Hello again! Did you miss me!? I had to take a week off, but I’m BACK!
Last episode posed the age old question, how do three people standing on a balloon fight a flock of pterodactyls?
This weeks shout out goes to Grimerican and psychotherapist John Norris, whose very business is unraveling the conundrum of the human mind. Look out for Jungian and Freudian symbolism, as this weeks 15 Easter Eggs, (yeah I’m making up for that last week) are largely devoted to the work of these two explorers of the subconscious realm.
These Easter Eggs are a little weirder than usual. Whose ready for a psychology lesson in honour of Grimerican, John Norris?
Carl Jung, famed explorer of the suconcious mind, who follows…
Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis (note the cigar) 😉
Todestrieb, the term in Freudian psychoanalysis for the human drive towards self-destruction and inevitably death. It is represented several times in this comic as a skull.
A human heart. Jung once famously said “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
A Madonna, (not the singer) representing the Madonna/Whore complex first suggested by Freud. In this, Freud theorizes that some people are unable to see woman outside of two specific categories, a chaste Madonna and mother figure or a wanton whore, with no value beyond sex.
A skull faced, rabbit headed woman. This is kind of a merge of a Playboy Bunny and that rabbit from Donnie Darko.
This entity is an odd representation of Jung’s proposed anima/animus (the containment of both male and female energies in an organism) while also incorporating Jung’s theories on the importance of cultural symbology with reference to personality archetypes.
The rabbit is a pray animal, which lives to be hunted. However, throughout folklore it is regarded both as a pathfinder (Alice’s White Rabbit) and a clever trickster, (Peter Rabbit, Watership Down, etc.)
In researching the rabbit symbology which sometimes appears in my dreams (this isn’t the first time I’ve snuck it into the comic) I found an article referencing Jung with the oddly synchronistic phrase “some of our smallest rabbits have been likened to little Napoleons as they perceive themselves to be the head of the Warren. They teach us to assume self-worth as well.” Jung was the first to introduce the concept of synchronicity.
Rabbit as Symbol: The Significance of Rabbits in Dreams and Art
“The one eye of the Godhead is blind, the one ear of the Godhead is deaf, the order of its being is crossed by chaos. So be patient with the crippledness of the world and do not overvalue its consummate beauty.” -Carl Jung, Liber Novus, Page 231
This eye is also positioned on the side, giving it the appearance of female genitalia, and playing into Freud’s psychosexual rubric.
My old friend Todestrieb!
Carl Jung also wrote about The Madonna, specifically “The Black Madonna.” He believed that the Swiss statue, Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, was a manifestation of the Egyptian goddess Isis.When Isis’s husband (and brother), Osiris was dismembered by Seth, she collected the pieces of his body. All of the pieces were united, save for his penis, but magically, Isis was able to make Osiris whole once again, and conceive their son, Horus.
Splayed legs, representative of the theory Freud posed that a driving desire for many is the return to the womb.
The conflict of Eros and Thanatos, proposed by Freud. Eros is the instinct to preserve life while Thanatos is is the drive towards death (essentially Todestrieb.)
Here, the death headed maiden (Thanatos) is being taken by the robust Eros in coitus, the very proliferation of life itself.
An alien woman. Carl Jung once wrote about the possibility of contact with a far advanced extra terrestrial civilization, saying “reins would be torn from our hands and we would, as a tearful old medicine man once said to me, find ourselves ‘without dreams’…we would find out intellectual and spiritual aspirations so outmoded as to leave us completely paralyzed. I personally don’t accept this position, but it’s one that’s widely held and can’t be summarily dismissed.”
More psychosexual shenanigans with the fusion of Todestrieb and the female form.