing her Succubi manifestations of the Great Old Ones.