Astral Don’t Care.

16 Nov


Alternate title: The Life That Everybody Asks For.

It seems that everyone wants to get to the astral. The Internet is filled with questions, guides and discussions about astral travel, getting there, what to do once you’re there. Much like having a guide or a broke-open head, everyone wants to be a part of this massive thing called the astral.

And I must ask- why? Why in all the multiverse would you want to really immerse yourself into the astral?

It’s an important question, really. Because once that door opens, you can’t readily shut it again. Oh, you can try. But you’ll likely fail. If your life is like a house, the astral is a box of matches and a jug of kerosene. It will light your life house on fire, and you can either choose to try and ignore it as it burns down around you (likely taking you with it), or you can choose to react to it, and participate in the cluster that is astral life.

That is because, my friends, the astral is a honeybadger. It just doesn’t care. It doesn’t give a shit, it just takes whatever it wants. It will take it’s matches and kerosene and burn your whole block down, if it feels like it.

And honestly, if you could live your entire life not having to subject yourself to that- why wouldn’t you?

The astral, for all its wondrous places, interesting people/entities/beings is really messed up. It really is. Astral brings a lot of heartache, a lot of strife. And it likes to mess with your life all in all. People complain that Set is a pot stirrer, but he’s got nothing on the astral. The astral contains more than just wonderful, nice, helpful things. There is a lot of bad there, too. And if you find yourself in a mess of trouble, there is no way to avoid the bleedthrough into day to day life. What kind of bleed through? How about visions dealing with nasty stuff like rape, death, or murder while you’re trying to work on spreadsheets at work? How about feelings of pain that are so crippling, you can barely get up in the morning? How about whispers and sensations that are non-corporeal that consume you while you’re trying to drive in rush hour traffic?

Not enough yet?

How about finding a group of people you work with on the astral, and then having shit go down (while you’re trying to continue living out here in the physical world), and having to cope with the deaths of said people- all while putting a smile on in your day to day life?

Sound like fun? It’s a lot more common than you think.

The astral. Doesn’t. Care. Things will happen at any time, any place. You will be living two lives- one of which you have to hide, because the physical realms will think you’re crazy, and the other of which doesn’t care that you’re part of the physical realms (or will extort that to their advantage). For all of its supposed awesomeness, the astral is also a huge cesspool of fubar and tears and I think people don’t discuss that nearly enough.

This is not to say that the astral is all bad. The astral can lead to quite a bit of growth and “character building”, and there is a ton of useful information there (but at what cost?). I also have some amazing bonds there, and know some great people- and my life would be missing something without it (I was in the category of the astral was burning my house down, and when I tried to run away, I paid the price-  I never went looking for the astral). But I think that I needs to be said that anyone who is seeking the astral, anyone who is poking around, trying to get there (as opposed to the astral poking you), that you really should heavily consider if you want that level of strife and/or responsibility in your life. Because once you fall down the rabbit hole, it’s nearly impossible to truly climb back out again. And if most of the people I’ve met who have a foot in each world, a large chunk of what waits for you is strife, because Astral don’t care.



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23 responses to “Astral Don’t Care.

  1. mythicanine

    November 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

    This is the very reason why many cultures had specialists (priests, mystics, shamans and other types) that journeyed into alternate realms for the sake of the people. Not everyone could do it. Not everyone was supposed to do it. Not everyone SHOULD do it. It’s one of the reasons why I hairy-eyeball people who develop workshops on shamanism and astral travel or “journeying” (aside from the appropriative issues which may arise).

    I also know this from personal experience. The astral is no different from the real world outside your doorstep, except in a way it can be far more risky because you have spirits and other beings who primarily reside there. They know how the system works, so to speak.

    • von186

      November 16, 2012 at 9:41 am

      I wish we had better access to people who actually know their shit when it comes to the astral, because for those who get sucked in unwillingly, it’s sort of a trial by fire situation. ANd that gets old, fast.

  2. Helmsman Of-Inepu

    November 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    In Kemetic perspective, do you think the astral is the Duat? the Nuun? or something else entirely?

    • von186

      November 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

      I think that the Duat is part of the astral. Like… a realm within the astral. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Nuun surrounds the astral as a whole, of if there is a level/layer within the astral that contains ‘unlimited potential’, which we could classify as the Nuun.

      • Aubs Tea

        November 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

        I can get behind this UPG.

  3. Aine Rayne

    November 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

    You certainly picked the right animal to compare the astral to. Badgers are nasty little bitches, they can sleep off the venom of a black mamba >.>

  4. Eddie

    November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, heavily agree with this. Part of why in the work I’m doing I make a boundary between mystic/astral practices and daily life practices, and I show heavy bias towards daily life practices in my bigger writings on my religion. Because those are helpful and less likely to derail your life just because.

  5. Katherine Bryant

    November 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    It was really interesting for me to read this, because it’s so unlike my own experience. I’ve been doing trancework for several years, and though I’ve experienced some strange things that may have been a direct result of this work, my house has never burned down. Neither literally nor figuratively. 😉 Then again, this may be because I was fortunate enough to have learned my technique under the guidance of a teacher. I imagine that could make a big difference….

  6. Aubs Tea

    November 17, 2012 at 1:00 am

    For about six seconds, I was interested. Then, I got over it. Now, I have no fucking choice and I’m like, dude no, wtf. I’m thrilled I don’t remember shit.

    • von186

      November 17, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Not remembering things is a blessing, and a curse.

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm


        WE ARE CURSED.

      • von186

        November 18, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        I feel less cursed than I used to, but it took a lot of work to get to this point. And I had my ass handed to me more times than I can count.

        It’s part of why I give the gods such attention. They have helped me in so many ways relating to the astral, its friggin cray cray.

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

        I know that I have some serious things that I’ve worked through because of this. And I’ve caught glimpses, as though memories, of the past lives that I’ve been working through. (No clue if I have guides like you do or not in that regard.) It’s also, you know, obviously been a big help since the rage ball from the ex is gone, so… I feel only mildly cursed.

        And also, I’ve noticed that because of my forays into the astral, the soul piece that Dusken retrieved for me is more fully integrating into me.

      • von186

        November 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm

        I don’t know that I’d consider the gods my guides, though. They are fixing me now, at their own behest, so that I can be useful to them later. That much has been made clear. A lot of what I thought I understood about what htey wanted (such as “make the two halves whole”) was entirely off base and is only starting to make sense now. On the by and large, I don’t consider myself to have guides. I’ve got friends who know more stuff than me, but I just can’t say that I see the gods guiding me. They’re just making me into something more useful later.

        If that makes sense … x.x;

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

        They are molding the clay that is Devo.

      • von186

        November 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

        They are fixing my stubs from eons of crap that is way too complicated for here. And once my stubs are functioning limbs again, then my service to them really begins.

        Oh joy. XD

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        OMGs. I can’t wait to see those blog entries. XD

      • von186

        November 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        heh, the service to them? Might make it on here. The stubs, the only way you’ll ever catch glimpses, is through the crack blog. XD

        I really.. dunno wtf they have in store for me, I really don’t. Probably acid and bathsalts. With crack sprinkled on top.

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 6:10 pm

        I bet you end up with your own temple.

      • von186

        November 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

        I think I’m awesome enough to be worshiped XDDDDDD Oh wait, that’s probably not what you meant 😉

      • Aubs Tea

        November 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm


  7. thefirstdark

    November 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

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