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.

Today's world offers us many opportunities to create and live in stress; even though it has been many thousands of years since we have had to fear attack from wild animals, modern man has his fight-or-flight system turned on most days, and with no idea how to turn it off. Work, relationships, schedules, kids, media, and much more assist in... read this article
The Eight Phases of the Moon
Becoming a Werewolf: Ancient Shamanic Dog Magic
The Journey of Self-Discovery
Color Your Tarot
11 Magical Ways That Angels Send You Guidance

Most recent posts:
Letting Go of Fear
Christine Jette’s wonderful book, Tarot for the Healing Heart, teaches how to use tarot for issues of health and healing on all levels. For so...

How Much Should You Meditate?
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Doron Hanoch, author of the new Yoga Lifestyle. How much should you meditate? All the time!...

Llewellyn's 2016 Tarot Catalog Is Here!
We are proud to bring our readers our sixth annual tarot catalog! Discover the newest in tarot offerings from Llewellyn, Lo Scarabeo, and Blue Angel,...




Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Calendar
By: Llewellyn
Price: $13.99 US,  $16.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar Llewellyn's 2017 Astrological Calendar
84th Edition of the World's Best Known, Most Trusted Astrology Calendar

By: Llewellyn
Price: $14.99 US,  $18.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac Llewellyn's 2017 Witches' Spell-A-Day Almanac
Holidays & Lore, Spells, Rituals & Meditations

By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
Llewellyn's 2017 Sun Sign Book Llewellyn's 2017 Sun Sign Book
Horoscopes for Everyone!

By: Llewellyn, Kim Rogers-Gallagher
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN