I chanced upon an article by Kali Holloway writing in Alternet about the “creepy clown” mania (“Crazy: The Collective Unconscious is Creating Creepy Clowns“). It includes the rather hilarious story about some good ole’ boys firing off a few rounds into the woods to scare off creepy clowns, like the ancient Chinese setting off fireworks, or using noise-makers, to scare away evil spirits.
Nonetheless, that Holloway links the creepy clown craze with the intensifying activity of the so-called “collective unconscious” is an interesting one, and probably not without some degree of merit. The Joker or Trickster or Harlequin archetype can indeed be very creepy, and is, in some ways, connected with the “return of the repressed” or the return of the native.
Jung had also earlier interpreted the UFO and alien contact craze with the intensifying activity of the collective unconscious, as examples of what he refers to as “synchronicity” or synchronous effects — something, therefore, in the manner of what we call “projections”. Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky is his contribution to interpreting the meaning of UFOs, and a brief summary of his views — that it signifies the awakening of the “collective unconscious,” is posted as “The Symbolism of UFOs and Aliens“.
In any case, that Jung and others, such as Holloway, are connecting manifestations of what we might call “the paranormal” with the intensifying activity of the “collective unconscious” (and therefore with the “return of the repressed”) is consistent with Jean Gebser’s observations about the “irruption” of a new consciousness structure as chaotic (and creepy) process, and that we should take manifestations of the anomalous (even as “the Crazies”) as probably being indicative of that. Duane Elgin’s “Awakening Earth” and this awakening of the “collective unconscious” (which can, indeed, resemble the awakening of the legendary Kraken) should be considered the same process.