THE HUNGER GAMES – Letters from the Rose Garden

by MJSmith

THE HUNGER GAMES – Letters from the Rose Garden

     I first heard of The Hunger Games around Christmas 2011, as a trilogy of books.  I did not read them as I figured I knew pretty much what the story was about – it took place in the future and they would hold a lottery to choose contestants for games, where they would hunt people down and kill them.  I was not sure I cared all that much about the message.
     I did not go see the movie when it came out, as I do not go to movies very often, so the first time I saw the movie was yesterday, August 19, 2012.  (On August 24th I purchased a copy of the book, I have not finished reading it yet.  For this portion of the piece I will stick with the movie.)  There was an additional bonus material DVD which I also watched a large portion of, and it was the “Letters from the Rose Garden” that I liked, and will comment on.  Donald Sutherland, whose name means “the ruling Southland (South is the cardinal point for Christianity)” played President Snow (cold ice; a snow job?).  Donald Sutherland wrote an e-mail letter and sent it to the director Gary (mighty spearman) Ross (the name Ross is the masculine rose).  Not long after reading Mr. Sutherland’s letter, Gary Ross sat down and wrote three scenes that took place in the President’s Rose Garden.  The rose is the symbol for a secret organization.  The sub-rosa could be equated to Get Smart’s Cone of Silence!  However, the rose is also a symbol for “completion; perfection; the heart; God; the beloved; paradise; messianic hope; Christ; beauty; the Virgin Mary;…attribute to Venus;…” (Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary, by Steven Olderr, p. 113)  I particularly like “attribute to Venus” as who is Venus?  She is the woman God-crowned, the second coming of Christ, so pay attention to “messianic hope”!
     The Hunger Games came about after District 13 revolted against the Capitol.  This District was completely destroyed by a nuclear bomb.  In the short movie that President Snow narrates during the reaping there is a mushroom cloud explosion and then to its right is depicted the blooming of a rose.  I feel that this was a hint that Snow was the one in power, as the rose is his symbol.  I could say then, that the blooming rose is symbolic of the Director’s Window, a.k.a. Window of the Open Book (a Rose Window – Sharon’s Rose), when those Directors become a dictatorial hierarchy.
     In a way the Olympics are a form of battle without war, however there is one big difference between them and the Hunger Games, the athletes do not kill each other.  Because of the war, food became scarce and hard to find for the twelve Districts.  It seems unfair that the capitol city has plenty of food and that they do not need to have representatives that compete in the Games.  Were the Games really contrived to keep the remaining twelve Districts from breaking out in war or was it a way to keep the twelve Districts under oppression and domination of the politically well off?
     The Games are a by-product of reality TV (which I really do not like to watch at all).  The motto – The World Will Be Watching – seemed most appropriate.  At the beginning of the movie, a friend of our heroine, Gale (healer) asks, “What if we all stopped watching the Games?  Would they end?”  Did ratings really have anything to do with the Games, with the killing of innocent children?  No, it all came down to one word…
     …The first word in Sutherland’s letter is “Power.”  This one word explains President Snow.   He is after power, after domination (Donald), and he wants to keep that power over the thirteen districts, especially the twelve (the outer circle) districts.  This type of power counterfeits the dominion given to man in the first chapter of Genesis.
     The NEW thirteenth District (even though it is not called District 13), or city, is the capitol hub.  Does this sound familiar to any of you who have read any of my writings about the Holy City?  The Hunger Games take place in North America – the United States of America – the home for the second coming of Christ.  Remember, the original thirteen colonies.  According to the book, the capital is located in the Rocky (Christ) Mountains (a mountain range based upon Science).

     Taking the Unity Matrix into account, let us see District 1 as being the first Keystone window for Window of the Open Book (a Rose Window) – that of the Bible (the LION’S GATE [LION GATE produced this movie] – the Word as the Word).  It seems as if the District 1 representative usually wins the Game.  It makes since that those raised to be the “police” would triumph in the games, one might say spiritually speaking, that they were Christian soldiers – or Knights of the Holy Crusades.

      District 12 – the Big Dipper Keystone – represents the tone of Christianity as Science – “Christian Science Practice.”  Christianity is no good without Science and Science needs Christianity’s moral code.  Or rather, the Letter of the Law (the Ark of the Covenant) is no good without the Spirit of the Law (the Arch of the Covenant) and the Spirit of the Law needs the Letter of the Law’s moral code.
      In the 74th game the couple from District 12 consists of a young woman volunteer and a young man.  She volunteered because her younger sister (her name is Primrose) was chosen in the reaping (a lottery).  I feel that it is called the “reaping” because it is a symbol of the endtime, or the harvest, when the second coming of Christ takes place.  This young woman could not allow her sister to die in the games, so she volunteered to take her sister’s place.  Primrose is a rose flower, it is symbolic of  “youth.”  It is her sister’s youth of fourteen that makes the Games seem most harsh and immoral.  The path of the primrose is said to be the “path of least resistance.”  This would represent “The Way.”  Following the Christ is the path of least resistance to our acceptance of our true spiritual identity; even if our material persona puts up the most resistance ever.
     The heroine’s name is Katniss Everdeen.  Everdeen means “Forever Leader” so who is our “Forever Leader” in the United States?  She is Mary Baker Eddy.  Katniss probably could mean “like a cat” as our main character certainly does seem to have cat like abilities.  Gale calls her Catnip.  But Katniss more than likely means, “like purity, like Spirit.”  In the book katniss is a type of root like a turnip.  Katniss Everdeen represents Science; she is even the Woman of [the] Bow!  She is an archer – for the Arch of the Covenant.  Since Primrose’s last name is also “Forever Leader” it is understandable that “The Way” depicted in Christ and Christmas is the path of least resistance – we must follow in Mary Baker Eddy’s spiritual footsteps.  What is that path depicted?  It is the surrendering, the laying off, of the material organized Church (the black Cross).  How do we do this?  By crowning The First Church of Christ Scientists with forget-me-nots.  We cannot forget Mary Baker Eddy as being our Forever Leader.  When we remember her the cross becomes light (is not grounded by material laws or forces), and then we can begin to head into the light to gain our own God-crowned.

THE WAY

      Her manhood partner is named Peeta.  Of course, he represents the Church of the Christ-Rock, as his name is based upon Peter.  In this way, he too probably represents Christianity.  Even the name of Panem, the capit0l, could be rooted to Panos, the Greek form of Peter.  The Russian name Panas means “immortal.”  The Christ is immortal.  Peeta represents Mary Baker Eddy’s Church, which was built upon the rock, upon the Christ Truth.  The actor who plays Peeta (again, sorry if I am spelling this incorrectly) is Josh Hutcherson.  Josh is short for Joshua, Jesus.  Hutcherson has the same meaning as Hutchinson – “son of the hutch [shanty] dweller.”  A shanty has to do with a trellis – an interweaving pattern – a matrix structure.  So this young actor’s name symbolizes the Saving Matrix System that the Forever Leader comes to Love.
      Another interesting thing about Peeta’s name, is that Suzanne Collins (the author) could have meant it as a joke.  Peeta is a son of the baker family (Mary Baker), so is he named after peeta bread?  Mellark is Peeta’s last name.  Mell – mill – even has to do with bakers, you need milled flour for your product.  Lark may have to do with the name of Larkin “rough, fierce.”  Or it could have to do with the bird (a meadow lark).  Notice in the above illustration, are any of those birds meadow larks?  Meadow could also be a reference to the field – or the Field of Christian Science.  So we have quite a few choices with Peeta – The First Church built upon the Christ Rock, the woman’s three measures of mill for her Baker bread, and her Christian Science students or flock of lark birds.  It is this Peeta Bread’s (unleavened bread) milled meal (three measures) that the woman must place her yeast into.  No wonder Peeta is so important to this story.  Another interesting side note to this is that one of Mary Baker Eddy’s students was named Annie McMillen Knott, and one of Knott’s students was named Larkin.  Mrs. Larkin’s son, Stanley, became head of the Christian Science Endtime Center in Colorado.  This group (church) acknowledges Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy and accepts her as the Second Coming of Christ.
     If we take a look at the Rose of Sharon Matrix, based upon Christ and Christmas, the twelfth rose petal is that of the seven Roses of Sharon (each rose having seven petals – symbols for the seven synonymous terms for God – Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love).

The twelfth petal.  (This picture is upside down.)

     Another important symbol for the team of District 12 is fire – the Word.  During the parade both of them are given wings of fire, the wings of omni-activity.  And the amulet that Katniss gave to her little sister is given back to her (in the book the pin was given to Katniss by the Mayor’s daughter), so that Katniss will have the protection of the bird of Science during her tribulation.  At the end of the movie President Snow sees this pin (a bird within a Unity Matrix, and the Archer’s arrow).  I could see that he felt hatred for what it meant, for what it was a symbol for.  The bird is called a Mocking Jay.  Jay means: James, Jacob.  Jacob is the supplanter (to supersede the inferior), the human (Second Degree) brother that substitutes (supersedes), takes the place of, the mortal brother (First Degree).  Jacob is given the Womanhood blessing and gives life to (as father of) the twelve nations of Israel, thus, this Mocking Jay (copy of the substitute) represents the woman God-crowned with her twelve stars for the twelve nations of Israel.  The arrow in the pin represents that she is the Archer, the Woman to fulfill the Arch Covenant for the Spirit of the Law.  The illustration of the pin, on the cover of the DVD and book make me think that the arrow is somewhat like a branch for the bird to rest upon, could the arrow also represent the independent Branch Church?  I think so.
     Are not the twelve nations of Israel (Jacob) symbolized (in this movie) by the twelve Districts?  Each District must provide two tribute contestants for each Hunger Game, this makes for twenty-four contestants who participate in the Hunger Games.  These twenty-four children (of Israel) symbolize another flower – that of the New Jerusalem artichoke – for “Recapitulation” – the re-capping of God’s seven names.  Of course, this fourteenth chapter from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, is the “teaching” chapter in the Textbook (the true shanty or hutch).  From this we can come to understand that Mary Baker Eddy’s Church structure is not necessarily the building found in Boston (of course, the Boston Edifice does have its own matrix structure to it) at all, but is her Textbook.  The twelve male gamesters represent the twelve Christian Science question/answers (for the human relative) while the twelve female gamesters represent the twelve absolute Christian Science question/answers (for the divine) of “Recapitulation.”

      Another way of looking at the twelve couples is that each District has its own feminine cup (for Israel – purple triangle) and male blade (for Judah – black triangle) – forming the Star of David (having six points of light).  This then paves the way for the following two chapter in the Textbook designated as the Key of David (with the seven synonymous terms for God and the sixteen gates to the Holy City with its divine calculus).

     The word tribute means, “a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgement of submission or as the price of protection.” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)  This definition seems quite appropriate for this story.  Only Snow is in for a surprise when District Twelve’s submission turns out not to be submissive but rather have a sub-mission – a God-crowned sub-mission.
     In the past only one tribute (either the human or the divine – never both) was allowed to win the game, this of course, was changed (for the first time) during the 74th game – if a couple from the same District survive the game then both tributes become crowned winners.  However, the man in charge of the game, taking orders from President Snow, decided to change this rule after District 12 had won the game.  Katniss was not about to let this happen, so she divided up the poison berries and she and Peta agreed to eat the poison berries at the same time.  They were told to STOP, and they both were declared winners.  This really did tick off President Snow (he was not happy that he had to crown the Woman), and this is why, in the 75th Game (my husband told me this, as he has read the books) there will be a special anniversary Game where past contestants come to compete.  President Snow (male energy) will once more attempt to kill off true Womanhood.
     Getting back to the letter…Donald Sutherland explained how Snow’s power is threatened by Katniss Everdeen.  This, of course, is understandable because he represents corporeal government while she represents Principle, and its spiritual government.  I use white as a symbol for Principle (in the Christ, Christianity, and Science tones), I feel that Snow is the opposite of divine Principle, or perhaps he just misunderstands Principle.  Actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss.  Jennifer means “white wave [Mary Baker Eddy had white wavy hair], white phantom.”   In other words, the white phantom is the Holy Ghost.  Lawrence means crowned with laurel.  The victors of the ancient Greek Pythian games were crowned with laurel.  Laurel also symbolizes “inspiration; victory, especially in a spiritual sense.” (Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary, by Steven Olderr, p. 78)  So with this name we can relate our heroine to the woman God-crowned.  With this, you can begin to understand why President Snow fears Katniss Everdeen’s Womanhood.  He fears that she will take away his power via her human and divine coincidence.  He fears that she has come to supplant him.
     While in his Rose Garden, the President asks his Gaming Man why they hold the Hunger Games?  He did not know the answer.  Snow said, “Hope.  Hope is greater than fear.”  Is not President Snow speaking of “messianic hope”?  I think he is.  The messianic hope can only come to mankind as the human and divine coincidence.
     Hope is greater than fear, because fear is of the First Degree while hope is of the Second Degree.  However, Love is even greater than fear, because, “Perfect love casteth out fear.”  But let me present it this way, hope is rooted to Life, so I can say that this hope has to do with the Side of Life, the Life of Mary Baker Eddy’s humanity, while Love has to do with the Side of Light, the Light of Mary Baker Eddy’s divinity and her divine God-crowned mission.  But when the woman’s life is claimed to be physical, material, a little gray haired woman – well, then fear creeps in.  Mary Baker Eddy came to feed the hungry with her little open book, she wrote:  “Then will a voice from harmony cry:  ‘Go and take the little book….Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.’  Mortals, obey the heavenly evangel.  Take divine Science.  Read this book from beginning to end.  Study it, ponder it.  It will be indeed sweet at its first taste, when it heals you; but murmur not over Truth, if you find its digestion bitter.  When you approach nearer and nearer to this divine Principle, when you eat the divine body of this Principle, – thus partaking of the nature, or primal elements, of Truth and Love, – do not be surprised nor discontented because you must share the hemlock cup [the poisoned berries?] and eat the bitter herbs; for the Israelites of old at the Paschal meal [with its Peeta Bread] thus prefigured this perilous passage out of bondage [material life in matter and ecclesiastical despotism] into the El Dorado [the Holy City] of faith and hope [the Second Degree qualities for Life].” (S&H 559:16)

THE HUNGER GAMES – Update
     Okay, I have read the book, but I still like the ending of the movie better, with the crowning.  I will comment on things from the book that I feel are important.

Katniss Everdeen’s family, home, friends, and the pin

     On page 3 Katniss comments upon her sister, “Prim’s face is as fresh as a raindrop, as lovely as the primrose for which she is named.”  One night when we were having a bad rainstorm I read about the Second Day (of Genesis 1) from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.  It actually helped me to calm the storm.  I also saw that each raindrop came from God, that it came to replenish the earth.  I saw each raindrop as an angel thought descending down from heaven.  These raindrops would eventually be enough to form a stream of thought, a river.  Taking this into account, I feel that Suzanne Collins was saying that Primrose appeared to be like an angel of God to Katniss.
     Katniss’ mother is an apothecary healer, what else could be expected of Katniss’s outer expression of Motherhood?  I find it interesting that Katniss has dark hair while her mother and sister are blonds.  Mary Baker Eddy had dark hair while her mother had blond hair (I have never seen a picture of Abigail Baker, I only know what Mary Baker Eddy said about her mother).
     The Seam is where the Everdeens live.  A seam is the joining of two pieces of cloth or leather.  A seam would also hold a book together.  What book would the seam hold together – it would have to be the Christian Science Textbook.  The Meadow is outside the fence of the Seam.  The Meadow is the Christian Science Field that reads the book of the Seam.  It is where Katniss and her friend Gale go to find food, to help feed their hungry affections.
     Liam Hemsworth plays Gale in the movie.  A hem also has to do with sewing and seams.  Hem could be rooted to Heman, Hebrew for “faithful.”  Worth means “near the ford, the river.”  Liam is short for William “determined guardian.”  Katniss certainly feels protected when she is with her faithful friend.  She is sixteen (for the divine calculus) while Gale is eighteen.  In Christianity the number eighteen is “a sign of great reward”.[1]  It is also associated with the angel Gabriel (Love).
     Katniss was eleven (seven synonymous terms and the divine calculus as one) when her father, a coal miner, is killed.  After his death she had to grow up quickly, she had to take care of her younger sister and the mother who was shutting down.
     District 12 is known as the region of Appalachia.  Appalachia’s highest mountain, by the way, is Mount Mitchell – the Pyramid Matrix of Truth!
     The mayor’s daughter is Madge.  She is the high tower, the Mary Magdalene friend of our Forever Leader.  In the book it is Madge that gives the Mockingjay (a muttation [a mutation] between a mockingbird and a jabberjay) pin to Katniss.  I feel like Madge symbolizes Augusta Emma Stetson, the woman who gave Mary Baker Eddy her two pins.  A jabberjay was a bird that was used during the insurrection (the war); it was a homing bird and would remember secret conversations held by the Capitol’s enemies.  These spy birds would fly home and report what had been said.  I doubt that any such bird could ever be bred, however, the symbolism behind it is quite interesting.  There have been many jabberjays in the Branch Churches over the decades that would tell Boston all about what was going on in the Branches.  They were secret agents placed in the Field in order to stamp out any insurrection among Church Members.
     After the war these jabberjays were left to themselves and they mated with the mockingbirds and became mockingjays.  The mockingjays lost the ability to speak but they became able to whistle tunes or songs.
     The mockingjay on the pin is inside a circle (Unity Matrix), and (on pictures of it on the book covers) there is an arrow toward the bottom of it, somewhat like a branch for the bird to rest its feet upon.  The circle on this pin is counterfeited by…

…the Capitol – Hob.

     Panem was originally “ringed by thirteen districts.”  I love the following definition of hob from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary.  It defines hob as “a cutting tool used for cutting the teeth of worn wheels or gear wheels.”  Hobbie is a nickname for Robert and Robert means “bright star, famous.”  I see the name of Robert as reference to a prophet, a bright star.  The prophet Mary Baker Eddy is what keeps the wheel going because she gave us the divine calculus.  The word girasol is reference to the Jerusalem artichoke, but even more than this, it has to do with a girdle “1 something that encircles or confines…2 to encircle with a girdle.”  A gear wheel is “a toothed wheel that gears with another piece of a mechanism.”  Gear wheels make clocks work.  So, we could say, that with the Hob, “a cutting tool” that is “used for cutting the teeth” of the gear wheel, we wind up with a dysfunctional civilization.  There is too much interference with the mechanism that is the operation of the divine calculus – a Christian Science Church Manual.  The estoppel clauses sure place confinements upon the Board of Directors.  They do not like it either.
     Panem has become the capitol hub as it has been placed in the center, become of great importance.
     So, when the womanhood of the Forever Leader (the Everdeen) is allowed to be the center of the wheel’s hub then the operation of the Church is guaranteed, however, if we are given a Snow job by ecclesiastical despotism, then we are in trouble, and the wheels of spiritual progression will come to a grinding halt!

The Arena

     The Hunger Games take place in an outdoor arena and there is only one winner, everyone else dies.  The Romans placed the Christians inside an arena to do battle and compete.  This is really the same idea, to hurt those who follow the path of Truth, of Science.
     The winner tribute’s district is given prizes (mostly food).

Effie Trinket

     Effie means, “(Irish) spoken well of; Alfreda – (English) elf counselor, wise counselor.”[2]  Trinket means “a knife; a small article of equipment; a small ornament (as a jewel or ring); a thing of little value: trifle; to deal clandestinely [secrecy]: intrigue.” (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)  Effie Trinket is indeed a wise counselor, she knows how to hold her tongue.  The way she dresses makes her come off as being a clown, however, there is intelligence behind the trifle outfits she wears.
     Effie comes to the Seam to pull out the names from the bowls for the two tributes in the 74th Hunger Game.

The Dark Days

     The insurrection of the thirteen Districts (nations) became known as the Dark Days.  These were only Dark Days to those in the Capitol (the Church).  In the book it is the mayor who speaks of this, “Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated.”  It was obliterated by an atomic bomb.  “The Treaty of Treason (betrayal of a trust) gave us new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games.” (p. 18)
     Now, who else understands what Trust was betrayed but a Christian Scientist?  This betrayal began on June 3, 1919 with “the Great Litigation” lawsuit between the executives of The Mother Church and those of the Christian Science Publishing Society.
     The Board of Directors wanted to take control over the Publishing Society.  At first the Board lost, but then they used propaganda and lies to fool the Field into taking their side.  They stopped their subscriptions to the periodicals.  Also, because the Board’s hands were tied by law to act against the Trustees they had their mockingjays set up organizations to do the dirty work for them.  After a full year of waiting for the Supreme Court’s decision the Board won.  “The Supreme Court of Massachusetts upheld the Master’s findings of fact in every particular, that the Trustees had been faithful to their trust and that they had managed it honestly, successfully, and disinterestedly.  The Court, however, was inclined to admit this other law to which the Directors and their supporters had appealed, this ecclesiastical law which in this case they were inclined to agree might be regarded as paramount to the law of the land.  At any rate, it was an ecclesiastical matter and it was not for the Court to sit in judgment on ecclesiastical matters.
     “The Court, therefore, would wash its hands of the whole question by declaring that final power of removal did rest with the Board of Directors, that the Directors were the supreme authority in the Christian Science organization, any Deed of Trust or its provisions to the contrary notwithstanding.
     “This was the case decided.  The decision was handed down on the day before Thanksgiving Day, 1921, and next morning there appeared on the editorial page of The Christian Science Monitor” an announcement from the Trustees.  Anyone interested in finding out about this history should read Christian Science and Organized Religion, by Hugh A. Studdert-Kennedy, which the quote is from (page 98).  I found it interesting that Studdert-Kennedy compared the court’s decision to Pilot’s decision to let the Jews crucify Jesus, he too washed his hands of the whole question.  Any goodhearted Christian Scientist that reads this quote should have warning bells reverberating in their heads because it really does show the Board of Directors as being ecclesiastical!  That the Board was willing to rely upon an ecclesiastical law, instead of spiritual understanding, to win the battle is made quite clear.

District Twelve’s mentor

     Haymitch Abernathy is the mentor for the tributes of the 74th Game.  Mitch is rooted to Michael – “who is like God?”  Michael is the angel for Truth.  Also, remember the Appalachian mountain, the highest one is Mount Mitchell.  This Truthful guide will mentor (counselor, guide, tutor) Peeta and Katniss.  Hay is a type of straw, it could mean, “hedged valley.”  However, hay also means, “reward.”  Haymitch could be a description of the shadow of the valley of death after it has budded and bloomed with Sharon’s rose.  Abernathy could mean, “father of light, gift of God”.  So what is it that is our reward if it is not the light of God’s gift, which is Christ (Truth) Science?

The Thirteen Districts

     The thirteen districts are really a symbol for the fifty States in the United States of America, which began with its thirteen colonies.  The Hunger Games is really a message for Americans to wake up and see what is really going on around us today.  I feel that this is why the book and the movie have been so popular.
     Moses’ saga can be related to our situation today.  “Had Moses believed that he must wait for so-called natural cause to operate, the spiritual phenomena which so often served him and his people could not have appeared.  It was Moses’ spiritual knowing, his pure, unselfish, spiritualized thought that inspired the Children of Israel and brought them out of bondage to freedom.  It was the continued guidance of spiritualized thought which welded these offspring of Jacob into a great nation [with the thirteen tribes].  So long as the Hebrew people relied on god for guidance, and reverenced and obeyed His laws, they prospered and grew.  When materialism took over, when self-love and self-will ran high, the nation became divided, its strength faded, and that which could have become the greatest of all nations, fell into human bondage.  It was thought deterioration, the diminishing use of spiritual thoughts — not physical conditions — which later threw the Children of Israel into financial and social servitude to a foreign power.
     “As in Bible times, so now, thought is the impulsion and compulsion to all action.  Materialism of thought throws individuals and nations into bleak results of materialism.  Holiness of thought brings the manna from the sky and the water from the rock.”[3]
     “Manna [Womanhood] from the sky” would be the descending angel of Revelation 10 with her “little open book” – Science and Health.  Manna means, “What is it?”  What is it that feeds our daily needs, feeds our famished affections?  It must be the roll (the scroll), the bread of the woman, the book itself.  “Water from the rock” symbolizes the Christ (the Rock) teachings (the elements of Mind; water) that flow from the pages of Science and Health.  It was the holiness (complete reflection of God) within Mary Baker Eddy’s thought that brought the manna and water to mankind.
     Israel also went into captivity after becoming a powerful nation, after the people believed that their Church was numeral uno in the world!  “Many Christian Scientists tranquilly believe that because Christian Science has grown into a large movement, it will go forward of its own impetus, particularly since it has gained so much ground as an effective, healing agency.  This is unalert thinking, and mortal mind — not the divine Mind — is influencing anyone who comes to this false conclusion.
     “Evil never willingly gives way to Truth.  It is not now about to step aside for Christian Science.  Always the mental battle is upon us, — a thought battle — whether we battle for ourselves individually or for our Cause.  Our warfare is spiritual thought over coming mortal thought.”[4]
     Mrs. Brown’s words have come true today, some 45 years later.  I feel many Christian Scientists are too willing to call the Church “the Movement” instead of “the Cause.”  There is a difference between the two.  Movement means, “action, activity; a series of organized activities working toward an objective; also: an organized effort to promote or attain an end.”[5]  It could be said that a movement has more to do with organization.  Is the church’s organization going to be material or spiritual?  What type of mental movement will the Church utilize?
     One question we can ask in regards to types like President Snow[job] is what kind of CHANGE is best for society?  “Mortal mind is always in turmoil, tumult, and thought strife.  This so-called mind seeks to influence humanity but has no good to offer humanity.  It urges changes, but the changes it recommends are always on the human or mortal level.  They are not changes that take us from the mortal to the immortal viewpoint.  Only the Christ, Truth, can do this.
     “Christian Science tells us that the only change we need is a change from material belief [the First Degree] to spiritual understanding [the Third Degree], a change from reliance on unreliable, undemonstrable theories to the use of absolute, divine, provable Principle.  This thought change brings with it changes for good in human affairs.  It establishes the exactness, the power, and the goodness of divine law in our lives.  It enables us to render obedience to this law and to have joy in obeying it.”[6]
     The Hunger Games presents a society that has lost its equality.  Today the meaning of our country’s guaranteed equality has become misunderstood and misrepresented by those in power!
     “The ability to prove God’s law and to go forward is equality present in all.  This equality of thought equality, — Love’s bestowal of equal thought ability on each and every individual.  Everyone is free to claim and to prove the highest degree [which would be the Third Degree] of intelligence and love that his thought processes.  But this he must do through demonstration.  It is spiritual thought work — not words — that lifts one and all to high equality with each other.  One can feel no sense of inequality when he knows the Christ-equality of all, and his own ability to prove his own Christ-equality — his own Christ-intelligence and Christ-love.
     “Our [the U.S.] national constitution avers that all men are created equal, and more and more national conscience is waking up not only to the necessity but to the blessing of the mutual sharing of mutual good.  With this, Christian Science surely agrees, but it declares also that to prove his equality, each individual must do his part and this part must be his best; that all men, through spiritual law, must not only prove their mutual equality as citizens of the world, but must accept their mutual sharing of the responsibilities of this equality.
     “Christian Science does not teach that there must be equal distribution of human wealth, — taking from those who have and giving to those who have not.  It does not teach that all people must be brought to a common level financially and socially.  Rather does it teach that each individual must assume his own responsibilities, must discipline and improve his own thoughts, must develop his own talents, must lift up his own life, and that all must love each other, honor each other, and that we must help each other to rise both humanly and divinely.  Sooner or later everyone must prove, through his own spiritualized thought, his own equality both as a human being and as a son of God.
     “Even if all material so-called wealth and all material so-called social position were distributed equally among the people of the world, this would not signify equality, for equality is in thought only.  No two people are equal because they have the same financial, social, business, or government positions.  They are equal only as thought is equal.  Everyone is high or low according to his thoughts.  The spiritual thinker cannot be placed beside the material thinker and their thought value equated.
     “Humanly speaking, we are all in different degrees of what is called health, wealth, and happiness.  But everyone can go as high as his thoughts will take him.  We need always to remember that all true wealth, health, and happiness are in one’s thinking.  We all can cultivate spiritual integrity, wholesomeness, stability, and cheerfulness of thought.  These are the enduring, precious values which no circumstance can take from us.  These are the elements of the thought power which has pushed the ages on to higher levels, and will continue to push them on.”[7]
     This being said, can you really expect the government in your Capitol District to make the correct changes that you need?  NO WE CAN’T!
     What has happened to the United States since December 3, 1910 is tragic – social welfare, trillions of dollars in debt, massive bailouts, the I.R.S. (not even run by the government, is also out of control), social security, the wars, illegal citizens, the list goes on.  Are we all really better off with all of the government programs and government spending?  Or have we been tricked because we have all been asleep to what is really going on?  I suggest that every United States Citizen who is registered to vote read the following book – Animal Farm.  What is it really telling us?  If you do read this book I think you will see how it depicts the direction that our government has gone.  Remember in the 1960s what nickname was given to communists (they are in Animal Farm)?
     The following helps to spiritually translate what the remaining twelve Districts are.  This understanding would help them overcome their inequality with Capitol City.

Window of the Open Book – a Rose Window

The Word – the Bride’s Square

District 1 – The Open Bible Keystone – “Prayer” – The Word as the Word
     This District makes luxury items for the Capitol.  Luxury adds pleasure or comfort to one’s life; however, luxury is not really necessary.
     The tribute’s chariot has two snow white horses.  This may be a ploy to soften up President Snow into favoring them.  They have see through gold gowns.  Gold is the symbol color for divinity, for the divine, for spiritual purity.  But if we see through God, rather, if we believe the material to be what is real, then we loose our inequality.  We must begin to open up God’s divine Word (the golden wedding gown of the Bride) with spiritual understanding.
     Cato and Glimmer are the two tributes.  Cato means, “knowledgeable, wise” and Glimmer means, “to appear indistinctly with a faintly luminous quality; a dim perception or faint idea:  inkling.”  It is almost like a flicker.  If these two tributes represent the Open Bible, then it gives a fairly good description of how most Christian’s perceive the Bible when they open it up to read its “leafs for the salvation of mankind.”
     Cato represents the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the serpent wisdom – that which is taught by scholastic theology.  Unfortunately, his womanhood, Glimmer, does not provide much enlightenment for him.
     It is not until Christian Science explains God and God’s Science that the Bible can be spiritually understood (opened up or unsealed).  It is not until Mary Baker Eddy’s womanhood appears upon the scene that Christians and the rest of the world can begin to comprehend the Bible.
     “Northward, its [the city foursquare’s royal divine] gates open [via “Prayer”] to the North Star, the Word [the Bride], the polar magnet of Revelation;” (S&H 575:26)  Wow!  Do you Christian Scientists out there really understand what this part of the sentence means?  Mary Baker Eddy, as the Bride, is “the polar magnet of Revelation”!  In other words she is the one who points us to the Revelation of the book Revelation and the rest of the Bible.  She is the one who actually does unseal the seven seals of error caused by ecclesiastical despotism, scholastic theology, and dogma.  She is the one who is the North Star, or the Prophet of Boston!  She is so much more than a Glimmer!  But because Mary Baker Eddy is the North Star she writes her own headstone Revelation that is placed in the center hub of Window of the Open Book, for it is the Open Book that brings us the true “Atonement and Eucharist.”

District 2 – The Madonna and Child Keystone – “Atonement [being at-one-mental consciousness with God] and Eucharist [Communion with God]” – The Word as the Christ
     A monstrous male volunteered as a tribute, as he was a Career Tribute (the Capitol’s lapdogs are the Careers).  Careers practice their whole life for the Hunger Games.  This boy becomes a ruthless killing machine.  The girl tribute is named Clove.  A clove is another type of flower, a very small flower; however, a four-leaf clover is a symbol for the divine calculus, even though most people think of them as good-luck charms.
     It is really false dogma that must be killed in the Hunger Games – the belief that the Virgin Mary is God’s Mother and that the human man Jesus is God.  God is the only Mother there is, and Jesus is the Son of God, not God.
     “…eastward [the city foursquare gate opens], to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus;” (S&H 575:27)  In Truth, the Christ Child (the boy) can only be a ruthless killing machine toward error – sin, sickness, disease, and death (the opposites of the divine calculus).  And the Madonna that is Mary Baker Eddy laid out the divine calculus in her manchild book – Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  The Revelator [Mary Baker Eddy] and the Revelation [Science and Health] cannot be separated!  If Christians fail to recognize Mary Baker Eddy as the true Madonna-Revelator-woman God-crowned then the Revelation (the Christ-Truth ideal – her Book) cannot be understood or spiritually discerned.
     The word “manger” means, “to eat; to chew; devour.”  What is it that we are told to eat, mentally digest?  It is the “little open book” of Revelation 10!  So the Wisemen of the East (the Christ) will follow the prophet-Daystar (Venus) to the manger – the one edible roll that presents the Truth about Christ Jesus.  “The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science [the second major star], lighting the way to eternal harmony.” (S&H vii:10)  Let us devour the Christian Science Textbook then we achieve “Atonement and Eucharist.”  And this enables us into the Holy “Marriage.”

District 3 –The Southern Cross of Calvary Keystone (and Acrux) – “Marriage” – The Word as Christianity
     This is the factory District.  A factory has to do with business, with making products.  However, to factor has to do with reasoning, with the divine calculus; it deals with symbols.  The Southern Cross is the symbol for Christianity.  Calvary is a cross with three steps, symbolic of “finished redemption (the steps represent faith, hope, and love).”[8]  Hope and faith are Second Degree qualities for Life while love is a Third Degree quality for Life.  This presents us with the human and divine coincidence.  I also see the symbol, Cross of Calvary, as the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle, or Aaron’s rod – the Golden Candlestick Matrix – that which apocalyptic writing is based upon.
     “…southward [the city foursquare gate opens], to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies—the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union;…” (S&H 575:29)  The correlating chapter from the Textbook is “Marriage.”  This chapter makes it clear that we are to wed ourselves to God!  When we do this then human society becomes bound into solemn union.
     In Window of the Open Book, the Southern Cross also represents the earth’s axis, or the Roseline that was featured in The Da Vinci Code.  It directs us toward the hub with the Little Open Book and then up to the Open Bible Keystone.
     It is an important warning that the girl of District 3 was killed off in the first day of the Game.  If we fail to recognize Mary Baker Eddy’s importance as the Madonna (or directing clove for the divine calculus) then we are in serious trouble.  We must keep the Truth about Mary Baker Eddy alive!  “What therefore God hath joined together [a cross symbol], let not man put asunder [let no mortal man put into parts].
     “In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. – Jesus.” (S&H heading for “Marriage”)
     The first scripture is speaking of the relative, while the second scripture is speaking of the absolute.  Let us understand Mary Baker Eddy’s human (relative) and divine (absolute) coincidence, do not turn her into a mortal woman of the First Degree, or else you cause yourself to be punished for it.  You punish yourself because you are unable to accept and understand your own human and divine coincidence!

District 4 – The Golden Shores of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony Keystone (of the moon)– “Christian Science versus Spiritualism” – The Word as Science
     This District is the fishing district.  This District’s daily bread is a “fish-shaped loaf tinted green with seaweed” (p. 97).  Fish is a Christ symbol.  The zodiac Pieces is comprised of two fish.  These fishes represent the first (male) and second (female) comings of Christ.  The Age of Pieces was long enough that it included both advents.
     In day one of the Game it is the Christ boy-fish (prophet) that is killed.  Who has crucified him?  The world has.  Jesus has been crucified by ecclesiastical despotism, scholastic theology, and dogma (human opinion).  He has been crucified because his words and works have become misunderstood.
     It is the Word (the Bride) as Science tone that opens up Western society.  “…westward [the city foursquare gate opens], to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.”  It was the United States of America that landed twelve men on the moon (the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony).  Twelve men walked upon, had dominion over, the moon.  The earth was several decades behind Mary Baker Eddy who had her feet upon the moon in 1882!
     What is spiritualism and why does Christian Science reverse it?  Well, spiritualism is the belief that Spirit can be incarnated into a material body.  Then most Christians, most of the world religions, believe in spiritualism!  (Sorry, but it is true.)  It is believed by most Christians that God (Spirit) is Jesus; hence, Spirit was placed into a material shell.  However, Mind, Spirit, and Soul can never be placed into matter, little loan be held prisoner by it.  Christian Science reverses this false belief that the majority of the world hangs on to.  If the world did not hang onto this belief the following scripture would not be true – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.  Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. – John.” (S&H 70 – heading for Chapter 4).

The Four Christ-Food Keystones

District 5 –The Woman God-crowned Keystone – “Animal Magnetism Unmasked” – The Christ as the Word
     Fox-face is the female tribute.  She is sly and elusive.  Negatively she is animal magnetism, however, spiritually translated she is Zorro, the hero that is the Woman God-crown.
     The boy of District 5 is killed on the first day of the Game.  He was unprepared to defend himself against animal magnetism.
     Fox-face wears the face mask of animal magnetism.  She is a thief.  However, she is talented when it comes to dodging land mines!  Fox-face is clever enough to survive through much of the Game.  She only dies because she eats poison berries that she stole from Peeta (Peeta did not know the danger either).  So it is because she is a thief – trying to climb up in the ranks to be number one (she tries to climb up the ladder of success that belonged to someone else) that she dies.  Poison enters the body through mental means when animal magnetism is at work.  It is also poison to us when we indulge in gossip of any kind, when we bear false witness against our neighbors or ourselves.  “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  these are the things which defile a man. – Jesus.” (S&H heading for Chapter 5)  We must constantly be on guard as to what is going on mentally, if not we will eat the poisoned berries that we thought were good for food, just like Adam and the woman ate the forbidden fruit.  Most of us believe that physical science (what it teaches about the material body) is good knowledge, however, it is really the forbidden fruit.  Metaphysics is true Science – metaphysics is the fruit from the tree of life.

District 6 –The Oil Lamp Keystone – “Science, Theology, Medicine” – The Christ as the Christ
     Both tributes of this District die on the first day of the Game.  This is because they are symbols for the two witnesses of Revelation 11; they are God’s two oil lamps (see Zachariah).  The first witness is Jesus Christ.  “But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. – Paul.”  The second witness is Mary Baker Eddy, “The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal [“Science, Theology, Medicine”], till the whole was leavened. – Jesus.”  Both of these Bible quotes are the headers for the Sixth Chapter “Science, Theology, Medicine.”
     Mary Baker Eddy tells us in her first paragraph, “In the year 1866 [this is the year that she had her healing and Revelation], I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science.  God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.” (S&H 107:1)  To me she is saying that she is one of the two witnesses.
     This particular chapter is made up of three sections or the three measures of meal.  The first section is on Science and has the two Scientific Translations of the absolute – Immortal Mind, and the relative – mortal mind (see S&H pages 115-116).

District 7 – The Pomegranate Keystone – “Physiology” – The Christ as Christianity
     Once more, both tributes from this district die on the first day of the Game.  This means that the physical must die or come to an end because it is not reality.  “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.  Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? – Jesus.”
     “He sent His word [the Bride], and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. – Psalms.”  (Both of these quotes are headings for the seventh chapter “Physiology.”)
     “Physiology is one of the apples from ‘the tree of knowledge.’  Evil declared that eating this fruit would open man’s eyes and make him as a god.  Instead of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals to man’s God-given dominion over the earth.” (S&H 165:1)  So it took the woman to feed man with the tree of life.  It is because the woman saw through the serpent (animal magnetism) that Mary Baker Eddy is given the God-crowned mission to write Science and Health and discover Christian Science.
     Pomegranates are symbols for the woman God-crowned – Venus.  Is not the pomegranate the symbol for the fruit from the tree of life?  I think it is.

District 8 – The Concord Grapevine Keystone – “Footsteps of Truth” – The Christ as Science
     Only the boy from District 8 is killed on the first day of the Game.  Perhaps the girl is left to carry out the “Footsteps of Truth,” or to climb the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth?
     The Christian Church is referred to as the Christ-vine.  Noah started up his (her) vineyard on the mountain’s capstone of Truth.  But it was Ham who would kill Noah’s reputation with slander and lies making claims that he was drunk (unclear in the Christ teachings, and unbalanced in thought processes) and naked (clothed in a material body).
     Ham represented the First Degree.  Noah’s two other sons represented the human and divine coincidence – the Second Degree and Third Degree.
     The First Concord Branch Church (the City Foursquare) was Mary Baker Eddy’s gift church built upon the foundation (a true foundation) of home.  “Jerusalem….Home, heaven.” (S&H 589:15)  “We cannot build safely on false foundations.  Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and ‘all things are become new.’  Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on the side of God, good.” (S&H 201:7)
     “It should no longer be said in Israel that ‘the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’  Sympathy with error should disappear.  The transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.
     “If it is true that nerves have sensation, that matter has intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to see and the ears to hear, then, when the body is dematerialized, these faculties must be lost, for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact is that only through dematerialization and spiritualization of thought, can these faculties be conceived of as immortal.” (S&H 211:19-31)

The Square of Christianity

District 9 –The Lord and Lamb Keystone – “Creation” – Christianity as the Word
     Both tributes from District 9 die.  All who fall asleep into the Adam dream of material creation as reality wind up dead.
     “Thy throne is established of old:  Thou art from everlasting. – Psalms.
     “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. – Paul.” (S&H 255 chapter headings)
     True salvation comes from the understanding that God (the Lord) created man (the Lamb) to be His-Her spiritual idea not as material elements.  As a Christian, which creation story do you accept as spiritual reality?  The first creation found in Genesis 1-2:3 or the second creation story found in Genesis 2:6 onward?  Even if the second creation story is a mortal historical record it must be expunged and spiritually translated back to God.

District 10 –The Palmleaves [the pages] of Salvation [Science and Health] Keystone – “Science of Being” – Christianity as the Christ
     The boy tribute has a crippled foot.  The girl of District 10 is killed on the first day of the Game.  Why is the boy imperfect and why is the girl sacrificed?  The answer is simple.  “Human philosophy has made God manlike.” (S&H 269:9)  However, “Christian Science makes man Godlike.” (S&H 269:10)  The first sentence is a statement that is the result of error, of human philosophy, while the second sentence is truth.  “Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions.  The categories of metaphysics rest on one basis, the divine Mind.  Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.
     “These ideas are perfectly real and tangible to spiritual consciousness, and they have this advantage over the objects and thoughts of material sense, — they are good and eternal.” (S&H 269:11-19)
     “Every system of human philosophy, doctrine, and medicine is more or less infected with the pantheistic belief that there is mind in matter; but this belief contradicts alike revelation and right reasoning.  A logical and scientific conclusion is reached only through the knowledge that there are not two bases of being, matter and mind, but one alone, — Mind.
     “Pantheism, starting from a material sense of God, seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in matter.” (S&H 279:22-32)

District 11 – The Sheaf of Wheat Keystone – “Some Objections Answered” – Christianity as Christianity
     The two tributes for the harvesting district are Thresh and Rue.  District 11 has orchards (Christian Science healing – fruitage).  Thresh means “to separate seed from (a harvested plant) mechanically; to separate (seed) in this way; to strike repeatedly; to strike with or as if with a flail or whip; to toss about.”[9]  Thresh definitely fits with the tone of Spirit, and with the endtime harvest.  Thresh is about 6.5 feet tall and is built like an ox (a symbol for the Christ).  I see the 6.5 feet as being symbolic of the endtime, toward the end of the Sixth Day of Truth.
     Rue is only twelve years old.  Rue means “(German) famous.  (French) street.  (English) regretful; strong-scented herbs.”[10]  I feel that the English meaning applies more to Rue.  Also, a rue is “a small yellow flower that grows up in the meadow [field].”  I grew up in a town called (when spiritually translated) Ruemeadow and I was almost twelve years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.  I remember walking out into our street heading north.  Looking up into the sky I saw the moon during the daylight.  I remember thinking that the astronauts were up there at the same time I was looking up at the moon.  I just felt that was wonderful.  It would be many years afterward until I understood the meaning of the Apollo Moon Missions.
     District 11’s bread is a roll (a book?) formed in the shape of a crescent moon, which is dotted with seeds.  Could this be why Rue and Katniss get along so well?  Is it because the woman God-crowned has dominion over the moon?

District 12 – The Big Dipper Keystone – “Christian Science Practice” – Christianity as Science
     This is the coal miner District.  Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are the two tributes for the coal mining district.  Coal is used for fires and heat.  It is also used to make the trains move in and out of the Capitol.
     Was the author of The Hunger Games really talking about the Katniss plant when Katniss’ father gave her words of wisdom?  Or was he giving her a spiritual Truth to hold on to?  He said, “As long as you can find yourself [your true identity] you’ll never starve.” (p. 52)
     Peeta works in his family’s bakery.  He frosted cakes, so he has artistic (Scientific) talent, and one of his best defenses in the Games is camouflage.  Peeta, being a symbol for Science and Health, is camouflaged.  Mary Baker Eddy once said to one of her household workers something like, “There, I have hid it and hid it and hid it.  If I hide it any more they will never find it.”  What was it that she hid?  It was not the matrix structures, the seven synonymous terms for God, the divine calculus, or the four levels of Science that the world hated, so this is not what she hid.  It was her true identity that she had to hide, her Katniss identity.  The world was not ready to know the Truth about who she is; it still resists this Truth today.  But Rue (“Some Objections” to Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy are “Answered”) is here to help Katniss win the Hunger Games.
     Mary Baker Eddy begins “Christian Science Practice” with the story of the woman, Mary the High Tower.  She was not literally Mary Magdalene reincarnated nor did she commit the sins the Magdalene was accused of committing, but the Magdalene is symbolic of the type of thought conscious that brings us to the Christ, and it was Mary Baker Eddy’s thought conscious that resembled the same type of thought conscious that Mary Magdalene expressed in Luke’s Gospel (the Christianity Gospel).
     “If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted.  If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes of its letter [of the law].  The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love.
     “This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not ‘for the loaves and fishes [the healings],’ nor, like the Pharisee, with the arrogance of rank and display of scholarship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the summit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and with those hairs all numbered by the Father.” (S&H 366:30-367:16)  “Hairs all numbered by the Father” means that God knew (and knows) who Mary Magdalene is, just as God knew (and knows) who Mary Baker Eddy is.
     It has been revealed over the last few years that Mary Magdalene was probably Jesus’ highest minded disciple!  However, because she was a woman the men hated her and they were jealous of her.  Probably John was the only one that did not hate her, but Simon Peter (ecclesiastical despotism) showed contempt for the Womanhood of God.

The Square of Science Teachings and its Key of David

District 13 – The Science Hub – “Teaching Christian Science” – Science as the Word
     Effie makes a comment about her two tributes, “Well, if you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls.”  Katniss makes a mental note that it is common belief that pressure upon coal forms diamonds not pearls, however, even this, she understands, is not correct.  She knows that it is graphite that is used to make diamonds, and it was District 13 that mined graphite.  My question with this is, “Is the manufacturing of diamonds a thing of the past after the destruction of District 13?”
     But what if Effie was making a spiritual comment, that Peeta and Katniss were “pearls of great price”?  On July 16, 1903 (Mary Baker Eddy’s birthday) she was presented with a gift.  She wrote, “The twelve beautiful pearls that crown [represent the twelve stars on the woman’s God-crowned] this cup [vessel, a symbol for Womanhood, the woman God-crowned] call to mind the number of our great Master’s first [twelve] disciples [not unlike her twelve First Members], and the parable of the priceless pearl which purchases our field of labor in exchange for all else.
     “I shall treasure my loving-cup with all its sweet associations [twelve Associations?].” (Miscellany; 347:16)

     There are also the famous words of wisdom – not to throw our pearls [“Teaching Christian Science”] before swine.  Is this why District 13 was annihilated?
     If spiritual teaching (which must always be by symbols) goes wrong (is annihilated) then what good is the Church?  District 13 should have been the Capitol’s hub of activity, leading us onto “Recapitulation,” “Genesis,” and “The Apocalypse”.  Who in the Christian Science Church has really understood the New Jerusalem artichoke – “Recapitulation”?  Who in the Christian Science Church has understood the sevenfold matrix for the Major Pyramid of Truth with its Seven Days?  Who in the Christian Science Church has understood the matrix for Window of the Open Book?  No one in the Christian Science Church has, it has all been shown to the Independent Christian Scientist.
     “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. – Proverbs.”  (Scriptural heading for “Teaching Christian Science”)
     The following three chapters, for the Science Square, are “Recapitulation” – based upon The Science of Man, “Genesis,” and “The Apocalypse.”

Science as the Christ – “Recapitulation” is the New Jerusalem artichoke that encircles the Science Square (the “little open book”).  It has twenty-four questions with the twenty-four answers being symbolized by the twenty-four petals in Window of the Open Book.
     “Genesis” (Science as Christianity) and “The Apocalypse” (Science as Science) both have three sections to them, and both chapters present the sixteen-gate matrix to our Holy City.

The Remake Center’s stylists

     Katniss has stylists to get her ready for presentation at the Hunger Games events.  Flavius, Octavia, and Venia groom and put make up on her, while Cinna designs her clothing.  Portia (“offering”) designs Peeta’s clothing.  Cinna and Portia are married.
     Flavius means, “blond, yellow hair (yellow is the color I use to symbolize Soul),” Octavia means, “eighth [into a new state or condition of the soul[11]],” and Venia means, “(Hebrew) a short form of Davina ‘beloved’.  (Hindi) Mythology:  a musical instrument played by the Hindu goddess of wisdom.  (Spanish) vineyard.”
     I could not find a meaning for Cinna, however, it could mean “cinnamon.”  Cinnabar is a “native red mercuric sulfide HgS that is the only important ore of mercury [quicksilver].”  I find this definition of interest in that Cinna makes firelike dresses for Katniss.  Mercury was “the roman god of trade, commerce, gain, luck, travel, and good gifts and the messenger of the gods — compare Hermes.”[12]  It is thought that Hermes is Enoch from Genesis, the Enoch who walked with God (did not die).  Enoch was the seventh in lineage from Adam, so he represents the synonym of Love.

The Parade

     All twelve teams are dressed and placed in a chariot, drawn by horses.  Katniss’ and Peeta’s outfits are on fire, a symbol for the Word of God.
     All twelve chariots head toward City Circle.  Yes, it is a circle.  Katniss observes, “Our horses pull our chariot right up to President Snow’s mansion, and we come to a halt.  The music ends with a flourish.
     “The president, a small, thin man with paper-white hair, gives the official welcome from a balcony above us.” (p. 71)
     Snow’s mind is a blank page!

The Training Center

     The Training Center became the home/prison for the twenty-four tributes.  They would train here for the Hunger Games.  One trainer was called Atala.  Atala could be short for Atalanta “(Greek) mighty huntress.  Mythology:  an athletic young woman who refused to marry any man who could not outrun her in a footrace.”  This definition certainly would fit with the trainer Atala.

The Avox

     One night during dinner Katniss recognizes the Avox slave girl.  She had seen the girl and a boy (probably her brother) in the Field.  The girl asked her and Gale for help, but they did not assist as the hovercraft came along.  It killed the boy and took the girl hostage.  Katniss is informed that the Avox had committed a crime and they cut out her tongue.  It was not wise for anyone to talk to an Avox, just give them orders.  Peeta was worried about the fact that Katniss might get in trouble so he made up a story that the Avox girl resembled a girl from their District, her name was Delly “noble” Cartwright “cart builder.”  A cart has two wheels (for the divine calculus) and is drawn by horses (symbols also for the divine calculus).  Could the Avox girl then be symbolic for “a noble type of womanhood” that Mary Baker Eddy had placed on the cover of her Sentinel?

The Show

     Cinna makes a beautiful dress for Katniss to wear during her interview with Caesar Flickerman.  With the dress on she thinks, “I am not pretty, I am not beautiful, I am as radiant as the sun.”  She is actually clothed with the sun.
     Caesar [long haired; title for a Roman emperor] Flickerman [a wavering light; a wavering scientific mind] is the host interviewer.  He has hosted the event for more than 40 years.  The number forty symbolizes spiritual rebirth.  It is time, during the 74th Game that spiritual rebirth takes place.
     Peeta asks Caesar, “Tell me, do I still smell like roses?”  I assume that the sent of roses are placed in the showers because of President Snow.  Peeta explains to the audience that he is in love with Katniss.  They are then referred to as “star-crossed lovers.”
     Katniss got an 11 in training, but it seemed as if her interview did not impress many people, or go well, was she forgettable?  Certainly, she was until she was seen as a “star-crossed lover.”  A star-crossed lover looses their life, like Romeo and Juliet did; certainly, the Hunger Games presented the same fate that awaited Shakespeare’s duo.  What pair of star-crossed (prophets being crucified) lovers is mentioned in Revelation 11?  The star-crossed lovers are the two witnesses – Jesus Christ and Mary Baker Eddy.

Cream and Rose-Petal Soup

     Afterwards the meal is Cream and Rose-Petal Soup.  This, to me, is the mental digestion of the divine calculus matrix presented to us in the Window of the Open Book Matrix in conjunction with Sharon’s Rose Window Matrix.

The Hunger Games begin

     The tributes are flown into Games Headquarters and then to the Launch (to start) Room.  The tributes refer to the Launch Room as the Stockyard.  A stockyard is where animals are kept before they go off to be slaughtered.
     The announcer is Claudius (lame) Templesmith (Church builder).
     John L. Morgan says that “body is for using, but not as a matter-organ.  Let’s not think of it as matter or try to redeem an organ or to deny it.  It’s for using, for expressing as faculty and as function, and above all for service — for service of God and the service of man, as the Bible puts it.  Doesn’t Paul tell us, ‘Ye are the temple of the living God?’  That doesn’t mean that the physical body is the abode of the Spirit; it would be contradictory for the greater to be in the lesser.  The temple is the place of divine service; the place where we serve the truth about God and man.  Isn’t the body therefore where you have to behold man aright?  Where you have to conceive man aright, and act towards him rightly?  It’s the place of divine and human service, that temple.  It is our reasonable service to see each other rightly.  The temple is also for worship.  In other words, it’s the state of consciousness in which we must be taking everything back to source instead of leaving it out in effects.  Taking every faculty back to God is what gives us its spiritual signification and ensures its proper function.  As we see the truth about body in its spiritual signification, that truth will heal, because it puts it back into the infinite; whereas if we keep it frozen down into a finite physical connotation, we have, as it were, locked up the number in the figure.”[13]
     The tributes walk into clear tubes that elevate them up into the arena.  Katniss is warned (given good advise) not to run toward the Cornucopia because she will be an easy target to kill.  She feels, however, that she must grab something, so she does manage to get a sheet of plastic and a backpack before running off into the woods.
     When it becomes dark the Gamemakers will display the Capitol Seal, which looks like a clock window, with twelve keystones.
     After the Seal they show the dead tributes.

Tracker Jackers

    Katniss is high in a tree resting when a group of tributes come along.  Peeta is with them.  They are after her, trying to kill her, but they cannot reach her.  It is about to get dark so Peeta suggests that they just wait it out.  Katniss sees Rue in a nearby tree pointing out a tracker jacker nest.  Tracker jackers are killer wasps that have been “carefully created to target the place where fear lives in your brain” (p. 195)  Tracker jackers then inject poison into the system, fear is poison, fear makes you hallucinate too.  The only cure for this type of animal magnetism is Love, for “perfect Love casts out fear.”

Twelve Arrows

     Katniss finally gets the bow and arrows from one of the victims of the tracker jackers.  She had twelve arrows but near the end of the book she is down to seven.  The twelve are for the twelve stars of the woman’s crown and the seven are for the seven stars of the Son of man.

Peeta’s Missing Leg

     Let us think “of legs, not as two prongs on the end of a trunk but as servants of a forward moving thought; or a willingness to progress, or to run, and to help someone in need; they’re servants of an attitude, aren’t they?  Don’t they represent confidence and stability and understanding also?  Or the unwearing divine impetus that carries man onward in his journey?  You see, we find infinite meanings like that in the Bible and in life.
     “What are feet?  Feet might be thought of as the handmaids of stepping lightly and joyously and without restraint.  Don’t you know how a burdened sense of life makes your feet feel heavy?  There’s a sense of certainty too, with the feet — ‘I know where I’m going’; ‘I know whose footsteps I walk in’ — that gives us assurance and a progressive sense.  We know we walk the way of divine Life.  ‘My path in life is free,’ says the hymn [by Mary Baker Eddy].  I’ve seen people with foot-trouble healed through this truth that man doesn’t stand on his own foundations, ploughing his own way through life and tripping up over people who are against him, but that he walks the way of Life with an individual and unique mission.  And that lifts all the burden off, and gives us the authority to tread underfoot all the claims of wrong.”[14]
     Peeta’s leg was in a bad way and had to be amputated.  Our legs keep us balanced, and without both of them we seem to be a little bit off balance.  To help him balance he is given a cane, a type of third leg.  When Katniss lost the hearing in one of her ears she too seemed off balance.  Being off balance means that we are not in tune with Soul, as well as, our heart.  How did Katniss really feel toward Peeta and how did Peeta really feel about Katniss?
     “Heart:  we might regard heart as abiding in our true centre [the hub of the City of Our God], and radiating [like a Jerusalem artichoke] from it.  If we abide in our true centre but don’t radiate from it, our heart is small and fearful.  If we don’t even abide in that centre we’re always hopping round the corner with ‘supposing’ and ‘if’ and ‘but’, and that too is a poor sense of heart.  But it’s abiding in the true centre and operating from it.  It’s confidence, fearlessness, steadfastness, resolve; it’s being loving, it’s being tender and compassionate.  It’s a matter of doing everything from the heart.  Don’t you find that if you do something not really from the heart it makes you feel sick?  It should, because if we’re attuned to Truth, Truth won’t let us get away with it. and as you go further along the line your tolerances get a lot closer.
     “Doing everything from the heart involves honesty of the heart, honesty with one’s self, purity of motive, genuineness.  Doing a thing only because of what we want other people to say or what others expect us to do — that’s bad heart in every sense of the word.  But to be heart-whole our heart must be in it.  Doesn’t it involve real selflessness of purpose, real purity of motive?  Then there’s no exhaustion.  What you do from the heart carries you forward and you never feel weary.  But if you do it with an eye on the side, thinking, Oh dear, I wish this person would get better then I shouldn’t have to slave for them.  That’s not healthy!
     “The love of the true heart is not only tender, it’s might-tough; it can’t afford to compromise with anything untrue or unlovely, and more than music can or mathematics.  And so the true love from the heart is love tempered with wisdom.  Love’s heart is never betrayed, never under pressure.  The rhythm of the heart is being in rhythm with that grand Principle, Love; neither hasty nor tardy but always being in accord with the divine.
     “One sees a condition like a racing heart or a hole in the heart healed through understanding that this state of being in accord with the divine is actually the truth about heart and not just metaphorical.  We use this metaphorical language to describe how divine Love, which is the heart of all being, operates in human consciousness and calls for us to come into line with it through that kind of service.”[15]
     In closing I would say that I liked the ending of the movie better than the book’s ending simply because it seemed as if Katniss and Peeta were happy with one another.  The end of the book left them separated and perhaps irritated with each other, or upset.  I have yet to read the two following books.  So perhaps I will change my mind after I read them?


[1] Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary, by Steven Olderr

[2] Ibid

[3] Association Addresses of Clara Armitage Brown – 1965; page 8

[4] Ibid; pages 6, 7

[5] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary; infuses added

[6] Association Addresses of Clara Armitage Brown; p. 9

[7] Ibid, p. 10

[8] Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary; by Steven Olderr

[9] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[10] 35,000+ Baby Names; by Bruce Lansky, p. 183  (All following name definitions are from the same book unless noted.)

[11] Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary, by Steven Olderr

[12] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[13] The Science of Christianity; by John L. Morgan, p. 157

[14] The Science of Christianity; by John L. Morgan, pages 156-157

[15] Ibid, pages 157, 158

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