Clockwork Angels: Metallurgy
Refers to annealing, which is associated with using heat to transform metals.
“The place I had most wanted to see—Chronos Square, at the heart of Crown City. I had seen many images of the city before, and Chronos Square, but nothing could convey its immensity—the heaven-reaching towers of the Cathedral of the Timekeepers, or the radiant glory of the Angels—Land, Sea, Sky and Light—bathed in the brilliant glow of the floating globes.”
The term “Chronos” relates to time. Think of time-related words like “chronology,” “chronicle,” anachronism,” and “chronic.” Chronos was the Greek god of time, which based on culture is depicted in different ways. The Greeks depicted him as a kind of serpent with three heads. The Romans depicted him as a naked man in front of the Zodiac wheel. And in later Western cultures he was depicted as Father Time, the bearded timekeeper. The angels representing land, sea, and sky are the offspring of Chronos and Ananke, the goddess of inevitability.
The rune is metallurgy, which refers to the metal gears and wheels inside the clock tower that make the hands and the clockwork angels go around. The clockwork angels represent icons, almost like religious idols, to which we pray good things will happen to us. They are containers for our hopes and dreams. By investing in them symbolic power to watch over us, like angels, they reduce the need for us to feel like we have to manage our lives on our own. Instead of using our reason to take matters in our own hands, we just say the angels will look out for us and we feel comforted by that, but of course we’re abdicating our moral responsibility to a mere idol. Neil on the June 13 Jim Ladd show says the angels are indeed icons, created by the government, to comfort people and also to entertain them.
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