What is an Astral Corpse?

What Does the Term “Astral Corpse” Really Mean?

When I first heard the term Astral Corpse, it made me think of a spirit looking like a zombie. Upon further investigation, I fount out that Astral Corpses are merely the leftover particles of a human spirit that hasn’t completely disintegrated from the earth plane. In fact, they are often mistaken for a ghostly apparition.

When a soul passes from the earth, several things happen. The Etheric Body (our exact body double that holds our form together), leaves The Physical Body, sticks around for several days, and then begins to disintegrate. Most of the time, this process takes only about three days. The actual consciousness of that individual will transition to the higher astral planes using the vehicle we call our “astral body”, to where most Spirits reside soon after passing.

I teach in our classes about the different planes of conscious which exist in the ethers–the lowest plane being our earth plane and the next one is the astral plane. This plane is stepped up in frequency and vibrates at much faster rates than our earthly plane. This holds true for each of the subsequent planes but I won’t be discussing them here.

And as with all the other planes, the astral plane has many sub-planes like gradients of color. The hierarchy of the astral plane starts with the lower sub planes where the basest of Spirits reside. These are the ghosts, aka earthbound spirits, and the darker entities sometimes seen as shadow people. These spirits are often “intelligent” meaning, they can, if so desired, interact with souls on the earth plane whether it is positive or negative in nature. There is another phenomenon we in metaphysics call “astral shells”. These shells belong to the departed but are totally void of consciousness. They are in fact, dead empty forms.

Here is what Rudolf Steiner (February 25 or 27, 1861 –March 30th, 1925) an Austrian philosopher and esotericist, said about the ethreic body after death. (Paraphrased)

At the moment of death, the first thing that happens is that The Etheric Body together with The Astral Body separates from The Physical Body, which is left behind and begins to disintegrate, returning back to the mineral world. The Etheric Bodyhovers near The Physical Body for three days. Then The Etheric Body begins to disintegrate, and The Astral Body carries the ego with it out into the cosmos…


Shell Bodies

A sub level of the astral which is not often talked about is the level which holds human (and animal) shell casings of souls who have passed. Why is it important to know more about this plane? Let me explain. A medium or clairvoyant might “see” these phantoms and wonder why they are so flat and won’t communicate. And the experience can be frustrating because they don’t know what they are seeing. In actuality, these are the shells of the departed rather than the spirit consciousness Spirits take with them to the higher astral, and are totally void of awareness. These astral bodies (shells) are in effect, “lifeless.”

“Astral shells” are also known as “astral forms” and “astral corpses. If you think about the fact our physical bodies are put to rest in a cemetery, this plane holds these lifeless forms in a shell-like casing until the frequency of atoms begin to break down. What if someone was cremated? It doesn’t’t matter. The shell leaves the body at death and ends up in this sub plane regardless of being buried or cremated. It stays around for however long it needs to.

Earthbound Spirits are Not Shell Bodies

Some spirits choose not to make the complete journey across for various reasons and are sometimes seen, felt, or heard. We call these “earthbound” spirits or ghosts as I mentioned above. I am not referring to crisis apparitions or a loved one making a onetime appearance. I am speaking of those who try and hang on long after they should have made the transition. This could go on for a hundred years or so. The type of medium who helps these souls make the final crossing, are called “Rescue Mediums”. (I’m sure most of you have seen the television program, “Ghost Whisperer”. The character, Melinda Gordon, in that show was a rescue medium.

My First Time Experience with an Astral Shell

In the early days of what I call my psychic quickening, I began to see these flat figures analogous to seeing cardboard cut outs. I’ll never forget it the first time I encountered one. I was walking through a hospital parking garage and I noticed a woman with dark short hair sitting in a mini-van not moving. I felt creepy about her and that there was something wrong. She looked quite flat (dimensionless) in appearance. Her body and clothing–almost gray. The closer I got, however, the figure started to fade until there was nothing left to see. This perplexed me until I learned of what I was perceiving. What I had encountered was an “astral shell”. And, I’m sure a hospital–even a hospital parking lot, has numerous forms like these hanging about. You may even even seen one or more of these on occasion and not known what you were seeing.

Again, it should be understood that these astral corpses have no consciousness or intelligence to interact with. And many times, astral shells are often mistaken for departed loved ones. The “Astral Shell” of a soul varies from person to person. The ones who had elevated spirituality and high ideals disintegrate rapidly. There is no particular thought vibration remaining to hold fast to the astral body after the soul has withdrawn. Its higher nature, in effect, has counteracted those lower vibrations.

Attention Mediums! You Can’t Cross Them Over…

So, if one happens to encounter one of these “astral shells” in any circumstance, please know there is nothing to be afraid of. They cannot hurt you as they are not alive. Also, there’s no sense in attempting to cross these astral forms over. Nothing will happen if you do because, in essence, there’s nothing there. They have to disintegrate at their own rate and it’s best to leave them alone. Just know these “dead again corpses” are like a photograph from the past which holds no space on the earth plane.