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What is the astral body?

What is the astral body, what is the meaning of it and what is the logical argument behind it?


  1. The astral body is a subtle body posited by some religious philosophers, intermediate between the intelligent soul and the physical body, composed of a subtle material. The concept ultimately derives from the philosophy of Plato: it is related to an astral plane, which consists of the planetary heavens of astrology. The term was adopted by nineteenth-century Theosophists and neo-Rosicrucians.
    The idea is rooted in common worldwide religious accounts of the afterlife in which the soul’s journey or “ascent” is described in such terms as “an ecstatic.., mystical or out-of body experience, wherein the spiritual traveller leaves the physical body and travels in his/her subtle body (or dreambody or astral body) into ‘higher’ realms”. Hence “the “many kinds of ‘heavens’, ‘hells’ and purgatorial existences believed in by followers of innumerable religions” may also be understood as astral phenomena, as may the various “phenomena of the séance room”. The phenomenon of apparitional experience is therefore related, as is made explicit in Cicero’s Dream of Scipio.
    The astral body is sometimes said to be visible as an aura of swirling colours. It is widely linked today with out-of-the-body experience or astral projection. Where this refers to a supposed movement around the real world, as in Muldoon and Carrington’s book The Projection of the Astral Body, it conforms to Madame Blavatsky’s usage of the term. Elsewhere this latter is termed “etheric”, while “astral” denotes an experience of dream-symbols, archetypes, memories, spiritual beings and visionary landscapes. In reference to the secular scientific world view the concept is now generally considered superseded, being rooted in an attribution of materiality and dimensionality to the psychic world.

  2. It is a subtle energy body. A bit like the ghost image you see after staring at something bright. The aura around matter that can retain an electrical charge, like us and Earth is similar. There is no particular meaning, it just is. It is a natural phenomena not supernatural.
    Every thought and action we make generates electricity, a tiny spark. energy cannot just dissapear it can only mutate.
    Describing and explaining how all these things works is next to impossible. You can describe the things there and your experience, but it is difficult to explain the how part. This is not because of a lack of understanding but a lack of vocabulary. There are simply no words in the human languages to accurately explain it to another. However the astral plane is like a hall of records, it is a recording of every thing from everything. But you can not interact there, only observe.

  3. It has many definitions but generally relates to an energy or substance of engergization behind and remote to the body. In Eastern belief it is the actual reality of the true chi nature of the human body and is that energy of the celestial spirit which shall at death go to heaven while the earth spirit or Po spirit descend back to mother earth.


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