I’ll start this off by saying there are multiple models in the occult for the physical and Astral senses. This model is the one that rang the most true to my intuition. I found this originally in a book titled The 21 Brotherhood of Light Lessons. The physical senses get information from the physical world, and the Astral ones read information from energy waves and pattens.
Physical Senses and their Astral Counterparts
Touch - The physical sense of touch may be the oldest one we have as living organisms. The Astral counterpart is Psychometry, which allows the seer to sense energy through touch. Typically someone with a developed sense of psychometry can touch an object owned by someone and know much about them.
Taste - This sense is a specialized form of touch that allows us to sense the chemical composition of an object. The Astral counterpart to this sense is Energy Absorption, which allows the seer to intake the energy of other beings and objects. Psychic vampires strive on this sense but never make the full use of it. This sense can allow a user to switch their energy signature through the use of objects like stones, masks, people, animals and even symbols or mental constructs.
Smell - Allows us to sense the chemical composition of something from a short distance. The Astral counterpart to this sense is Aroma Detection, which allows the seer to interpret energy through Astral scents. As funny as it sounds these psychics can smell your soul, smell danger coming, and often find a sweet beautiful taste when experiencing a divine moment.
Hearing - Gives us the ability to sense physical vibrations from a distance. The Astral counterpart is Clairaudience, which grants the seer (or should I say hearer? ;P) the ability to hear Astral sounds, spirits, and at times thoughts. These are the psychics that can hear plants, animals, ghosts, etc…
Sight - Gives us the ability to sense a certain spectrum of light energy interacting with the physical world. The Astral counterpart is Clairvoyance, the ability to see the Astral atmosphere they are in. These people can see forms that relate to the energy of others and objects, receive visions, and generally have an easy time Astral protecting since humans are a very visual animal and having sight in the Astral soon ushers in other senses.
Intuition - We consider this sense to be physical since it doesn’t perceive energy patterns but rather works to predict the physical outcomes of certain situations based on previous experiences and unconscious cues. The Astral counterpart to this sense is Inspiration, which allows one to have an energy signature flow through their whole being, activating relevant thoughts, feelings, memories, desires, etc. This sense guides intuition towards manifesting the inspiring energy.
Telepathy - We will also consider this a physical sense since it works in the physical proximity of other beings. Animals have a highly tuned sense of telepathy and can understand eachother with minimal physical cues. Humans with a strong sense of telepathy are called empaths. The Astral counterpart to this sense is Spiritual Communication which takes telepathy outside the limits of your physical vicinity and can allow for communication between two beings through the Astral, through dreams, or even through thoughts. These people will inspire thoughts and feelings in others simply by being in their presence.
Most people have experienced these Astral senses before but haven’t trained them. We expect these senses to work as well as our physical ones right from the start but this isn’t the case. Just like we have to learn to judge our physical senses through trial and error, we must do the same with the Astral. As babies we touch objects to gain an understanding of how things feel to the touch. We fall a thousand times in our errors of judging distance, and learn to be more perceptive in our sight. We learn that our senses may lie to us, like a beautiful candle flame that pleases the sight but brings pain to the sense of touch if we didn’t yet know that not all beautiful things feel good to all the senses. It is the same with extra-sensory perception. We must train, fail, succeed, misjudge, and eventually learn to make a reasonable assessment based on previous experiences. Just like our physical senses, our Astral ones are not infallible and must be tested in order to learn how to properly interpret the information we receive through them. Accuracy comes with practice.
“Empath” is one of many words that describe a specific ability. That ability includes feeling someone’s aura or energy, seeing their aura or energy, feeling the same emotions and/or physical sensations as someone else, smelling someone’s aura or energy, etc. Most empaths don’t experience all of these, although often more than one.
Here’s a quick informational thingy on empaths!
Other Words for Empath:
Signs you are an Empath
You have anxiety. This is common, as empaths oftentimes become overwhelmed depending on the amount of people, their specific energies (sometimes a lot of intermingling energies and emotions are overwhelming) etc.
People drain you
People often tell you you’re a good listener, come to you to talk, rant to you, etc.
strangers tell you their life story
your emotions and energy effects everyone around you (ie: you are angry about something, and that emotion is projected to everyone in your household. as a result, they all become angry.
your parent(s) or grandparent(s) are empaths
Please come to me if you have any questions. My ask box and messages are always open.
This astral plane is so varied and so changeable that several clairvoyants looking at the same thing might give totally different accounts of what they saw; yet they might each make correct deductions. In looking at a man the first clairvoyant might say: “The lines of force are all drooping”; the second: “It seems all dirty and spotty”; a third; “The Aura looks very ragged.” Yet all might agree in deducing that the man was in ill-health. In any case all such deductions are rather unreliable. One must be a highly skilled man before one can trust one’s vision. A great many people think that they are extremely good at the business, when in fact they have only made some occasional shrewd guesses (which they naturally remember) in the course of hundreds of forgotten failures.
The only way to test clairvoyance is to keep a careful record of every experiment made. For example, FRATER O. M. once gave a clairvoyant a waistcoat to psychometrize. He made 56 statements about the owner of the waistcoat; of these 4 were notably right; 17, though correct, were of that class of statement which is true of almost everybody. The remainder were wrong. It was concluded from this that he showed no evidence of any special power. In fact, his bodily eyes, — if he could discern Tailoring — would have served him better, for he thought the owner of the vest was a corn-chandler, instead of an earl, as he is.
The Magician can hardly take too much trouble to develop this power in himself. It is extremely useful to him in guarding himself against attack; in obtaining warnings, in judging character, and especially in watching the process of his Ceremonies.
– From Magick in Theory and Practice by Aleister Crowley