Please read part 1 for this entry to further make sense
Most people confuse the astral body with the magickal
personality, like an alter ego or superhero, which is a higher
construct, and more solar. The sun sign in pop astrology is associated
with the outward projection of personality. Which I will not focus on at
The astral body is associated with a lower
self, this does not mean inferior, but closer to earth as lunar, the
unconscious or subconscious, emotions, passion, sexuality, nature, and
physicality. The back of the head which touches the pillow in sleep.
have an open mind but I am over 90 percent sure that shapeshifting is
done astrally, in the magick moon realm closely overlaid on earth, and
not into a physical animal body by a human. It can be used,"sent" for
spying or attack such as with the secret societies. It can be a very
useful tool of defense or offense in dream warfare. People who live in
areas where they grew up and the concept is socially acceptable are more
aware of this and may see them (animals or animal people and spirits)
with second sight (called ve or vision) when awake. The loup garou,
loupgarou or rougarou was taken from european lycanthropy werewolf lore.
But there was similar practices with other animals in africa such as
with the Abakua leopard society, which followed to Cuba.
tribes, they usually focused on one or a few local symbiotic animals
for this purpose, and were emotionally linked, such as a cultural/racial
or part of ancestral oversoul. Bear cults have localized differences
such as native american medicine versus celtic or norse shamanistic
based societies. Fetish could be made, as well as other links to our
energy matrix to a specific animal, whether it be a wolf, bear or bird.
Ingestion of the animal parts in different ways into our body, and the
wearing of skins/fur, hat, or mask. So much so that a person begins to
transform: self identify, sympathize, with the chosen animal. An
initiation into the specified mysteries would take place to fortify this
In the african diasporic, and espiritismo practices,
water is kept in a clear glass near the head of the bed, and/or under
prepared to refresh the consciousness, and filter negative energies for
the dream journey. A spiritual and mundane bath is usually done before bed
in preparation. Other preparations are done to prepare oneself to have
the spiritual sight, vision quest, and dreaming. Some of this is
detailed by a Haitian Mambo in the book "Nan Domi", translated as under
sleep. In Tata Oriate's book he details some of the methods that can also be used such as training the eyes and eye washes.
There are warded "real"astral places such as
temples, aeries, dens or caves where like peoples congregate, and
visited in ritual as well as the dreamtime.
associated with spirit in terms of soul flight and the parts of the soul
in egyptian terms of the ka and ba. As well as with mercurial magic,
winged feet and Hermes/Mercury/Thoth messengers, with both parts of the brain it is
metaphoric. But we need not to be part of a bird cult to travel
spiritually. The ideas of winged angels images and flowing cloth came from greek art and gods such as Eros who mated with Psyche.
Animal shapeshifting, and those with magic power were
feared, and then demonized. Vampires and skin walkers became associated
as to drain a persons energy, cannibalism, and to cause illness. A
nocturnal bat is a vampire by some species, associated with caves, and
is night flying. The more modern witches familiar such as a cat are
domesticated, sensitive, intelligent, and can see into the dark, see
spirits and into the other worlds.
In makaya and Haitian secret sosyetes and related to the congo Simbis magician snake Lwa and petro Lwa, shape shifting is their domain. There are tales of conjure horses and werebears, related to the cymbees in South Carolina and Lousiana. Some say the Taino, first people of Puerto Rico and Hispanola, as well as perhaps parts of Florida, as Arawak speaking indians, had this related to their animistic spirits the Z/Cemis.
eclectic author and olorisha Luisah Teish states that there is a 9 part
soul system to the egyptians and ?pan/africans in her book: carnival
seasonal celebration of the spirit. I do know 9 is associated with not
only the dead and ancestors, but the moon, as well as the 8 "gods" neter
or ogdoad personalities of the occultist and psychologist Jung and
.....god makes the 9th.The norse have 9 realms to their world tree. The hebrews world tree has 9 realms, earth, and the non-realm shadow, umbra of pluto/daath.
The Cherokee have a 3 world
system of the upper world of higher spirits, middle world of our earth
and tricksters, and lower realm of ancestors and the dead. I am not very
familiar with their culture, but have journeyed this way. An animal
guide is different for each realm, who you follow one place to the next.
The animal for the middle realm is the spirit guide or totem that most
refer to. They must be retrieved and then given in a certain way to a
person by another to create the link.
There is a need to remember in
your dream that you can be an animal.This may seem simple, but means you must have some lucidity, or reflex. Again this link is also reinforced.
Can an astral
body have physical effects in this world?, most certainly as magick can
and is not all in the mind, and in rare cases ghosts have left scratch
It just will in most cases when effective, have the desired effect, but be more subtle.
we need is to will it to be so, but not to strain or concentrate, but
to believe it to be so. Put the idea out there that your lucid dream or projection will happen later
this week. Astral travel or projection can be spontaneous, or even
assisted by higher spirits, and conscious, but more so when our brain is
at rest and when we are not resisting nor forcing. Becoming ridden by
the spirits or coming out of our body requires a sort of obliteration or
detachment from the physical, which happens in death or loosened in
dreaming. In physical mediumship when ridden, our Ti Bon Ange wanders and the Lwa takes the drivers seat. But to clarify I do not believe in killing the ego, that it is
possible or beneficial for most or needed even, but a temporary ego
death of letting go. To be other or outside our normal self and body. When we are
conscious of projection, over-excitement or fear can send us right
back into our physical body.
In the beginning there are
entities who have vested interest in poaching or keeping you ignorant
and scaring you back into reality. Eventually this will not happen for
the most part as you become less afraid of your mortality and more
proficient in warfare (it helps to have a proficient teacher) and
existing in this dream realm. You won't be an easy target or worth it as
much to trifle with later. Black lodges would teach projection before defense
or when the initiate was not ready to discourage them, keep dependency
or predatorily suck their energy.
As you increase your
light, you will invite curiosity and the desperate. I cannot teach
warfare here, but play with the idea of meditations of armor and swords
etc upon yourself before sleep. Pray to your higher spirits, god,
ancestors and spirit guides to visit you (reunion) and protect you in
your sleep. Allan Kardec has a spiritualist prayer for reunion before
sleep in his book of collected prayers. Keep yourself, behavior, and
your environment clean.
To get rest, you can wrap your head in white and
take a peaceful spiritual bath before bed. You can put camphor in your
waterglass under the bed, and use cascarilla upon the clean bed sheets. A
sword or machete can be properly consecrated in the home to a certain
Lwa or spirit for protection, that object has an energetic or astral
I have tried many dreaming techniques, and
one of my strongest abilities is lucid dreaming. This has much worth as spirits teach, as well as can meet you and confirm information. A lucid dream can spark
a projection, is close, but is not the same thing.
I have always had psychic dreams, vivd, and shared dreams. I wonder if I am
this way due to my small percentage of australian aboriginal genetics.
They would see a specific type of animal medicine as dream path in an
unmanifest creative thought zone, the dreamtime, in which a person
exists before, during life, and after death.The patterns then can
manifest in the earth world. A place where you can meet the dead, and
spirits, but not usually deities.
I certainly have
developed the talent besides. And I have tried many unsuccessful
techniques which may work for someone else such as rocking, rope
pulling, ladder, dream pillows, etc
1. What I will say is that you do need an energy source to fuel the vehicle.
(related to the tarot card, the chariot). Enough physical vitality and
cultivated life force energy for the practice when awake, which there
are many ways to do this, to store it in the body, and associated with
the sun. The astral body is passive in the energy consumption, but will
prolong the awareness and the seeming distance, as well as effectiveness
of your actions in this state. We don't actually go anywhere, but
breach time and space limitations of this earth realm via conciousness. You can get energy by many methods as said such as chi in qigong, solar breathing, sun salutations, etc.
2. Secondly ye olde dream journal.
Spirits won't give you more info if you do not act on it or at least
record it. It is a waste of their effort, time and energy for your
curiosity. This will also assist you with recall and assessing what this
means in your life in terms of prophecy and spirituality. Write it on
waking or you will forget later. I actually remember 95% of all my
It might help to record information like a
ritual journal, look for patterns, for the conditions to be right, such
as moon phase (affecting women especially), astrology if known, time,
day/date, anything out of the ordinary in emotional or physical state.
post "dream" research on the information given to provide logical
foundation to what can be illusion. You may be given words in other
languages, information on places, or mathematics that you would have not
otherwise known. Many priests specialize in dream interpretation. Dream
dictionaries and books are worthless pretty much, but learning about
certain cultures around, and aspects of an animal and animal is worthwhile. For
example a wolf might have big eyes and ears for sight and hearing. Big
teeth and claws as weapons. Different cultures may have different meanings to an animal.
3. Back to bed method as called W.I.L.D or wake induced lucid dreaming.
When you have the luxury of going back to sleep in the morning is the
optimal condition. Your mind is rested and processed daily junk, your
body is relaxed, yet your mind is somewhat alert. Some people set an
alarm, turn it off then go back to sleep.
4. meditation induced lucid dreaming
or M.I.L.D. I have found pathworking, or meditation with a scenario or
script with desired, and like energetic correspondences and elements
such as archetypes, symbols, colors, smells and place. Meditation is not
the zen of nothingness, that was taught for focus and discipline. And
all the better if you fall asleep into this script where the mind keeps
journeying. There are many tapes and books for this, my favorite are
tarot based by Doloros Nowicki such as the inner landscape and the
shining paths. You will be able to memorize the script, but I can read
and journey at the same time. Later these motifs may show up during your
Many create an "imaginary" sacred space
and travel using the world tree glyph in tree meditations. Through the
darkness a darker place is found, sometimes at the base of a tree, other
times a door. This leads down to a "cave" then usually up to a place of
nature, where you can create what you may. In time this place may
change or expand. This is an important spiritual meeting place for your
guides. Although others that I have guided have ended up on a rainbow
bridge which is a bit higher up. I do not want to describe more to
unintentionally form your space and journey for you.
5 changing spatial awareness or focus away
from the body. There are many techniques to do this such as moving your
mind around to different parts of the body, to moving the awareness to a
corner of your room then back. Picture yourself walking to the door out
of your body around your living space to outside. The closer you stand
to your body or look back you will tend to get sucked back to your body
and normal awareness.
6 Imagination and creativity
problem of movies and tv and not reading enough fiction, is that your
mind is unable to create visual images. Imagining an object with all our
senses and turn it over. Read a fiction book and imagine a character as
they are described, the sensations, the surroundings, and our minds are
built to want to fill in the blanks. The filling in the blanks can be
spiritually inspired information. The filling in the blanks is what
happens during pathworking. Having a creative hobby such as art or
writing, even culinary arts, can help with the transmission of
inspiration, or subtle spiritual communication. As adults we have lost
our childlike sense of play, which is magickal. Playing out a situation
of scenarios or possibilities, and our reactions, or play acting can
find solutions, even if not immediately apparent, can play out in the
dream realm and decrease fear. We can then manifest the outcome we
Some people report
they have funky dreams when they eat certain foods late at night such
as certain cheeses. Food is medicine and can affect our brain waves,
REM, and sleep cycle, such as neurotransmitters from amino acids like
serotonin from amino acids like the turkey protein tryptophan.
Tryptophan is a tryptomine like DMT, the psychedelic spirit molecule of
ayahuasca. I take tryptophan as a mood enhancer and sleep aide before
bedtime. Some report a mixture also with GABA and melatonin helps. I do
not take melatonin because it is ineffective for insomnia for me. This
should not be a crutch but an aide. I have tried other herbs such as
calea mexican dream herb, very mild, and african dream root, deliriant,
both legal, but not very effective for me.
after the foundation is built, you will naturally sleep, journey and
have regular spiritual dreamtime experiences, and not need to do these
techniques, except pathworking, it is so fun and illuminating for me.
Row, row, row your boat, (vehicle upon the astral waters)
gently down the stream
merrily merrily merrily, merrily, (Mary, the star of the sea)(row, row, Yemoja)
life is but a dream.
(or the world a stage where we are merely players)