Definition of astral in US English:



  • 1attributive Of, connected with, or resembling the stars.

    ‘astral navigation’
    • ‘The two men had cited example after example of astrologically arranged marriages, full of astral promise, turning disastrous.’
    • ‘He's going to allot a section of the sky to each member of the family and have them count the number of stars in their designated astral plot.’
    • ‘The clear African sky at night, with its infinite astral array, takes some beating as a holiday experience.’
    • ‘In principle, everyone had the power to prevail over astral influences.’
    • ‘The car's headlights led the way in this intensely gorgeous astral setting.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to a supposed nonphysical realm of existence to which various psychic and paranormal phenomena are ascribed, and in which the physical human body is said to have a counterpart.
      • ‘The physical body can be cured by treating the astral body with energy healing.’
      • ‘By some accounts, the astral body is a third component of humans, along with the material body and disincarnate soul.’
      • ‘Pain flared along his astral body the moment he touched his physical vessel.’
      • ‘The astral body exists in the nonphysical dimension called the astral plane, which is also the world we are in during our dreams at night when we sleep.’
      • ‘Lessons included learning astral projection, which Helen first tried at the age of 12.’
      • ‘It puts things in perspective. It's the closest I'll ever get to astral projection.’
      • ‘Even with an astral body, he found it hard to keep up.’
      • ‘Barbara claims she can do astral healing: psychic surgery on your aura.’
      • ‘I do not have visions and have never done astral travelling.’
      • ‘Now that you have part of his resumé, you can peruse some of the spells on his site which include astral projection, time travel and fire magic.’
      • ‘Like us, they have both physical and astral bodies.’
      • ‘These spirits have astral bodies only, and are invisible.’
      • ‘Someday he would have to ask Kayal more about astral bodies, but that day wouldn't come for a long time.’
      • ‘We simply step out of the physical body and are in our astral body, going on in the mind as usual.’
      • ‘Everyone has a counterpart on the astral plane, sitting in its little room.’
      • ‘In astral projection, it is the astral body, not the soul or consciousness, that leaves the body.’
      • ‘According to the book, I had been the victim of some kind of lower astral entity, a being that had attached itself to me in my weakened state, and was causing the fear and paralysis.’
      • ‘If someone believes they can leave their body and travel the world and the millions of different astral planes, they will.’
      • ‘The last time I heard similar themes in an interview, someone were earnestly explaining the concept of astral flying.’
      • ‘Cecil barely had time to open his mouth to scream as his astral body impacted on the ground, slipping right through it and down into the bowels of the Earth.’


Early 17th century: from late Latin astralis, from astrum ‘star’.