Judge Hanna’s Christ And Christmas – Part 1
The following is from THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST Volume 38 Number 2 for October 2013 – pages 18-24, 27-28. The first section is said to be a typed page of Judge Hanna’s notes on Christ and Christmas. After this section from TICS I begin on the manuscript attributed to Judge Hanna’s notes. All of my comments will be in bold.
CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS AN INTERPRETATION BY JUDGE HANNA
(who was present when Mrs. Eddy gave her instructions to the Artist)
The pictures are object of the references on pages 115-116 of Science and Health. Blackest in each picture is First Degree; Depravity; lines 21-24.
Gray is Second Degree; Evil beliefs disappearing, lines 20-27.
White is Third Degree; Understanding, lines 2-3, 4-10.
First Picture: Black, gross materiality, error, unreality. Star of Bethlehem, The Christ idea, Truth appearing to the world to destroy error.
Second Picture: Dead in First Degree. Note ugly coffin. Black robe on Jesus’ shoulders represents cross. Note woman near Jesus in gray, in prayer; note man, black Pharisaical belief, showing astonishment; note woman in coffin, eyes opening, showing spiritual discernment.
Third Picture: Quill of pen touched by divine light; candle is half burned, showing Mrs. Eddy’s life was half spent when she discovered Christian Science; clock time is behind her; the First degree, animated serpent, would bite the heel of Truth. Divine light coming through window (must have an opening).
Fourth Picture: Where is the star? The tree is grotesque; artist did not want to paint this picture; no beauty in Christmas tree which exists only to celebrate the birth and death of the human Jesus; and this belief is responsible for human birth, manhood, womanhood, old age, invalidism, distress.
Fifth Picture: One sheperd [sheperd is actually spelled this way in the text I have] and one fold: twelve sheep: two figures blending into one represents spiritual individualism. Note male strength is watching female at prayer — “Watch and pray.” River represents “Euphrates; prophecy of the Mother Church is in the background in light gray. Note black steeple — First Degree…
Sixth Picture: Old belief leaving the bed; medicine is behind him; Curtains, First Degree, drawn back and light coming through brings the theological thought in home to a state of prayer. Not picture on wall,…Robe represents understanding, reaches base of bed, symbolizing her thought reaching the foundation of sickness.
Seventh Picture: no barriers of age to Truth.
Eighth Picture: Where is the Star? Bed is grotesque. Artist objected—no art. Mrs. Eddy’s thought in painting this picture was that the bed was the biggest thing in consciousness. Note that the eyes are closed; book is closed; patient is making no effort to rise out of condition.
Ninth Picture: Circle represents world. Note he [Jesus] has laid off robe, showing dominion. Take Christian Science to the world and in that light creation shows anew.
Tenth Picture: Child thought sees or perceives Truth.
Eleventh Picture: Foreground is First Degree; following the path of light up the right way, leads beside still waters and green pastures. The smaller cross represents demonstrations; birds represent God’s winged thoughts. Note the white dove coming from heaven with thought messages nearest the crown. The side of the picture reaches the same destination, but the way is rugged.
[End of Hanna’s notes. I would like to say about the eleventh illustration that the left side is more rugged because it is the side that denies its Leader showing them “The Way.”
In James F. Gilman’s book (Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy), which is based upon his diary, he records, “The New York critics had written that one objection to the Ascension picture (The Way) was that the scene was located in Concord, New Hampshire (doubtless owing to the New Hampshire appearance of the trees). I acknowledged to her that I myself had recently thought of that, having had more time to consider it. ‘But,’ I said after a while, ‘I do not know that we need to go back to Jesus’ day in Palestine to represent this thought.’ To this she quickly agreed and having been called to lunch some minutes before, she arose and saying to me, ‘Lunch is ready,’ she extended her hand and took mine and led me like a child into the dining room to the table. ‘There is too much looking backward two thousand years. They will find,’ she said, ‘that there is a Way here in Concord as well as in Palestine.’”]
CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS
In the Book of Psalms (19:13) we read, “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins.” When advanced students set out to decipher the symbolism in Christ and Christmas, they should take the greatest care not to venture into flights of fancy about Mary Baker Eddy or any part of the history of Christian Science. [Is this author speaking about Alice Orgain’s book Overtures of Christ and Christmas? I am not sure that I agree with this author’s statement because Christ and Christmas deals upon the subject matter of Mary Baker Eddy’s Life and Mary Baker Eddy’s Light (according to the manuscript attributed to Judge Hanna [that follows]). Hence, her Life deals with her history, so in this respect I feel that her poem book must look at “the history of Christian Science.” I am not sure what the author means with “flights of fancy about Mary Baker Eddy.” If they mean that it has to do with coming up with weird ideas, or daydreams, about Mary Baker Eddy then I probably agree. However, the book does speak about Mary Baker Eddy’s Life and Light, and so the book must be spiritually interpreted to help us understand this Life and Light. I also feel that this author is mistaken in what they are describing about Christ and Christmas, they need to study the pictures more. But I wanted to share their insight. I will continue to comment in brackets as I see fit.]
Yet, is it sacrilegious or too far-fetched to believe that our Leader may have mentally painted a twelfth picture (kept hidden) to complete the stars in her crown of rejoicing? That the artist’s thought was not objectified on canvas, could be a reason why the pages are not numbered in Christ and Christmas. [I feel that the reason why the pages are not numbered is so that we do not fall into the trap of viewing Christ and Christmas only in a linear fashion. The Judge Hanna manuscript presents its illustrations with the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth, while the Sharon’s Rose Matrix presents the illustrations as the Unity (the circle) Matrix.]
Suppose Mrs. Eddy intended her scientific viewers to envision this picture at the very outset of the book, just before “Star of Bethlehem”? It stands to reason that they would expect it to be a scene relating to the discovery of Christian Science at its earliest stage, and then the transitional qualities which run throughout this profound volume would continue to be preserved. It is natural for one stage of development to lead to the next. Certainly there would be a link between the mental picture and “Star of Bethlehem” to confirm to Mrs. Eddy’s high spiritual standard of journalism and art.
[I wonder if this author has read Alice Orgain’s book Overtures of Christ and Christmas? In this book Orgain explains how the illustrations follow in the order of Jacob’s sons (going from son to son, or rather, going from “zone to zone”). She begins with Reuben’s correlation with the “Star of Bethlehem.” This illustration’s synonymous tone is Mind. However, if there is an image before the first illustration it could stand for the twelfth star of Benjamin, especially if we are thinking of Sharon’s Rose Cycle, or perhaps even the old form of a book – the scroll.]
One might ask, “Could the dark cloud on the left side of the first plate serve as the link to a twelfth picture?” [This is where I think this author makes a mistake, because the dark cloud on the left side is of a man’s head that is cracked open. The cloud I believe she is speaking of is dark gray and is more to the center of this illustration.] The reply is an emphatic YES! The general thought is that this formation represents the [red] dragon, while others claim it is a Madonna. [I have never heard of this cloud as representing the red dragon. There is another cloud found elsewhere on the plate that looks like a dragon.] In a letter written to Mrs. Eddy, one art critic commented on her illustrations, saying, “The hands and feet of the figures—how many times have I seen these hands and feet in Angelico’s ‘Jesus’ or Botticelli’s ‘Madonna’!” (Mis 375:24-26) Since our Leader included the foregoing quotation in Miscellaneous Writings, one of her six most important writings, perhaps more than a few would agree that the cloud is shaped like a Madonna with child. In its darkest stage it represents Abigail Baker with her babe, Mary, both misunderstood. [This is a possibility, but I do not think it is so. Because this Madonna and child are closest to the light of the star it makes more sense that this dark gray cloud represents the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ as Christians accept this first coming of Christ, it is out in the open. Further proof of this is found in Gilman’s book, he speaks of this cloud formation, closest to the star, as representing the Advent of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary. Below is the cloud in the upper right hand corner (right as in viewer’s right side). Below this are other viewpoints of the same cloud.]
Many copies of Clara Shannon’s “Golden Memories” have been in circulation over the years. She recounted what Mrs. Eddy said about her mother’s experience approximately four and a half months prior to her birth. While in the attic getting wool in order to spin yarn for knitting she was suddenly “overwhelmed by the thought that she was filled with the Holy Ghost, and had dominion over the whole earth.” Other thoughts similar to these have been recorded, wherein our Leader felt that her birth was similar to that of Isaac, according to Hebrews 11:11.
Hopefully, for the advanced thinker to feel that our Leader may have envisioned a twelfth picture — an attic room scene of a motherly figure travailing in birth, and a caption inscribed, such as, “Thou has found favor with God” — is not a sin of presumption.
Name withheld by request
[I have read elsewhere that perhaps a twelfth illustration for the poem book would have been one of the illustrations that the artist James F. Gilman made depicting The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts (there were four different drawings). If it is true, that there should be twelve illustrations, twelve stars, the twelfth one would need to correlate with Benjamin, Jacob’s twelfth son. However, if this author is correct about the first star being seen before “Star of Bethlehem” then could not we (must not we) consider the STAR on the front cover of Christ and Christmas? Could this not be the actual first illustration of the book? And like an actual scroll (the old type of book) the beginning and the end are one, for is not the STAR that is seen on the cover of the book the Morning Star promised to us by Jesus’ words located at the end of the book?
After writing the above paragraph I found the following paragraph on the very next day, as if to officially corroborate what I have stated above. “The first Biblical quote in Christ and Christmas is a statement of the Master’s stating that he is the bright and morning star. The last quote in Christ and Christmas also deals with this same morning star.”]
LIFE WITHOUT BIRTH
Thus olden faith’s pale star now blends
In seven-hued white!
Life, without birth and without end,
This stanza accompanies the seventh illustration in Christ and Christmas. We know that seven often symbolizes fulfillment or completeness.
Could not the seven-hued white embracing “olden faith’s pale star” be the light which is God, understood through the seven divine synonyms?
The clock points to 5:05 which leads us to Revelation 5:5 [actually – to Revelation 5:1-5]. This verse tells us to “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David [the Key of David], hath prevailed to open the book [the mouth], and to loose the seven seals thereof.”
What is Life without birth? It is the only life there is. Mortal existence is not life. Mortal existence is a dream. We have been asleep in this dream and the time for wakening has come.
When we waken from this dream of mortal existence, what do we find? We find immortal existence right where (we thought) mortal existence had been.
Immortality is what we have been seeking, and when we waken we find that, like God, it has never been absent.
And immortality is life without birth. Have we not been thinking that immortality is life without death? That is secondary. The primary fact is that immortality is Life without birth.
Everything that is real has always existed in and as God. “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation.”
Any false belief that has a beginning also has an ending. The false belief of material life, or mortal existence, begins with birth and ends with death. So the belief of birth is the beginning of death. It is the belief of “dying” into matter. Birth, then, is the first death and is the error that must be met and overcome. Overcoming the first death, birth, also overcomes death or the second death.
John confirms this in Revelation. He calls overcoming the first death (the belief in mortal birth) the first resurrection. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power…” (20:6)
Knowing “Life without birth and without end” we shall find ourselves blest and entirely spiritual. “Humility is the door; honesty is the way; spirituality is the summit.”
Until the spiritual understanding of “Life without birth” is scientifically comprehended, death will continue to occur on the next plane of existence as on this one.
[Is not this why Jesus said that he existed (had no birth) before Abraham? I put forth that if Jesus had not had this understanding he would never have been able to have resurrected the material body after the crucifixion.]
With the marginal heading of Second death Mrs. Eddy states:
Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this, until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then, will it be demonstrated that “the second death hath no power.” (S&H 77:5)
[End of article.]
The following are quotes from the manuscript attributed to Judge Septimus J. Hanna. I am not sure who the real author is, as it does not say. It seems to me that who ever wrote it based their writing upon something Judge Hanna wrote on the topic (like what is seen above from the TICS. I am not sure, however, how much of it really is rooted to Judge Hanna. I purchased my copy from THE BOOKMARK many years ago. My additions and comments to the manuscript will be presented in bold lettering. I will break this piece up into different posts, as it is rather long and it will make it easier to read. The manuscript did not have any pictures from Christ and Christmas in it, so all pictures are added.
MRS. EDDY’S EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATED POEM “CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS” AS GIVEN BY JUDGE SEPTIMUS J. HANNA
Above is the pyramid matrix structure from the Hanna manuscript. It eventually led me to understand what I have come to call the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth. This pyramid matrix (as seen directly below) is my own, no other Christian Scientist showed it to me. It also includes the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.
Since the Hanna manuscript has the pyramid structure I will present his words in a different format from the manuscript itself, as it’s author writes about Christ and Christmas in linear form 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. I will first present the tone of Mind (illustration 1) and then the tone of Christian Science (illustration 11) – for these are the base foundations of the poem book. Then I will go up to the next step with Spirit (2) and absolute Christian Science (10). And continue so on and so forth.
THE SIDE OF LIFE – THE TONE OF MIND with the
STAR OF BETHLEHEM – Illustration 1
(This illustration is seen above.)
Fast circling on, from zone to zone, —
Bright, blest, afar, —
O’er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.
I am the root and offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Christ Jesus.
“It would appear that we could not understand these pictures in Christ and Christmas because no key has been given — that is, none that is generally known. This is not entirely true. Judge Hanna was present when Mrs. Eddy gave instructions to Mr. Gilman the artist; and Judge Hanna wrote down and preserved for us what she said. Gilman also wrote a book about his experience with Mrs. Eddy while she wrote Christ and Christmas and he illustrated it. The real key, however, to any figure in Christ and Christmas is her other writings. She explains the symbols used in Christ and Christmas throughout her writings. We must seek them out.”
This last statement is true. I have found samples of Mary Baker Eddy’s writings that explain the illustrations. However, I have recently read through Mr. Gilman’s book (based upon his diary notes), and he really does not mention the instruction with Judge Hanna being present. This does not mean that it did not take place, only that Gilman does not mention Hanna being there, or really what the instruction was. To be honest, Gilman’s book is interesting, however, I am disappointed in it as far as learning about the meanings of the illustrations. It is a good book if one reads it in order to learn how Mary Baker Eddy helped those around her to become obedient to her, as she is our Leader. And if they were obedient to her then they were automatically obedient to God (because she was God’s sent messenger). This obedience came through the laying down of personal will, personal sense, and/or personal ego.
“The first Biblical quote in Christ and Christmas is a statement of the Master’s stating that he is the bright and morning star. The last quote in Christ and Christmas also deals with this same morning star.”
The author goes on to make the point that the “one lone, brave star” is assumed to be Christ Jesus, but it is not the case, as this picture relates to the human and divine coincidence of Mary Baker Eddy. Why is this? It is because the light is “the Christ [not the material persona], the absolute, divine appearing; but it also has direct reference to the relative or human experience.” Yes, the picture is titled “Star of Bethlehem” so in this respect it is pointing us toward the first advent of the masculine Christ representative with Jesus, however, Mary Baker Eddy wrote in Miscellaneous Writings: “The star of Bethlehem is the star of Boston.” (p 320) Because she wrote this she is secretly telling us that the seven-pointed star in this illustration is also the second advent of the feminine Christ representative with Mary Baker Eddy. “The star is Mary Baker Eddy in its relative, human appearing — the transparency through which the divine, absolute Christ, Truth, appears to this [today’s] age. This picture represents the dual appearing of the Woman, as generic man [I prefer to say “as the woman God-crowned”] and as Mary Baker Eddy. Thus the two phases of the woman in the Apocalypse are represented in this picture, but both as one star, ‘the star of Boston.’ [The window in Mother’s Room (of the Edifice) depicts a star. It is called the Star of Bethlehem, however, I call this window the Star of Boston.]
“Throughout Mrs. Eddy’s life the phrase, ‘Lone as a solitary star,’ appealed to her as an apt description of her fate. It first appeared [in her early poems to her husband] in the early poems of Colonel Glover, and did not make its exit until forty-six years later in a letter to her son, the second George Glover. In a letter to George Glover in April of 1898, she says, after pointing out that her life was ‘as pure as that of angels,’ that she was ‘alone in the world, more alone than a solitary star.’ One definition of the word star is: ‘A person of brilliant qualities standing pre-eminently among his fellows.’” [I refer to our Forever Leader as the Loan Stranger.]
Darkness is being scattered in this illustration. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “At the present time this Bethlehem star looks down upon the long night of materialism—material religion, material medicine, a material world; and it shines as of yore, though it ‘shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.’ But the day will dawn and the daystar [the Morning Star] will appear, lighting the gloom, guiding the steps of progress from molecule and mortals outward and upward in the scale of being.” (Miscellany 110:5) The daystar is symbolized by Venus – the Morning Star. Venus transits the sun (is clothed with the sun – the woman God-crowned) twice during Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crown mission. The author explains that this daystar is not that which is spoken of in the Textbook’s “Preface” on page vii as “the pail star” that shone to the “prophet shepherds” but that it is the “guiding star of being.” The pail star (the Star of Bethlehem) is for Jesus Christ (the first advent of Christ) until “across a night of error [until after the Dark Ages] should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being [the Star of Boston].” (S&H vii:9)
“The nineteenth-century prophets repeat, ‘Unto us a son is given.’ The shepherds shout, ‘We behold the appearing of the star!’ – and the pure in heart clap their hands.” (Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, p 168)
THE EMPRESS is Venus, the Morning Star, the Woman God-crowned.
I found the following description about Tarot in a magazine for books. It is advertizing the book Kabbalistic Tarot. “When the Greeks invaded Israel and forbade study of the Torah, the Jewish people began a secret method of Toranic study that appeared to be merely playing cards. These first tarot decks enabled study of the Torah without detection. Once the Maccabees expelled the Greeks from Israel and Israel again became a Jewish kingdom, tarot cards dropped from sight. Fifteen hundred years later, in response to Jewish disputations with Catholic theologians, political and religious persecutions, and ultimately the Inquisition, the cards resurfaced as a secret learning tool of the Torah. In Kabbalistic Tarot, Dovid Kafchow details how the true meaning of the tarot is locked within the Kabbalah.” (This book is available from http://www.InnerTraditions.com.) I also feel very strongly that the Tarot depict Bible prophecy.
The First Degree is symbolized in the poem book as black. It is “mortal depravity. This depravity, represented by the myriad physical evil beliefs in this picture, are pierced by the light of Truth, represented in this picture by the second appearing of Truth as Mary Baker Eddy. This light of Truth through her appears to destroy the physical and all that physical beliefs bring. ‘The mortal mind through which Truth appears most vividly is that one which has lost much materiality—much error—in order to become a better transparency for Truth. Then, like a cloud melting into thin vapor, it no longer hides the sun.’ (Science and Health 295) Notice the clouds of sense breaking up in this picture, darkness being scattered, ‘melting into thin vapor’ from the light of Truth. ‘So Christian Science can be seen only as the clouds of corporeal sense roll away.’ (ibid 548)”
The seven-pointed star is explained as representing the seven synonymous terms for God – Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.
Hanna tells us that the large black cloud on the left is the red dragon, the type of error associated with the latter days (the end times), thus, because Jesus was not in the latter days this illustration must depict the life of Mary Baker Eddy. The Comforter, which is divine Science, will uncover the method for destroying the red dragon. This red dragon blocks the light of divine Science from mankind’s view, in other words, there seems to be a veil. The Hebrews saw Moses wearing a veil. This veil covered the brightness of his being. This veil is present so long as the old Ark Covenant for the Letter of the Law is not practiced in regard to the new Arch Covenant for the Spirit of the Law. Because of the veil the children of Israel never saw the light of the old covenant fade out and vanish into nothing. “If the veil had not been there they would have looked right on to the end of the old covenant of finiteness and death, and discerned its spiritual sense; but that veil represents the hardening of their hearts and the dimness of their eyes, whereby they cannot discern the spiritual sense of the Scriptures. When Moses is read in their synagogues, the veil is on their hearts still, for the real meaning of that ministry is a spiritual one.” (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, By Clarence W. Steves, C.S.B.)
The angel of Revelation 10, Mary Baker Eddy, brought to us the New Arch Covenant of the Spirit of the Law. “As the light of the old covenant which defines the doom of sin, fades and dwindles and at last dies away to nothing, the dawn of the new covenant rises and broadens—for the glory of the new (of righteousness) far exceeds the old (of death). It is the glory which we behold beyond the end of the finite and transitory — the eternal splendor of that which abides and never passes away. Then, like Moses, who is the divine presence removed the veil which he had worn in the presence of the people, so we behold the glory of the Lord, and looking, are changed — changed from the perishable and mortal into the image of His glory, ever deepening and broadening from glory to glory the image that is the eternal Spirit. The Bible says, ‘…when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he took the veil off.’ The ‘Lord’ there means the Spirit — the Spirit which has reached us, the Spirit which has freed us from the law of sin and death.” (THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, By Clarence W. Steves, C.S.B.)
“Red Dragon. Error; fear; inflammation; sensuality; subtlety; animal magnetism; envy; revenge.” (S&H 593:7)
“The great red-dragon symbolizes a lie, — the belief that substance, life, and intelligence can be material. This dragon stands for the sum total of human error…This malicious animal instinct of which the dragon is the type, incites mortals to kill morally and physically even their fellow-mortals, and worse still, to charge the innocent with the crime. This last infirmity of sin will sink its perpetrator into a night without a [prophet] star [of Boston].” (S&H 563:4) Mary Baker Eddy is “the innocent” one who has been charged “with the crime.” Why? Because it is the woman God-crowned that the red-dragon wages war against. Ecclesiastical despotism, also the red dragon, floods the Christian Science Field with false teachings and false propaganda about their forever Leader. Those who are asleep are unaware of the red dragon’s six tricks (spoken of in Revelation).
The seven synonymous terms for God, the seven points of light, dismember the red dragon’s ecclesiastical despotic material organization. “The two large clouds on the right, we are told, represent Romanism which is always two-faced. Roman Catholicism was not the form that ecclesiastical despotism took in the Master’s day, so here once again this picture identifies the Second Advent, the life and light of Mary Baker Eddy, uncovering the two-faced nature of Roman Catholicism.” Speaking of this Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The serpentine form stands for subtlety, winding its way amidst all evil, but doing this in the name of good. Its sting is spoken of by Paul, when he refers to ‘spiritual wickedness in high places.’” (S&H 563)
Now, remember what you read above by the anonymous person in the TICS? This person wrote that they felt that the baby and mother underneath the star was Mary Baker and her mother Abigail Baker. The following words from the Hanna manuscript should be accepted as being correct. It is Judge Hanna who said Mary and the babe Jesus (in Mary’s arms) are just beneath the star and a bit to the left. They are facing the light of Christian Science; and this divine Science, revealed through the woman – Mary Baker Eddy – is in turn revealing them in their proper light because only Christian Science has been able to explain Mary’s virgin birth and the words and works of the Master. “The small shadow above Mary’s head is Joseph. These figures again point out that this is indeed the Second Advent, and not the First, for Mrs. Eddy clearly shows through Science and Health the mission of Mary, Jesus and Joseph. She alone has revealed them in their right place in prophecy and their niche in history.” “No person can take the individual place of the Virgin Mary. No person can compass or fulfill the individual mission of Jesus of Nazareth. No person can take the place of the author of Science and Health, the discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Each individual must fill his own niche in time and eternity. The second appearing of Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the advancing idea of God, as in Christian Science.” (Retrospection and Introspection; by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 70) This first illustration represents the light of divine Science appearing through the “one lone, brave star,” bringing the Christ to earth, and breaking up material beliefs and piercing spiritual wickedness in high places. “There is neither growth, maturity, nor decay in Soul. These changes are the mutations of material sense, the varying clouds of mortal belief, which hide the truth of being.” (S&H 310)
There is a cloud in the upper right hand (that is the viewer’s right hand) corner. This cloud takes on different shapes of a woman’s head, Jesus’ head, a baby head, a man’s body, and the head of a dragon (depending on the viewpoint and angle that it is looked at). I feel that the woman presented in this cloud represents Mary Baker Eddy. I feel that this is the cloud mentioned above said to be on the left.
“Only through an understanding of Mary Baker Eddy’s life and light can we understand the Christianity that Jesus taught. Primitive Christianity has its ‘pale star’ which has now, through a long night, become full-orbed as the day-star of divine Science. Mrs. Eddy makes this clear when she says, ‘So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being.’ (S&H vii)”
I am not going to quote from the manuscript’s next paragraph because it really does not make any sense to me. I question if the author knows his subject matter here. What I will mention, however, is that the author brings up the “zone to zone” as representing the twelve tribes of Israel. I see this “zone to zone” as meaning “month to month” or going “son to son” (of Jacob’s sons). Of course, we could also interpret this “zone to zone” as being time zones around the world – which there are 24 of. This makes me think of the New Jerusalem artichoke matrix for the chapter “Recapitulation” from Science and Health. This chapter was based upon the original manuscript Science of Man that Mary Baker Eddy used to teach her students with.
“While Christian Science, engaging the attention of philosopher and sage, is circling the globe, only the earnest, honest investigator sees through the mist of mortal strife this daystar, and whither it guides.” (Message for 1902, p. 1)
Because the Second Advent has dismembered the serpent its two-faced nature of Romanism is unmasked. Malicious animal magnetism and Romanism have been working together in order to block the Star’s light from piercing the gloom. “Let us watch, work, and pray that…this light be not hid, but radiate and glow into noontide glory.” (S&H 367)
The dragon’s two beasts are lust (for power, to be the successors of Mary Baker Eddy) and hypocrisy (having and expressing no love for Mary Baker Eddy). These two types of error represent the two-fold resistance accepted and expressed through mortal mind to the two-phased mission of the woman in the Apocalypse (generic man) and Mary Baker Eddy (the absolute angel from Revelation 10 and the relative witness from Revelation 11). The main exponent of this drag-ging-on-thought is Romanism. It strives to separate Mary Baker Eddy from her revelation. But the angel’s two feet have dominion over these two beasts. (See S&H 559:1-31)
“The understanding of Mary Baker Eddy’s life [the angel of Revelation 10] and light [the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12] breaks up the dragon thought. This picture indicates this is accomplished when she is recognized as the star of Boston, the Second Witness, as distinguished from the star of Bethlehem, the First Witness, Christ Jesus. If her place is not recognized, the dragon remains active because it has no resistance. Two-faced Romanism, malicious animal magnetism, are uncovered [unmasked] and destroyed when the light of her place shines forth.”
“In the Apocalypse, when nearing its doom, this evil increases and becomes the great red dragon, swollen with sin, inflamed with war against spirituality and ripe for destruction. It is full of lust and hate, loathing the brightness of divine glory.” (S&H 565) She says that this red dragon “is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea [which she is], and so proved to be powerless.”
It is because of Mary Baker Eddy that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph are seen correctly in the light of Truth and her light that she gives to the Bible (for she opens up its seven seals). Without her the Bible remains closed to biblical Christians, Christian Scientists, and the rest of the religions of the world.
“This Christ-light, brought by Mary Baker Eddy, enables us to fully express the ‘transitional qualities’ of the ‘second degree.’ It enables us to destroy the ‘first degree’ named mortality and depravity. It demands that we accept our divine nature as given in the ‘third degree.’ The closer we approach the star, the understanding of the inseparability of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science, the more we see what she has done for us, the more we enter into the light, the more we find the clouds of sense broken up and dissolved. She reveals the way from chaos to spiritual understanding.
“The picture is rectangular denoting that there is a lot of the human to be worked out. It is her place that must be seen and appreciated before the human can be worked out.
“Malicious animal magnetism accomplishes its work in the black thought of mortality, the first degree. Its power lessons as we get into the light and recognize the Second Witness.”  Remember what I wrote above about the dark ages? This author says that unless we do recognize Mary Baker Eddy’s place the following will happen – “the world will again slip into the dark ages and Christian Science will be lost for another two thousand years.”
Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “This polar star, fixed in the heavens of divine Science, shall be the sign of his appearing who ‘healeth all our diseases,’ it hath traversed night, wading through darkness and gloom, on to glory. It doth meet the antagonism of error; addressing to dull ears and undisciplined beliefs words of Truth and Life.
“The star of Bethlehem is the star of Boston, high in the zenith of Truth’s domain, that looketh down on the long night of human beliefs, to pierce the darkness and melt into dawn.
“The star of Bethlehem is the light of all ages; is the light of Love, to-day christening religion undefiled, divine Science; giving to it a new name, and the white stone in token of purity and permanence.” (Miscellaneous Writings 320)
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna [the leaven hidden from the foundation of the world], and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
Christian Science will be understood as being inseparable from Mary Baker Eddy, the precious Leader of Christian Science, and this recognition will destroy the domain and dominion of mortal mind.
In the Christian Science Textbook Mary Baker Eddy writes: “In divine Science, which is the seal of Deity and has the impress of heaven, God is revealed as infinite light. In the eternal Mind, no night is there.” (p. 511)
We are now ready to move on to the eleventh illustration.
THE SIDE OF LIGHT – THE TONE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE with
THE WAY – Illustration 11
No blight, no broken wing, no moan
Truth’s fane can dim;
Eternal swells Christ’s music-tone
In heaven’s hymn.
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Christ Jesus.
“When Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science are seen inseparable, then we understand the true meaning of the ‘Star of Bethlehem.’ The order of Christ and Christmas couples the first picture ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ with the eleventh picture ‘The Way.’ Understanding that she has revealed Science, destroyed malicious animal magnetism, uncovered two-faced Romanism, and revealed to the world the true understanding of the Virgin Mary and Christ Jesus, we are ready to understand and realize the Way in our own experience.
“No destruction, lack of motivation, or lamentation can obscure the vision of God’s Church, the structure of Truth and Love. God and His idea is growing in concord — the unity of the Christ. Whosoever liveth (proves) and believeth (understands) the Christ idea, and acknowledges and understands the Two Witnesses, the Fatherhood and Motherhood of God’s appearing, shall never die, but have infinite progression. This picture shows us the Way [as found in New England].
“The Way of the cross, the cross our Master so lovingly bore, ever leads upward towards the crown of rejoicing. You will notice the cross and the crown need to be understood in our human experience. The cross represents the working out of error, all of the errors we bear, until dissolved through an understanding of the crown. It is the overcoming of the false concepts of false manhood, and it reaches forth for the crown of true womanhood, the womanhood that includes manhood — generic man.”
Originally, this illustration was called the ascension picture. There are actually two different illustrations for “The Way.” The first illustration for “The Way” did show a man (supposed to be Jesus according to the artist’s book Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy) ascending to heaven. The Hanna manuscript is concerned with the second illustration, the one shone above.
Being that the first cross is black it is a symbol of the mortal First Degree of depravity. Even though it is black Love’s light shines down from heaven to show the Way. By the black cross the light is wider than it is at the top of the page, it “grows narrower as we reach forward for heaven, the crown of righteousness.” Since the pyramid of this manuscript titles this side as the Side of Light we must understand that understanding Mary Baker Eddy as this Light is of most importance. This Light is her revelation of Christian Science shining its Truth upon mortal mind, upon its dense darkness. It is this Light that enables man to see out of its maelstrom of misery. Below is the Tarot card depicting the angel of Revelation 10, for the pouring waters are the spiritual teachings found in the little open book. Notice how the background of this card resembles “The Way.” The Rider Deck was made in 1910.
“The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity.” (S&H 240) Flowers then are symbols of Deity. The second cross, which is gray (for the Second Degree, the human experience), is garland with morning glories. Mary Baker Eddy said, “I love the symbol of the morning glory with its bright promise of the coming of the light.” (Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, p. 157) The second cross is floating above the ground. “It is lifted aloft on its way with an adherence to the Ten Commandments which stifle and suffocate the claims of animal magnetism.”
The crown, however, symbolizes the Third Degree, Spiritual Understanding. Mary Baker Eddy spoke to her artist about this picture, “Now I suggest this picture for you to draw that possesses my thought of ‘The Way.”…Make the crown still fainter in form but distinct. Put the top of it in line with the top of the plate, thus giving the thought that all matter disappears with the crown or crowned thought.” This seems to be exactly what is drawn in illustration 4 – “Christmas Eve” for the crown of the material Christ-mass Tree is not present, it is decapitated by the edge of the drawing. However, in this instance with the tree it seems to be a bad thing for the head to be decapitated from the body.
“There is no short cut to heaven. There is only the straight and narrow way, the shortest distance between two points is a straight path. The sufferings of sense with its materia medica are depicted on the left of the path. The pleasures of sense that would take us away from the straight and narrow way, are depicted to the right of the picture.”
The birds form a progression of one, two, three and four flying. The highest bird that is coming down from the crown (the Third Degree) is a dove. In its beak is an olive branch. “Dove. A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith.” (S&H 584) The olive branch is a symbol for peace.
Noah sent out a dove into the world three times. The first time the dove had to return for protection against the elements. This “was symbolic and prophetic of the First Advent going forth into gross materiality” of the First Degree. During the second attempt the dove returned with the olive branch in its beak. This dove was symbolic and prophetic of the Second Advent of Christ coming to tired humanity. This tells me that Mary Baker Eddy is identifying herself in this illustration as the dove, the Second Coming of Christ. Yet there was a third time that the dove was sent forth. This means that there is to be a Third Advent. Mary Baker Eddy spoke of this Third Advent and gave it the name of Martha. The third time that the dove goes out into the world it does not return, hence it is a prophecy of the time when the spiritual appearing of the Christ is universal [for it goes out over the Internet] and generic [for all to read], and there is nothing from which it needs to be protected [there is no need to copyright any of its writings or teachings for it is free to all who wish to read it], hence it does not return to the ark [there is no need to protect it with the Letter of the Law]. The way that this Third Advent flies into the world is via the Internet with Martha Jones-Smith’s website – The Ark of Truth – Mother’s Hood.
The second dove, Mary Baker Eddy, brought the understanding of the Christ from divine Mind, the Crown, the Third Degree of spiritual understanding. She descended, as the light, to the Second Degree, proving the “human and divine coincidence.” Mary Baker Eddy is the swift-winged messenger (God’s angel) that brought us this precious Science. Some of the birds [the flock of Independent Christian Scientists] are reaching out for this spiritual understanding of divine Science. Other birds [the flock of Christian Science members] are content to wait and watch, others [of the flock of Christian Science members] still see its coming but do not seem to care or else they deny its coming.
Jesus says in Matthew 16:4: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it; but the sign of the prophet Jonas.” Jonas means dove, and this is the only sign that is going to be given – the sign of divine Science.
The wicked and adulterous generation of Christian Scientists denies that Mary Baker Eddy is this dove of divine Science – the Bride, the Word. The story of Jonas actually is applicable to today, it is long and involved so I will not get into it much except to say that The First Church members are like the citizens of the city, they have been mislead into the false Way. But if they will listen to today’s prophet, Martha Jones-Smith, and change their thinking about their Leader, the dove, then perhaps God will spare their Holy City.
“The loss of earthly hopes and pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.” (S&H 265) On the right side of the cross is a pond and bushes. The author of the manuscript seems to think that this side represents the pleasures of sense that tempt us away from taking the upward ascending path. It is what keeps us from following our Leader and from recognizing her as being our swift-winged messenger (angel). I do not agree with the idea of this right side being a temptation, I see something else in this illustration, on this Side of Light. There is a bush near the light on the left side of the pond that has the same shape as a male lion. And on this same side, on the hillside, are what appear to be cattle. The drawn images take me directly to Science and Health 514:10. “Moral courage is ‘the lion of the tribe of Juda,’ the king of the mental realm. Free and fearless it roams in the forest. Undisturbed it lies in the open field, or rests in ‘green pastures,…beside the still waters.’ In the figurative transmission from the divine thought to the human, diligence, promptness, and perseverance are likened to ‘the cattle upon a thousand hills.’ They carry the baggage of stern resolve, and keep pace with highest purpose. Tenderness accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit. The individuality created by God is not carnivorous, as witness the millennial estate pictured by Isaiah…” The paragraph’s heading is Qualities of thought.
“On March 27, 1907, Mrs. Eddy stated: ‘The disciples followed Jesus up to a certain point, and then deserted him, and darkness followed. Follow the way-shower and you will follow the divine idea; turn away from the way-shower and you turn away from the divine idea; like turning away from the windowpane [which is Mary Baker Eddy], you turn away from the light. It is not my personality you are following, or that you love. You are being turned from the person to the idea. When this is accomplished, then you will be free—in health—to go and do for the world.’”
James F. Gilman records, “The New York critics had written that one objection to the Ascension picture (The Way) was that the scene was located in Concord, New Hampshire (doubtless owing to the New Hampshire appearance of the trees). I acknowledged to her that I myself had recently thought of that, having had more time to consider it. ‘But,’ I said after a while, ‘I do not know that we need to go back to Jesus’ day in Palestine to represent this thought.’ To this she quickly agreed and having been called to lunch some minutes before, she arose and saying to me, ‘Lunch is ready,’ she extended her hand and took mine and led me like a child into the dining room to the table. ‘There is too much looking backward two thousand years. They will find,’ she said, ‘that there is a Way here in Concord as well as in Palestine.’”
“The following is recorded in the handwriting of Laura Sargent. ‘In order to love God, we must honor and love the Way. How can we love God unless we love His idea which shows us the way and which is the Way; and in order to honor and love the Way, we must have a true sense of the individual through whom the Way has been manifested to us, else we are not keeping the law to love our neighbor as ourself, or doing by our neighbor as we would be done by…Our whole salvation rests upon the manner in which we treat her, since the Way comes to us through her, and God demands that we love our neighbor by having the spiritual sense of our neighbor, and the spiritual sense of our Teacher and Mother as God’s idea that we must love and honor.’”
“The clouds are brighter towards the center and darker on the sides. The Christ light illumines every object. The Son of man is again coming in the clouds with great glory.” In the Bible divine messengers (angels) are depicted as ascending and descending upon clouds or with clouds. Revelation 10 has the angel being clothed with a cloud. “The new Evangel
“This angel [messenger] or message which comes from God, clothed with a cloud, prefigures divine Science [the dove]. To mortal sense Science seems at first obscure, abstract, and dark; but a bright promise crowns it brow…” (S&H 558:9-12)
“You will notice that there is neither sun nor moon in this picture or in any picture in Christ and Christmas because the Sun and Moon, the greater and lesser light [of the Forth Day of Principle in Genesis 1], are clearly revealed by His Two Witnesses [Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy].”
Do not be like the six birds that are perched upon the rising cross and expect the Church (the Cross was a name for the Boston Edifice) to be what helps you to ascend to heaven. You must be the one to fly upward, to reach out for the white winged dove that is descending from the crown of glory, for she is the God-crown woman. She has her message of Science (peace) in her mouth (in her Word of God). These wings are not physical but mental, try them out and exercise your divine right to be one with God.
“He alone ascends the hill of Christian Science who follows Christ, the spiritual idea who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Whatever obstructs this way, causing mortals to stumble, fall or faint, Divine Love will remove, and uplift the fallen and strengthen the weak, if only they will forsake their earthweights, and ‘leave behind those things that are behind, and reach forward to those that are before.’ Then, loving God supremely, and their neighbor as themselves, they will safely bear the cross up the hill of Science.” (The Christian Science Journal September 1886 [p. 133]) Is this a pun-joke pointing us to “THE WAY”? As there is a shape that appears to be a bear touching the horizontal plank of the cross.
Mary Baker Eddy wrote in 1907, “What is the way-shower? There is a human and a divine meaning. A way-shower is that which shows the way; it must be some thing or some one. Jesus was the Way-shower, the Christ with him, and if he had not been, where would we be? He showed the way as the masculine idea of Principle, then woman [who had to have been Mary Baker Eddy] took it up at that point – the ascending thought in the scale – and is showing the way, thus representing the male and female Principle (the male and female of God’s creating).”
This is the end of the Hanna section on “THE WAY.” I would like to comment still on this illustration.
As mentioned above, on the left side of the black cross is a shape that some have said is the red dragon. It appears to be a steep slopped hill. However, on some of the prints (from different editions) part of this hill (next to the horizontal piece of wood from the cross) is a shape that appears to be a bear. And below this bear is a shape that could be a cub bear. I have often wondered if these two bears are symbols to point us up into the sky? For we have Ursa Major and Ursa Minor up there to look at. Is this like a clue to point us to Window of the Open Book’s twelfth Keystone Window for Benjamin? This window depicts the Big Dipper, which points us to the North Star. This twelfth Keystone window is directly below the Open Bible Keystone window.
In front of the steep hill is what appears to be an open grave. If you look closely at it you can see ghostlike figures coming up from the grave. It is rather interesting, and I wonder if Mr. Gillman was playing with us? Below is the first “The Way.”
This illustration of “THE WAY” is how it first appeared before The First Church was completed. I feel that after the Edifice was built that the members of The First Church began to slip into their old ways of thinking – that of belonging to a material organized church. And perhaps this is why “THE WAY” was changed in later editions?
The shape of this illustration is that of a loaf of bread, or a woman’s breast, or half an Easter egg. Whatever its shape is suppose to be, it definitely is a shape that symbolizes the feminine. It could even be used for the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle.
The man in the illustration is Jesus Christ, even though I do not think it looks like the other pictures of Jesus in Christ and Christmas. Jesus is replaced in the later editions by the cross seen in this illustration. The crowned with flowers cross in this illustration is planted firmly on the ground. In the second illustration it is detached from the ground, it has ascended. Perhaps this is symbolic of the fact that Christianity was now more focused upon Jesus’ ascension rather than his crucifixion? At least that is how Christianity should be today, unfortunately, it does not seem to be so.
Also, in the sky around the man are many faces. They were placed in the illustration on purpose. I feel like these faces represent the remnant seed of the woman.
The following is from Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy, pages 48, 49: “The last illustration she said must be a representation of the ascension. We deliberated whether it would be best to have the central figure a woman or to represent Jesus. It was decided that the time had not quite come for the woman to be represented in such a picture. To be too fast in such a case with even one illustration would be to spoil the good effect of the whole work, Mrs. Eddy said.
“When I was working up the design of ‘Healing the Sick’ I took the liberty to introduce in the background light that was streaming in some faintly presented child faces after Raphael’s idea in the picture of ‘The Sistine Madonna.’ Mrs. Eddy finally did not approve of these in the picture and I removed them. Now Mrs. Eddy recalled the thought of these child faces which I had first put into the ‘Healing the Sick’ picture. She thought in this picture they would be very appropriate.”
Gilbert C. Carpenter wrote in the “Introductory Critique” (p. xxvi) of Gilman’s Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy: “That the poem and pictures were intended to express spiritual thought is revealed by the first sentence from a letter she wrote to Mr. Gilman dated May 8, 1893: ‘Please make these changes that came to me inspirationally this morning.’ She also wrote on August 18, 1893: ‘God will inspire you, if only you follow His reflection…He has shown me that the 9th verse should be illustrated by a picture of Jesus pardoning the penitent.’” Mary Baker Eddy changed the order of her verses after work Mr. Gilman had begun working on the illustrations.
It was not until 1897 that the newer illustrations were created. “Mrs. Eddy first wrote to me for a new design of her conceiving for the final illustration, to take the place of the Ascension picture. In this illustration entitled, The Way, it was desired to express the thought of the gradual ascension of mortals on and up, from the dark level of material sense whee the cross appears very dark and formidable, the straight and narrow, but shining pathway that leads to a second cross which appearing now less formidable in the light that now illumines the spiritual pathway. Above and beyond is the crown, between which and the second flower-embowered cross lies no obstacle to steady ascension from the material and mortal to the spiritual and eternal. She wrote:
“‘The art of Science is but a higher spiritual suggestion that is not fully delineated nor expressed, but leaves the artist’s thought and the thoughts of those that look on it more rarified.
“‘Now I suggest this picture for you to draw that possesses my thought of “The Way.” Make the ground cross the same size as the one already made and the earth and this cross dark and without flowers or birds. Then rise on an incline and put the singing birds and the flowers and the dove with an olive branch in its bill on the second cross, and have this cross lighter in shade than the lower one and smaller. Make the crown still fainter in form but distinct. Put the top of it in line with the top of the plate, thus giving the thought that all matter disappears with the crown or crowned thought. Make the star’s radiance less solid and blunt; outline it as a shimmer, not a shower of light, and suited to the upper skies that you have made much to my liking. Make the crown some larger than the one that is made.’
“As usual, I needed a spiritual awakening before I got this finally done to satisfy Mrs. Eddy’s spiritual ideal. This was accomplished in her original, childlike way that proved to be effectual and for which I was genuinely grateful.” (From Recollections of Mary Baker Eddy, by James F. Gilman, pages 90, 91)
We are now ready to take our first step up to Spirit and absolute Christian Science.
 I find it odd that this is the only comment on this illustration. Could it be that Hanna did not understand its meaning because it was depicting a prophecy for the Third Advent of Christ?
 Again, only this one comment, about the girl-boy. This is the same child thought as seen in illustration 7.
 MRS. EDDY’S EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATED POEM “CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS”; as given by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, page 1
 MRS. EDDY’S EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATED POEM “CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS”; as given by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, page 1
 Ibid, p. 1, 2
 Ibid, p. 2
 Ibid, p. 3
 Ibid, p. 4
 Ibid, p. 4 and 5
 Ibid, p. 5
 The North Star is a polar star. The North Star, Mary Baker Eddy tells us, stands for the Word of God. It is this North Star that is located just outside the Keystone Window of the Open Bible in Window of the Open Book on the south wall of The First Church Edifice. Incidentally, on Sharon’s Rose Matrix this is the same Keystone Window and same Stargate that correlates with the first illustration from Christ and Christmas.
 MRS. EDDY’S EXPLANATION OF THE ILLUSTRATED POEM “CHRIST AND CHRISTMAS”; as given by Judge Septimus J. Hanna, page 46
 Ibid, p. 47
 Ibid, p. 48
 Ibid, p. 49