How to identify mindprint types and structure in art

How to identify archetypes and structure in art

Finding mindprint in a work of art is as simple as finding correspondences to any archetypally complete set or sets of about sixteen (twelve to twenty) items, such as pantheons (lists of gods), myth cycles, epics, emblems, lunar mansions, trumps, historic or fictional characters, constellations, heraldic devices, lyrics, or animals.

Researchers should tack characters in art to sets that they are familiar with, and use the mindprint axial grid and tables for confirmation (see the post What is mindprint, on this website. See Mindprint, the subconscious art code, by Edmond Furter, 2014, Here is a shortcut method to finding the basics of the five layers of the archetypal art code;

[] Identify a likely periphery of figures in a roughly elliptical arrangement.

[] List the figures in their circular sequence, by any distinctive attribute, such as a posture, season, function, species, or device.

[] Provisionally tag the list or the artwork, with likely type numbers, such as 10 Teacher  for a figure with arms up or a staff, 12 or 13 Heart for a felid, 1 or 2 Builder for a bovid or tower, 5 Priest for varicoloured, skin paint or a hyperactive posture.

[] Tag figures notably ingressed or egressed towards or away from the centre, as 6 Exile or 14 Mixer.

[] Tag a pregnant figure as 11 Womb; and an adjacent major figure as 12 or 13 Heart (usually with an exposed chest), and the adjacent figure on the other side as 10 Teacher.

[] Infer a clockwise or anticlocwise sequence, and provisionally complete the labellling.

[] Count the number of eyes (for example 17), assume the lower even number (for example 16), subtract two (for example 14), skip half of this number (for example 7) between eyes, and draw tentative axes between each pair of likely opposing eyes.

[] If three or more axes cross at the same point, find the likely 11 Womb, and a likely 12 or 13 Heart, and redraw errant axes by not using their eyes (unless their eyes also find counterparts across the axial centre).

[] If three or more peripheral figures remain unaccounted for, assume a higher equal number (for example 18), and repeat the test with higher numbers.

[] Resolve the sequence by splitting up or combining the major doubles (1 /2 Builder, 5a/5b Priest, 8/9 Healer, 12/13 Heart).

[] Complete all the possible axes. Connect the equator from eye to eye (with the two exceptions).

[] Find one or two polar markers between 11 Womb and 12 Heart, or between 4 King and 5 Priest, near the equator (not near the centre). These poles are often on limb joints.

[] Find a polar marker nearer the axial pole, on or near the 15 Maker, 14 Mixer, or 13 Heart axis; which is often a limb joint, perhaps a jaw, vertical or horizontal from the axial centre or from one of the galactic poles. Connect this marker to the galactic pole to form a polar triangle (or if there is a marker on the opposite side, connect it to the galactic south pole).

[] Mirror the polar triangle on the other side of the ecliptic pole. Polar markers are not always expressed. Infer the inspirational date (spring) from the type that precedes the polar axle (midsummer) by an ideal 90 degrees (approximate, not measured on the distorted grid).

[] Apply the set of labels, one to each figure, and the four structural points, in sequence. Note that there is a choice of two labels (/) at the four major types if they are represented by only one figure (typical if the total is only twelve or fourteen);

1Builder 2Builder 2cBasket 3Queen 4King 4p
8Healer 9Healer 9cLid 10Teacher 11Womb 11p


5aPriest 5bPriest 5cTail 6Exile 7Child 7g
12Heart 13Heart 13cHead 14Mixer 15Maker 15g


cp csp ? ?

The axial centre or ‘Ecliptic Pole’ is unlabelled to avoid clutter.

[] Half-types (2c Basket v 9c Lid, 5c Tail v 13c Head) are usually off the axial grid, but within their sectors, designated by the axes of the two types that flank each of them.

[] On a separate page, list the type numbers, with basic distinctive features or characters found in the artwork, to compare to other artworks, mindprint statistics, stories, myths or typological sets.

This structure applies to all artworks, in all cultures, in all ages, due to the structure of nature, perception, expression, and cultural media. Mindprint also applies to myths and legends, but it is difficult to extract to a subtext, due to typical fluctuation between characters, places, episodes, and time. In art, the time-slice of the story stands still, and the composition could be verified against the original, or reproductions in catalogues, books and electronic galleries, such as tourist image sites.

See a standard format for testing and reporting structural art or building site analysis, in the post on ;What is mindprint’ on this website.


Mindprint art examples

Mindprint on the Narmer palette front

The Narmer palette front demonstrates subconscious expression of archetypal structure in a decanal set, in stock Sumerian and Egyptian pre-dynastic style. Here is the standard list of the types, with the characters in this artwork, in seasonal sequence from the former spring point, with its analogous hour decan (after Furter 2014; Mindprint).

Type label; Character, (archetypal feature); Decan

  • 03 Queen or Aries; Spouted pot (bent neck); Cetus Tail.
  • 02 Builder or Taurus; Large star (spring?); Pleiades.
  • 01 Builder or Taurus; Sandal-bearer (twisted); Orion.
  • 15 Maker or Gemini; Hathor cow frontal (face); Ursa Minor.
  • 14 Mixer or Cancer; Catfish hammer and chisel, far from the centre (egress), Y-shaped (tree); Ursa on Cancer on Hydra head.
  • 13 Heart or Leo; Horus falcon (raptor); Leo Minor?
  • 11p Galactic Pole; Horus hand (limb-joint); Coma Berenices.
  • 11 Womb or Virgo; Horus abdomen (womb). And an Asiatic marsh subject; Crater?
  • 10 Teacher or Libra; King’s brother’s genitals and hand (bent neck, of 3 opposite); Bootes.
  • 09 Healer or Scorpius; Defeated enemy (twisted, of 2 opposite); Corvus?
  • 08 Healer or Scorpius; Ribbon (snake); Serpens.
  • 07 Child or Sagittarius; Prisoners’ hands (rope); Cygnus?
  • 06 Exile or Capricornus; Prisoner (sacrifice), near the centre (ingress); Piscis Austrinus?
  • 05 Priest or Aquarius; Pond (water); Pegasus Square.
  • 04p Gal.S.Pole; Heel (limb joint) of twin (typical of 4); Cetus?
  • 04 King or Pisces; Heel (typical of 4p) of king (king).
  • The celestial pole marker is on the king’s genitals or shoulder (limb joint), confirmed by the vertical plane of the work. These markers place ‘midsummer’ in Cancer, thus ‘spring’ and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries or just prior.
  • The general theme on the reverse of the palette is type 3 Queen or Aries, typical of dragons.

The palette carries the same figures, and nearly the same sequence of features, on both sides. On the front, the characters are in a court or festival context, centered on type 15 Maker or Gemini as a smiting, ordering, re-creating pharaoh. Several optional links flip the sequence between the two sides, in the ‘transparent’ method also used in some Egyptian murals.

On the palette’s reverse side, type 13 Heart or Leo is a dwarf, symbol of a client culture paying homage. The dwarf resembles a figure in Queen Hatshepsut’s Punt colonnade, perhaps a Khoe Queen of Sheba.

Mindprint types and structure on the Narmer palette rear (Edmond Furter). The artefact is discussed in more detail among illustrations themed on type t3 t18 Aries in the book.
Narmer palette rear, with standard structuralist labels and axial grid. The artefact is discussed in more detail among other illustrations themed on type 3 Queen or Aries in the book.

The dwarf’s function and conceptual role is as important as the tribe he or she represents. On the subconscious level, the royal figure and heart of type 12/13 Heart or Leo are expressed in a foreign but compliant leader from the interior that feeds the Nile. Some dwarfs are seen as rainmakers (Tressider; Watkins Dictionary of symbols). Empire needs flattery by tribes with apparently semi-human features or languages, considered more in touch with animals and nature, and thus used as rainmakers, herbalists, and fertility or defensive spell casters.

Bushmen and Khoe or Nama (born of occasional pre-Bantu and pre-colonial admixtures) fulfilled these functions to migrating Iron Age African Bantu tribes, and to emergent mixed Korana, Griekwa and Amatola bands in South Africa. They served white settlers even during the systematic genocide and cultural extinction of Bushmen by regional masters such as the Zulu, Dutch and British.

Mindprint art examples

Mindprint and decans in the Dendera zodiac

The Dendera round zodiac ceiling demonstrates the subconscious imprint in a quadruple concentric set of constellations, signs, decans and determinants (Louvre, and in a plaster cast replacement at Dendera in Egypt. Typology labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter). The four sets each follow the eye positions of the sixteen types as usual. These sets are uniquely vortexed relative to one another. The spring and polar section is inset for clarity.

A spring equinox baboon marker sits back-to-back with type 3 Queen or Aries or decan Triangulum, as a slaughtered quarry. Their tails or entrails together reach down to the Aries ram tail, which in turn hangs down to the type 4 King or Pisces ribbons (where the Cetus Whale tail is figured in myth, and in the sky).

A baboon is a movable spring feature, expressing precession (as noted in an obscure Greek tradition) among the types, thus not a type itself, nor a constellation or decan. It marks one or both of the equinoxes, and also finds expression in one of Thoth’s manifestations, resolving some of his emblematic ambiguities.

The spring sun or moon is under the baboon, displaced from 3 Aries to just on the 4 King or Pisces side of the tails, which also extend the Pisces latter ribbon, or forms a third ribbon (see the Cosmic myth map in another post). The spring sun or moon determinant (pictorial sign) is repeated at 4 Pisces constellation, as a character holding a spring sacrifice, formerly a feature of type 3 Queen or Aries, subconsciously dragged into the Age Pisces position in this work of dynamic subconscious structure.

The opposite sun or moon or lunar node is at type 9 Healer or Scorpius, but pictured in type 10 or decan Libra, confirming the usual ambiguity among precession markers and decans (Furter 2014; Mindprint, chapter on hour decans, noting how the night hour markers starting point change through the year, and their emblematic ambiguity).

The four major constellations are doubled in the Dendera round zodiac, as they are in all complex artworks and building sites (Furter 2016) worldwide. All sixteen typology axes are uniquely, subconsciously vortexed in order to link the eyes of northern, ecliptic and southern decans, to galactic or determinant characters in the border (see similar but linearly regimented decans in the Dendera crypt lotus bulb carving, in the book Mindprint).

Stereotypical zodiacs usually do not express the archetypal sequence, nor the axial ocular (eye to eye) structure. The elegant vortex here indicates inspired structuralist detail, beyond the needs of astrology or astronomy (see a vortex in rock art in the book Mindprint, Chapter 7).

This ceiling is useless to astronomical observation or calibration, but a timeless record of our collective need to imprint and review subconscious structuralist calibration, enabling the collective therapy of expressing who, what, where, when and how we fit into nature, and ultimately into archetype. Thus mindprint is revealed as subconscoius ‘graffiti’ behavioru, largely independent of our conscious motives, and of our semi-conscious mechanisms for using cultural goods to bond, appropriate spiritual goods, and exploit rival polities. All cultures use the same core content in their apparently ‘different’ ethnography (this theme is expanded in the 2019 paper Blueprint, on

Some authors read the Dendera zodiac as having been partially re-carved to add Greek and Roman constellations to Babylonian and Egyptian constellations, and to update the poles to precession, thus accounting for ‘generally misplaced’ features. But all these sets are now revealed as subconsciously but rigorously placed on a vortexed axial grid. The solution here indicates a single, inspired design, matched to nearly all the constellations. The only slightly displaced characters, probably due to design constraints, are type 13 Heart or Leo; the polar Ursa bull foreleg, 7g-15g and 4p-11p axes, and polar Draco Hercules Taweret hippo (the latter perhaps just differently constituted, an issue unresolved in Egyptology).

Spherical grid distortion arises from moving the perspective, or projection point of an axial grid, without moving the grid. However projectional distortion is seldom symmetrical or uniformly rotated, as this grid is.

There is no hint in archaeology, art history or esoterica of the conscious use of a vortex axial grid elsewhere. The stroke of inspired genius to express precession by dragging either the peripheral sequence backward, or the polar sequence forward, is probably subconscious, as all 100 known features on the five layers of structure are.

The sets of poles are expressed by the position of certain limb joints, as usual. The axial centre or ecliptic pole is on the jaw (limb-joint) of the Whippet jackal on a plough (Ursa Minor); itself on a bull foreleg (part of Draco, more often also Ursa Minor, or Ursa in older artworks).

11p Galactic Pole is on a staff foot (limb-joint). 4p Galactic South Pole is on an extra fish jaw (limb-joint), figuring constellation Pisces prior fish on conscious iconic level, but expressing type 4p decan Cetus (Whale) Spout on the subconscious level.

Midsummer or Celestial Pole is on type 15 Maker, Gemini, or decan Ursa Minor, as the jaw (limb-joint) of a tiny rear-facing canid, reclining on the other side of the bull foreleg, which is a slightly misplaced type 13 Heart, Leo, or decan Ursa Major (continuing its earlier structuralist function in Age Taurus as celestial polar calibrator).

Midwinter or Celestial South Pole or autumn axis is on the jaw (limb-joint) of the Taweret hippo (who more usually figures the axial centre or Ecliptic Pole). Her polar womb is on the type 10 Teacher or Libra axis, a potential precessional ambiguity in this transitional expression; however the type 10 decan is Bootes, and its genital star Arcturus is on the eternal ecliptic grid directly above the Virgo womb star Spica. Subconscious behaviour has no need to resolve apparent conscious ambiguities.

The celestial pole or midsummer over Gemini, tags ‘spring’ and the time-frame of the inspiration to Age Pisces. Most artworks express a previous time-frame. The Celestial South Pole or midwinter over 6-7, places spring in Age Aries-Pisces, confirming the spring sun or moon entering Pisces, and the archaeological dating as Ptolemaic, in the early centuries AD.

  • After a chapter in Mindprint, the subconscious art code, by Edmond Furter, 2014, Updated January 2019.