This week’s post gets into the fun stuff – building your own astral temple. Before we begin, if you’re new to meditation and astral travel, the process I use can be found in my blog post Pathworking I, which you can read here.
What is an astral temple? It is a magickal space created in the astral using meditation, visualization, and energy directing techniques. It’s a space unique to you between the worlds, a place where you are no longer constrained by the limitations of ordinary reality. It is a place where you can work with guides, angels, demons, and other astral entities, as well as commune with the gods and make magick.
The astral temple can be anything you want it to be. It can be as simple as a stonehenge, woodhenge, stone circle, or forest clearing, or something as grand as a gothic cathedral, Egyptian temple, pyramid or wizards tower straight out of a fantasy novel. A hut, a saxon long house, a castle, or a cave. You’re limited only by your imagination.
Your astral temple can be on a hill, the summit of a mountain, perched on a cliff, or hidden deep within a forest. It can be on an island surrounded by a limitless sea, or floating in the air. Again, you’re limited only by your imagination.
Before taking the journey to create your astral temple, sit down with paper and pencil and begin to take notes on what you want your temple to be. Get as detailed as you possibly can. Do some rough sketches of how you would like it to look. You don’t have to be an artist for this, and your drawings don’t need to be perfect. They’re just aids to assist your imagination and will help to focus your ideas. Don’t let your design get unwieldy. If your design as a maze or corridors and rooms, you’ll have a hard time visualizing that all at once when it comes time for construction. Your temple needs to have ‘solidity’ in the astral. That means you having it firmly in place in your mind. If your temple is so complex that you cannot remember all the rooms/hallways/details, etc., then it’ll lack realness. As time goes by, you can add to it, and when you do so bit-by-bit, it makes the whole structure easier to visualize and appear solid in your mind.
To give you an idea of what an astral temple can be, I’ll share how mine started and evolved over the years.
My astral temple began as a stone henge (not Stonehenge, but a henge made in stone) on a hill surrounded by a forest. I was happy with this temple for many years, but at one point I decided I wanted a temple building in addition to the henge, and with vivid imagination in full gear, I decided I had to have a wizards tower straight out of a Dungeons & Dragons novel. So I went ahead a created another hill in the surrounding forest that was in close proximity to the hill with henge.
Around this point in my life, I was heavily influenced by Celtic myth and Arthurian legends, so, reading so much lore about the Isle of Avalon, I wanted to recreate that in the astral. Now, this was the 90’s and the internet wasn’t what it’s like today – you couldn’t just google whatever your heart desired, so I had to find a topographical map of Glastonbury to get an idea of the shape of the isle when surrounded by water, what the Tor, and Chalice and Wearyall Hills looked like, etc. I traced what I thought would be the isle’s outline onto blank paper, then added the outlines of physical features (the Tor, hills, etc.) I marked where the two springs would be, then went ahead and started designing the temple complex. My stone henge would be on the Tor and the tower would be on Chalice Hill. I decided the two springs would meet in the abbey grounds where they formed a large pool, before continuing on in a single stream. I added forests and to the north and east I decided on having rises and small cliffs.
With everything ready, I went into meditation and began my work, seeing this island forming out of thin air around the small forest and hills I had already created. When that was done, it was literally an island floating in space. I decided to keep it that way. Back then, I was very inspired by the artwork of Gilbert Williams and Rob Schouten, with their images of floating temples and spaces, heavily influencing how I imagined the astral.
That was more than enough work for one session, so in subsequent sessions, I built up the woodland, placed the two wells, pool and streams, created as much of the abbey ruins as I could from the few pictures of the place I could find in books at the time (remember, no google back then). My last step was to place a protective sphere and wards around the floating isle to keep it safe from unwanted visitors and negative energies.
And just like that, I had a whole temple complex in a place as close to looking like the Isle of Avalon as I could envision with just a topical map as a guide. As time went by, I added more to it, elemental shrines, caves, and other small details.
Now back to you. Once you’ve fleshed out your ideas enough, you’re ready to begin. If you’re using my process of relaxation and meditation, step out of the sphere and see yourself in a place appropriate to your plans – if your temple will be in a forest, see a woodland path beyond the sphere, follow it until you reach the place where you’ll build your temple. If your temple will be floating in the sky, step out of the sphere and see that it is floating in the sky. You can then fly to the location where you will begin building your astral temple.
If you’re creating the landscape that your temple will be built in like I did, work on that first. See the dirt and rocks forming into the landmass you determined in your notes. See the grass and trees grow, flowers blossoms, etc. Add any water features that you want. Once you’ve done the big work, travel around your space and add the details to the landscape that you want. This sounds simple and easy, but it takes time, and should be done in it’s own session or sessions before moving on to include the temple itself.
When it’s time to build your temple, see it being built brick-by-brick, or log-by-log, depending upon what you’ve chosen. If it’s a circle of standing stones, see them being shaped out of the earth, then moved into place. Take you time with this step, focus on colours and textures of the building material(s) you’re using. Once construction is complete, walk around your temple, looking at every inch of it, making alterations as needed. If your temple is a building, move into it, again scanning to make sure everything is how you envisioned it. If there are multiple rooms, walk into each one, ensuring the ‘bones’ of the temple are to your liking. This should probably be it’s own session as well.
In an additional session add details – if you’re temple will have a library, furnish it to your liking. Add statutes, wall paintings/engravings, design elements, furniture, spell and ritual items and tools, etc. In this session you’re ‘moving in’, and will want to include everything you’ll need for your astral workings in your temple.
Once this step has been completed, finish your sessions by setting protective wards around your temple. See it surrounded by a sphere of white light, an impenetrable shield that only you, and those you invite in, can cross. Once you have this image firmly in your mind, place some sort of warding image or symbol on the outside of the sphere in each of the four directions. These wards can be pentagrams or protective sigils you have designed yourself. Draw them on the sphere, seeing them flaming with power. You can include a chant or statement of intent if you wish. Once this final step is completed, you can finish your session and return to waking consciousness.
And just like that, you have your own astral temple. If you’ve gone to all this trouble, you’ll probably be visiting the space regularly, but life does get in the way, so you may go through periods where you’re not traveling as much, and that’s OK. But your temple and wards will need maintenance, so traveling at least once a month will do.
Remember to take detailed notes and make some sketches after each session. Also, nothing is set in stone. You can make changes to your temple or surrounding area as needed, just like I did. The important part is taking the time to visualize those changes, deletions, additions taking place.
So what can you do in this fabulous, shiny new temple? I’ll save that for some upcoming blog posts.