First, let’s specify which meaning of the word ‘Animus’ we mean:
purpose; intention; animating spirit.”
It comes from the Latin word animus meaning “rational soul, mind, life, mental powers, consciousness, sensibility; courage, desire,”. In this case the meaning we’re looking for is the “animating spirit”, or the thing that moves us to do something.
This is something I’ve had trouble with wording properly before. The apparent paradox was brought to my attention when others pointed out that my points about conviction (the mage should do everything in his power, magickal and physical, to achieve his desired result) and my point about manifestation (magick that should never have any physical cause associated to the desired result). It was poor wording on my part. My bad for the confusion. The word I was looking for was animus. It’s the difference between waking up tired and telling yourself to get up for 15 minutes before you actually do, or deciding that based upon the urgency/intensity of your goals that you can’t afford to be late at all and thus can’t waste any more time sleeping.
For the mage, animus means that your desire to act is greater than the desire to keep on desiring, that you’re willing to do what it takes. But intent without animus, to desire without being willing to put forth the effort required to achieve the result – it’s what keeps a mage from making the time, putting forth the effort, and making the commitment to follow through on his studies and research of magick. But it also affects students, workers, bachelors who have to do their laundry… it affects everyone. And everyone has their own excuses for why they indulge themselves in having intent without animus. But the fruit of intent without animus is that you keep on desiring your desires, intending your intents, but the results you seek will remain just beyond your reach, teasing the person with what they can’t have until their animus forces them to rise to the occasion.
But ultimately its our call whether or not our intent has animus. For the mage, he must learn to achieve animus without physical action. This isn’t an easy process, and I don’t think I can explain it in words well enough to teach someone to do it. All I can say is that you’ll know it when you see it (or when you experience it, in this case), and until I can come up with a better way to describe it you’ll just have to figure it out for yourself. If you do try it out, best of luck and let me know in the comments how it’s working out for you. Cheers!