E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Astral Body (The).
The noumenon of a phenomenal body. This spirit body survives after the death of the material body, and is the ghost or double. Macbeths dagger was an astral body; so, in theosophy, is the kama-rupa or mind body; and in transubstantiation the veritable blood and flesh of Christ is the astral body of the accidents bread and wine.
Man is supposed to consist of body, soul, and spirit. The last is the astral body of man.