Meditating on the orb meme, explained

An orb is a simple but powerful item. Crystal spheres – which are typically used to predict the future – can engender awe, mystique, and sometimes even fear, depending on the types of omens they bring. Orbs have long been the subject of fantastic stories, and now the magical item has become the star of a popular new meme.

The trend is based entirely on an illustration by Angus McBride, who was a historical and fantastic English artist. The image shows the imagination of the artist of Saruman, the evil sorcerer of the Lord of the Rings. In the illustration, we see the dark and gloomy eyes of the masked wizard peering deep into a glowing blue orb.

Orb jokes vary. However, there are many riffs on how a wizard would “meditate” on the orb, as it is an object of wisdom and can be such a powerful occult tool. The idea is that thinking about it will bring some form of revelation. However, now Reflection only brings funny jokes that take inspiration from popular TV characters and other memes. Here’s an example of the original image, shared by Cass Marshall from Polygon:

There are many variations and modifications to this image that pull characters from other shows and stories. Here is Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American psychopath, pointing at an orb.

The following example is a twist on a popular screenshot of Marge from The simpsons, which originally featured her holding a potato and saying, “I just think they’re cool.” Now, “healed” has been changed to “heavy” because she is holding an orb.

Here, George Constanza from Seinfeld gets mad at the price of an orb.

This refers to the famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. This image swaps the girl and iconic pearl earring with a wizard and an orb earring.

Others make jokes from previous memes formats and combine the orb with them. Here, someone takes the “Sickos Haha Yes” meme, which usually shows a neighbor glancing at something, out the window. In this case, the neighbor is a wizard looking out the window at an orb.

Next, we have a chart that explains who thinks and doesn’t think about the orb in The Lord of the Rings. True to the original joke, Saruman knows both the orb and thinks about it.

Other memes just play around with the concept of the orb to make silly jokes. Here, the person swaps the role of the helper and the orb to create a meme where the orb is the one who thinks.

Here, someone made an orb of corn, or, as the Tweet describes it, “corb”. That’s it. This is the joke.

This one’s cute – it’s a caricature of the orb and Saruman texting each other late. It’s based on a meme where a couple text each other.

This one is just based on the good old “hot singles in your area” joke inspired by web ads and pop-ups. Instead, the image says, “I don’t want love. I just want SEX. See my orb.

So now, whether or not you’ve been thinking about the orb, at least you have all the memes to help you decide if the reflection on the orb is the right choice for you.