The Astral Light
“The Astral Light, being the instrument of life, naturally collects at living centers; it cleaves to the kernel of plants as to the heart of man (and by heart we understand, in magic, the great sympathetic), but it identifies itself with the individual life of the existence which it animates.
We are, in fact, saturated with this light and continually project it to make room for more; by this projection, the personal atmosphere is created.
The settlement and polarization of this light about a center produce a living being; it attracts all the matter necessary to perfect and preserve it.
It is the first physical manifestation of the Divine Breath.
God creates it eternally, and man, in the image of the Deity, modifies and apparently multiplies it in the reproduction of his species.
“The Great Magic Agent has four properties – to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, and to moderate.
These four properties, directed by the will of man, can modify all phases of Nature.
In making use of the term fluid in connection with this force, we employ a received expression, but we are far from determining that the latent light is a fluid; everything, on the contrary, leads us to prefer the system of vibrations, in the explanation of this phenomenal force.
However that may be, the coming synthesis of chemistry will probably lead our physicists to the knowledge of this universal agent. A complete revolution of science will follow, and we shall return to the transcendent magic of the Chaldeans.”
– Paul Foster Case, Occult Fundamentals and Spiritual Unfoldment