|4. The Earth-sphere and the Dragon
The sphere in the centre of the 'clock face' is stationary. It
represents the earth under our feet. To understand what the clock
face is saying, try to forget what you learnt at school, that the
earth is a planet, spinning on its axis and flying though space.
Instead, assume that the surface of the earth is as fixed as it
appears to be, and that it is the sun, moon and stars that are
rotating about us. The dragon echoes the traditional idea that each
evening the sun is eaten up by a monster, only to be reborn again
in the morning.