So, I’ve seen some theories that the gods are rotating clockwise and then when they get to 12 they fall off. Certainly the Owl and Ram end up clockwise in the 2010s from where they were in the 1920s.
However, this theory asserts that Susanoo is at the top. And then Luci manifests at 1 o’clock in the 2010s. That presumably means that Luci was Byron’s replacement. HOWEVER, we from issue #2 we know that Byron was Lucifer in the 1830s. Maybe Luci fell off just for one cycle, or maybe it’s more complicated?
I would guess more complicated. I’m pretty confident that Baal is the ram, which would make sense with the idea of recurrence - Baal’s a black man in both the Jazz Age and the present day. Owl is surely Minerva, who we know exists, and I’m guessing is the older one of the four in the Jazz Age.
But that leaves the sun at the bottom for the Jazz Age. And everything about the young girl, with her enthusiastic “three!” and her heavy makeup makes me pretty sure that’s Amaterasu.
See, I dunno.
So this image matches up the 1920s symbols, the 2010s symbols, and the seating positions of the 1920s gods in their scene in issue #1. It seems too much of a coincidence for the 1920s pantheon to be seated at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions and for that also to be their symbols, and given that Susanoo’s symbol is obvious (he even has it on his cufflinks) that strongly suggests that the 1920’s blonde has the owl symbol, the brunette the sun, and the finger steepling guy is the ram.
THen furthermore we;ve got the interesting correspondence of Susanoo’s position and Amaterasu’s: they’re both Shinto gods, and they both occupy the 12’o’clock slot. Given that Kieron’s said in interviews that he’s gone for broadly one deity per mythological pantheon, it feels a lot like we get one Shinto god per recurrence, and it just so happens that this time we get Amaterasu and last time it was Susanoo.
This also means that if anyone’s Minerva it’s actually the blonde in the heavy makeup. But she doesn’t feel much like a Minerva (admittedly this is basing a characterization on one line and two facial expressions)
Arguing against this is that Ananke in issue #2 has clearly met Lucifer specifically before, so it can’t be all new gods in every recurrence. I’ve been chatting to someone named jynx about all this (much of the above theorising based on their work) and they reckon that 1920s owl is actually Lilith (also associated with owls) and hence that the 3’o’clock slot is Lilith/Baphomet (i.e Abrahamic demons). Of course on paper Lucifer feel like an Abrahamic demon too, unless that slot is Abrahamic angels…
The rotation concept is interesting but only holds for the owls and rams; if we assume that the transition from Susanoo at 12’o’clock to Lucifer at the new 1’o’clock is the “ticking over” transition, then the acid test would be if a sun-like symbol ends up between the Morrigan and Inanna.
If we’re speculating on the linguistics / semiotics of bitcoin, I think it’s done a good job with its brand name - if not the crypto-whatever designation. Coin is nicely solid. And what did old school minters and money-transfer people - think pirates in the movies - do to test if a coin is real? They bit it.
(For all that I’ve seen scenes of some hairy pirate firecracker-beard guy biting a coin, I’ve zero idea how they tell if it’s real or not) (Much like bitcoin tbh) (If Coin = Not.Chocolate maybe)
It turns out the reason for biting coins to tell if they’re real is a thing is because real gold that isn’t mixed with baser metals should be soft enough to get dented when bitten.