Mindscape, The

Learn about the mysterious realm of pure thought called the mindscape

Artist’s  rendition of the mindscape as a plane of malleable mindstuff

The mindscape, mental plane, or world of thought, refers to the macrocosmic or universal plane or reality that is made up purely of thought or mindstuff. In contrast to Western secular modernist and post-modern belief, thoughts and consciousness are not just a byproduct of brain functioning, but have their own objective and universal reality quite independent of the physical.

This reality itself constitutes only one gradation in a whole series of planes of existence. In most such cosmologies and explanations of reality, the mindscape is located adjacent to the astral plane but below the higher spiritual realms of existence.

Telepaths can consciously project their thought-forms into the mindscape in much the same way that sorcerers can project their astral bodies. However, with sufficient training or natural ability, a telepath can also draw the thought-forms of others into the mindscape against their will. Because it is the depository of all human thought since the beginning of the species, the mindscape is inhabited by not only sentient embodiments of psychological archetypes forming part of the collective unconscious but also by all manner of imaginary and mythological creatures, some of which are powerful enough to injure or even kill the unwary traveler.

Astral Plane, The

Learn about the subtle realm inhabited by a variety of spirits called the astral plane

Astral Plane
Artist’s rendition of a journey to the astral plane in the astral body

The astral plane, also called the astral world, is a plane whose existence was first postulated by classical, medieval, oriental and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions. It is the world of the celestial spheres, crossed by the soul in its astral body on the way to being born and after death, and generally said to be populated by angels, spirits or other immaterial beings. In the late 19th and early 20th century the term was popularized by Theosophy and neo-Rosicrucianism.

Plato and Aristotle taught that the stars were composed of a type of matter different from the four earthly elements – a fifth, ethereal element or quintessence that they referred to as the aethyr. In the “astral mysticism” of the classical world, the human psyche was composed of the same material, thus accounting for the influence of the stars upon human affairs.

Such doctrines were commonplace in mystery-schools and Hermetic and gnostic sects throughout the Roman Empire and influenced the early Christian church. Among Muslims, the “astral” world-view was soon rendered orthodox by Quranic references to the Prophet’s ascent through the seven heavens. Scholars took up the Greek Neoplatonist accounts as well as similar material in Hindu and Zoroastrian texts. By the 14th century, Dante was describing his own journey through the astral spheres of Paradise.

According to occult teachings the astral plane can be visited consciously through astral projection, meditation and mantra, near death experience, lucid dreaming, or other means. Individuals that are trained in the use of the astral vehicle can separate their consciousness in the astral vehicle from the physical body at will. Although human dreamers regularly visit the harmless lower astral planes, only trained wizards are able to visit the higher astral planes, which are inhabited by powerful and occasionally dangerous entities.

Otherside, The

A description of the mysterious dimensional prison called the Otherside.

Artist’s rendition of existence in the Otherside reportedly based on first-hand experience

It is unknown when magicians from our dimension discovered the shadowy realm called the Otherside or when these sorcerers began consigning enemies into its ethereal reaches.

Since the first recorded reference to it in 794 BCE by an unnamed priest of Amoun-Ra, the Otherside has served as the de facto prison for a mage’s most powerful opponents. It has also been reported that the Otherside has been used as an extra-dimensional storage tesseract for artifacts whose magic is considered too devastating to remain on the Earth plane, such as the Ark of the Covenant.

By all accounts, travel to the Otherside is so easy that a novice magician can cast a spell to open a portal to it. However, it is nearly impossible for a portal to be created while within the confines of the Otherside. To date, only the mysterious sorcerer named Hades, arch-enemy of the golden-age Dr. Arcane, has successfully returned from banishment to the Otherside.