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Chapter 3
Endocrine Reactions
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Body
Disease
and Its
Stellar
Treatment
Thought-cells belong to a plane of existence where velocities
exceed that of light. There is no immediate contact between
this high-velocity realm and the low-velocity physical world.
Physical substance can affect the astral region, and astral ener-
gies can affect the physical only through Boundary-Line ener-
gies having approximately the velocity of light. Electromag-
netic energies generated in the life processes of all things liv-
ing on the physical plane bind the astral counterpart to the
physical, enable experiences to be registered in the soul, or
unconscious mind, and enable thought-cells to affect the physi-
cal body and exert extra- physical power on the environment
in such a way as to attract the events they desire into the life.
The nerve currents, which respond immediately to thought
and emotion, are electrical, and therefore directly in contact
with the thought-cells and profoundly and continuously in-
fluenced by them. To put it another way, the generation of elec-
trical energies by the nervous system, and the flow of these
energies over the nerves, is in response not only to those
thoughts and emotions of which we are objectively conscious,
but is in response also to the thoughts and emotions of the
unconscious mind. Most serious mental and nervous com-
plaints, such as inhibitions, compulsion neuroses and phobias,
are due to thoughts taking control whose nature is not recog-
nized objectively. Such unconscious thoughts, through their
power over the nervous system, can produce an effect on the
body that simulates the symptoms of various physical diseases
even though examination shows those diseases not to be
present.
In their control over the physical body, however, the
thought- cells also use minute quantities of exceedingly pow-
erful chemicals. These chemicals, secreted by the endocrine
glands, are called hormones. Nerves reaching the ductless
glands convey the emotional impulse aroused by a thought,
or the impulse aroused by the unusual activity of a group of
thought-cells, to the various endocrine glands. These various
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The Eight Endocrine Glands
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glands do not respond with equal alacrity to the same thought and
emotion. Nor are thought and emotion the only things they respond to;
for they are influenced by the chemicals of the body and by the chemi-
cals secreted by other endocrine glands. Some respond markedly to
thoughts of courage, and others do not. Others respond markedly to
cerebral activity, or to thoughts of fear or thoughts of sex, but respond
little or not at all to thoughts of courage.
To the extent each type of thought that is entertained by the objec-
tive mind, or each type of thought-cell activity that is above the normal,
is accompanied by emotion, mood, or nerve impulse characteristic of it,
are the chemicals of certain endocrine glands released into the blood
stream. They are carried by the blood stream so that every cell of the
body is contacted and influenced. Because the responses of the indi-
vidual are so profoundly influenced by them, because they are so po-
tent to destroy or encourage health, and because they are the chief agents
used by the thought-cells mapped in the birth-chart to influence the
health, and the chief agents through which--by accelerating thought-
cell activity of a given kind--the energies of progressed aspects influ-
ence the health, the individual who expects to practice THOUGHT-CELL
TREATMENT on himself or to give STELLAR TREATMENTS to others
should understand as much about them, and the way they react to
thought and planetary vibrations, as possible.
Although each system of the body is influenced, directly or indi-
rectly, by each of the ten planets, each of the ten systems of the human
constitution is chiefly under the rule of one planet. Pluto rules inner-
plane self-control, Neptune rules the astral body, Uranus rules the elec-
tromagnetic form, Saturn rules the bony system, Jupiter rules the arte-
rial system, Mars rules the muscular system, Venus rules the venous
system, Mercury rules the nervous system, the Moon rules the alimentive
system and the Sun rules the system of the endocrine glands.
For a long time people have recognized the control exercised over
the human body by the nervous system, even though it was not until
1936 that it became known that the energy used in this control was elec-
trically generated by the various cells of the body. Nor was it known
until 1922 that the nervous system, ruled by Mercury, itself was under
control, along with other systems of the body, of still another system,
the system of endocrine glands. These glands, through the hormones
they secrete, exercise a control over the other systems of the body and
the various physical functions which is comparable to that exercised
through gravitation by the Sun--which rules the endocrine system--
on the various planets of the solar system.
These endocrine glands are glands of internal secretion. They manu-
facture complex compounds called hormones from materials which they
get from the blood and lymph. Each gland manufactures its own hor-
mone or hormones, which differs in chemistry and function from the
hormones manufactured by other endocrine glands. These hormones
are not emptied into a duct which carries them to the region to be influ-
enced, but instead are liberated directly into the blood stream. That the
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hormones may thus find easy access to the blood stream, and through
the blood stream to the region to be affected, the endocrine glands usu-
ally have a rich supply of blood vessels.
When the secretion influenced by a thought or emotion, by a pro-
gressed aspect to a planet which causes thought-cell activity within the
soul, by foods or other substances taken into the body, or by the hor-
mones of other endocrine glands, enters the blood it is carried along in
the general circulation. All the cells and tissues of the body are bathed
in the fluid carrying it, but some cells and organs and other glands re-
spond to it in a more marked way, even though distantly located in the
body.
It was not until as late as 1922, when the insulin hormone was iso-
lated from animal pancreas, and was successfully used to enable thou-
sands of victims of diabetes to live who otherwise could have had no
hope, that the studies were commenced which led to the recognition of
the marvelous control exercised over the body by the glands of internal
secretion. Yet these glands, through their secretions, dominate the body
and give direction to its activities in a most startling way.
For instance, they determine the size, shape and texture of the body;
make for intelligence or its lack; give courage or cowardice; imbue with
ambition or saturate with laziness; prompt to moral actions or those
immoral; and in general force the given outlook upon life. This, the re-
cent findings of scientific men, is more than amazing. But of still greater
importance to man than the knowledge that he appear and acts as he
does because of certain glandular secretions is the knowledge that
through control of endocrine secretions he may learn to determine his
appearance and actions, and within limits which are as yet narrow but
which surely are broadening, also the length of his life.
He lives in two worlds, an inner and an outer. The inner world is
where his soul, or unconscious mind, resides. It is the region from which
the planets exert their influence, and where most of his thinking is done.
The outer world is the world of his body, or physical environment, of
his endocrine glands, and of their affect upon his behavior.
The activities of the endocrine glands, and the consequent measure
of control over physical functions and mental processes exercised by
each, are not determined exclusively by one world. Instead, as are the
actions and conditions of man's life in general, they are the product of a
continuous interaction between the two worlds in which electrical
Boundary-Line energies play an important part.
An endocrine gland is influenced by physical conditions. In order
to function normally it must be supplied with the proper foods. Each
gland is particularly dependent upon an adequate supply of one or more
definite vitamin. Whatever the thought processes are, if this vitamin is
absent from the food the gland cannot function properly. When the gland
does not perform its normal duties it is therefore important that the
essential vitamin or vitamins, minerals, or other requisite food materi-
als are included in the diet. Other physical environment factors, such as
heat, cold, fatigue, and toxins in the blood also influence hormone se-
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cretion. What each gland requires in the way of physical environment,
especially in the way of food, to enable it to function normally is set
forth in detail in the book Stellar Dietetics.
On the other hand, no matter what foods are consumed or how
favorable the other factors of the physical environment are, if the thought
processes are unfavorable there can be no normal action of the endo-
crine glands. In considering such thought processes we must include
those of which the individual is objectively unconscious. The internal
Processes of the physical organism mostly are under the control of the
thought-cells of the soul, and their state and kind of activity determines
the activities of the endocrine glands and the functions these glands
influence, very largely apart from the individual's conscious knowledge.
The thought-cells of the soul may be given a more than usual activ-
ity from any one of three different inner-plane sources. One of these is
the thoughts of the individual, and the thoughts of others which im-
pinge upon his finer form. The thoughts of the individual, in turn, are
influenced by his physical environment. Another of these inner-plane
influences is the character- vibrations of the objects and people he con-
tacts. The third inner- plane influence is that of planetary energies.
It is not significant in so far as results are concerned whether the
energy which contacts the electricity of the nerves leading to a given
endocrine gland had its source in a conscious thought of the individual,
whether it was a thought-cell activity of the unconscious mind set in
motion by the astral vibrations of some physical or astral environment,
or whether it was a thought-- cell activity which was inaugurated by
new planetary energy added through a progressed aspect. Any one of
these three is capable of producing a high state of activity in specific
thought- cells which contact the electrical energy of the nerves leading
to appropriate endocrine glands. Yet the significant thing is not from
which of these three sources the thought-cells are given their new activ-
ity, but that regardless of the source, this thought- cell activity, through
the Boundary-Line energy carried by certain nerves, causes the gland
to pour its hormone into the blood stream, and that the hormone has
such a tremendous power over the body and its various functions.
If I were to go no further with this part of the explanation, and now
proceed to describe the special influence of each hormone as affecting
the physical functions and mental outlook, however, I should be omit-
ting the most important factor of all, the one which makes knowledge
of the endocrine glands most worth while. That factor is the tremen-
dously important one that, even as the endocrine glands exercise con-
trol over the body and its functions, so can consciously cultivated
thoughts as completely exercise control over the endocrine glands.
While it is true that the inner-plane vibrations of people and things,
others persons' thoughts, and the planetary energies of progressed as-
pects, as well as the planetary energies mapped by the birth-chart, in-
augurate thought-cell activities which affect the endocrine glands; it is
equally true that the individual's own thoughts also inaugurate thought-
cell activities. Furthermore, it is possible to cultivate such predetermined
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thinking as to inaugurate the thought-cell activities which are desired.
Thus by cultivating such thoughts and feelings as inaugurate and sup-
port thought-cell activities which cause hormones to be secreted which
oppose those not desired, and which cause hormones to be secreted
which have an action in the direction desired, one can exercise great
control over his mental life and over his physical body and its func-
tions.
You doubtless are aware that in addition to the central nervous
system there is the autonomic nervous system, and that the autonomic
nervous system has two sections called the sympathetic nervous sys-
tem and the parasympathetic nervous system. The action of the para-
sympathetic nervous system tends to counteract, and afford a check
and balance against, the action of the sympathetic nervous system. And
in a similar manner certain hormones of the endocrine system afford
checks and balances against other hormones which co-operate to pro-
duce activities of an opposite character. Thus by intelligently stimulat-
ing one hormone, often the excessive influence of another hormone can
be overcome.
The glandular principals of most of the hormones have now been
isolated, as has already been mentioned in reference to insulin, the ex-
tract of the pancreas gland. The glandular principals of quite a number
of hormones also have been artificially produced synthetically, and more
will be available as research proceeds. It seems that in mentioning the
hormones I should not neglect to indicate those whose principals have
at this writing been thus synthesized. But I trust no one will jump to the
conclusion because I mention them that I recommend their use. These
glandular principals whether acquired as extracts or produced syntheti-
cally, are tremendously powerful, and far too little is known of their
affects upon other organs than those for which usually prescribed to
warrant their indiscriminate use. When I speak of stimulating the pro-
duction of a certain hormone, I am not referring to the use of pills or
tablets or ointments that can be purchased at a drug store, but to accel-
erating its production by cultivating a suitable habitual mental attitude.
It is believed that certain hormones may be manufactured in other
regions of the body, such as in the intestinal tract, in addition to the
important ones produced by the eight sets of glands here to be consid-
ered; but if so, little as yet is known about them. And it would be astro-
logically convenient if each of these eight sets of endocrine glands was
ruled by, and responded to, the energies of a single planet. But not only
is this not the case, but some of the glands manufacture several differ-
ent hormones --the pituitary gland manufactures six which already have
been discovered--and certain single hormones respond readily to the
influence of more than one planet. Adrenalin, for instance, is released
under the influence of Saturn as readily as under the influence of Mars;
and parathyrin, the hormone of the parathyroid glands, seems to re-
spond with equal alacrity to the energies of Mercury, Uranus, Neptune
or Pluto.
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The location of each of the eight sets of endocrine glands here to be
discussed is shown in the diagram on page 34. Some also perform a
non-endocrine function. They include the gonads-- embracing testes
and ovaries--the pancreas gland, adrenal glands, thymus gland, thy-
roid gland, parathyroid glands, pituitary gland and pineal gland.
The Pancreas
As I have already mentioned the pancreas gland, or sweetbreads, I will
discuss it first. It is an elongated gland having a head, a neck, a body
and a tail. The head is tucked into the loop formed by the duodenum,
while the body stretches across the abdomen in front of the aorta and
behind the stomach, so that the tail comes into contact with the spleen.
Most of the tissue of this gland has the function of manufacturing the
pancreatic juice which is so essential to digestion. It has a main duct
which pours the pancreatic juice into the bowels. With the function of
this duct we are not here concerned. Instead we are interested in little
collections of cells throughout the pancreatic tissue, known as the islets
of Langerhans. It is the function of these islands to produce the hor-
mone called insulin, which is necessary both to burn sugar in the body
and to restore it as glycogen.
The liver, ruled by the planet Jupiter, is the central banking system
of the body. In it, and in the tissues, are stored fuel reserves in the form
of animal starch, called glycogen. Glycogen is returned into circulation
as blood sugar through the action of thyroxin and adrenalin. Such sugar
is necessary to be able to burn stored fat, as well as itself providing
energy. When insulin, ruled by Jupiter, is no longer produced, sugar
and starch cannot be used as fuel by the body, and diabetes results.
Before the hormone insulin was isolated from animal pancreas in 1922,
diabetic patients were doomed to coma or starvation. Now commer-
cially prepared insulin obtained from animal pancreas enables 300,000
diabetics in the United States to lead lives not far from normal. To make
a single ounce of insulin powder, 1,000 pounds of animal pancreas must
be treated.
There are patients still living who commenced their treatment in
1922, requiring three hypodermic shots of insulin each day. Such seri-
ous cases must have food half an hour after each shot of insulin, else
they commence to darken in color and go into a coma. Also, they go
into coma and die if they do not get their regular insulin. Orange juice is
used to bring them out of the coma when through neglect of proper
insulin and food afterwards they inadvertently get into difficulty.
Diabetes may result from over activity of Saturn thoughts, but
nearly always Jupiter also is afflicted. The insulin, ruled by Jupiter, is
opposed in its function of storing sugar by both thyroxin, secreted by
the thyroid gland, and by adrenalin, secreted by the adrenal glands.
Discordant Religious thought-cells, as indicated by an afflicted birth-
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chart Jupiter, may cause a craving for too rich foods. These rich foods,
especially the sweets, place a strain upon the insulin supply. Worry,
anxiety, or emotional excitement of any kind causes adrenalin to be se-
creted, which counteracts insulin. Over work, recurring fear, or chronic
emergency reactions, wear down the insulin supply, and the sugar in-
stead of being transformed into glycogen or fat and stored, remains in
the blood, and being soluble, is washed out of the body and lost. In
spite of eating heartily the individual slowly starves to death.
To prevent the insulin supply from thus being exhausted, and to
build up normal ability to manufacture insulin before the islands of
Langerhans have been worn out, Religious thoughts of the more har-
monious type should be cultivated; those which banish fear, worry, anxi-
ety, anger and emotional stresses of all kinds through calm reliance on a
higher power. Such a Jupiter attitude should be used to prevent excite-
ment of any kind; and the Intellectual attitude of Mercury, the natural
antidote for a discordant Jupiter, should be employed to govern the
appetites.
Thy Thyroid Gland
The thyroid gland consists of two lobes, each about two inches long,
lying either side of the larynx and connected together by a narrow por-
tion called the isthmus. Its glandular principle, thyroxin, has been iso-
lated as a crystalline substance consisting of about 60% iodine. Thy-
roxin was synthesized in 1927.
Thyroxin is secreted in response not only to the thoughts and plan-
etary vibrations of the Sun, but also in response to those of Venus. It is
the hormone of energy production. Any enlargement of the thyroid
gland is known as goiter.
Thyroxin has a direct affect upon metabolism and the growth of
the body. The more thyroxin present the faster one lives; the less thy-
roxin present the slower one lives. Life is possible without it, but only a
dull vegetative kind of life. Quick response to environment, sensibility,
quick actions and quick thinking all depend upon thyroxin.
As winter comes on the thyroid grows slightly larger in prepara-
tion for the increased energy demanded by the cold. If the thyroid be-
comes too active, there is a forced draft, the hands tremble, the eyes
pop, the whole body vibrates with purposeless agitation. In contrast to
such hyperthyroidism, which often is the manifestation of exothalmic
goiter, is hypothyroidism, which may manifest as myxedemia.
To understand this it is necessary to know that thyroxin has a
marked influence over the skin, hair, perspiration, convolutions of the
brain, and the bones of the skull and extremities. Insufficient thyroxin
causes the person to become clumsy, the skin to become dry and rough
and to peel in sheets, the hair to become shaggy and coarse, the tem-
perature to drop, ambition to disappear, the mind to become dull, and
the body to become bloated and flabby. This follows the diminution of
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energy production and the control exercised by thyroxin over the vari-
ous functions. If, however, a person so afflicted is fed thyroxin, he soon
becomes physically and mentally normal.
Thyroxin deficiency in a child produces a condition in which it fails
to grow. Except the skull, the bones and cartilage fail .to develop; the
abdomen projects; the skin is rough, dry and bloated; the, temperature
is low; the hair is thin; the nose is flattened; and the hands and feet are
broad and clumsy. Such dwarfish children are called cretins.
They are always mentally deficient, and often hopelessly idiotic.
Yet a cretin, fed on thyroxin, after a time begins to get warm, and before
long the coarse rough hair becomes long and silky, the face becomes
normal in proportion and appearance, the skin becomes soft and moist,
and there is a remaking of the whole body accompanied by a thrifty
growth. Furthermore, the mind becomes keen, alert, and active. Many
a dullard is due to thyroxin deficiency, and many a moron is now being
made into an intellectual citizen by supplying him with the necessary
thyroxin.
Thyroxin is an antidote, to toxins, resists infection of any kind, and
also acts as a differentiator. For instance, if the thyroid is removed from
a tadpole, it grows to large size, but never becomes a frog. It still re-
mains in the tadpole stage. On the other hand, a tadpole less than a day
old may be transformed into a frog by feeding with thyroxin. It will be
a miniature frog, but a frog none the less.
Of course, to enable any gland to function, it must be provided
with the proper food. But in addition to food containing plenty of io-
dine, to enable the thyroid hormone to be secreted in just the proper
amount the Social thought-cells and the Power thought-cells must not
be permitted too discordant expression. To enable the thyroid to func-
tion efficiently, and to help correct its imbalanced activity mapped by
discordant birth-chart or progressed aspects to Sun or Venus, two men-
tal attitudes should be cultivated. One is that of calm, steady, radiant
courage and vital power. This influences the thyroids as do thought-
cells mapped by a harmonious birth-chart Sun. The other is the cultiva-
tion of a steady, calm attitude of affection. The thyroid gland is really an
accessory sex gland, and thus responds to Venus feelings of love and
affection.
Passion or excitement tends to increase the thyroid difficulty; but
the feeling of love for a child or for a parent, and the affection felt for a
friend, as well as the pure love between man and woman, tend to give
the thyroid gland healthful activity. This, in turn, gives symmetry to the
features and beauty to the hair and skin, brings alertness and keenness
to the mind, resists infection and contagious diseases, speeds up the
activity of the whole body, gives grace to the movements, and makes
life buoyant, happy, efficient and worth living. For nineteen hundred
years we have had the teaching, Love Thy Neighbor, but only now do
we perceive that there is a sound physiological as well as a moral basis
for it.
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The Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are two small bodies, each of which sits like a cocked
hat astride one of the kidneys. Each also is double, consisting of a cor-
tex, or outside covering, and a medulla. Adrenalin, which is the secre-
tion of the inner portion, or medulla, has a marked influence in main-
taining muscular tone. In emergencies it has been a life-saving drug by
its power of resuscitating a heart which has failed. While such treat-
ment is dangerous, intravenous injections of it are given in certain forms
of collapse, as its action is to constrict the blood vessels, to induce a
sudden rise in blood pressure, and directly to stimulate the muscles of
the heart. Surgeons even press the needle directly into the tissue of the
heart and inject adrenalin solution after breathing has ceased and the
heart has not beat for several seconds, when the shock of an operation
has been too great. Those who in previous times would have been pro-
nounced dead thus occasionally are given a new lease on life.
Thyroxin is the hormone of energy production, but adrenalin is the
hormone of emergency energy. It also counteracts the action of insulin,
but in a far more dramatic and violent manner. Before fuel can be re-
leased it first must be stored through the action of insulin. Reserve ener-
gies, to be used in fighting or in flight, are needed in time of danger; and
to meet such requirements strong emotional excitement, such as fear
and anger, or the stress of pain or intense exertion, causes adrenalin to
enter the blood. Its function is to meet emergencies. It causes the liver to
discharge its stored sugar into the blood and the activities of the ali-
mentary canal to cease. The skin becomes moist and greasy, the hair
tends to stand erect, the pupils dilate, and more blood is squeezed from
the blood lakes of the liver and spleen. Adrenalin neutralizes toxins in
the- blood and causes the blood to clot, more readily, so that a person or
animal wounded while in a passion or under stress of excitement has a
much better chance of recovery than if not so aroused.
This secretion also explains the athlete's second wind, by which,
after he has reached a state of exhaustion, he suddenly becomes refreshed
and apparently possessed of more energy than he had at start. Exhaus-
tion brought on by great exertion is an emergency, and to meet the de-
mand for more energy adrenalin enters the blood. This causes sugar to
be released from the liver as a new fuel supply, restores the original
tone of nerves and muscles, and reinforces the activity of the brain.
Adrenalin responds with equal alacrity to the planetary energies
of either Saturn or Mars; and is secreted under fear, anger or other emo-
tion arising from a realization that an emergency must be met. The point
needing special emphasis is that the emergency may be real or the men-
tal attitude may be such as to construe the commonest situations into
emergencies, with the same glandular effects. A person who, over the
merest trifles, gets angry a dozen times `a day, each time secretes
adrenalin, and each time reserve fuel is poured into his blood, digestion
ceases, the temperature rises, and the heart beats increase.
A person who worries, similarly, and quite as futilely, secretes
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adrenalin. Worry is the fear that some situation will not adequately be
met. It calls upon precious reserve energies of the body when they are
not needed, and as a consequence, when they are needed in real time of
stress there are none to fall back upon.
Fear, worry andanxiety are expressions of discordant Saturn thought-
cells. Three types of mental attitude may be cultivated to counteract such
thoughts. First the calm, steady, radiant courage and vital power of har-
monious Sun thought-cells should be encouraged. Next the Jupiter atti-
tude of calm reliance upon a higher power should be employed, as al-
ready mentioned in connection with the pancreas. And finally, as Venus
is the natural antidote of Saturn, the Social side of life, the more joyous
and lighter side, should be given thought and attention.
Anger and irritation, as expressions of discordant Mars thought- cells,
require the cultivation of an attitude which gives full opportunity for the
Domestic thought-cells, ruled by the Moon, harmoniously to express. They
find such expression in protecting and ministering to the wants of the
weak and helpless. And in addition, the Mars energies should be deliber-
ately diverted into building something; that is, the thoughts should be
turned so completely toward caring for the weak and constructing some-
thing that the Mars energies are thoroughly absorbed.
No one, with a limited supply of gas, would think of continuously
stepping on the throttle of his running engine while his car remained
parked at the curb. Yet people who often get angry, people who worry,
people who have anxiety about various things; in fact, all who have the
habit of responding to their surroundings as if an emergency must be
met, are squandering their reserve energies in no less foolish a manner.
The insulin secreted by the pancreas endeavors to stem this tide of
extravagance. But the repeated secretion of adrenalin overcomes such
effort, and when worry or over work is excessive and long sustained
the insulin becomes insufficient to counteract the adrenalin. Fuel is no
longer stored up, retained, or burned for energy. While not the only
cause, for over-eating may put a strain upon the pancreas that impairs
its functioning, yet it is well recognized that worry is a common cause
of diabetes.
A still more common effect of worry, anger, or an environment of
excitement, is to place such a strain upon the adrenals, through exces-
sive calls upon them, that they no longer secrete adrenalin in normal
quantities. The person so afflicted has no reserve energy, not because it
is not present, for the pancreas may function normally, but because there
is insufficient adrenalin to cause the reserve fuel to be poured into the
blood. He has the fuel, but it is locked up and he has lost the key. Be-
cause adrenalin is the great fatigue antidote, neutralizing the toxins in
the blood which give the feeling of fatigue, he easily becomes tired and
discouraged, life no longer seems attractive to him, and he worries, per-
haps weeps, on the least provocation. He suffers a nervous breakdown,
or becomes neurasthenic.
Of even greater power than thyroxin or adrenalin to counteract
toxins in the blood is the secretion of the adrenal cortex, called cortin.
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Both adrenalin and cortin are obtained by treating the adrenal glands
of animals. Cortin is the typically Mars hormone; but it also responds to
Pluto. It controls the sodium, potassium and chloride content of the
blood, and thus regulates the quantity of water in the tissues.
It is the amount of cortin in the blood which chiefly determines
whether the reaction is to fight or to flee from an enemy.
Fighting animals have abundant adrenal cortex, while timid ani-
mals have this portion of the gland small. Depleted cortin, in relation to
the amount of adrenalin, gives the typical fear reaction; but when the
cortin is abundant in proportion to adrenalin (especially when the front
pituitary is strong), no fear is felt, and instead there is a strong desire
present to attack and destroy the opposition. Under progressed afflic-
tions to Mars in the birth-chart both adrenalin and cortin tend to be-
come exhausted, the by-products of the chemistry of the body are then
not neutralized and eliminated, and the body becomes especially sus-
ceptible to infection of all kinds.
To maintain a normal supply of cortin, the calm, steady, radiant
courage and vital power of harmonious Sun thought- cells should be
encouraged; opportunity should be found for harmonious expression
of the Domestic thoughts; and the Mars energies should be diverted
deliberately into constructive channels of some kind.
The Pituitary Gland
After discussing the thyroid as the gland of energy production and the
adrenals as the glands of emergency energy, the next which should be
considered to preserve a logical order is the gland of sustained energy,
the pituitary. It is called the "master gland" because it secretes at least
six different hormones, each of which specifically stimulates or reacts
with the hormone of some other gland. One hormone of the front pitu-
itary, for instance, stimulates the thyroid gland and otherwise contrib-
utes to the transformation of energy necessary for sustained effort, and
another one stimulates the adrenal cortex and thus with that gland de-
termines the presence of courage. These two front pituitary hormones
are under the influence of the Sun, and respond to the activity of the
Power thought-cells within the unconscious mind.
This pituitary is a small body about the size of a pea, situated a
little behind the nose, in a small bony case at the base of the brain. Like
each adrenal, it is really two glands, each with functions of its own. The
front and back pituitary are related to each other much as is the Sun to
the Moon. Pituitrin, one hormone of the back pituitary, causes water to
be retained in the body. With cortin it thus exercises control over the
water-salt balance which is so necessary for health. Back pituitary hor-
mone also causes contraction of all the arteries except those of the kid-
neys, and of the plain muscles of the bowels, the bladder, the womb and
other organs. It has something to do with the metabolism of the carbo-
hydrates. Its deficiency leads to obesity.
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The back pituitary hormones respond to the activity of the Domes-
tic thought-cells mapped in the birth-chart by the Moon. Pituitrin con-
trols the imagination, sympathy, tenderness, and the maternal instincts.
Its excessive secretion leads to delusion. Yet invention and art find imagi-
nation essential. Feelings of sympathy, and reliance upon intuition, tend
to give this feminine gland proper exercise. Its over-activity should be
neutralized by cultivating and using constructive Mars thoughts.
One front pituitary hormone controls the growth of the skeleton
and supporting tissue. Its over-activity gives rise to gigantism. Tadpoles
and rats stimulated artificially by this hormone grow to huge size. In
normal human beings, this growth hormone decreases at puberty, and
a gonad stimulating hormone of the front pituitary which responds to
Pluto increases in activity. When this fails to take place in an adolescent
boy he becomes excessively fat with folds of tissue around his girdle
and with prominent breasts. His sexual organs remain infantile. But
when treated with injections of this Pluto hormone made from the pitu-
itary glands of cattle' the fat quickly disappears, his voice deepens, and
he soon has normal development of the sexual organs. In females and
males, as important as the sex stimulating hormone is, it is only effec-
tive in the presence of functioning ovaries or testes. That is, it acts only
in conjunction with the gonad hormones.
The growth hormone responds chiefly to the activities of the
thought-cells mapped by Saturn. The gonad stimulating hormone, which
also stimulates cortin secretion, and is probably a different one than the
one which mapped by the Sun also stimulates cortin production, re-
sponds chiefly to the thought-cells mapped by Pluto. The thyroid stimu-
lating hormone, and the hormone of courage and endurance, responds
chiefly to the thought-cells mapped by the Sun. And the hormone of
intellect, also secreted by the front pituitary, responds to the thought-
cells mapped by either Mercury or Uranus. Intellectual activity and self-
control depend upon proper activity of the front pituitary gland; it is
the gland of reason and judgment. Yet such activity seems to be impos-
sible without also a normal secretion of the gonad glands. Intellectual
effort tends to give the front pituitary proper stimulation. Its over-ac-
tivity in this respect should be counteracted through cultivating Jupiter
thoughts.
One back pituitary hormone regulates woman periodic functions.
When a woman becomes pregnant this hormone is no longer needed,
and the lack of its presence, according to the Aschheim-Zondek test, is
supposed to be 98% or 99% accurate at a test for pregnancy.
In relation to the response of the front pituitary to the thoughts
ruled by the Sun, courage is related to this hormone in the sense that its
presence assures calmness, self-control, and a reasoned course of con-
duct. But in order to maintain courage it must be supplemented by an
adequate amount of the hormone of the adrenal cortex. If the adrenal
cortex is active there is pugnacity and aggressiveness and no feeling of
fear. If the hormone of the cortex is moderately inactive fear will be
experienced, but the front pituitary may be active enough to prevent
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panic. If, however, there is a marked deficiency of cortin, the person or
animal will act cowardly in spite of will and reason. To cultivate the
pituitary hormone which supports vitality and cortin, the calm, steady,
radiant courage and vital power which harmonious Sun thought-cells
give should be encouraged as a mental attitude.
The Gonad Glands
Testosterone, the male sex hormone of the testes, was isolated and syn-
thesized in 1935. Estrone, the female hormone of the ovaries, was iso-
lated in 1929 and its principle synthesized in 1933. The corpus luteum
hormone, progestin, the hormone of pregnancy, was isolated and syn-
thesized in 1934.
Within the ovary the eggs are surrounded by follicles. It is the fol-
licle which secretes the estrone, or estrogenic hormone, as it is called.
This hormone acts as a brake upon the front pituitary, helping it to main-
tain a proper balance among the other glands which the pituitary con-
trols. It also influences the growth of the feminine bodily contours and
the womb, and has a marked influence on the mental and emotional
outlook of women.
When the egg matures the follicle ruptures at the surface of the
ovary, and the egg travels through the oviduct toward the uterus. In
this passage it may become fertilized. Due to pituitary hormone, the
cavity where the follicle was ruptured is transformed into the corpus
luteum which secretes progestin. This, in turn, prepares the lining of
the womb for the reception of the fertilized egg. The fertilized egg is
thus imbedded in the womb and menstruation ceases. If the egg is not
fertilized, considerable of the lining of the womb is sloughed off in the
process of menstruation. Progestin has successfully been used to over-
come sterility in women when due to insufficient development of the
organs involved.
The male sex hormone, testosterone, secreted by the testes, has been
given great publicity as a generator of male virility. In fact, estrone in
the lives of women and testosterone in the lives of men have the natural
function of toning up the other glands and rejuvenating the whole body.
Their chemical action extends to all the cells of the organism, tending to
restore all the tissues, including those of the skin, muscles, nerves and
bone. And they especially have a profound influence upon the genera-
tion of electrical energies.
Testosterone has been successfully used to bring about the mascu-
line change in boys who still have high pitched voices and feminine
attitudes after they have reached the age of puberty. It will change a
thirteen- or fourteen-year old boy of the feminine type, whose sex glands
have failed to develop, into a fairly competent male. It will also bring
about a trend toward masculinity which is important in giving a hap-
pier life to effeminate young men of adult age. But its use also has dan-
gers, for too much can cause sterility and stop the growth of the bones.
Estrone has been valuable in treating women who suffer depres-
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sion after their ovaries have been surgically removed and other women
at the time of menopause. The irritation, emotional instability and other
difficulties that often arise at that time are due to lack of balance among
the hormones. But indiscriminate use of estrone also should be discour-
aged, as there is much evidence to indicate that prolonged dosing with
it encourages cancerous growths. Its effect upon the breasts are strik-
ing, bringing about enlargement and change in color.
These gonad secretions are essential to creative work of any kind.
The artist, the inventor, and the writer must have them abundantly. When
they are over abundant they should be put to constructive use through
diverting the energies into wholesome creative effort of some sort. When
deficient, they should be encouraged by a wholesome love life and the
cultivation of harmonious but strong affections. They respond to the
activities of both the Mars thought-cells and the Venus thought-cells;
and these should be encouraged to express only harmoniously.
The Parathyroid Glands
Close to the thyroid are four little glands each about the size of a grain
of rice. These are the parathyroids, the hormone of which, called
parathyrin, controls the calcium metabolism in the body. Insufficient of
this hormone causes the bones to soften, the nails to become brittle, the
teeth to fail, and the person to become excessively nervous and excit-
able. Calcium neutralizes the influence of sodium and other elements in
their tendency to irritate the nerves and make them unduly sensitive.
Depletion of parathyrin--which responds to the thought-cell activity
of Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto--results in inability to handle
calcium and consequent nervousness. The removal of the parathyroid
glands results in a nervous disorder called tetany.
Parathyrin, in combination with other hormones specifically ruled
by each of the four mentioned planets, controls the type of electrifica-
tion. The volume of electrification is dependent upon the gonads, pitu-
itary, thyroid and other glands; but the frequency of the electromag-
netic radiations is influenced by the parathyroids. Thought-cell activity
of the Mercury type stimulates the cerebral frequency of electromag-
netic radiation, thought- cell activity of the Uranus type stimulates the
Intellectual ESP frequency of electromagnetic radiation, thought-cell
activity of the Neptune type stimulates the Feeling ESP frequency of
electromagnetic radiation, and thought-cell activity of the Pluto type
stimulates the Transition ESP frequency of electromagnetic radiation.
People who are sensitive are those with Mercury, Uranus and Nep-
tune or Pluto thought-cells so active that they tend to deplete their sup-
ply of parathyrin. Frictions and conflicts of any kind within the mind,
or over mental activity, tend to disturb the proper action of the parathy-
roids, and induce a neurotic state. To counteract this tendency to de-
plete the parathyroids there is nothing better than to cultivate the
Jupiterian attitude, placing faith in the beneficence of divine providence,
looking confidently to a higher than human source to oversee matters
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beyond control, and keeping cheerful and jovial.
The Thymus Gland--The thymus gland, whose secretion responds
to the thought-cell activities ruled by the Moon, is situated in the chest
astride the windpipe and covering the upper portion of the heart. It is
the gland of childhood. Its normal activity early in life prevents the un-
due hastening of maturity. As maturity is reached a healthful life de-
mands that its activity almost wholly cease. If it does not, the person,
though grown, continues childish in his attitude toward life. He is un-
stable, and has neither the stamina nor the physique to meet the ordi-
nary demands of environment. Instead of facing disagreeable facts and
duties, he tries to avoid them by shiftlessly wandering about, by re-
treating into the realm of day dreaming, or by becoming addicted to
drink or drugs. Seeking the line of least resistance and avoiding the
hard realities of life promotes an abnormal activity of the thymus gland.
What is needed in such cases is the cultivation of harmonious
thoughts of the Mars type. Mars is the natural antidote of the Moon,
and to offset any disturbance of the thymus gland life should be faced
aggressively in all its realities. Evasions and dodging should not be per-
mitted, but instead, pleasure should be cultivated in meeting every dif-
ficulty with the assurance it can be mastered.
The Pineal Gland
With an activity similar to the thymus in that it prevents precocious
maturity, the pineal gland is of singular interest to occult students as it
has generally been held that those who travel consciously, and highly
energized by the electromagnetic radiations of the physical body, in their
astral bodies make their exit from the physical through this gland which
has been called the pineal doorway.
Certainly if there is a gland of ESP it is this small cone-shaped gland
in a tiny cave at the base of the brain, behind and above the larger pitu-
itary. It is the remnant of a third eye, which was an important organ in
certain animal ancestors, and which still exists with but a transparent
scale over it in our common horned lizard.
Its secretion seems to respond with equal alacrity to the thought-
cell activity of Neptune and Pluto. Yet, probably due to Pluto also re-
leasing a pituitary hormone, the effect is not the same. Both planets also
influence the parathyroids; but Pluto induces an electrical condition in
which the radiations have shorter wavelengths, and in which there is
vastly more electrical power present. Neptune works on the negative
phase, but Pluto is reversible, and may operate on either the negative or
the positive phase.
Extension of consciousness to the inner plane, ESP work in general,
and various forms of psychic work make demands upon the secretion
of the pineal gland. To correct over activity or depletion, harmonious
Mars thoughts should be cultivated. Mars is the natural antidote of Pluto
as well as the natural antidote of the Moon.