The Ten Birds in THE WAY

     In Rolf A. F. Witzsche’s book Discovering Infinity – Universal Divine Science – Spiritual Pedagogicals, of 2008, he speaks of the ten birds seen in the second Illustration for THE WAY, the eleventh Illustration of Christ and Christmas.

C&C-The Way (C)

     He explains how these birds relate to ten names defined in the “Glossary” in SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, by Mary Baker Eddy.  I differ with him on one point, however, even though the name is not found in the “Glossary” I feel that all ten birds represent Jacob’s children.  Rolf feels that the white dove (“A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith.” S&H 584:26), which is actually descending downward with an olive branch of peace in its beak, represents Jacob, the father of seven sons (the darker birds).  I see this white dove representing womanhood, as she descends (she is not ascending as some of the male birds are).  Some of the birds, however, are going nowhere.

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