The Thyroid Gland - Birthchart Assessment
D. W. Sutton 2004

Your birthchart provides an on-paper display of your unconscious psychology. It allows you to assess the strength, activity and functional integrity of your unconscious drivers -- the chief determinants of what you do and experience. The power, harmony or discord of each planet codes for the strength, activity and functional integrity of its psychological equivalent.

The astrological markers for the thyroid gland are Sun and Venus.

The Sun in your birthchart details the strength and activity of your power-driver -- the power-significance thought-cell group in your unconscious soul-mind. Venus details the strength and activity of your social driver -- the social-emotional thought-cell group. Their power, harmony or discord allows you to judge the activity and functional integrity of your thyroid gland. Power codes for the level of activity. The thyroid can be high- powered and very active, moderately active or low-powered and weak. Low power indicates low-level thyroid activity and an endocrine (hormonal) weakness. Harmony codes for healthful thyroid gland function and the associated health benefits. Discord codes for thyroid gland dysfunction and the associated health problems.

Venus rules the thyroid gland and your social-emotional driver has a direct influence on the gland's activity. Emotional energy is the great driving force and the amount of energy you need at a particular time is indicated by your emotional driver. Your thyroid gland produces the energy.

The front pituitary because it controls, stimulates and regulates other endocrine glands is called the master gland. It secretes 10 main hormones, four of which control other glands. It's ruled by the Sun. The thyroid is one of the pituitary's target glands and when the pituitary releases TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) it stimulates the thyroid to secrete thyroid hormone. Your capacity to sustain effort, persist and endure at a particular time is indicated by your power driver. Your thyroid gland produces the energy.

The key message: The Sun (power-significance) thought-cell group and the Venus (social-emotional) thought-cell group in your unconscious soul-mind influence the activity of your thyroid gland. Harmony codes for healthful thyroid gland function. Dysfunction -- whether mild or severe -- is due to discord.

Procedure for assessing the power of Sun and Venus.

The number of astrodynes possessed by a planet represents its astrodyne power. This determines its position on the planet power summary. The planet with the most power has the most astrodynes. It's the first planet listed. The planet with the least astrodynes is listed last. For practical purposes you should rate the top four planets as high-powered and strong, the four mid-range planets as having moderate power, and the last four planets as low powered and weak.

The position of Sun and Venus on the planet power summary allows you to rate their power and influence as strong, moderate and weak and the strength and activity of their psychological equivalents -- the power-significance (Sun) thought-cell group and the social-emotional (Venus) thought-cell group, as strong, moderate or weak. This power rating allows you to determine the precise influence that your power thinking and social- emotional thinking is having on your thyroid gland.

The key message: Both Sun and Venus -- via their respective thought-cell groups influence the activity of your thyroid gland. The stronger thought-cell group will have the stronger influence. The idea is to form a clear mental concept of their individual influence. It should be rated as strong, moderate or weak. This astrological assessment requires a quantitative judgement. It provides valuable information regarding your thyroid gland.

Procedure for assessing the harmony or discord of Sun and Venus.

A planet's net harmony codes for an overall influence that is fortunate. Its total harmodynes exceed its total discordynes. The planet with the most harmony is your best planet. A planet's net discord codes for an overall influence that is unfortunate. Its total discordynes exceed its total harmodynes. The planet with the most discord is your worst planet. But the net harmony or net discord of each planet (Asc and MC) as indicated on the planet power summary should be viewed as variable rather than absolute.

Sun harmony codes for effective power-significance thinking and a rewarding power- significance life. Sun discord codes for ineffective power-significance thinking and an unrewarding power-significance life. Venus harmony codes for pleasant social-emotional thinking and a rewarding social-emotional life. Venus discord codes for unpleasant social-emotional thinking and an unrewarding social-emotional life.

The harmony or discord of birthchart Sun allows you to rate his influence as fortunate or unfortunate. The harmony or discord of birthchart Venus allows you to rate her influence as beneficial or detrimental. If Sun is harmonious you should rate your effective power- significance thought-cell activity as having a fortunate influence. If Sun is discordant you should rate your ineffective power-significance thought-cell activity as having an unfortunate influence. If Venus is harmonious you should rate your effective social- emotional thought-cell activity as having a beneficial influence. And if Venus is discordant you should rate your ineffective social-emotional thinking as have a detrimental influence -- on your thyroid gland.

The key message: Both Sun and Venus -- via their respective thought-cell groups influence the functional integrity of your thyroid gland. One thought-cell group may be high in harmony -- it's having a fortunate influence. The other may be high in discord -- it's having an unfortunate influence. The idea is to form a clear mental concept of their individual influence. It should be rated as fortunate and favorable or unfortunate and unfavourable. This astrological assessment requires a qualitative judgement. It provides valuable information regarding the health of your thyroid gland.

Procedure for assessing your thyroid gland

The activity and functional integrity of your thyroid can be determined by the power, harmony or discord of birthchart Sun and Venus. You're able to gauge the precise influence that your power-significance (Sun) thinking and your social-emotional (Venus) thinking are having on your thyroid gland.

Your birthchart and its astrodyne report allow you to assess your power urge (Sun) and social urge (Venus) as high-powered and harmonious, high-powered and discordant; moderate-powered and harmonious, moderate-powered and discordant; low-powered and harmonious or low-powered and discordant. And this power, harmony or discord rating allows you to assess the influence that each is having on your thyroid gland.

If high-powered and harmonious their influence is strong and fortunate -- the thyroid is very active, vigorous and healthy. Harmonious thought-cell activity encourages the eating of iodine-rich foods. If high-powered and discordant their influence is strong and unfavourable -- the thyroid is very active, vigorous and dysfunctional. In this instance the need for adequate dietary iodine is stressed.

If moderate powered and harmonious their influence is moderate and fortunate -- the thyroid is moderately active and healthy. If moderate and discordant their influence is moderate and unfavourable -- the thyroid is moderately active and dysfunctional. This situation stresses the need for adequate dietary iodine.

If low-powered and harmonious their influence is weak and fortunate -- the thyroid is weak and healthy. If low-powered and discordant their influence is weak and unfortunate -- the thyroid is weak and dysfunctional. In this instance adequate dietary iodine is needed to offset subnormal thyroid function.

If Sun and Venus are both strong and harmonious the thyroid is very active, vigorous and healthy. If both planets are strong and discordant the thyroid is very active, vigorous and dysfunctional. If Sun and Venus are both weak and harmonious the thyroid is weak and healthy. If both planets are weak and discordant the thyroid is weak and dysfunctional. These four astrological possibilities represent extremes in thyroid function.

The key message: The power (Sun) thinking and social (Venus) thinking taking place in your unconscious soul-mind are the primary influences affecting the activity of your thyroid gland. Your birthchart reveals what is going on. It allows you to form a clear concept of the influence that each is having. This allows you to monitor and manage the health of your thyroid gland.

Aspects influence the functional integrity of the thyroid gland.

The harmonious aspects are the trine, sextile and semisextile. They have a favourable influence -- harmony codes for good health. The discordant aspects are the opposition, square, semisquare and sesquisquare. They have an unfavourable influence -- discord codes for dysfunction and disease. The neutral aspects are the conjunction, parallel and inconjunct. They have a neutral influence; but if the neutral aspect involves Venus or Jupiter the harmony they add codes for good health and if the aspect involves Mars or Saturn the discord they add codes for dysfunction and disease.

Any harmonious aspect to Sun and Venus enhances the functional integrity of your thyroid gland. They map fortunate circumstances and stress-free 'feel-good' states of consciousness that support healthful thyroid function.

Any discordant birthchart aspect involving Sun maps an unfortunate power-significance situation or experience that can stimulate a flow of destructive power-significance thoughts. The thought structure is psychologically harmful. The level of discord translates into the level of disempowerment and significance distress being felt. Any discordant birthchart aspect involving Venus maps an unfortunate social-emotional situation or experience that can stimulate a flow of destructive social-emotional thoughts. The thought-structure is psychological harmful. The level of discord translates into the level of social-emotional distress being felt. In both instances the higher the discord the greater the degree of psychological and physical distress.

This means that every discordant aspect to Sun and Venus indicates a discordant thought structure, mind-set or behaviour pattern that has the potential to disturb the functional integrity of your thyroid gland. The severity of the problem matches the level of discord, which is recorded as so many discordynes on the aspect grid.

High-discord aspects to Sun and Venus involving the negative planets (Moon, Saturn, Neptune or Pluto) depress thyroid function. The Moon codes for negative moods and listlessness -- a domestic problem. Saturn codes for worry, fear and anxiety -- an insecurity problem. Neptune codes for vague, dreamy fantasies -- a reality problem. And Pluto codes for intimidation, duress and forced compliance -- a coercion problem. In each instance the problem situation triggers an emotional response that disrupts and disturbs the functional integrity of your thyroid gland.

High discord Mars and Saturn aspects to Sun and Venus up the potential to experience thyroid gland problems, but the problem can be avoided. If the dietary and other environmental triggers are properly managed no problem will develop.

The Mars aspect works through energetic effort, physical exertion and emotional excitability. Physical exercise, emotional excitement, lust, passion and a sense of urgency (Mars) indicate an increased need for energy. These energy situations stimulate the thyroid to produce and secrete thyroid hormone. When prolonged the undisciplined burst of physical and emotional energy can overwork the gland. A habitual mood of emotional excitement tires the thyroid out and it's unable to produce sufficient triiodothyronine and thyroxine to meet your energy needs. Tiredness or infection can result. If Mars forms a discordant aspect to Sun or Venus the stress being placed on your thyroid due to haste, urgency, strenuous effort, emotional excitement, lust and passion needs to be monitored.

The Saturn aspect works through deficiency -- an iodine deficiency in the daily diet -- and self-centred, selfish thoughts. With insufficient dietary iodine the thyroid's capacity to produce T3 and T4 is reduced. There's a triiodothyronine and thyroxine deficiency in the blood stream. On the other hand long hours of heavy work and arduous effort can cause the thyroid to become tired and worn out. When over-tired its function becomes sluggish. Destructive Saturn thoughts like fear, worry, anxiety and selfishness depress the thyroid -- they reduce its capacity to produce thyroid hormone. If Saturn forms a discordant aspect to Sun or Venus the stress being placed on the thyroid due to fear, worry, despair, depression and overwork needs to be carefully monitored.

In each instance judgements should be modified to suit the astrological markers -- high- discord aspects enhance the need for a diet high in iodine-rich foods. Beginner students with limited astrological skills may not be able to determine the precise type and degree of discord being experienced but the more important issue concerns the knowledge that the discord -- whatever it is -- is enhancing the need for dietary iodine.

The key message: Discordant Sun thought-cell activity and discordant Venus thought-cell activity disturb the functional integrity of the thyroid gland. They pave the way for thyroid dysfunction and the associated health problems. The progressed chart -- what's happening now

Whatever the birthchart indicators nothing of importance will happen to disturb the thyroid gland until the Sun or Venus is stimulated by progression.

Any discordant progressed aspect to Sun or Venus indicates when a birthchart pre- disposition regarding your thyroid gland can develop into a 'real-life' health problem. Progressed square and opposition aspects particular need to be carefully monitored. The discordant thought-cell activity tends to attract unfortunate experiences and the significance distress and emotional heartache suffered at the time can cause thyroid dysfunction and associated health problems.

Any discordant progressed aspect involving birthchart or progressed Sun maps a time- frame during which an unfortunate power-significance experience can stimulate a flow of psychologically harmful (destructive) power-significance thoughts. The destructive power-significance thinking displays itself as an impaired capacity to assert personal authority and feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth. Such thinking has a harmful impact on the functional integrity of your thyroid gland. With your vitality also impaired in some way the need for more dietary iodine is crucial for thyroid health.

Any discordant progressed aspect involving birthchart or progressed Venus maps a time- frame during which an unfortunate social-emotional experience can stimulate a flow of psychologically harmful (destructive) social-emotional thoughts. The destructive social- emotional thinking displays itself as a distressed emotional response to an unfortunate social-emotional experience. Emotional distress and anguish have a harmful impact on the functional integrity of your thyroid gland. It stresses the need to up the intake of iodine-rich foods in your daily diet.

During the entire time-frame of any discordant aspect involving Sun or Venus you should ensure that your daily diet includes a variety of iodine-rich foods and, if necessary, an iodine (kelp) supplement. The objective is healthful thyroid function, but while these dietary measures will protect the thyroid against iodine deficiency they only represent half the solution.

Any tendency towards emotional excitement and heavy-duty emotional distress disturbs the thyroid gland -- and these emotional states need to be carefully monitored and managed. A sensible, sober, level-headed approach to all social-emotional problems combined with the confidence and self-assurance that you can handle the problem will create an alternate 'cool' state of mind of composed self-confidence that supports healthful thyroid gland function. By turning your attention to work and other down-to- earth matters you can neutralize the emotional distress. An unpleasant social-emotional experience can be made to produce practical benefits and good health.

The key message: The one great advantage of this information is that you can monitor and manage the health of your thyroid gland. The objective is healthful thyroid function. Adequate dietary iodine, a calm disposition, confidence, a positive sense of self worth and the management of any other environmental trigger (mapped in your birth- chart) will prevent any astrological (or genetic) predisposition regarding your thyroid gland from developing into a real health problem.