Archetype in New Age and ayahuasca art

Bryan Ward’s Entheogenic Eden art as subconscious tree of knowledge

The main general theme in Bryan Ward’s artwork Entheogenic garden of Eden, is type 15 Maker or Re-creator, expressed here as nature, and the plant, animal and cultural kingdoms giving birth to one another and to mutual awareness. The high level of integration of sub-themes indicates spiritual and mental integration of the artist, and of the genre of psychedelic art’ and the high level of integration of Eden and Genesis themes in myth, surreal styling, ritual and language; but due mainly to the rigorous way that archetype expresses itself through nature, cultural media, and the works of gifted artists.

The main general theme in Bryan Kent Ward’s Entheogenic garden of Eden, is type 15 Maker or Re-creator, expressed here as nature, and the plant, animal and cultural kingdoms nested in one another, and in mutual consciousness. Type 15 Maker is typical of subconscious expression of churns (here a circle of life); ropes (here roots and intestines); order (natural kingdoms); bags (bulbs); doubling (genders); reptile (snakes); and wings (of Adam). Type 15’s axial opposite is type 7 Child, also typical of bags and ropes (as above); juvenile; and unfolding (here as foetuses and hominids). The high level of integration of sub-themes indicates spiritual and mental integration of the artist, and of the genre of psychedelic art.

Ward himself sees this work as “Subversion of the garden of Eden and Adam and Eve; a serpent tempting by forbidden knowledge in natural life, fruit and plants; visual play with ideas of alien consciousness in insects; and shapes common to jellyfish, psychedelic mushrooms, and a nuclear fusion cloud, as manifesting symbolic transubstantiation of Christ consciousness.”

Several general typological themes are directly pictured here, due in part to the high level of integration of Eden and Genesis themes in myth, surreal art, ritual and language; but due mainly to the rigorous way that archetype expresses itself through nature, cultural media, and the works of gifted artists. General themes here include:

2c Basket, of shoulder humps and armlinks (Adam and Eve’s nine shoulders); containers (bulbs, bodies). The time-frame or ‘spring’ position in this work is also 2c (see notes under the polar markers bleow).

05 Priest, of colours, priest, hyperactive, tailcoat head, assembly, horizontal, water, heart, large, bovid, reptile, winged, invert, weapon, sash, judge, felid of 13 opposite, equid); opposite type 13 Heart (Adam’s creative heart).

9c Lid, of discs and lids (skulls); pillars (tree); secret and revelation (here of invisible connections made visible in holographic vision). Ayahuasca artworks tend to express c-types unusually strongly.

10 Teacher, of raised arms (Adam, Eve and the tree); council and school (species instructing one another); ecology (holographic nature).

11 Womb, of midriffs (Adam’s and Eve’s wombs, foetuses); crops (bulbs, fruit); water (pool); law (here natural integration itself); tomb (ancestral species).

14 Mixer, of time (species); transform (re-creation); and tree.

The work subconsciously integrates several general themes, identified by archetypal axes in the structuralist analysis, in standard format below.

Bryan Kent Ward; Entheogenic garden of Eden, no fruit forbidden, or Snake that giveth knowledge, delight, bright glory, and stirs the heart of men (after BK Ward, with permission. Archetype labels and axial grid by E Furter).

Type Label; Character (archetypal features):

02 Builder; Sun or moon (spring).

02c Basket; Third eye (secret) of the animal head on forehead (hat, container?) of tree (weave).

03 Queen; Tree (long and bent neck) with root tongue (dragon?), right eye, instructing (school) Adam.

04 King; Tree left eye (twins) with tongue of flame? (furnace).

04 King B; Tree fruit, eaten by bird (bird).

05b Priest; Mantis (colours), ‘praying’ (priest) and aiding in making Eve (hyperactive), oversized (large). See other type 5 mantids in Amatola rock art, resembling Egyptian Naqada style (Furter 2014; Mindprint p,,,,,,); and in Willem Snyman’s Light bulb Eden (forthcoming).

06 Exile; Butterfly (small), far from the centre (egress). And tree (tree) tongue snake (reptile), near the centre (ingress).

07 Child; Eve developing (unfold, bag, juvenile) from a root (rope), her head outside the frame (beheaded, eyeless). And a tree root person (rope) in a group.

07g Gal.Centre; Roots and bulbs (juncture, water).

09 Healer; Snake (bent forward) of Adam’s spine (pillar), engendering (heal) Eve.

09c Lid; A bird skull (disc, hat, lid) in a heap (hump). And coiled (wave) snake (snake, reveal) between Adam’s left arms (armlink).

10 Teacher; Hominid (huntmaster?) skull (disc) in a heap (council, ecology, school).

11 Womb; Foetus B in heap (womb, tomb). And Adam’s midriff (womb) linked to Eve.

11 Womb B; Foetus A in heap (womb, tomb). And Adam’s midriff (womb).

13 Heart; Adam’s throat wound where his heart (heart) is inserted or removed (death);  winged (angel).

14 Mixer; Adam (time?), winged (angel). And his third eye (transform); splitting from a tree (tree), into a couple (transform).

15 Maker; Adam’s heart removed (churn) by branched hands (rope), creating (order) Eve (doubled).

15g Gal.Gate; Pool (juncture, water).


Axial centre; Unmarked as usual.

4p Gal.S.Pole; Tree’s ‘jaw’ (juncture).

11p Gal.Pole; Adam’s chest wound (juncture).

Summer; Adam’s upper left shoulder (limb-joint).

Winter; Tree’s ‘jaw’ hinge-point (juncture).

These seasonal markers are very near the horizontal plane, confirming summer on axis 13-13c, placing spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Taurus-Aries or Basket. Transitional time-frames are typical of works consciously themed on cultural renewal. The top central position of type 2c, and the small distant ape or person as another 2c, confirm the time-frame. C-types are off the axial grid, but between specific axes.

The ape-man (limb-joints) in a small tree (juncture) is an alternative summer marker, near the vertical plane, opposite the alternative winter marker as Adam’s upper left wrist (limb-joint). This solstice axle (as traced on the image) places summer near axis 2 or Taurus, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aquarius, perhaps confirmed by the prominence of type 5 Priest or Aquarius as a large mantis.

Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture.

Archetype is the ‘DNA’ in all cultural media

The standard format of structuralist analyses of artworks inspired by ayahuasca visions, confirm that all cultures and counter-cults subconsciously express about 100 known recurrent motifs in complex artworks, built sites, and other cultural media. The only possible explanation for the presence of the complex and quirky detail or ‘meta-data’ of the inherent structure of expression, is that all artists, societies, perception, ‘mind’, nature and meaning itself, is pre-determined by archetype.

Recurrent optional features, and axial spacing of the eyes or focal points of characters in artworks and built sites, enabled the discovery of five layers of perception and expression in all styles and cultures. Below is a guide to how to identify the subconscious structure, or visual and spatial ‘DNA’, in any complex artwork or built site. Archetype guides the way that nature and culture expresses matter, energy, and meaning. Thus structuralist anthropology analysis raises the innate blueprint of archetype to conscious understanding for the first time. The rigorous underlying regularity in apparently random behaviour is named mindprint in artworks (Furter 2014), or stoneprint in built sites (Furter 2016).

Demonstrating this natural, inborn imprint in artworks, reveal how themes, symbols, styles and even ‘different’ media, all use the same repertoire of features.

See more examples in other posts. See more ayahuasca art analyses on or on DMT Times; Ayahuasca artists also express universal meaning.

The only structuralist difference from other art styles, is that the inherent time-frame in ayahuasca art tends to be in Age Pisces-Aquarius, or in Age Aquarius. This framework was formerly found mainly in monumental public works intended to perpetuate an event or culture. The current Age transition is confirmed by the prominence of type 5 Priest or Ritual, or its opposite, type 13 Heart or Death, in the artworks; and by extra features of type 5 in the artworks. For the last 2000 years, from about BC 80 to AD 2016, the dominant time-frame was either Age Pisces, or the foregoing Age Aries. Artists in every Age mostly express the time-frame of the former Age, wherein they believe their culture was rooted or formed. Age transitions are always subtle and gradual. Some themes in recent New Age art, reveal a sense of dread and expectation of immanent change.

See an article on Ayahuasca Oracle of the Dead as counter-cult to Divide and Kill culture, on

Art comes from archetypal inspiration, prompted by nature, innate perception, and some examples; not from number, myth, decans, zodiacs, drugs, or any media in particular. See some Surrealist artworks, and some DMT-styled artworks in structuralist analyses on

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

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