Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
ENCYCLOPEDIA
Glossary
What's New
Most Popular
List of Articles

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

May/June 2016 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.


The Llewellyn Encyclopedia
Print this Term Print this Article

Astral Mind and Matter

This article was written by Llewellyn on May 10, 2002
posted under Astral Projection

Knowledgeable astral projectors are aware that their astral bodies may change from episode to episode. At times the second body may be quite "thin." At  other times it is "heavier."

This is because the astral body is a composite, made up in varying proportions of a physical (or semi-physical) body and a "spirit" body. During its projection the second body draws "astral material" from the first body through the silver cord that connects the two. The more astral material drawn, the more (relatively) physical the astral body. When astral material (brought to the second body by the latter’s simply "willing" it there) is abundant, the traveler is kept closer to the material world and away from all but the lowest reaches of the astral world.

It is in the "heavy" state that the astral body is able to perform mind-over-matter feats. A hand in a "thin" body goes through the door; in a "heavy" one it can open the door. It can knock on walls. It can move, even throw objects about. It can even be seen, but the observer is more likely to conclude that he has seen the ghost of a dead person than the ghost of a living one! The double often has a "smoke-like" appearance reminiscent of that associated with more standard apparitions.

On occasion, though, the visible double is so little-removed from the physical that persons who see it mistake it for a normal flesh-and-blood human being. The witnesses may even speak to the double and be spoken to in return, and the conversation may seem utterly ordinary.

Well documented accounts of this kind of event, sometimes called "bilocation," are to be found in the biographies of saints and other holy persons who performed healings and other benevolent deeds in their second bodies—even though the recipients of this charitable attention had not the slightest idea (at the time, anyway) that their benefactors were in something other than their first
bodies.

There is, however, one very definite risk in this kind of astral-physical border straddling. It is possible in these circumstances to sustain an injury—a cut, a bruise or something even more serious—that will register on the physical body at the conclusion of the astral experience.

Sensitive people have gotten a bum rap. We live in a world that doesn't embrace the values of sensitivity, so we get told that we are weak, unusual, touchy, and hard to please. The sad truth is that we hear these messages in many ways throughout our lives. Even if it is from a well-meaning teacher or parent who tries to "toughen us up," the crux... read this article
Remaining Magickal in the Midst of Chaos
Sacred Space, Tarot, and Your Magical Practice
The Magical Use of Prayer Beads
The Future of Money Magic: What Do We Put Under the Candle When Our Currency Goes Digital?
Understanding the Moon Signs of Others

Most recent posts:
The Cards as Living Entities
In just a few months (August, to be precise), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Tarot by the knowledgeable experienced, and delightful writer Anthony...

Magickal Scavenger Hunts
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Melanie Marquis, author of A Witch's World of Magick, The Witch's Bag of Tricks, the forthcoming Modern...

Vote Now for 2 Llewellyn Titles for 2016 COVR Awards!
Vote now for two Llewellyn titles for 2016 COVR Awards! La Santa Muerte, by Tomás Prower (Contemporary Spirituality Category); Vote...




The Madness of Mercury The Madness of Mercury
By: Connie di Marco
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Journey of Souls Journey of Souls
Case Studies of Life Between Lives

By: Michael Newton
Price: $17.99 US,  $20.95 CAN
The Linestrider Tarot The Linestrider Tarot
By: Siolo Thompson
Price: $28.99 US,  $33.50 CAN
Wicca Wicca
A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

By: Scott Cunningham
Price: $14.95 US,  $16.95 CAN
Easy Tarot Easy Tarot
Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

By: Josephine Ellershaw, Ciro Marchetti
Price: $19.95 US,  $21.95 CAN