An Overview of Different Types of Scrying
Scrying is a method of divination. It consists of gazing into a crystal, a mirror or some water for
example, anything shiny really, in order to enter altered mind states...A good cliché that best describes
scrying is the gypsy fortune-teller and her large crystal ball. :^) There are different scrying tools, like
crystal, water, ink, oil, even fire.
Scrying works on the principles of the Ganzfeld effect. If you have ever had to stare at a blank wall until
you began to feel dizzy, to hallucinate and see patterns, then you know what the Ganzfeld state is!
The degree of success with gazing depends on one’s ability to concentrate. The effort taken in this
enterprise will eventually pay off, do not give up if you don’t “see” anything the first time you attempt to
USING A CRYSTAL BALL
There is no specific method to know which crystal ball suits you, it will “call to you” when you see it.
Once you decide on one, choose a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. The lights should be dim, it’s
preferable that you only lit a couple of candles only, placed low and behind you. Remember to sit in a
comfortable chair, you should be perfectly relaxed. Take a deep breath, clear your mind from any thoughts, and
gaze intensely into the crystal. This might cause you to blink or bring tears to your eyes, so try to relax
them, closing them about half way. Now is the perfect time to link your third eye to the crystal: visualize a
ray of light coming from between your eyes and entering the crystal.
Now watch for the clouding of the crystal that will come from a small light. The clouds will develop and then
clear until you begin to see precise patterns and pictures. Do not try to interpret those visions immediately,
you will see a whole sequence that will lead you to the answer of your question. Don’t waste your time writing
everything down, it’s best to use a tape recorder because sometimes the flow of pictures is too fast.
Remember, stay relaxed and try not to confuse real symbols with what you want to see, i.e. psychologically
I find this modern scrying method quite odd and frankly hard to believe. Perhaps you might want to try it. I’m
sure you’re familiar with the sounds of a shell when you place it over your ear. It sounds like the ocean, but
it’s in fact your blood flowing through the vessels in your ear.
If you listen to this sound until you’re in some sort of trance state, you might be able to pick up fragments
of conversation. At first you might only make out a few words, but in time you will come to understand
“conversations” that predict the future.
Now that method is a bit more believable. :-) Smoke scrying is best done while relaxing in front of a fire. Do
not follow the smoke up but rather allow the smoke to form patterns within your gaze. You will see visions of
future events. The Native Americans practice a special type of smoke scrying. It's called a sweat lodge; water
is poured over hot rocks in a tent to create steam. Then people sit naked around the rocks to inhale the
steam. The combination of temperature, humidity and elevated levels of carbon dioxide produce a state in which
visions can arise. Needless to say, this method is dangerous.
This is a very ancient scrying method. The Celts used it quite often. What you need is a large, deep bowl made
from glass, brass or silver. You must set your base on (preferably) a tripod made of laurel boughs for best
results. Fill the bowl with clean, fresh water from a stream. The water may be stored in a vessel and used
again. The important thing is not to collect the water during the day, but rather during the night, and
preferably on a full moon. This is done because of the close connection between water, the moon and the
Goddess. You should also have a wand. Use either a branch from a bay or hazel tree, or laurel. The end of the
wand should be covered in dry tree sap or resin. Dip the end of the wand into the water until it becomes wet.
Wet the borders of the bowl. Gently drawing the rim of the wand around the bowl it will cause it to resonate.
The resonating bowl will cause circular ripples to form in the basin. It is up to you t interpret the visions.
Mirror scrying is quite common, and it is an evolved form of water scrying. The early mirrors were made of
polished copper or silver, brass, tin foil or mercury behind glass. John Dee used a black mirror of obsidian.
Because mirrors are linked to the moon, they should be backed with silver. The size of your scrying mirror
doesn’t matter, but the shape does, so use either a round or an oval mirror.
Most seers prefer using a black mirror. Simply take out the glass and paint it black. When you put it back in
the frame make sure the glass part is to the front. When using the black mirror for scrying you do not want to
see your reflection. Thus you should leave the mirror on a table and look at it from an angle. Look into the
depths of the mirror as though you were looking into a bowl of water. At first it may appear grey than colors
will come and go. With time and practice you will be able to see images. The visions may even exist outside
the mirror, either surrounding it or surrounding the scryer.
Now that is an original scrying method! And it’s interesting to note that the most famous example is of
Christian origin. I’m sure you’ve all read about the Roman Emperor Constantine, who had a Christian mother. I
remember watching a film called: “Constantine and the Cross.” In 312 A.D., when that emperor was marching
against the army of Maxentius in Rome, he and his men saw a shining cross of light amid the clouds. The cross
bore the Greek words: “By this you shall conquer.” Later that night, Christ appeared to Constantine in his
dreams holding a cross and asking him to have a military standard shaped like a cross. Thanks to this
standard, the emperor’s army won the battle. From that day on, several battles have been witnessed in the
clouds. Symbols of both political and religious significance have been seen in the clouds. The Druids were
renowned for using that scrying method. Cloud scrying is essentially done on days when cloud conditions are
good. Having too few or too many clouds is no good for scrying. The best is when the clouds are thick. Find a
nice location to lie down and relax. Try not to focus on one cloud but rather allow the clouds to drift across
your view. Visions will come naturally to you. Personally, I think people who look up at the sky and see “only
clouds” without guessing what the shapes might symbolize have no imagination whatsoever. :^)
EGYPTIAN DREAM SCRYING
Egyptian dream scrying can be traced back thousands of years. In preparing to use this scrying method you must
not speak to anyone on the evening you plan to scry. Also, refrain from having sex and consuming alcohol and
eating. Take a long purifying bath, then anoint your temples with olive oil. Prepare an oil lamp that bears no
inscription on it. It can be of any color except red. Red is the color of the evil God Set. Write on a small
strip of white linen with ink mixed with myrrh the name of your dream God/dess and the purpose of the dream
scrying. Twist the linen strip and insert it into the oil of the lamp. Place the lamp on a table beside your
bed. Using the ink draw the image of the dream God/dess upon your left palm. You must decide which God or
Goddess you wish to use. Thoth was well used with the Egyptians. Light your lamp. Kneel before it.
Concentrating on the image on your left hand recite the following invocation:
“(Thoth) I invoke, blessed power of dreams divine, Angel of future fates, swift wings are thine, Great source
of oracles to human kind, When stealing soft, and whispering to the mind, Through sleep's sweet silence and
the gloom of night, Thy power awake the sight, To silent souls the will of heaven relates, And silently
reveals their future fates.”
Concentrate on the question you wish to know the answer to. Around your left hand wrap a piece of black linen.
The cloth is known as the "black" of Isis. Blow out the flame of the lamp. Now you can go to sleep. Have a
tape recorder beside your bed so that when you awaken you may record your dreams while still fresh in your
mind. You will find that the dream will come to you in a voice that is clear and powerful rather than in dream
images. Sometimes the message is sent in cryptic/symbolic form.
Oil scrying is yet another ancient method of divination. It can be traced back to the Babylonians. One of
their techniques was called the "Princess of the Thumb". A scryer anointed the forehead and thumbnail of a
subject. The shiny nail acted as a magic mirror in which the scryer saw spirits. Another version was called
the "Princess of the Hand". Oil was mixed with black soot to make a paste that was then smeared upon the hand.
The scryer then used the hand to see future events. A third type of oil scrying was called the "Princess of
the Cup". Sesame seed oil was used to coat the inside of a cup that was rested on its side. The cup was used
to capture and magnify the light of a candle that was fixed on its inner rim. From the Babylonians, oil
scrying found its way to the Egyptians and Hebrews. The latter used four kinds of water mixed with oil. If you
wish to use that method effectively: if you call upon the heavenly Gods then use rainwater; if you invoke the
terrestrial Gods then use sea water; if you invoke the Osiris or Serapis use river water; and if you call upon
the souls of the dead then use spring water.
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