The Star of Bethlehem Flower and the Ark Keystone

     On November 11, 2014 I noticed something that I had never seen before, even though it was right there in front of my eyes!  What I realized is that there are flowers in the painted windows of the original Boston Edifice and these flowers represent stars.  On November 12, 2014 I looked up white flowers and found the Star of Bethlehem (Hyacinthaceae Ornithogalum umbellatum) and knew that it was a match to the flowers in the windows, even though they only have six petals while the Star-Flowers in the windows have seven petals for the seven synonymous terms for God:  Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.  It also occurred to me that these flowers were used in the Christ and Christmas matrix (which I call Sharon’s Rose Matrix) that was made by Ingeborg Tillisch Kelley in 1971 for “The New Story of Christ.”  Seen below is a picture showing part of this matrix.  The twelfth petal has, what I think to be, seven Star of Bethlehem flowers on it (each flower having seven petals).  Kelly says that this flower was “inspired by” a Rose Window in the Concord Branch church that was described in Alice L. Orgain’s pamphlet, The Tree of Life.  The following is from Kelly’s work and ‘quotes’ from Orgain’s work.

            “‘Over twenty-two years ago my book AS IT IS described on page 551 the central medallion placed above the two lateral transept windows in the Concord Branch Church….In the center of the Church medallion appears a large conventional symbol of a flower, conjoined with fruit – the flower symbolizing the prophecies of the Bible and the fruit, their fulfillment, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.’  [I am not sure if the picture that is directly below is the actual flower she is speaking of as it only has four petals.  I found other California Star-flowers but they were white not yellow, as seen below the yellow flower.]

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