MAGICK — THE FOUR WORLDS
The ancients described man as mind, body, and soul.
Psychologists of the twentieth century added the
subconscious to that deffinition. This produces a four-fold
classification. The universe is also divided into four
corresponding parts (‘worlds’), as shown below:
WORLD BODY QUALITY
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spiritual world spiritual body (soul or kia) intuition
mental world mental body (conscious mind) rational
astral world astral body (subconscious) emotions
physical world physical body physical senses
The astral body (subconscious) is the intermediary
for intuition, magical and psychic phenomena, and is the
‘psychic link’ to the physical world. Most occult and
magical phenomena originate in the invisible, non-sensate,
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non-physical realm (ie. without physical senses). Each of
the four worlds interacts with the other worlds. Psychic
energy flows from the spiritual to mental to astral to
physical. The physical world is a projection (manifestation,
reflection, or shadow) of the higher worlds. Our center of
consciousness is generally within these higher worlds.
“We are”, to quote the rock music group the Police, “spirits
in the material world”.
There are many similar terms used by other occult
groups. For example, ‘astral light’ is another name for
astral world, although it may sometimes also refer to the
entire non-physical realm, as may ‘inner planes’ or ‘the
invisible world’. Planes are essentially the same as worlds.
Vehicles or sheaths are the same as bodies. Some groups
include an etheric or vital body between physical and
astral: it is mostly ‘physical’ with a little of the
lower ‘astral’ besides. And sometimes astral and mental
are each divided into two parts (upper and lower). The
‘causal body’ is the upper ‘mental’.