Subconscious hologram of seasons on a Roman marble sarcophagus

A Roman marble sarcophagus densely and deeply engraved with Bacchus and four seasons including the Autumn queen, subconsciously includes the usual archetypal structure. The Basket of Mysteries or type 2c is part of its conscious and subconscious theme. The structure is too complex for any artist to learn or integrate with myth, calendar, ritual and artistic design. It has to come from inspiration and eye -hand -mind co-operation. Artists choose certain optional features, and place them, without knowing that they use universal cultural and spatial ‘grammar’ or ‘DNA’. The design may seem chaotic at first, but the axial grid is unusually smooth, revealing invisible order.

Eden tree in an Indian story cloth became an ecology balance theme

An Indian story cloth craft artist started with an Eden Tree Bird theme (also found in Egyptian and other cultures’ art and myth in all ages, thus archetypal). or copied some elements from another work. But a type 10 theme came to dominate in the subconscious expression of archetypal features and structure. Disrupted artworks are rare. They reveal some aspects of archetypal inspiration and expression that hundreds of regularly-structured works do not.

Archetype in 3D on a Peruvian rain ritual jug

A Peruvian Moche jug shaped like a rain mountain or hand, holds a dramatic rain ritual scene of 3D figurines. This article demonstrates the usual subconscious expression of universal archetypal structure in this unique miniature figurines sculpture group, by listing the types and character features, and noting which of the optional recurrent features they express. The last section demonstrates the archetypes in the main general themes in this masterpiece of ritual craft.

Cleitor, polar axle of the Arcadia myth map

Cleitoria in Arcadia confirms many of the optional features of the axial centre or ‘ecliptic pole’ in cultural landscapes. Now a backwater, Cleitor once minted Arcadian coins, donated a brazen statue of Zeus to Olympia, raised champions, fought and joined Sparta, and hosted the Achaean League. Cleitor has the same root as clitoris, female genitals, linked to its temples of Demeter ‘Mother’; Eileithyia of childbirth; Athena Coria ‘Maiden’; harvest and Haloa ‘Threshing Floor’ of Triptolemus ‘Triple Warrior’; Aphrodite Erycene as Venus and Boa sand burrower snake, of prostitutes and the underworld. The site is near Planitero observatory; Mt Helmos; Kalavryta ski resort; Castria and Cave of underground Lakes; Drake-vouni ‘Dragon Town’; and a Styx range and waterfall (p) in Vouraikos Gorge, where Achilles bathed for immortality.

Athens stoneprint virtual tour

Athens was driven to become and to remain the cultural, political and sports leader of Greece and the known world. Athenian Greeks practiced sciences or conscious crafts, including philosophy, as well as subconscious crafts, including myth, religion, ritual and iconography. Athens also express layers of archetypal structure in its natural and cultural features, as every built site, village, city, region and country do. Sites and artworks are now testable, and each one tests the archetypal model of subconscious structure or ‘grammar’ in turn. This post is an extract from Stoneprint Journal 7: Hercules, Arcadia, and Greece myth maps.

Hercules, Arcadia and Greece myth maps

Greek culture is among the most abstracted, condensed and recorded, enabling conscious study of our subconscious, and collective behaviour, and thus of archetype as the underlying enabler of nature, perception and re-expression. Hesiod was one of many thinkers who acknowledged ‘something more powerful behind gods’, not invented and not diffused. This edition demonstrates the rigorous, pervasive, universal core content in myths of the Hercules Labours, Arcadia, and Greece, overriding even history.

Rome’s Capitol Hill stoneprint

Rome's Capitol Hill Forum is a microcosm of the former world empire. Due to renewed interest in the Washington Capitol design, I post this extract from my book Stoneprint (2016. Four Equators Media. Mail order at $20 plus postage from Johannesburg, from edmondfurter at gmail dot com). I have not posted this extract before, since... Continue Reading →

Archetype, stars, trigrams and time vortex on a Chinese bronze mirror

Seasons, hours and cosmic time is ironically timeless. Some Eastern cast bronze mirror backs show a central river turtle within four seasonal macro-constellations: spring turtle, summer cheetah, autumn phoenix, winter antelope; within eight I Ching trigrams; within 24 hours pictograms. This Chinese mirror inscription dates AD 758. Trigrams and pictograms seem randomly placed, but the implied seasonal axes are extended and slightly vortexed across the three concentric archetypal cycles. The artist had subconsciously moved the season markers from Age Aries to Age Pisces (as the Egyptian Dendera zodiac update also did).

Artist Nils: Three Responses express trance and burst egos

The main subconscious theme in the minimalist naïve-styled artwork Three Responses, by Nils, is bursting or deflating egos, one of the known effects of DMT (as discussed on DMT Nexus, where this artwork was first posted). Here type 15 Maker, which often expresses physical, outward or worldly re-creation or perception, is a face mask falling from a burst balloon. The paitning also subconsciously expresses an axial grid between its eyes and focal points, as all complex artworks do.

Subconscious meaning is more universal than conscious ‘logic’

Engravings, statues and supposed ‘symbolic’ artefacts worldwide express the same set of uses and typology, within narrow ranges of variation. Some land markers became gravestones or memorials. In archetypal terms, dominant themes in the uses of monoliths, megaliths, marked and marker stones, include ‘contract, death, ancestor’, which are among the frequent features of type 13 or Heart; and ‘land, tax, king’, which are among the frequent features of type 4 or King. Anthropologists often invoke diffusion, or the supposed spread, adoption or enforcement of recurrent cultural features among people and polities, yet no science agrees on a model for how or why certain features diffuse.

A Website.

Up ↑