Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Two Stags
In this dream my husband represents what Jung calls the Animus, a woman’s inner man.
The Dream: Clark is on a large rock. Two stags wearing goggles approach him. They become threatening. I am afraid he will be gored or fall off the rock, which is about one story above ground. Instead he jumps to a nearby taller platform, making himself very tall and frightening the stags away. It later turns out they are dying. They were wounded, which is why they attacked.
Interpretation: Clark, my Animus, gives me the strength to withstand domination by societal patriarchy, symbolized by the stags. The dream offers some insight into the reason males attack: it comes from their vulnerability.