"Permaculture Memes, Symbols and Archetypes - Story Writing Tools for the New Mythologist" by Willi Paul Studio / Planetshifter.com
"Permaculture Memes, Symbols and Archetypes - Story Writing Tools for the New Mythologist" by willi paul studio / planetshifter.com

A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture - often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, (convergences) or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme.

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In the Permaculture movement, the dissemination of memes occurs principally through list serves, web sites, face-to-face projects, online workshops and regional convergences. Computers and the internet accelerate global data sharing, symbol building and archetypes. Giving added power to the memes (listed below) is that they are the current ethics and principles of Permaculture.

Permaculture Memes include:

Fair Share
Observe & Interact
Catch & Store Energy
Obtain a Yield
Apply Self-Regulation
Accept Feedback
Value Renewable Resources
Produce No Waste
Design from Patterns to Details
Integrate Rather Than Segregate
Use Small & Slow Solutions
Use & Value Diversity
Use Edges & Value the Marginal
Creatively Use & Respond to Change

How can the permaculturist benefit from these memes? One thought is to deploy memes in support of characters and story plots - and outreach messages. Consider joining memes and symbols together to reinforce your story landscape and motifs. These are symbols in Permaculture:

Shovel - turning, renewal
Cob bench - community
Pond - water birth, diversity
Sun flower - Nature Steward
Moon - magic, Nature wisdom
Bees - togetherness, eco-business
Lightning - ecoAlchemy - transmutation
Cob feet - dance, new Nature rituals
Broken concrete - reuse - recycling
Butterflies - metamorphosis, freedom

Archetypes are often spiritual and / or universal in how they affect human emotions and our art work. The often-symbiotic relationship between Permaculture and Nature is key to understanding current archetypes and welcoming new ones. Note how the following four sets of season symbols, archetypes and sound archetypes explain our Human - Nature inter-relationships:

Symbols - Planting Seed Crops, Cool Rain, Digging the Rows
Archetypes of Procreation - Renewal, Prayer
Sound Archetype in Spring - Digging in the Soil

Symbols - Weeding / Irrigating the Fields
Archetypes of Gestation / Incubation -Growth, Watching the weather as Crops Grow
Sound Archetype in Summer - Channeling Water

Symbols - Harvest Basket, Compost Pile
Archetypes of Community - Collecting, Celebrating, Soil Building
Sound Archetype in Fall - Women Celebrate a Harvest Song

Symbols - Cracking Ice on a Frozen Lake, Canned Foods, Dried Fish
Archetypes of Transition - Decay, Meditation, Repair, Hibernation, Preparation
Sound Archetype in Winter - Ice Breaking on River

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See also: "The Coil Pattern and the Global Warming Meme" - Vision by Willi Paul