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Thoughts: Chess, a game. Movement of pieces. Black and white, good and bad. Two Knights.
The white picket fence is an old American dream from the 50s: to own, to have, home sweet home with a white picket fence.

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Joseph Campbell talked about the loss of the traditional clockface to the digital version as a big loss to our cultural on a subliminal level. The traditionally numbered version had a hand that continuously (and reassuringly) swept round and round. The subliminal message: there will be another tomorrow, another noon, another midnight, another summer, another spring (time is eternal and it is renewed). Things go round and start over again. With the advent of the digital version, numbers are continuously clicking away and disappearing at a high speed and he said it was kind of like the rug being pulled out from under us on a subconscious level: the minutes are continuously disappearing at a furious pace. You can't look at that clock and (in one glance) get any reassurance that there will be a tomorrow, you are just reminded that time is slipping away. Interesting. If I had the quote, I would share it but this comes strictly from my memory (and I decided to share it anyway :)

Clocks are timepieces. The very first time keeper was the moon because it's changes are easy to track. We've moved on since then to manmade versions that track in much finer increments. See also HOURGLASS for different connotations on the same theme :) A clock denotes a beginning and an ending, a finite (or incremental) time period. It's also a machine and can be seen as merciless and unstoppable. To stop time, slow down time and speed it up all have their own separate connotations that are dependent on the circumstances surrounding the symbol. This is the age of the machine, the age of information and clocks rule the day. Clocks are about time, schedules, business and modern man. We are SO dependent on clocks and (almost) everyone wears one on their wrist. I used to call these our modern day badges of slavery <g>. Every second is precious and we all agree that "time is money." I often use a backwards clock as a symbol for being in the realm of the subconscious (also known as dreamland <g>). The backwards clock is the opposite of the brightly lit business day and also has to do with Alice and her second trip to Wonderland. I simply place THIS clock within Alice's mirror. If you separate it from the mirror then it would appear to be backwards :)

Slang/(American) cultural interpretation: "Around the clock" (24/7), "Clean someone's clock" (to beat someone up quite soundly), "Like clockwork" (an unvarying schedule), "Run out the clock" (to purposefully waste the last few minutes or seconds of an allotted amount of time, usually in a sporting event) and "Slave(s) to the clock" (business workers).
Posted: January 24, 2004.
Revised: April 19, 2004.


Dreams, p. 255
Immortality is a clock that never runs down, a mandala that revolves eternally like the heavens.
Posted: January 24, 2004.

Want to know more? Go out and pick up a copy of the book(s) quoted and expand your mind :) These are MY teachers, the people who teach me about symbolism :) I hope the supplied definitions help you understand the art found on this site.

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