Life these days is a constant barrage of visuals. But only some images stop us in our tracks. Whether it’s a bride coming down an aisle, a dancing baby, or an embarrassing shot of a politician deep-throating a corn dog, when something we see resonates it’s usually because it’s an archetypal image. An archetypal image is the form taken by the archetype in dreams, fantasies, culture, myth, and religion. It’s a thematic display we usually see again and again across cultures and time. It’s the bear that shows up in your nightmare and the angel that visits you in a dream. It’s Botticelli’s Venus, Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Dorothy’s house riding a twister to Oz, or Janet Leigh’s screaming face in the shower in Psycho. And that photo of you as a child with your mother by the sea: She looks so strong and you are so tiny, squinting into the sun as she holds you to protect you from the waves…Kind of resonates, doesn’t it? That’s because it’s an archetypal image.