Archetypal structure or mindprint in ayahuasca art

Here are some examples of the standard mindprint typology, sequence, and axial structure, in ayahuasca art, or artworks styled after ayahuasca visions.

[UPDATE 2016; See structural analyses of buildings, villages, temples, complexes, pyramid fields, geoglyphs and cities at

My second book, Stoneprint, the human code in art, buildings and cities (400 pages, 130 illustrations), demonstrates that cultural grammar is innate, and readable in all our works.]

An Age Aquarius world skambha

Pablo Amaringo; (trio over spinning top). Mindprint labelling and axial grid by Edmond Furter.
Pablo Amaringo; (trio over spinning top). Mindprint labelling and axial grid added by Edmond Furter.

The artist expressed types 5 Aquarius20 and 5 Aquarius21 as a spring solar couple or twins (Peru, Pablo Amaringo; spinning top. Mindprint analysis by Edmond Furter).

Type 13 Leo is in the lotus position, an attribute more usual at its opposite, 5Aquarius21. Icelandic myths of a ‘many-coloured cover’ and salt mill (reviewed by De Santillana and Von Deschend in Hamlet’s mill), here churn in dayglow colours. The equator of eyes forms an outline of butterfly wings, incidental with the theme of transformation and flickering motion.

Symmetry in the equator, named ecliptic in this study for convenience, is uncommon in art, and usually subtracts from galactic symmetry, as it does here, as if expression were projected through either one or the other.

The ecliptic pole is on the hand of 6 Capricornus or 5 Aquarius.

Celestial polar markers are absent, but the horizontal plane of some figures tags the inspiration to Age Aquarius 1, and the general plane tags for Age Aquarius 2, confirmed by the identity of the central human pair and the axial design.

Toppled and upright pots below, a 12 Leo Crater (Grail) theme, will soon mark autumn. Some other Amaringo works tag the Age Pisces-Aquarius transition. This work moves the familiar 4 Pisces twins into 5 Aquarius20.

[Typographical note; the mindprint labelling format in art is [Ar3], in text ‘type 3 Aries’, in tables or lists ‘3 Aries’, for ease of sorting, and for ease of reading lists. A decan of the type is sometimes added to identify a distinct sub-set of attributes, such as ‘type 3 Aries Triangulum’.]

An Age Aquarius world tree

Lapp cosmology trance drum. Mindprint labelling and axial grid added by Edmond Furter, 2008.
Lapp cosmology trance drum. Mindprint labelling and axial grid added by Edmond Furter, 2008.

Type 5 Aquarius21 as an underworld guide (Lapp drum skin drawing with ritual celebrants. Mindprint analysis by Edmond Furter). The drum cosmogram healing and trance tradition had updated its visions with Christian elements, but the cosmic tree remains rooted between 4 Pisces and 5 Aquarius.

Here the flanking figures both have double staffs to calibrate the spring equinox, subconsciously in anticipation of the axial era. The ritual officials are named Juksakka, Sakarakka and Madderakka. Their fish pond or ice fishing hole has an astronomy counterpart in Aquarius t20 Pegasus, here displaced to the mystical basket position (see a Roman sarcophagus at theme 11), the only sequence error in the work. See Nordic Amlethus myths of a ‘many-coloured cover’ and salt mill (De Santillana and Von Deschend; Hamlet’s mill).

Libra t10 is a tree or branch, as it is in a South African Amatola work (see theme 5), but branches are more usual at its cardinals, 14 Cancer or 6 Capricornus (see Egyptian and Mexican palettes, and the Externsteine carving at theme 4).

This study adopts the principle that there is no limit to what artists, and thus all people could subconsciously know; and that language, art, music and conscious or semi-conscious symbolic codes are all inadequate to fully express human experience.

Individual experience could only partly comprehend nature or archetype. Display of art supports the human need to express, create, celebrate and share inspiration, cast in terms of experience, as the ritual celebrants in the image imply. This drum and its mindprint, with its implied social ritual, are as adequate or inadequate as any myth or art could be.

Celestial polar markers on a calibrated ladder, as a gauge, tag a series of Ages, up to the hand of the central celebrant and the hand of World man (yet another 5 Aquarius21 stand-in) at the Age Aquarius start, perhaps an error due to the offset galactic register (level), or an inspiration of our immanent iconographic future. This is one of very few works in this study probably tagged to Age Aquarius.

Angels pulling spring into Aquarius

Pablo Amaringo; (Ayahuasca hut and vision of angels and tutors). Mindprint labels and grid added by Edmond Furter 2011.
Pablo Amaringo; (Ayahuasca hut and vision of angels and tutors). Mindprint labels and grid added by Edmond Furter 2011.

Type 7g Scorpius Galactic centre as globes and a tutelary spirit (Peru, Pablo Amaringo; snake in a field. Mindprint analysis by Edmond Furter). Parts of the conceptual galactic equators across the sphere (forming a fish shape) are marked by a string of angels in a horizontal S shape, as if figuring half of the one half, then half of the other half in turn. Their central S-shaped flip section also mark summer and thus celestial polar positions in a gauge from the Leo axis on the vertical plane (Age Taurus), through Cancer (Age Aries), Gemini (Age Pisces), to the first Taurus axis on the horizontal plane (Age Aquarius).

Type 5 Aquarius20 is a focal group in the ayahuasca brewing hut, as a spring marker. 12 Leo is a lion (top centre), taking the place of the usual 1 Taurus bull of most mindprints and alchemy of the last 6000 years. 1 Taurus with its gate and churn is now a grail (mid right) dragged from 12 Leo Crater (Grail). The summer sun and celestial poles are also dragged from 12 Leo to 1 Taurus.

Tyhpe 8 Scorpius, formerly an eagle, now acquires the Aquarian angel. 4 Pisces is a snake with reared head, formerly of 3 Aries18, adding the smaller cog change of about 30 degrees as the spring equinox is about to move from Pisces into Aquarius. 3 Aries18 becomes devoid of cosmic drama, here just six children in a pool (the seventh invisible), a former 2 Taurus Pleiades icon. The two Amaringo snake paintings in this study express sweeping forthcoming Age Aquarius iconographic adjustments, each artwork using different figures and orientations to do so.

Pablo Amaringo (city and fields). Mindprint labelling and axes added by Edmond Furter 2012.
Pablo Amaringo (city and fields). Mindprint labelling and axes added by Edmond Furter 2012.


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See an adjacent web page, on mindprint in peyote or mescaline art. Note that art does not come from drugs, and art does not come from zodiacs.

See more examples of how the mindprint list of types, and the irregular axial ocular (eye to eye) grid, are used to raise the subconscious structure of visual expression within reach of conscious understanding;

See an article about mindprint in Ice Age and Gobekli Tepe art, on under Author of the Month, September 2015.

Order the book Mindprint (Furter, E. 2014) from; 200 illustrations demonstrating the identical visual ‘grammar’ or ‘cultural DNA’, in all the known cultures and eras of the world.


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