What Scrying Is
Scrying is a method of divination (fortune-telling or seeing the
unseen or unknown) by gazing into the shiny or reflective surface
of an object. The scryer stares into the object until a vision is
seen in his or her mind's eye. It's an ancient art that dates back
to early Egyptian and Arab civilizations, and throughout history
has been used by wizards, witches, clairvoyants, and psychics to
look into the future, answer questions, and even find lost objects
or people. Nostradamus is perhaps the most famous scryer.
A crystal ball is the most well-known scrying tool - or speculum -
but other devices have been employed in the art, including black
or dark mirrors, the waters of a still lake, or bowls of ink,
water, or blood. Nostradamus used a bowl of water set upon a brass
tripod. Jeanne Dixon, the late American psychic, used a crystal
ball, while other clairvoyants have used black obsidian mirrors,
crystal skulls - even light bulbs. If you need a crystal ball or
some other kind of scrying tool, you can find them online at
Shadows and Light.
Some scryers say that it's best to use a crystal of some kind
because they have certain "vibrations," whatever that means.
Others say it doesn't matter much what you use because what you're
tapping into are your own powers of divination, and that the
speculum is just a tool. So experiment and find whatever works
best for you. Since I happen to have a crystal ball, that's what
I'll use. You may also need a candle or two.
I'm going to try to see into the near future. Actually, I'll be
satisfied with any vision I see.
Preparation and Procedure
The room. Now for the set-up. At night, choose a room or area of
your house or apartment where it is quiet and where you are not
likely to be disturbed. Dim the lights or completely turn them
off. Low light is recommended to reduce distractions and allow you
to concentrate on the speculum. I chose to set up on my kitchen
table just after midnight when the house had finally quieted down
for the night.
The light. To quickly attain scrying results, I've read,
it's best to darken the room and set up some kind of dim flashing
light. (Epileptics are advised not to do so.) But who has a
flashing light around the house? Not me. So I opted for a
flickering candle, which provides better atmosphere anyway. To
make sure the candle flickered properly, I turned on a ceiling
fan. After blowing out a few times, I finally got the candle in
the right position where it would flicker without extinguishing.
If you don't have a fan handy, perhaps the air coming through an
open window would provide the air flow you need. The candle should
not be in your direct line of sight, but near enough to provide
illumination and reflection on the scrying surface.
Bonding. For best results, some scryers recommend that you
take time to "bond" with your speculum. Since I was eager to get
on with the experiment, I didn't take time to get intimate with my
crystal ball. But I figured it's been sitting around the house
long enough, so it probably already knows me pretty well. Other
scryers advise that you consecrate the speculum with salt water or
charge it in the smoke of burning wormwood. I was fresh out of
wormwood (you always seem to run out of it just when you need it
most), but salt water I could manage. Nostradamus is said to have
anointed himself with the water from his speculum before going to
work. If I tried to anoint myself with the three-pound crystal
ball, I'd be seeing visions through a concussion, so I skipped
Get comfortable. Since you'll be gazing into your speculum
for at least 20 minutes, get comfortable. Find a position in which
you can gaze into your speculum for an extended period without
moving. My kitchen chair did just fine.
Breathe and gaze. Following the instructions I've found, I
took a few deep breaths and gazed into the speculum. I allowed my
eyes to relax, unfocused my vision, and allowed the images to
Record the images. You'll want to remember what you see in
your speculum, so it's best to record the many images as they
appear. A friend or family member can jot down what you report
seeing, or you can simply talk into a tape recorder, which is what
Scryers say that after a few minutes you'll see the speculum cloud
over, after which the images will begin to emerge. Indeed, after
two or three minutes, the crystal ball did appear to fill with a
light gray haze. After several minutes more, I began to see
things. Again, it was my intent to see the near future. This is
what I recorded:
"Shapes trying to come into focus..." (Recalling them now, they
looked like tightly grouped figures of light that remained just
out of focus.) "A mask..." (It could have been the reflection of
my own face in the crystal, but I'm not sure.)
"A mouse-like image... shifting shapes... something just out of
focus... Like the surface of a planet..." (Here's where I began to
see a barren landscape, as if viewing it straight down from a
great height. It was mostly a flat plain with a few irregular
shapes on its surface.) "Like a pyramid on Mars..." (One of the
shapes looked like one of the "pyramids" at Cydonia.) "Looks like
the surface of Mars... [unintelligible]... A profile of a face..."
(The mask was back, only this time in profile.) "Turning toward
me..." (The face seemed to turn and look at me.) "[unintelligible]
face... [unintelligible]..." (I was whispering to try and remain
focused, which is why some of the remarks are unintelligible, but
this last one didn't even sound like English.) "Giant tower..." (I
don't even remember that one.) "[unintelligible] face...
primitive... mouth dividing in two..."
"My own face..." (This did not appear to be a reflection, but it
seemed that I was looking at my own face.) Pause. "Black
triangle..." (This was a big black triangle with rounded corners
and a dim light in the middle.) "[unintelligible] images...
"European train, explosion..." (This I said emphatically, as if
the image were very clear - it looked like a European-style train
exploding.) "Fire... " Pause. "Missile... It's on fire..."
"[unintelligible] It's Egyptian..." (I recall this being a door or
something with Egyptian styling.)
"Calendar... fork... guitar... [unintelligible] diver... cattle...
[unintelligible]... television... dart..."
The session lasted about 45 minutes to an hour and, frankly, I was
surprised that I saw anything at all. It was a unique experience.
At times I was so focused on the crystal ball that I seemed to
move into it or be enveloped by it, and I wasn't even certain if
my eyes were open or not. If I were to try it again, I think I'd
either have someone take notes or try to talk louder into the tape
recorder as too many remarks were later unintelligible.
Did I see the near future? Or was it all my imagination? I'm not
sure what any of it means, if anything, although scryers say that
the images are often symbolic, like a dream's, and can be
interpreted in the same way. It's easy to read into a lot of what
I saw, except for that last set of images, which makes no sense
whatsoever. But if there's a train crash in Europe in the near
future (and I certainly hope there isn't), I'm going to freak out!
In any case, if you are going to try it, my only advice is not to
take it too seriously.