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In astronomy and astrology, of or related to the stars; starry; star-like.
In occultism, of or related to a supersensible body believed by theosophists to coexist with and survive the death of the human physical body; a spectral form consisting of, belonging to, or designating, a kind of supersensible substance alleged to be next or above the tangible world.
The term appears to be derived from the Latin for 'star' and is sometimes also applied to the stellar world as descriptive of the fabric of the heavens.
In occult and astrological terminology the astral plane is contiguous in space (if not in time) with the material realm; it is the one which the spiritual part of a human being enters during periods of sleep and after death.
The astral realm is one normally invisible to ordinary sight, yet it is the proper dwelling of the higher spiritual bodies of man.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group; (3) Muldoon, Sylvan Joseph and Carrington, Hereward, Projection of the Astral Body, Kessinger Publishing; (4) Blackmore, Susan, Out-of-Body Experiences in Schizophrenia, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease (1986).
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