Mindprint the subconscious art code

What is mindprint, the subconscious art code

An Australian Kimberley Gwion 'Sashes' area rock art image (Bradshaw Foundation) of dancers, one with a long-necked mask, with mindprint labels and axes by Edmond Furter.
An Australian Kimberley Gwion ‘Sashes’ area rock art image (Bradshaw Foundation) of dancers, one with a long-necked mask, with typology labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter.
Mindprint or stoneprint model of character types, in their peripheral sequence, as pairs of opposites forming an axial grid of eyes, with five polar points of limb joints or junctures.

Mindprint is sixteen recurrent character types, each expressing a cluster of optional archetypal features, and each feature at a specific fixed frequency globally; with the eyes or focal points of pairs of opposite forming an axial grid; surrounding five polar points of limb joints or junctures in specific sectors.

The eyes or focal points of typological characters are replaced by a heart and a womb, in adjacent positions; at type 12 and/or 13 Heart, and type 11 Womb. Characters form an irregular and ragged oval, at varied radii. The spatial structure is analogous to a flattened cosmic sphere of three planes (ecliptic, galactic and celestial), with polar features of the underside or ‘south’ visible as limb joints in certain positions.

One or both the ‘celestial’ poles is incidental with the position of the midsummer and midwinter solstices, as it was in one of the last three astrological Ages (or four mindprint Ages, since Age Taurus is doubled). Celestial poles move in an inward spiral arc around the ecliptic pole, analogous to precession, and the Age of the artist’s or builders’ culture, usually the Age before the work.

Four of the types are optionally doubled or single; types 1 and/or 2 Builder or Taurus, are opposite types 8/9 Healer or Scorpius; and types 5a/5b Priest or Aquarius, are opposite types 12/13 Heart or Leo. Type 5 repeats is number in the first magnitude series (some cultural media express two or three cycles of mindprint, where 5:20 and 5:21 are differentiated by their numbers). Thus the highest type number in the first magnitude is type 15 Maker or Gemini, however there are sixteen types, since label 5 is initially repeated.

Known magnitudes of the sixteen types are 0:15, 1:16, 2:17, 3:18, 4:19, 5:20, 5:21 (where the sequence changes to sequential numbers), 6:22, etc (from where the sequence is validated against atomic numbers in the periodic table, and against features of the I Ching, though not against the variant number sequences of divination sets).

The entire arrangement of five layers of structure, is subconscious and compulsive to artists, and independent of conscious and conventional attributes, design grids, perspective lines, and ‘conceptual’ meanings and conscious symbolism. Conscious ‘logic’ or rationalisation offers various layers of optionality to artists, builders and cultures, but the subconscious archetypal features remain standard in all cultures, areas and ages.

Mindprint was discovered in 2010, and its types, attributes, geometry, polar structure and correspondence with myth, emblems, the Tarot deck and astronomy (particularly hour decans or ‘lunar’ calendars) were assigned, numbered and tabulated by Edmond Furter, and published in the art analysis, anthropology and archaeo-astronomy book Mindprint, the subconscious art code, in August 2014 (

After Furter, ED, 2014. Mindprint, the subconscious art code.

Terminology and data has since been updated in Stoneprint, and in Stoneprint Journal editions.


Update of typology labels, features, and global average occurrence (January 2019)

This table also serves as a standard format for testing and reporting the identification of subconscious, archetypal features in artworks, rock art works, building sites, or other media.

Site /Artwork,,,, expresses ,,,,

This ,,,,, in ,,,,, is noted for ,,,,,.

General themes in the work include types ,,,,

In any artwork, building site, or sequential craft set (calendar, gods, divination list, alphabet, emblems), characters form an axial grid by their eyes or focal points, and express about 60% of these recurrent feature clusters, with each feature at a measurable universal average frequency

Type; Character (archetypal features with average frequencies):

01 /02 Builder; twist 44%, cluster 23%, bovid 19%, bird 19%, tower 18%, build 14%, sack 10%, hero 10%, book 8%, spring 8%, maze 8%, pit 8%,

02c Basket; weave 25%, container 20%, instrument 20%, shoulderhump 20%, hat 15%, weapon 15%, throne 10%, snake 10%, secret 10%, planet 7%;; armlink 50%, leglink 20%,

03 Queen; neckbend 31%, dragon 19%, sacrifice 17%, queen 13%,school 12%, spring 10%, fish 6%, ram 4%, pool,

04 King; squat 30%, rectangle 28%, king  22%, twins 13%, sun 12%, bird 10%, fish 8%, furnace 8%, field 5%,

04p Galactic South Pole; limbjoint 67%; juncture 17% (spout 12%, stream, speech, spit),

05a /05b Priest; varicoloured 37%, priest 34%, hyperactive 33%, tailcoathead 32%, assembly 30%, horizontal 28%, water 24%, heart 24%, large 24%, bovid 20%, reptile 10%, winged 14%, invert 12%, sash 8%, judgement 8%, weapon of opposite 7%, felid of opposite, equid, ascend,

05c Baskethead; weave 16%, tail 14%, U-shape 10%, container 8%, tree/herb 4%, oracle(maze), spirit (ka), spheres, route, horned (of 6), disc,

06 Exile; ingress/egress 58%, horned 44%, sacrifice 30%, small 14%, U-shape 13%, doublehead 12%, caprid 8%, reptile 6%, tree 4%, disarmed,

07 Child; rope 24%, juvenile 24%, bag 22%, unfold 13%, beheaded 10%, chariot 8%, mace 6%, off-grid,

07g Galactic Centre; limbjoint 38% (foot 26%); juncture 34% (throne, altar, line, spiral, tree, staff); path/gate 18%; water 16%,

08 /09 Healer; bent 28%, strong 28%, pillar 28%, heal 22%, disc 14%, smelt 8%, ritual 6%, bag 6%, head 4%, canid 4%, ram 4%, scorpion,

09c BasketLid; disc 27% (hat 15%, lid 12%); instrument? 25%, reveal 16%, hump 15%, planet 10%, weave 8%, enforce 7%, pillar  6%, snake 5%, metal 4%;; armlink 54%, leglink 20%,

10 Teacher; W-shape 44% (arm/s 28%), staff 36%, huntmaster 24%, guard 20%, metal 14%, market 14%, disc 12%, council 11%, snake 8%, ecology 8%, school 6%, carousel 4%, canid 4%, horns 4%, fish 4%,

11 Womb; womb 88%, wheat 15%, water 14%, tomb 11%, interior 8%, library 8%, law 5%, felid 5%.

11p Gal. Pole; limbjoint 64% (hand 12%, foot 12%, elbow 10%); juncture 24% (door 12%),

12/13 Heart; heart 83%, felid 42%, death 34%, round 21%, invert 14%, weapon 11%, war 9%, waterwork 8%, angel 4%,

13c BasketTail; oracle 14%, head 14%, hat/lid 10%, weave 8%, tree 6%, tail 4%,

14 Mixer; ingress/egress 43%, time 28%, tree 20%, angel 15%, bird 11%, antelope 10%, felid 8%, dancer 8%, reptile 4%, fish 4%, canid 4%,

15 Maker; churn 44%, rope 28%, order 27%, rampant 26%, bag 20%, mace 16% (weapon 12%), doubled 16%, canid 12%, face 12%, sceptre 11%, smiting 8%, reptile 8%, winged 8%,

15g Galactic Gate; juncture 30% (river 10%); limbjoint 12% (jaw 8%),

The axial centre or ‘Ecliptic pole’ is unmarked 59%, limb joint 24%, juncture 14%.

Midsummer or ‘Celestial pole’ is a limb joint 54%, juncture 24%.

Midwinter or ‘Celestial South Pole’ is a limb joint 46%, juncture 24%.

Solstice polar orientation is on the horizontal 50% /vertical 12% plane, or north-south meridian or east-west latitude.

Polar markers place ‘summer’ in Leo /Cancer /Gemini, thus ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus /Aries /Pisces, confirmed by a prominence.

The general theme of dispersed features is type __

Structural layers of expression are subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters, and members of any culture.

An analysis could be scored as __/75 archetypal features; __/16 axial points; _/5 polar markers; _/1 planar or cardinal orientation; _/1 correlation with the Age, or Age prior to the work; _/2 general themes; thus __/100, minus __ extra characters off the axial grid; total __%. The average analysis score is 60%, in a sigma range of about 0.4 (40% range), from 40% to 80% of known features. The scoring formula may change if more features are isolated.

Mindprint book summary

The introduction explains how to read the illustration labels (see a post and comments on, and reveals the types and structural features in art. It also notes some aspects of their disguise.

Chapter A demonstrates six examples of the typological sequence, and explains structural sets in nature, myth, grammar and our subconscious.

Chapter B demonstrates the structure in our iris and bodies, and explains our structural perception, inspiration, consciousness, psychology and disguise.

Chapter C demonstrates the structure in our hands, and explains the co-incidence of structure in our bodies, culture, events and literature.

Chapter D demonstrates cosmic structure and explains structural cosmology, astronomy and astrology.

Chapter E demonstrates cosmic polar structure and explains structural time, Ages, archaeo astronomy, planets and spherical doubling.

Chapter F demonstrates artistic structure in a famous painting by Pierro de Cosimo (see below), and explains structural symbolism, artistic functions, initiation and esoterica.

Chapter G demonstrates a rock art painting process, and explains structural inspiration and compulsive expression.

Chapter H tests mindprint in two Egyptian decanal sets [Narmer and Dendera; see below], and explains conscious aspects of expression, as well as the Tarot trump sequence numbering.

Chapter J lists the attributes and concepts of the sixteen types, reduces these to tables, offers a format for artistic typological data, formulates a statistical test, tests 170 artworks, lists and explains the results. It also demonstrates how to identify visual types and archetypal structure in art, speculates on the possibility of prior discovery, and lists the few inherent ambiguities among some types.

Chapter K compares scientific and esoteric paradigms, illustrates natural ‘art’, and speculates on the implications of the discovery of mindprint for some sciences and crafts.

Chapter L demonstrates mindprint in 200 artworks (the book contains 214 examples in total), grouped by their dominant themes, and ordered to compare rock art against schooled art. Some notable details are explained.

The postscript explains how the visual types and structure were found. (see below)

Mindprint index

  • How to read the illustration labels
  • The typological sequence and axial grid
  • The subconscious artefact and its disguise
  • [A] The figure sequence in our art
  • Comparing our semi-conscious sets
  • Animals, Myth, Grammar, Subconscious layers
  • [B] The structure in our eyes and bodies
  • Our eyes flash Boo; Oto-visual emissions
  • The vortex of visual inspiration
  • Gestalt and Occam
  • Psychological structure
  • [C] The structure in our hands
  • Our inner and outer structures converge
  • Archetype dressed as culture
  • Literate structure in a Mishnah
  • [D] The structure in our cosmos
  • Our astronomical sets
  • The galactic and polar cross
  • Astrological structure
  • 40 [E] The three poles of time
  • 42 Our calendric sets
  • 43 Ages in art
  • 46 Age Aries, Age Pisces, Age Aquarius
  • 50 The typological spiral chart
  • 52 [F] The structure in our art; Honey to mead
  • 54 Conscious and subconscious meaning in art
  • 57 Mystery and initiation
  • 58 Instant culture, art analysis, doubled spheres
  • 62 [G] The layers in our expression
  • 64 Digging through paint layers
  • 67 The double life of decans
  • 68 Decans on the Narmer palette
  • 70 Decans in the Dendera zodiac
  • 72 The Tarot trump sequence
  • 73 Compulsive inspiration and expression
  • 75 [J] Holistic types 1 to 15
  • 79 Typological tables
  • 82 Statistical test of artistic types
  • 84 Statistical test results
  • 87 How to identify types and structure in art
  • 88 Commission impossible
  • 88 Duplications and conventions
  • 89 Conscious recognition is elusive
  • 91 Ambiguous types
  • 93 Scientific and esoteric paradigms
  • 96 Nature is also an artist
  • 97 Esoteric structure
  • 98 Implications for sciences and crafts
  • 99 [L] Mindprint and sixteen themes illustrated
  • [Note; Type labels in the first edition used mythic constellation and hour decanal names, with the warning that typology is also in myth and strology, but does not arise from any media. Type labels have since been updated to generic social function labels; and the four half-types or Basket types have since been defined and demonstrated.]
  • 100  1 Taurus Auriga, Orion; Rain diviner
  • 110  2 Taurus Pleiades, Perseus; Rainmaker
  • 118  3 Aries Andromeda; Moon queen, dragons
  • 130  4 Pisces Pegasus; Sun king, Sun twins
  • 134  5a Aquarius Pegasus; World baptist
  • 148  5b Aquarius; World spirit
  • 160  6 Capricornus; Pan
  • 164  7 Sagittarius; Bag
  • 170  8 Scorpius Ophiuchus; Giant snake holder
  • 180  9 Scorpius; Giant in trance
  • 182  10 Libra Bootes; Lord of the forest
  • 188  11 Virgo; Womb
  • 198  12 Leo Crater; King inverted
  • 212  13 Leo Ursa; King’s heart
  • 224  14 Cancer Ursa Minor; Time angel
  • 232  15 Gemini; Creator and rope churner
  • 240  15 Gemini Canis; Creator wounded
  • 250 How mindprint was discovered
  • 253 Acknowledgements, About the author
  • 254 Terminology
  • 257 Index of rock art tested, Index of art tested
  • 265 Graphics sources, Sources, References.

(Excerpt from Mindprint, the subconscious art code, by Edmond Furter, 2014,


==== Comment from David Allen April 2015;

Thank you for the opportunity to meet you and to listen to your talk. What you said has sent me back to the drawing board concerning my knowledge of archetypes.

What had the most impact for me was your reference to the fact that archetypes, and even culture itself, are not some artificial “construction” born of this reality, but come from a pre-existent reality that “was” before the “big bang”.

The way you supported this contention by showing how virtually one single visual pattern is repeated (with some minor variations) through all works of inspired art (I think your use of the distinction “inspired” was essential here) stretching from as far back as the Ice Age into the modern era, across many nations, cultures, religions, belief systems, continents, and throughout history, and how it can be traced in the heavens, served to emphasise this point particularly strongly for me.

Although the idea of a “pre-existent reality” is not new to me, I have found almost no support for it. If anything I have come across only deep and virulent criticism of it and so have kept an open mind on the subject. Maybe it is a sign that I need to hang out with a better class of reading material.

I found your support of this notion very pleasing because it confirmed something that always made intuitive sense to me. It will give me much food for thought and reflection in the coming weeks and months because it will feed into, and influence to some extent, much else that I am interested in.

But probably the most important revelation was that your talk has shown me how much I still have to learn and how much work awaits me in terms of now having to unpack and discard much of what I have taken to be “true”, and then to refresh my conceptual foundation and belief system concerning a number of important topics.

I begin the task of reading and absorbing your book today. -David Allen.

By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014,, to demonstrate five layers of recurrent features in 200 artworks of all cultures and Ages, revealing the archetypal core content of culture. His second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (2016, Four Equators Media), expands demonstrations of the subconscious expression of archetypal structure to houses, temples, monuments, pyramid fields, geoglyphs, villages, cities and regions. The same structure also appears in mythology, such as Babylonian building rituals; and in reflexology points in our hands and irises, thus in nature. Stoneprint also demonstrates that the periodic table is a kind of natural 'culture', and that culture is a natural 'species' of behaviour. The structure in our works is as rigorous as grammar or DNA.
The books Mindprint, and Stoneprint, and editions of the structuralist anthropology periodical, Stoneprint Journal (some of which are available on, draw on extensive research in iconography, archaeology, history, esoterica, astronomy, art history and structuralist anthropology, spanning 26 years.
The core content of culture includes about 100 recurrent features of the sixteen main types, their sequence, five polar markers, and a time-frame orientation, that nature, individuals and societies subconsciously and compulsively express in all media. The mindprint or stoneprint model of structuralist anthropology has several major implications for all the human sciences, and offers a theoretical bases for a holistic approach to the study of the cultural record. Edmond Furter works as a freelance researcher and editor in Johannesburg.
Order the book Mindprint at $30, or the book Stoneprint at $30, or editions of Stoneprint Journal at $5, plus postage, on edmondfurter at gmail dot com; or Mindprint, or Stoneprint Journal editions on

2 replies on “What is mindprint, the subconscious art code”

I have recevied various questions about mindprint, and string together my responses here.

Q; What background reading does the book require?
A; None, The book demonstrates visual archetypal expression within the general context of relevant aspects of philosophy (Plato and commentators), anthropology (Levi Strauss), psychology (Jung and some cosmologists), esoterica (emblematic sets), and art history (cosmology as probed by Gombrich, and mythological icons), some literary structure from the Mishnah, and archaeology (arguments for and against diffusion, cultural framing, incidental idiosynchrasy. Also theoretical ‘disunity’, or tacking, as probed by Bernstein, Alison Wylie, and others).
The application of archetype to the cultural record requires that our ingrained habits of imagining ‘diffusion and development’ be relegated to a secondary position. Current literature does not prepare readers for that, nor does Jung.
Mindprint does not rely on any detailed Jungian work, since his work was, and remains based in generalised social typology, that could be mapped or tacked to a ‘planetary’ context, or a set of seven large, composite types.
The book represents every known art tradition, pairing each ‘rock art’ work with a ‘formal, religious, schooled or political’ work. Such distinctions are artificial, and irrelevant to the core content of cultural expression.
Readers need not be familiar with any of the above, or the ‘Jungian’ approach to art, since there is no such ‘school’, especially not in rock art.

Q; How many archetypes are there?
A; Mindprint operates at ‘decanal’ level, meaning sixteen seasonal, temporal or directional types, with the intervening four cosmic points, and six polar points; thus sixteen types anchored to ten cosmic features, or 26 distinct clusters of meaning. These are expressed in the subtext of myth, pantheons, legend, and very clearly in visual art, once identified and labelled.
Since this approach is entirely new, I demonstrate cultural structure as an ‘artefact’, and lay the foundation for the theory and the paradigm required to appreciate it.

Q; Which readership is the book aimed at?
A; I have the dual task of making my discovery accessible to scientists and to other publics, such as art lovers. I feel like Mendel, or Crick and Watson may have felt when the public asked them; So there is a structure in bio-chemistry, but why?! We are structured components of a holographic structure, and that is partly why we are blind to the obvious, until it is mapped in different variants of the periodic table, or benzene ring combinations; then most of us stop asking why, because it is in a textbook!

Q; Do you read rock art panels as single compositions with meanings?
A; Most rock art panels, as any artwork, are single compositions, with some conscious conceptual meanings to the artist and likely viewers, but only the relative proximity, and some of the spatial relationships, and some semi-conscious symbolic conventions form part of this level of manipulation. The rigorous sequence of the optional attributes (typology), and rigorous axial geometry of the spacing of eyes (as well as the two standard adjacent exceptions to a heart, and to a womb instead of the eye), compulsively expresses a subconscious inspiration. The wellspring is in the structure of nature, including biology, ecology, environment, reflexology, and cosmology. It is largely innate, activated by experience, and not subject to development or convention, therefore universal.
The book develops the theme of inherent cosmology in perception, as posed by Gombrich. It is much more complex and rigours than Gombrich or Jung imagined. Even scarabs have some cosmology as an enabler of perception and behaviour.
Artists to whom I have shown the mindprint in their works, are astonished, and acknowledge that they are aware of some of the conscious and symbolic level elements, and that they agree with the apparent archetypal logic revealed, however it is as a foreign ‘language’ of which they understand some terms. They may learn to speak it, but very few would become mindprint ‘linguists’, and the structure is impossible to fake. Collaborations and rrenovations are discussed in the book. It seems that the initial imprint is unaffected, unless more than half of the figures are damaged, and if adjacent ‘canvas’ is limited; then the revision uses some of the existing elements in a new expression. The same applies to formulaic copies such as amulets (hypocephali, tree of life, decans, etc); each ‘copy’ has a different structure and uses different typological options, resulting in the end in the same frequencies of every attribute. Mindprint statistics predict the likelyhood of each attribute in each artwork, and predict their frequencies in diverse collections of artworks as samll as 50.

Q; What is the ‘standard structure of cultural expression’?
A; All artists express a combination of their social and personal experience (which are both subject to a kind of cultural DNA) in a particular visual grammar.
See the visual spatial version of the structure, compared to an iris and, thus linked to physiology. It is not as neatly circular in the body, yet remains in sequence, as haemoglobin molecules make a twisted ball of its basic cellular components. Art is the most basic and most strict expression of cultural structure, while elements of language, ritual, ethnography and social behaviour are more varied. However our compulsion for structure is traceable in all elements of culture, as Levi-Strauss found.

Q; Is your theory testable?
A; The mindprint structure is demonstrated on 200 artworks in the book, half of which is nominally rock art (including some religious engravings and post-Christianity Lapp drums). A further 400 artworks are listed in the book as having been tested. I have since gathered 130 more, making 530 works tested. I am still looking for artworks containing eleven or more figures that do not express the standard structure. The only exceptions are some rigorously linear arrangements in a single line, photographs, and one artwork by an established artists made on two notebook pages, where I suspect he used one page at first, then added a facing page.
Mindprint is a structure. The theoretical component, in the first 100 pages, describes the context of the structure.
I invite you to send me any artworks containing a more or less coherent grouping of about 14 figures or more, for testing, or just follow the steps in the book, using a ruler and pencil, or the Lines function in any graphics software. About theoretical testability, see below.

Q; What did you study to discover this effect or structure in art?
A; I studied psychology, literature, and journalism, and iconography in my own time. I am a business to business magazine and web editor, currently serving health and safety practice, an interdisciplinary field. I have researched iconography for 26 years, discovered mindprint in rock art about 2009, and tested it on Renaissance master artworks to find a reference, or supposedly entirely conscious, political and conceptual composition to compare supposed dream-induced art against. I could find no ‘reference’, but found the structure to be in all art instead. After writing the text in 2013, I did the obvious statistics, and found some few elements that I could not find by visual comparison. These are all in the text and some of them are in the stats, excluding those of small frequency.
The last chapter in the book recalls some of my earlier steps towards typology, and of necessity away from diffusion, cultural framing and idiosyncracy (eclecticism, chance and fads), and developmentalism, or ‘evolution’ as the public like to label the assumption of continuous improvement or at least complexification. Most of the text is on this theme, and I believe it is rigorous, and had to be, since it goes against the intuitive and scientifically ingrained ‘diffusion and evolution’ model of culture, including communication and art. Fortunately the philosophical concept of archetype is also well established in science, although neglected in our current mechanistic and causal paradigm. This paradigm is misleading art history, as it misleads archaeo-astronomy and literature, away from myth and towards commodification. However even complex and ‘recognised’ commodified art contains mindprint.

Q; Could your test results be faked by artists?
A; The book has a page about how to identify mindprint in art, followed by two pages on a frivolous method of how it could (not) be faked, titled Commission Impossible. I could not find any indications of formalisation and therefore prior recognition of the structure. Traditions that were strong on conscious tacking, such as alchemy, emblems, Rosicrucianism, and esoterica, found parallels with astrology, and did not probe further, assuming other structures to ‘derive’ from a ‘cumulative tradition’.
Egyptian formalised art such as tomb decoration and talismans, with their hours of the duat and decans, understood the universality of their structure, yet apparent copies of polar decans differ significantly, and do not copy all the typological variants, nor the orientation of the sequence, nor the geometry. Each ‘copy’ expresses the standard structure with other attribute variations, and with its own orientation of the sequence, yet the sequence and the geometry remains unaffected. Rock artists do the same, particularly copying and adapting styling, as artists do today in a quest for ‘signature’, but never changing the structure.
This applies to art and rock art from the Ice Age (Niaux, Peche Merle, Trois Frere, Lascaux), Gobekli Tepe, Sumer, Luwia, Babylonia, Greece, Egypt (including its rock art), Arabia (on the back cover of the book), Africa, India, China (Tien Shan bee people and scarabs), Korea (whaling engravings), Russia (pavement engravings), the Americas (formal and informal art), Australia. It does not apply to photographs, landscapes, or portraits. The eye-hand-mind-nature co-ordination of artists could not be faked.

Q; Is your hypotesis a universal truth, or could it be disproved?
A; If you mean the falsification test, to reveal whether the method is scientific or not, I follow Thomas Kuhn (The structure of scientific revolutions), and the predominance of paradigm, and application success, over the supposed reliance of science on theory and refutation. I do not follow Karl Popper and his circular arguments that ironically turned science into a law unto itself.
Some theories are scientific but wrong or useless; some are unscientific in the misinterpreted Popperian sense, but right, and useful; as Popper also stressed a century ago. I meet professed Popperians regularly. Refutation, like rhetoric, is an archetypal instinct. It is not possible to frame any single validating question (that would validate the theory by making its refutation possible).
Psychoanalysis, and economics, are untestable and thus unscientific from some points of view. The book demonstrates the archetypal paradigm, versus the diffusionist and developmental paradigm. Both are extensive. I found archetype easy to refute, and thus incidentally scientific; and I reveal the ‘scientific’ paradigm to be guilty of some large-scale assumptions and generalisations that it carefully avoids probing, particularly where culture is concerned.
The book cites, quotes and critiques several of the the latest relevant journal papers (2012) by world leading rock art researchers (2014). One of the inescapable conclusions is that the scientific and popular paradigm of art and culture as cumulative (built up by experience), developmental, diverse, learned, diffused, and consciously meaningful, is wrong. There is only one culture.

Hi, I enjoyed your talk yesterday 16/06. I would like to ask, if humanity unconsciously gives expression, collectively across culture and time, then what is the message, is this message consistent, and what would this message mean to humanity? I would also love to know more about what the meanings of the specific archetypes you have referenced.

==== Edmond replies; Marguerite, our expression is subconscious, not entirely ‘unconscious’, since some levels of our consciousness are aware of it. The sixteen visual types are each a halo of interconnected meanings, and also derive some of their meanings from their relative positions to the others, particularly their axial opposites, and to the four ‘seasonal’ anchor points, and the four interludes that I named the cista mystica positions, and to the six polar points, or three polar axles.
Their most frequent visually testable attributes are listed in the statistical table, and discribed in the chapter on typology, along with other more conceptual and thus visually untestable attributes.

The mindprint typology is unerringly consistent in all art, in the Ice Age, the Younger Dryas thaw or resurgence, Gobekli Tepe, Sumeria and so on, up to contemporary art, as demonstrated in the book. Beyond the 200 illustrations, and 200 more listed in the index, I have since added another 130 structural analyses, bringing the total to 530, with only two exceptions where the structure is incomplete or absent, and one of those two artworks probably derives in part from a photograph.

The only change in the structure is the temporal framework, as discussed in the chapter on Ages, relating mainly to the position of one of the polar axles, and the mutational effect of the four seasonal points on the static types.

You could use familiar stereotypical sets, such as emblems, mythological characters, astrological types, Tarot trump emblems, calendric sets, pantheons, I Ching situations, trigrams, geomancy figures, octonal (eight-based) numerology, and others to expand your access to archetypal typology. Use the two pages on the four inbuilt archetypal ambiguities to unravel the inevitable quirks.

About your question on meaning, we express structure subconsciously, but across all levels of consciousness. We also use structure as a ‘carrier wave’ or medium of more local and individual situations. We are aware of some structural elements at a conscious level, but those are crowded by practical pre-occupations such as socio-politics, where most apparent ‘meaning’ collects.

In cultural goods like art, our conscious pre-occupations are mostly styling and subject, or market positioning. However most of the core content of culture is pure structure itself; an ultimate case of the medium equalling the message. A small part of it is symbolic, and a small part of it is conventional, which itself is merely a mutation from a limited range of options.

The meaning of structure is individual and collective confirmation, affirmation, and therapy. We may as well ask what is the message and meaning of chemistry, or DNA, or grammar, or cosmology. It is a means of self-discovery, and an analogy to unravel other structures, such as speciation, behaviour, symbols, ritual, or mythology. Individual meaning is meaningless witout knowing who, what, where, when and how we collectively are. -Edmond Furter

==== I had a query on astrology from someone else;
“Your analysis of the Ship of Faith, and the cathedral facade, are great. Can you please clarify, when you connect the figures, the characteristics of the figure determine which star sign it represents?
Does the chronological order (clockwise or anti-clockwise) follow the same pattern as stars in the sky? What does the centre point represent?
Clear for me that you say each artwork includes major star figures (types). Not clear if the order of the types is significant /repetitive. Also not clear how you read the sky – inverted?

My answer; Visible attributes of the figure reveal which types they express.
The sequence is always the same. It could be expressed either clockwise or anti-clockwise.
The attributes, and the sequence, and the relative positions, are similar to the myth map that we impose on the sky.
The axial centre is analogous to the ecliptic pole, thus our orbit around the sun. The map is in our eyes and subconscious minds, and in nature, thus it reveals archetype. It does not derive from astronomy or astrology. We are not aware of the intricate cosmogram that underlies our perception and expression. -Greetings, Edmond

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