Astral Knowing

THE  surreal landscape of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass has Alice wondering what the world is like on the other side of a mirror.

To her surprise, Alice is able to pass into a fantastic astral world and experience an alternate existence.

A puzzled Alice discovers a book with looking-glass poetry called “Jabberwocky,” which she can read only by holding it up to a mirror.

To Theosophical students, Carroll’s imaginative invention is an unambiguous reminder of “the astral light” of occultism, a universal storage drive where original images of all things are seen in reverse of their visible projections on our terrestrial plane.

In 1871, mediumship and table-tipping were all the rage, detailed in Mitch Horowitz’s recent book Occult America. Understandably, Carroll’s sequel to Alice in Wonderland was wildly popular at the time.

Clairvoyance and psychic powers have always fascinated the public. But then, as now, they were considered nonsensical by mainstream scientists.


“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” the White Queen confides to Alice.


Once of interest only to ghost-hunters, and the derided science of parapsychology, “The Big 5”: Precognition, Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Psychokinesis and Healing (known collectively as “psi”), are now being noticed by the rank-and-file psychological and neuroscience community.

Updated and republished at:

Meeting an Angel


2 responses to “Astral Knowing

  1. What an absolutely amazing post! It’s always an exciting thing to hear anything about Theosophy in the mainstream media…it’s like us students get to say “hey, we’re famous!” – fun. But quite seriously, our society needs the input so very badly, and it is satisfying to see and be reminded that, always, whether accepted or rejected, the influence of the Teachings is there. Edcar Cayce, a pure soul, is hands down one of the most extraordinary soul stories ever, and it is a huge gift that so much of his work is documented. Very very important. I think it’s also important that he himself was never really aware of what came through him, indeed functioning solely as the channel. Thank you, TW for this posting, NAMASTE ALL!


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