Archetype in New Age and ayahuasca art

Lilian Kolster’s Peace Pipe art of the DMT vine

The archetypal model of subconscious expression is validated against hundreds of artworks of all times, cultures and styles, including sugar, caffeine, cannabis, ayahuasca, DMT, cactus, mescaline, mushroom, psilocybin, rock art and ‘fine’ or ‘academic’ styles. The standard structuralist anthropology analysis named mindprint, follows a set format to enable comparison worldwide (see the paper Blueprint on and on Researchgate or on All complex artworks express 60% of the 100 known features of archetype, in five layers (see other posts on archetypal structure in built sites, icons, hieroglyphs, alphabets, and in natural media such as the periodic table of elements). Archetype regulates the ‘grammar’ of energy, matter and meaning. Here is an example of subconscious structure in a DMT-styled artwork titled ‘Peace Pipe’.

General themes in Lilian Kolster’s Peace Pipe vine artwork, are types 2c Basket, typical of woven texture (here vines and smoke), instruments (pipe stem), or containers (pipe bowl); and type 3 Queen, of long necks (buzzards, and fox pipe neck), queen (here taking the place of the adjacent King), spring (leaves), or school (insight from meditation); and type 4 King, of birds, or furnace (pipe bowl). Life cycles offer some insight into natural patterns, as the caterpillar smoking a hookah does in Alice in Wonderland. Below is the standard list indicating which optional features Kolster expressed in this painting.

Lilian Kolster; Peace pipe with birds (after DMT Times. Mindprint labels and axial grid by Edmond Furter). A tree of life with birds is a stock art theme in many cultures, including Egypt. Each artwork is different, but the underlying structure is universal and eternal.

Type Label; Character (archetypal features expressed):

1 Builder; Buzzard B (bird) hovering (twist), in a group (cluster).

2 Builder; Buzzard C (bird) hovering (twist), in a group (cluster).

3 Queen; Buzzard D (neck long and bent, beak long and bent).

4 King; Vine smoker (‘furnace’) with feathered neck (bird).

5a Priest; Buzzard E (winged, colours) hovering (hyperactive), at nectar (‘water’).

5b Priest; Butterfly A (colours, hyperactive, winged).

5c Basket Tail; Butterfly B from smoke (tree/herb, reveal). And pipe (container) of burl or root (tree) with smoke (herb, reveal). And Buzzard F. And Dragonfly (tail).

6 Exile; Bee-eater?, far from the axial centre (egress). And Budgie B, near the axial centre (ingress).

7 Child; Bee-eater? chick (juvenile). Off the grid (eyeless), as type 7 often is.

7g Gal.Centre; Pipe bowl (juncture).

8 Healer; Pipe (heal) front, as fox (canid).

9 Healer; Vine leaf tip? (strong, heal, disc, trance), NO EYE.

10 Teacher; Bird, OFF THE GRID.

11 Womb; Budgie A’s midriff (womb).

12 Heart; Budgie A’s chest (heart).

13 Heart; Budgie A.

13c Basket Head; Owl B (oracle).

14 Mixer; Owl A (bird), far from the axial centre (egress).

15 Maker; Buzzard A (winged), upward (rampant).

15g Gal.Gate; Insect.

Axial centre; Unmarked as usual.

4p Gal.S.Pole; Buzzard E’s wing (limb-joint).

11p Gal.Pole; Unmarked.

Summer or celestial pole (cp); Buzzard A’s feet (limb-joint). Winter or celestial south pole (csp); Unmarked. The solstice axle is on the vertical plane of the axial centre. These markers place summer between axes 14-15, or Cancer-Gemini, thus spring and the cultural time-frame in Age Aries-Pisces, confirmed by the large face expressing type 4 or Pisces. Most artworks express the time-frame of a previous Age, when the culture of the artist was formed. Age Aries-Pisces spring was about BC 80.

Structuralist features of expression are universal, and subconscious to nature, artists, architects, builders, crafters and members of any culture. This example is one of 800 confirming the archetypal structuralist model, named mindprint in art, stoneprint in building sites, and blueprint in myth, pantheons, iconography and alphabets.

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