>> 2ndly, in the hope of integrating the terminologies of Taoist systems with which I'm a bit familiar... is the 'etheric body', which I associate with what Bardon calls the 'astral matrix' (holds our astral to our physical bodies) the same as the system of routes and channels, the acupuncture meridians and other more psychic energy orbits in the body, that the Taoists meditate upon? 3rdly, if the etheric plane is closer to ours than the astral why doesn't Bardon mention it? <<
"Etheric" is one of those words that seems to take on new meaning depending upon who's mouth it comes out of. What exactly do *you* mean by "etheric"?
If you mean the energy body that many perceive as an aura, then this is an aspect of the *physical* realm and is composed of *physical* energy, albeit a very rarified form of physical energy. These are the currents of energy which run around inside and outside the physical body. This is not the *astral* matrix, but rather, the *physical* matrix which adheres to the astral matrix. This energy often appears to be more-than-physical because it exists at such a rarified physical state that it most immediately susceptible to, and affected by, astral and mental influence. From an Hermetic perspective this is considered an aspect of the physical body.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
19 Aug 2004