The Axe Man, Zale Thompson, was called up by the subconscious of the collective American mind.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all. (Kahlil Gibran)
So too in Russia, the 1917 Revolution was called up by the subconscious of the collective Russian mind. Various groups are blamed for the ultimate disaster of 1917: The fashionable salons of Petrograd; a stealth “Red” weapon launched by Germany; Wall Street bankers; a weak Tsar. But really the turmoil came from the Russian soul.
Anna Anderson, who claimed to be the surviving Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, once tried to explain the Russian soul:
There sure will be a czar of Russia again… There is no mistake about this. So, as the things are, it doesn’t stay forever. Never! A Peter the Great must be born again – that is necessary – who understands to use the axe again and behead what is wrong. 
Always in Russia the alternating pattern of weak Tsars (Nicholas II, Boris Yeltsin) and strong Tsars (Alexander III, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Putin). A Peter the Great must be born again. Vladimir Putin has been summoned into being by the collective unconscious of Russia. Putin’s words of just yesterday were also summoned into being:
- “The U.S. is behaving like ‘Big Brother’ and blackmailing world leaders, while making imbalances in global relations worse.” 
- “Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi” (what is allowed for god, is not allowed for cattle), alluding to double standards used by Washington. 
- “The so-called winners of the Cold War want a new world order that suits only them.” 
A Peter the Great must be born again, said Anna Anderson. The universal archetype of the King becomes vivified.
The Prince, belonging to the King archetype, was vivified just yesterday here in the United States. “A student recently crowned freshman class homecoming prince opened fire inside a high school cafeteria Friday near Seattle, killing one student and injuring at least four others before taking his own life, officials said.” 
To which archetype does the Axe Man, Zale Thompson, belong? On Thursday afternoon in Queens, Thompson attacked four New York Police Department officers with a handheld axe. Is Thompson The Hanged Man archetype, since he died in the event? Is Thompson The Tower, signifying disaster, upheaval, sudden change, and revelation?
America needs to be put on the couch. Carl Jung needs to be brought in. Instead, we are given pills.
America was born on July 4, 1776, under the sun sign of Cancer. “Cancer is the sign of fertility, and America sees herself as the world’s nurturing mother. But because of the hostile presence of Mars and Uranus in our solar 12th house, we’re the kind of nurturer that can bomb the hell out of a country one day and send over sandwiches and coffee the next. That makes the world love us and hate us.” 
“There are now two great nations in the world,” wrote Alexis de Tocqueville, “the Russians and the Anglo-Americans. Both have grown in obscurity, and while the world’s attention was occupied elsewhere, they have suddenly taken their place among the leading nations, making the world take note of their birth and of their greatness almost at the same instant.” Each, Russia and America, “seems called by some secret desire of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world.”  In Russia, the pattern is of alternating weak Tsars and strong Tsars. Strong Tsar Vladimir Putin lashed out yesterday at sister nation America. Here in the U.S. we have President Barack Obama as Chief of State. He was inaugurated amidst great expectations, to which no mortal could ever possibly attain. Measured by the yardstick of our collective great expectations, Obama could never reach this height and has inevitably been a disappointment. He therefore embodies the archetype of the wounded king.
The axe man of Queens was summoned up by the collective unconscious of America. “A single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree.” In Germany, in 1936, the author Thomas Wolfe witnessed what he called a collective sickness of the soul. Of all the peoples of Europe, Wolfe (1900 – 1938) loved the German people most of all. He therefore was especially sickened by what he saw. “Thus it was that the corruption of man’s living faith and the inferno of his buried anguish came to me – and I recognized at last, in all its frightful aspects, the spiritual disease which was poisoning unto death a noble and a mighty people,” wrote Wolfe in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again.
“So it was, in this far place and under these profoundly moving and disturbing alien circumstances, that I realized fully, for the first time, how sick America was, and saw, too, that the ailment was akin to Germany’s – a dread world sickness of the soul. In Germany it was hopeless: it had already gone too far to be checked now by any measures short of death, destruction, and total ruin. But in America, it seemed to me, it was not mortal, not incurable – not yet.” 
“America was still resilient, still responsive to a cure – if only – if only – men could somehow cease to be afraid of truth. For the plain and searching light of truth, which had here, in Germany, been darkened to extinction, was the remedy, the only one, that could cleanse and heal the suffering soul of man.” 
——- Sources ——-
 Qtd. in Anastasia, by James Blair Lovell. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1991
 “Putin Accuses U.S. of Blackmail, Weakening Global Order”, by Stepan Kravchenko. Bloomberg, October 24, 2014.
 “Putin lashes out at US, West for destabilizing world”, Russia Today, October 24, 2014. http://on.rt.com/2wcvie
 “Putin blasts US in speech, blaming West for conflict in Ukraine”, FoxNews.com, October 24, 2014.
 “Washington school gunman was Homecoming prince, students say”, by Mark Berman and Elahe Izadi. Washington Post, October 24, 2014 (Updated October 25, 2014).
 “Special Alert: Horoscope U.S.A.”, by Michael Lutin. Vanity Fair magazine, December 6, 2006
 “Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859). Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations”, Number 2045. http://www.bartleby.com/73/2045.html
 You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe.