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Cosmology is everywhere, not just in the sky

The primary natural expression of structure is in speciation (Tressider 1999). A lion is a lion, a bull is a bull, expressing coherent clusters of attributes. Some animals are universally recognised as archetypes. The animal kingdom offers analogies to other natural features (weather, planets, processes, calendar; and to cultural features (social functions, mythic episodes, rituals).
Yet only some animals express characters in myth, indicating that the animal kingdom alone, including humans, does not form a complete set of
archetypes. Myths, and rituals, time cycles, constellations and buildings to which we attach myths, indicate a mixed set of categories; species, griffins, gender, episodes, postures, skills, functions, status, items, tools, instruments, weapons, emotions and places. Culture imprints various mixtures of these natural and human elements on time, and in the sky. Again, no single imprint is perfect or complete. Constellation stick figures do not have their eyes on an axial grid. Some are out of place, like Libra as Bootes, standing over Virgo, instead of between Virgo and Scorpius. Some do not make good pictures of anything, such as Aquarius (perhaps a badly drawn zebra), or Sagittarius (perhaps a Chariot or Teapot). Stars borrow character from nature and culture. There is no pure or original astronomical ceiling, not even in the sky (see the Senmut ceiling, in the Egyptian chapter). Egypt did not have a rigorous constellation figure tradition (see the mixture of Babylonian, Egyptian, and Greek characters in the Dendera round zodiac, under Great Zimbabwe in the African chapter). In the Dendera rectangular zodiac, many of the Greek iconic figures are on an ocular (eye-to-eye) axial grid, but some are not across from their regular opposites, raising the possibility that there, for once, the axial grid was consciously used, but used with some errors. In polar decans, which are a mixture of gods, pictures, hours, months, and asterisms; the only constant, universal, and thus archetypal elements are the stoneprint layers in each decanal artwork, not the zodiac elements. Decanal paintings all differ, partly due to their inherent optionality …………….[order the book Stoneprint at $30 plus postage, from Four Equators Media, via edmondfurter at gmail dot com using Paypal ]…………

By Edmond Furter

Edmond Furter wrote the book Mindprint, the subconscious art code (2014, Lulu.com), 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 Lulu.com), 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.
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