The Astral

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Corresponding to the subtle bodies within humans are seven planes of existence, each defined by its state of manifest form from densest to most refined. Rising from the denser to the finer, are the Physical, the Astral, the Mental or Devachanic, the Buddhic, and the Nirvanic and two others beyond. The Astral realm is the second in level of density and the most frequented by human and non-human.

This realm is often called the realm of illusion. Largely because as we move up the planes, the energy becomes more refined and rarified and becomes increasingly difficult to comprehend in the current form of our evolved state. Contact made within this realm itself acts as a catalyst for change upon those energies and beings that journey through its space and information is gathered primarily in response and awakening of the memory, images and innate knowledge we carry from past lifetimes.

According to C. W. Leadbeater…

“The first conscious introduction to this remarkable region comes to people in various ways. Some only once in their whole lives under some unusual influence become sensitive enough to recognize the presence of one of its inhabitants, and perhaps, because the experience does not repeat itself, they may come in time to believe that on that occasion they must have been the victims of hallucination. Others find themselves with increasing frequency seeing and hearing something to which those around them are blind and deaf; others again – and perhaps this is the commonest experience of all – begin to recollect with greater and greater clearness that which they have seen or heard on that other plane during sleep.

Most of us, then, are awake on the astral plane during the sleep of the physical body, and yet we are generally very little awake to the plane, and are consequently conscious of our surroundings there only vaguely, if at all. We are still wrapped up in our waking thoughts and our physical-plane affairs, and we pay scarcely any attention to the world of intensely active life that surrounds us. Our first step, then, is to shake off this habit of thought, and learn to see that new and beautiful world, so that we may be able intelligently to work in it. Even when that is achieved, it does not necessarily follow that we shall be able to bring over into our waking consciousness any recollection of those astral experiences. But that question of physical-plane remembrance is an entirely different matter, and does not in any way affect our power to do excellent astral work.”

The astral realm is one of potential. Imagination, idea and thought can be brought to a space of form on this plane and if fueled with will and clarity of intent can be brought down into the manifest world. Additionally, thoughtforms are given life within the astral realm. The combined and collective will directed from human kind if focused and engendered with enough life, and energy can be brought to creation in its more refined nature on the astral.

For complete and comprehensive information:

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, And Phenomena by C. W. Leadbeater or take a look at it in e-book format as a downloadable
pdf (123pgs) The Astral Plane

Also…

Astral Dynamics: The Complete Book of Out of Body Experience by Robert Bruce

For another perspective on the Astral Plane, take a look at the information and lessons relevant to the sphere of Yesod in the study of Qabalah.

Foundations of Practice:

I have purposely saved the Foundational exercises for this last post of the lesson. This lesson is one that moves in and out of the planes of reality and although not always apparent and visible to us is still present nonetheless. These foundations have been planned and in the background scenery, waiting just the right timing and readiness on your part to reveal themselves as catalysts to action in their execution.

Go To Foundations of Practice- 11

 

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About themagickalpen

Robin Fennelly is a Third Degree Initiate within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path. Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and theWestern Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers. Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd and finally 3rd degrees within the Assembly Tradition. As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she has used Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work. Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival this Summer. Her most recent project is hosting an online blogging community entitled The Pagan Experience. Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 43-year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education. Robin's esoteric writings can be found on her blogs.
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