from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.
  • adjective Biology Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; star-shaped.
  • adjective Of or relating to a supersensible body believed by theosophists to coexist with and survive the death of the human physical body.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Belonging to the stars; starry.
  • Specifically, in theosophy, an epithet descriptive of a supersensible substance supposed to pervade all space and enter into all bodies; odic; biogenic.
  • noun In theosophy, an astral form or body.
  • In cytology, of or pertaining to an aster: as, the astral rays in the karyokinetic or mitotic division-figure of the cell.
  • In some geologic classifications, noting the primitive period or era in the earth's history characterized as “that of the fluid globe, having a heavy vaporous envelop containing the future water of the globe or its dissociated elements and other heavy vapors or gases.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, coming from, or resembling, the stars; starry; starlike.
  • adjective (Biol.) Of or pertaining to an aster.
  • adjective (Theosophy) Consisting of, belonging to, or designating, a kind of supersensible substance alleged to be next above the tangible world in refinement; ; the astral plane.
  • adjective an Argand lamp so constructed that no shadow is cast upon the table by the flattened ring-shaped reservoir in which the oil is contained.
  • adjective spirits formerly supposed to live in the heavenly bodies or the aërial regions, and represented in the Middle Ages as fallen angels, spirits of the dead, or spirits originating in fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to or resembling the stars; starry.
  • adjective theosophy Relating to a supposed supersensible substance taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum, star, from Greek astron; see ster-3 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum ("a star"), from Ancient Greek ἄστρον (astron, "star").


  • While in astral projecting, one may leave the body in one point of time and send the consciousness to another, there is still a linear traveling from set point A to set point B.

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  • One of my friends believed fiercely in astral travel and "operating at a distance" (telekinesis on things outside your visual range; I presume he believed in simple telekinesis as well).

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  • He further believes in astral projection … an a couple of other ummmm … non-scientific ideas.

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  • When we sleep, we enter what is known as the astral plane or astral world, where reality is completely different from what we know in our waking hours.


  • Sometimes it moves around in this lifetime, too; this is called astral projection.

    Where To Park Your Broomstick

  • Bernie was obsessed with the idea of astral travel.


  • Among the Theosophist notions that Mr. Schwartz believes lodged in the Oz creator's mind was "the idea of astral travel, the notion that someone could be transported to an alternate state of consciousness and then return to this world transformed."

    In Search of Auntie Em

  • In this cosmology, the astral is the first metaphysical plane beyond the physical, but is “denser” than the mental plane.

    The etheric double

  • She closed her eyes and in an instant, she recalled her astral experiences as a young cleric in the lands south of Mejico, and saw only blood and tears.

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • “The mystics call it astral travel,” Tanek explained.



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