Astral



pertaining to or proceeding from the stars; stellar; star-shaped.
Biology. pertaining to, consisting of, or resembling an aster; having a discoid, radiate flower head.
Theosophy. noting a supersensible substance pervading all space and forming the substance of a second body (astral body) belonging to each individual. It accompanies the individual through life, is able to leave the human body at will, and survives the individual after death.
Contemporary Examples

Astraea is the starry Lady of the Scales, a sort of karmic, astral Venus who weighs one’s deeds.
The Stars Predict Your Week Starsky + Cox October 8, 2011

It gave me great pleasure to expose one of them in The astral.
Novelist Kate Christensen’s Winning Novels About Losers June 12, 2011

LIBRA A lineup of planets in your opposite sign activates your astral zone of “others.”
Horoscopes: The Week of March 27 Starsky + Cox March 25, 2011

The astral captures the cozy pleasures and messy troubles inherent in contemporary social networks.
Novelist Kate Christensen’s Winning Novels About Losers June 12, 2011

The astral is set in north Brooklyn, where Christensen, 48, lived for almost 20 years (she moved to New Hampshire two years ago).
Novelist Kate Christensen’s Winning Novels About Losers June 12, 2011

Historical Examples

This projection of the astral body, as a rule, occurs only when the physical body is stilled in sleep, or in trance condition.
Clairvoyance and Occult Powers Swami Panchadasi

He is in the astral now, thought Jones, who said: “She will have a much prettier one.”
The Paliser case Edgar Saltus

I can’t say I follow her, for she is up in the clouds nearly all the time, and I haven’t as yet developed an astral body.
The Big Bow Mystery I. Zangwill

All of which Bottazzi would explain by his theory of an ‘astral arm.’
The Shadow World Hamlin Garland

We shall see the part played by it in the astral colors as we proceed.
The Human Aura Swami Panchadasi

adjective
relating to, proceeding from, consisting of, or resembling the stars: an astral body
(biology) of or relating to the aster occurring in dividing cells
(theosophy) denoting or relating to a supposed supersensible substance believed to form the material of a second body for each person, taking the form of an aura discernible to certain gifted individuals
adj.

“pertaining to the stars,” c.1600, from Late Latin astralis, from Latin astrum “star,” from Greek astron (see astro-). Meaning “pertaining to supersensible substances” is from 1690s, popularized late 19c. in Theosophy.

astral as·tral (ās’trəl)
adj.

Of, relating to, emanating from, or resembling the stars.

Of, relating to, or shaped like the mitotic aster; having the shape of an astrosphere; star-shaped.

astral
(ās’trəl)
Relating to or coming from the stars; stellar.

language
A programming language based on Pascal, never implemented.
[“ASTRAL: A Structured and Unified Approach to Database Design and Manipulation”, T. Amble et al, in Proc of the Database Architecture Conf, Venice, June 1979].
(2000-01-27)

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