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Chapter 4
Thoughts Which
Lengthen The Life
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Body
Disease
and Its
Stellar
Treatment
While thought-cell activities are chiefly responsible for all con-
ditions and events of life including vitality, health and illness,
we need to know much more than we now do about the elec-
tromagnetic energies generated by the cells of the body through
which thought-cell activity influences vitality, health and ill-
ness. Before 1936 and the publication of The Phenomena of
Life; a Radio-Electric Interpretation, by that renowned surgeon
Dr. George Crile, we had to be content to speak of the nerve
currents and the Boundary-Line energy connecting the astral
and the physical merely as etheric energy. But while science
has now rather generally accepted this energy as electromag-
netic, its processes are but faintly understood and the termi-
nology that can be used in referring to it is still vague.
This terminology in generations ahead will be made pre-
cise. But this cannot be done until a vast amount of research
has been made based upon the general concepts outlined by
Dr. Crile and verified by his own laboratory work. Until then
the difference between the electromagnetic energies which ra-
diate the frequencies that afford vitality and those that nour-
ish and sustain the constitution, and the manner in which they
interact, cannot be described in terms that are as intelligible as
is to be desired. Instead, as yet we must refer to Sun frequency
electromagnetic radiations as affording the vitality of living
things, and Moon frequency electromagnetic radiations as in
some manner the polar opposite, or at least the complemen-
tary and less intense electromagnetic phenomenon which is
essential to health.
Health is not the same thing as vitality. An individual may
be quite healthy all his life if the Moon in particular and the
other planets in general are well aspected but the Sun afflicted
and weak, but die young because he has not sufficient vitality
to recuperate from the first attack of some disease. Yet we have
in our files the charts of people who have lived beyond ninety
years who have been in poor health most of their lives, having
the Sun in strong aspect to Mars and in harmonious aspect to
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Jupiter. They may have seldom known a day free from some ache or
pain, yet the Sun frequency electromagnetic energies were powerful
enough that nothing but old age could kill them.
Relative to this matter of health, as distinct from vitality and recu-
perative power, no planet in the chart can be neglected. Yet the life of
any organism depends in some manner upon the interaction of the so-
lar electromagnetic radiations with the lunar electromagnetic radiations.
As I have said, we need to know vastly more than we do regarding
the nature of these interacting electromagnetic energies. Our concep-
tions of them as yet are crude, and in time will have to be modified to
conform to discoveries yet to be made in the laboratory of material sci-
ence. But we do know that the activity of the thought-cells mapped in
the birth-chart by the Sun encourage the generation in the physical body
of electromagnetic wavelengths which, while of lower frequency than
those generated by the activity of the thought-cells mapped by Mer-
cury or the upper-octave planets, are particularly suited to giving vital-
ity and recuperative power. And we do know that the activity of the
thought-cells mapped in the birth-chart by the Moon encourage the
generation in the physical body of electromagnetic wavelengths which
are of low frequency, may be generated in great volume, and which are
highly beneficial to the health. Also we know that there is some kind of
interaction between these two sets of electromagnetic energies which if
harmonious is highly beneficial to the life of the organism. While the
electromagnetic radiations generated by the thought- cells mapped by
each of the other planets are potent to influence these Solar-Lunar ener-
gies, it was the custom in former days to say that man has a Solar-Lunar
etheric body. And except perhaps by substituting the word electromag-
netic for the word etheric we do not yet know enough about electronics
and the radiations from organic cells to improve on this statement.
Let us therefore merely consider that the electricity and magne-
tism of the physical body are ruled by the Sun and Moon. They are
generated by the chemical changes--chiefly the oxidation--which con-
stitutes the metabolism of all physical organisms, whether they be bac-
teria, plants, or animals. The nerve currents of man, and the magnetic
reactions of plants to stimuli, are merely specialized forms of this elec-
trical and magnetic energy, and are colored both by the thought-cell
activity of the organism, and by external stimulus.
Not only the thought-cells mapped by the Sun and Moon, but the
thought-cells mapped also by Mercury, have direct and constant con-
tact with the electromagnetic form, as Mercury is the planet ruling cere-
bral thoughts and the nerve currents.
Thus any planet in aspect to Sun, Moon or Mercury is able to use
the electromagnetic energies as a conductor to reach other thought-cells,
and through imparting the vibrations of id thought-cells to the electro-
magnetic body is able much more readily to affect the health than if it
had the same aspects otherwise but did not aspect one of these three.
In judging length of life we need first to consider the vitality, and
therefore the recuperative power. This may be judged from the house
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position, sign location and aspects of the Sun.
Counteracting this, and tending to shorten the life, we must weigh
the various weaknesses of the constitution. The weaker the constitution
the more subject it becomes to disease. And the more subject the body is
to disease the stronger must be the vitality to keep it alive.
While the Moon governs the constitutional magnetism, it is only
one factor, although the most important one, in gauging the strength or
weakness of the constitution, and therefore whether or not the indi-
vidual is readily attacked by disease.
Every planet in the chart maps the state of activity of a given type
of thought-cells, maps where the most active group of this type is lo-
cated, and by its aspects indicates the energy of these thought-cells and
whether or not they desire health--harmonize with the other thought-
cell groups--or desire and work to attract disease. Even the Sun, in ad-
dition to mapping the thought-cells on whose activities and desires the
vitality and recuperative power depend, also by its position and aspects
maps the condition of the physical tissues in that region of the physical
body and whether or not the Sun thought-cells work to attract the dis-
eases characteristic of the Sun.
Thus in determining the strength of the constitution, every sign,
planet and relation has a bearing as indicating how strong the physical
organs are and how much stress they will endure. If the constitution
thus shown is weak enough, or if there are powerful enough discordant
progressed aspects to impair it, much vital power on the part of the Sun
may not be sufficient to prolong the life. In other words, if the chart is
otherwise sufficiently discordant, no position of the Sun in a chart of
birth can prevent early physical dissolution.
On the other hand, if the constitution, as indicated by the chart as a
whole, is sufficiently strong and harmonious, even a rather weak and
discordant Sun may afford vitality enough to enable the individual to
live to a good age.
Environment, of course, also is important, as are precautionary ac-
tions, but even so length of life must be judged by weighing against
each other the weaknesses of the body, in which estimate the Moon as
the most important factor of all, and the strength of the vital electrical
energy which sustains it; striking a balance between the weaknesses of
the chart as a whole and the power of the Sun thought-cells.
In the effort to determine the astrological positions which map the
thought-cell activities that tend to give length of life we collected the
data of 70 women who had lived more than 70 years and 8o men who
had lived more than 70 years, whose time of birth is known. In addition
to selecting out the planetary positions which are the constants of long
life, we also tabulated the charts by Sun-sign and Rising-sign.
80 Men Past 70 Years of Age
Sun aspecting Mars ..................................... 59  74%
Sun in harmonious aspect with Jupiter ........... 41  51%
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Sun in an angle ............................................ 38  48%
Moon aspecting Mars ................................... 35  44%
Moon in an angle .......................................... 27  34%
Moon in harmonious aspect
with Jupiter .............................................. 23  29%
70 Women Past 70 Years of Age
Sun aspecting Mars ....................................... 54  77%
Sun in an angle .............................................. 31  44%
Moon in an angle ........................................... 28  40%
Sun in harmonious aspect with Jupiter ............. 27  39%
Moon aspecting Mars ..................................... 18  26%
Moon in harmonious aspect
with Jupiter ............................................... 17  24%
80 Men Past 70 Years of Age
Sun-sign
Rising-sign
Aries ................................................................. 5
5
Taurus .............................................................. 9
7
Gemini .............................................................. 6
6
Cancer ............................................................. 12
15
Leo.................................................................... 9
5
Virgo ................................................................ 4
11
Libra ................................................................. 6
5
Scorpio ............................................................. 3
11
Sagittarius ......................................................... 2
6
Capricorn ........................................................ 13
2
Aquarius............................................................ 6
4
Pisces................................................................ 5
3
70 Women Past 70 Years of Age
Sun-sign
Rising-sign
Aries ................................................................. 9
2
Taurus .............................................................. 4
2
Gemini .............................................................. 8
4
Cancer ..............................................................11
7
Leo.................................................................... 5
8
Virgo ................................................................ 8
7
Libra ................................................................. 3
9
Scorpio ............................................................. 1
11
Sagittarius ......................................................... 3
6
Capricorn .......................................................... 4
4
Aquarius............................................................ 4
8
Pisces............................................................... 10
2
It is common for astrological textbooks to rate Scorpio as a vital Sun-
sign; but while Scorpio rising is shown to conduce to length of life, the
above tables indicate that Scorpio as a Sun-sign does not.
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Cancer, either as a Sun-sign or Rising-sign, gives tenacity of life.
Capricorn as a Sun-sign gives long life to more men, and next to Can-
cer, Pisces as a Sun-sign gives long life to more women. The relative
tendency of any sign when rising, or when holding the birth-chart Sun,
to give length of life, can readily be ascertained from the above tables;
but as in vocational selection, tendency to disease, and various other
matters, the prominence and aspects of the planets are far more signifi-
cant where length of life is concerned than either the Sun-sign or the
Rising-sign.
Standing out most conspicuously in these charts of people who have
had long lives are the prominence and certain aspects of Sun and Moon.
This means that the most significant thought- cells affecting longevity
are those that have been built relative to thoughts of significance (Sun)
and thoughts of the family (Moon).
The table completely refutes the idea that the Moon is the giver of
vitality in the charts of women, or that it matters whether the Sun or
Moon is above or below the horizon in judging the vitality. The rules for
judging the length of life of women are the same as the rules for judging
the length of life of men. With either sex the vitality depends upon the
activity and harmony of the thought-cells ruled by the Sun, certain as-
pects being especially favorable.
The Sun in an angle is shown by the table to be favorable to longev-
ity. A planet in an angle maps thought-cell activity of greater volume
than when the planet is not in an angle. The volume of thought-cell
activity mapped by a prominent birth-chart Sun is derived from prehu-
man experiences with authority, and it may be increased after birth by
thoughts of pride, firmness, approbation, conscientiousness and self-
esteem. In other words, if these are harmonious, the mood of vital power,
thoughts and effort to attain significance, and the exercise of author-
ity--even if only the kindly authority of a parent--add to the energy of
the thought-cells responsible for vitality and recuperative power.
The most favorable astrological position of all for longevity is an
aspect of Mars to the Sun. Mars is the planet of energy, and even those
who have a heavy affliction of Mars to the Sun have a better chance of a
long life than those who have no aspect of Mars to the Sun. It is true that
afflictions of Mars may be severe enough to attract violent death, or a
virulent infection leading to quick death, such as by smallpox or blood
poisoning. But the deaths attracted by Sun afflicted by Mars are not due
to low vitality, but to impacts or invasions that are powerful enough to
end the life in spite of the exceptional vitality and recuperative power
shown by the aspect of Mars, to the Sun.
The reason the thought-cells mapped by a Sun in aspect to Mars
are so vital is that the thoughts of significance which built them were
associated with initiative, aggression, combat, construction or destruc-
tion. Mars thoughts are never negative, and never associated with dis-
couragement or the mood of defeatism. And after birth people can add
harmonious Mars thoughts to the Sun thought-cells by seeking signifi-
cance through initiative and construction.
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Each of us has a job to do in the cosmic scheme of things. The most
satisfactory significance we can attain is through seeking that job and
doing it to the best of our ability. But if at the same time we would build
into the Sun thought-cells the Mars energies which are most potent to
prolong life, we must tackle the job aggressively, use initiative, and never
permit the mood of discouragement or thoughts of failure to intrude.
Negative thoughts not only depress the vital forces at the time, but they
tend to shorten the life.
In addition to thoughts and thought-cell activity indicated by any
aspect of Mars to the Sun, we find that thoughts and thought-cell activ-
ity indicated by a harmonious aspect of Jupiter to the Sun also are ben-
eficial to length of life. But unlike the aspects of Mars, a discordant as-
pect of Jupiter to the Sun indicates no added vitality, and attracts dis-
eases that tend to shorten the life.
Yet whether or not there is an aspect between the Sun and Jupiter
in the chart of birth, the Sun thought-cells can be given activity which
will tend to prolong the life by associating thoughts of significance har-
moniously with Jupiter thoughts, that is, with thoughts of benevolence,
veneration, hope, devotion, good-will and generosity. Joviality and op-
timism, as well as the religious moods and yearnings, when cultivated
pleasantly relative to thoughts and efforts to be significant, or relative
to authority, give the Sun thought-cells energy of a type that enables
them to lengthen the life.
While recognizing that the Sun influences the secretion of thyroxin,
the hormone of energy production, and a hormone of the front pitu-
itary gland which provides for sustained effort, we need not discuss the
influence of these hormones on longevity other than to comment that
any affliction of the Sun through a discordant aspect from another planet
tends to affect these two hormones, and except in the case of Mars, to
impair vitality and recuperative power.
In terms of what we can do about it this means that with the excep-
tion of thoughts and emotions relative to destruction and combat, all
painful and distressing thoughts and emotions about significance, au-
thority or vitality tend to shorten the life.And that all pleasant and happy
thoughts and emotions about significance, authority and vitality tend
to lengthen the life. Furthermore, as the table indicates, pleasant and
happy Mars thoughts and pleasant and happy Jupiter thoughts about
significance, authority and vitality are especially potent to give recu-
perative power and length of life.
But how are we to avoid painful thoughts about significance, which
is the strongest of all drives, and how cultivate harmonious Mars and
Jupiter thoughts in association with them?
In trying to attain significance, as in trying to accomplish anything
else, there is a right attitude and a wrong attitude. The wrong attitude is
to permit temporary error or temporary defeat to engender a discor-
dant emotional response. One may have a superiority complex or an
inferiority complex, so that what one expects of oneself is beyond pos-
sible realization. With such a complex, no matter what one attains there
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is always the feeling of dissatisfaction because it was not more. In the
case of the inferiority complex the individual usually is even afraid to
try to do that which is well within the realm of his ability, because he
dreads the stigma of failure.
Through a study of his birth-chart and progressed aspects the indi-
vidual needs to appraise realistically his own abilities and possibilities.
Within the scope of what his birth-chart and progressed aspects indi-
cate are his possibilities, he should then select the avenues through which
he can attain greatest usefulness and consequent significance.
It is not to be thought that every effort will at once be crowned
with success. It is not to be thought that his boss--if he has one --will
not at times reprimand him; or if he is boss over others that there will
not at times be subordination. These things are normal in the course of
life and cannot be prevented. But he can, and should, prevent these
occurrences, or any others that block his path to significance, or tend
temporarily to discredit him, from causing him to feel humiliated, frus-
trated, or disagreeable. He should simply brush them off. View them
merely as holding a lesson that can be used to future advantage.
In the employment of the Mars energies he need not fly off the
handle, but he can employ aggressive thoughts not merely to tackle
whatever needs to be done with energy and initiative, but through a
positive attitude to prevent any feeling of failure, despondency, fear or
humiliation when his significance has been attacked. If he has made a
mistake, his Mars thoughts can enable him to admit it, to laugh it off,
and instead of feeling humiliated to feel that next time he will have
sense enough to handle the matter successfully. He can not only think
positive, constructive, and aggressive thoughts whenever any situation
touches significance, authority or vitality, but he can tune in on Mars
energies as Rallying Forces by holding the mood of positive and ag-
gressive energy.
In ignoring the things that tend to be disagreeable that touch upon
significance, authority or vitality he can also use the Jupiter technique
to good advantage. The attitude of optimism and joviality and thoughts
of hope and good-will are effective in preventing the feeling of frustra-
tion when things relating to these matters do not pan out as expected.
And in addition to such thoughts, the individual can tune in on Jupiter
energies as Rallying forces by holding the mood of prayer, devotion
and thankfulness to the Almighty.
Next to the Sun being conspicuous in the charts of people who have
reached advanced age is a prominent Moon. This signifies that a pow-
erful constitutional magnetism favors longevity. In addition to generat-
ing heat, the protoplasm of the physical cells emits waves of high fre-
quency, capable of knocking electrons off atoms and thus creating an
electric charge. These charges have been measured, and the electric cur-
rents which flow over the nerves enable the mind to control the body.
The wavelengths radiated by the release of energy stored in the
protein fraction of the cells are not all the same. But some have a fre-
quency that provide the vitality mapped by the Sun, and some have a
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much lower frequency and provide the constitutional magnetism
mapped by the Moon. And abundance of either tends to conduce to
length of life; that having Sun quality giving vital power and that hav-
ing Moon quality giving strength to the physical constitution.
While the Moon in the chart of birth indicates the volume of consti-
tutional magnetism with which the individual was born, he has it within
his power to increase this volume, and thus increase the strength of his
constitution. The thought-cells whose activities are responsible for gen-
erating constitutional magnetism were formed by prehuman experiences
with providing sustenance and comfort for the young, and by thoughts
and emotions since human birth relative to women, the offspring, the
weak and helpless, music and the domestic life.
To build more of the Domestic thought-elements into the finer form
and thus give volume and power to the thought-cells mapped by the
Moon such thoughts and emotions should be harmoniously cultivated.
We find also from the table that the association of the aggressive
thoughts and emotions ruled by Mars with the domestic thoughts gives
the thought-cells ruled by the Moon outstanding energy and vigor that
conduces to length of life. And we can add such energy to the Domestic
thought-cells by adopting an attitude of initiative, aggression and con-
struction toward women, the offspring, the weak and helpless, music
and the domestic life. And to assist in adding Mars energy to the Moon
thought-cells, we can use Mars Rallying Forces when our thoughts are
engaged in thinking of these things, inducing and holding the mood of
abundant and positive aggressive energy.
Here again we find that negative thoughts and attitudes are detri-
mental. Feeling negative and depressed or discouraged or fearful rela-
tive to home and children or other of the things ruled by the Moon
lowers the powers of resistance of the constitutional magnetism, and
this in turn paves the way for the entrance of disease.
Mars thoughts are the natural antidotes of Moon thoughts, and
better than any others, if harmonious, tend to neutralize by building a
more beneficial compound, the discordant desires shown by discordant
aspects of the Moon. The best way to apply this natural antidote is
through the use of courage and constructive ability in protecting the
young and helpless.
It is true that our relation with women may not be all that we would
desire, it is true that illness may enter the home, and that difficulties
may arise in providing for the family, and the children may conduct
themselves in ways that cannot be approved. But it certainly does not
help any of these conditions to permit thoughts of anxiety or discour-
agement. Neither is it beneficial to express harshness, irritation or an-
ger. These Mars thoughts, however much they give new energy to the
Moon thought-cells, tend to upset the digestion through the action of
too much adrenalin, and tend to attract accident and inflammatory dis-
ease. But an attitude may be cultivated in which the various situations
of domestic life are faced as problems to be solved calmly, with initia-
tive, courage, and the determination to speak and act only in a con-
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structive, even if aggressive manner. No other attitude will be quite so
effective in attracting more fortunate conditions into the domestic life
and at the same time will give vigor to the constitutional magnetism
and thus tend toward a longer life.
Next to the association of Mars thoughts with those of the domes-
tic life in their power to strengthen the constitution and thus lengthen
the life, is the harmonious association of Jupiter thoughts with the do-
mestic thoughts. To laugh off the difficulties encountered in the home
and with the family, not only the positive attitude of Mars is helpful,
but in particular the joviality and optimism of Jupiter.
Generosity and optimism need to be tempered always with com-
mon sense, which merely means that the thoughts, emotions and atti-
tudes relative to the affairs of domestic life and assisting the weak and
helpless should be those characteristic of a harmonious Jupiter rather
than those characteristic of a Jupiter receiving discordant aspects. By
prayer, benevolence, hope, devotion, good-will and generosity cultivated
relative to the Domestic thoughts, energies can be built into the thought-
cells mapped by the Moon that will give them the trend and power
commonly signified by a harmonious aspect between the Moon and
Jupiter in the chart of birth. And it will conduce as much to length of
life.
We have thus far considered only giving volume and the harmoni-
ous Mars and Jupiter energy to the thought-cells mapped by the Sun
and Moon. But as every discordant aspect in the chart tends to weaken
the constitution according to the planets involved, and gives the physi-
cal body that much predisposition toward the diseases governed by the
planets involved in the discordant aspect, it will be seen that to ward off
disease and thus lengthen the life the thought-cells indicating the most
pronounced predisposition toward disease need to be reconditioned so
they will have a more harmonious influence. That is, the thought-cells
mapped by the most heavily afflicted planets in the chart of birth need
to be treated by their natural antidotes, or subjected to conversion, so
that they no longer will work to attract disease but will have more har-
monious desires.
While the general principles to be followed in changing the com-
position and activity, and thus the desires of a group of thought-cells
mapped by an aspect between any two planets have already been set
forth at the end of Chapter One and the end of Chapter Two, more spe-
cific details will be given when considering the thoughts which prevent
each type of disease.
While the most effective method of lengthening the life is properly
thus to change the composition, activity or organization of the thought-
cells within the soul, it should be recognized also that what the thought-
cells can bring about depends upon the facilities of the physical envi-
ronment. Therefore, foods specially suited to the chemical peculiarities
of the individual will be found highly beneficial, foods selected accord-
ing to the glandular and physical makeup mapped by the planetary
chart of birth, and during certain periods selected to counteract the in-
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fluence of discordant progressed aspects. Flow to make such food se-
lections is explained in Stellar Dietetics.
Not only in the matter of foods, but in other hygienic matters, length
of life depends not merely upon the thoughts and emotions, but also
upon utilizing factors in the physical environment to build up resis-
tance to disease.And it must not be overlooked that old age is not merely
a condition of the physical body, but also a state of mind. `A keen zest
for living, interest in things new, and enjoyment of the activities which
commonly attract those younger, all will help to add years to the life.