C W Leadbeater was one of the foremost writers on theosophical topics in the early 20th century. He is the father of Neo-Theosophy, a man credited with great occult ability, whose prolific writings cover a wide range of esoteric topics, from descriptions of the super-physical worlds, through humanity's occult past and potential future, to the remote-viewing of atoms and sub-atomic particles. In 'The Astral Plane' he focuses on the plane of existence which lies just above our own, and which we visit during periods of lucid dreaming. Leadbeater's account describes the Astral's environment and spiritual denizens in great detail: here we find descriptions of angels, elementals, fairies, vampires, werewolves and black magicians, and explanations for psychic phenomena such as clairvoyance, levitation, churchyard ghosts, spirit photographs and mysterious bell-ringing. Written in Leadbeater's eloquent, matter-of-fact style, 'The Astral Plane' is one of the best introductions to this otherworldly realm.
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Table of Contents
Preface by Annie Besant
Introduction by C. J. Jinarajadasa
CHAPTER I - A GENERAL SURVEY
CHAPTER II - SCENERY
The Seven Subdivisions; Degrees of Materiality;
Characteristics of Astral Vision; The Aura; The Etheric
Double; Power of Magnifying Minute Objects; The “Summerland”; Records in Astral Matter.
CHAPTER III - INHABITANTS
a. Human (1) Living: The Adept or his Pupil; The Psychically
Developed Person; The Ordinary Person; The Black
Magician. (2) Dead: The Nirmanakaya; The Pupil
awaiting Reincarnation; The Ordinary person after Death;
The Shade; The Shell; The Vitalized Shell;The Suicide;
The Victim of Sudden Death; The Vampire; The Werewolf;
The Grey World; The Black Magician after Death.
The Elemental Essence; The Astral Bodies of Animals;
Various Classes of Nature-Spirits, commonly called Fairies; Kamadevas; Rupadevas; Arupadevas; The Devarajas.
Elementals formed Unconsciously; Guardian Angels;
Elementals formed Consciously; Human Artificials;
The True Origin of Spiritualism.
CHAPTER IV - PHENOMENA
Churchyard Ghosts; Apparitions of the Dying;
Haunted Localities; Family Ghosts; Bell-ringing, Stone-
throwing, etc.; Fairies; Communicating Entities;
Astral Resources; Clairvoyance; Prevision; Second-
Sight; Astral Force; Etheric Currents; Etheric Pressure;
Latent Energy; Sympathetic Vibration; Mantras;
Disintegration; Materialization; Why Darkness is Required
at a Séance; Spirit Photographs; Reduplication; Precipitation
of Letters and Pictures; Slate-writing; Levitation; Spirit
Lights; Handling Fire; Transmutation; Repercussion.
CHAPTER V - CONCLUSION