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Scrying

Scrying is the name given to the ancient technique of gazing into an object such as a crystal ball (or skull) for the purposes of divination. Although some people can achieve visions from gazing into flames or even a shallow bowl of water or black ink, the clear quartz crystal ball is the most common method.

Anyone can learn to scry. It is all a matter of practice. If you meditate it will be much easier. If you ask a question - and place lots of energy in the answer - it will manifest faster for you.

The amount of time you use for scrying can vary from a few minutes to half hour.

You usually scry alone but more than one person can scry into the same surface at the same time for information.

Though some people go through rituals before they scry - it isn't necessary. If you wish to ask your spirit guides for guidance go ahead. Some people say a little prayer and ask for the correct information to appear.

If you are using an object - crystal - mirror - just be sure it is clean.


Scrying can be done with a number of different surfaces which include:

- Water in a dark bowl - or small pool
- Mirrors
- Crystals - Crystal Ball Gazing
- Tea Leaves - Coffee grinds
- Embers in a fire at night
- A dimly lit room or candle lit room - looking into the eyes of another person who sits across from you

During scrying - one gazes steadily into the scrying surface (feel free to blink or allow your point of focus to wander a bit; this is not a method of self-inflicted torture). Eventually, you should be able to pick out shapes or images in the scrying surface; these may appear as crude sketches, or occasionally with the clarity of a photograph. You will actually see these images with your eyes.

Once this happens, images may begin to form in your mind, no longer projected onto the scrying surface. When this happens, allow your attention to focus on these mental images. From this point forward, the scrying surface is irrelevant; do not be distracted by it.

As the images become clearer, you will find that you know things about what you are seeing ? background information will come to the surface of your mind. Pay attention to what you know about the images you are seeing.

Surfaces which provide a random, high contrast visual texture, such as black tea leaves in a white cup or orange sparks in a black ember, are particularly good for the first stage of the scrying process. However, the vividness of the visual images formed in this way may tend to pull your attention back from the purely mental images that should follow, thus disrupting the natural flow of ideas. Smooth, neutral surfaces, like the surface of a dish of black water, a crystal ball, or a black mirror, provide relatively few visual cues to get you started, but if you can make the transition to mental imagery quickly, the visual surface will obligingly fade into the background.

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MIRROR SCRYING

Mirror scrying is an evolved form of water scrying. When it became possible to build mirrors they were regarded as being like water that was fixed into one place.

The early mirrors were made of polished copper, brass, marcasite, tin foil or mercury behind glass, polished silver and obsidian. All types of mirrors may be used for scrying and the size is not important.

Because mirrors are linked to the moon mirrors should be backed with silver. Try and use a round or oval mirror instead of a square mirror.

For the frame try and use a mirror that has a silver frame. Old mirrors also seem to work better than new mirrors.

Most seers prefer to use a black mirror. Because this is difficult to buy you may have to make one.

Just simply take out the glass and paint it black. You may have to give it a few coats of paint though. When you put it back in the frame make sure the glass part is to the front.

The use of black mirrors may be traced back over the centuries. Alchemist John Dee used a black mirror of obsidian.

When using the black mirror for scrying you do not want to see your reflection. The best is to 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 scried images like still photographs or moving film images. Spirits may sometimes look at the scryer, talk to the scryer or even touch the scryer.

The visions may even exist outside the mirror and surround the scryer on all sides.

Remember - when it comes to reality - it's all done with mirrors...

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WATER SCRYING

Water represents the collective unconscious - the continuum - the flow of all things in the universe back to one source.

When scrying in a bowl of water - the bowl must be black or painted black.

You can add black India ink to the water to turn it black of you prefer.

Place the bowl on a table in front of you.

Feel relaxed - reduce noise level and bright lights. You may want to use soft music in the background.

Close your eyes and breath take two long slow breaths - breathing in through your nose - hold the breath for several seconds - then release it slowly through the mouth. Feel your mind and body relaxed and read to see with more than the normal sense.

Now open your eyes and gaze down into the bowl at the dark water.

You may ask a question in your head first, and wait for an answer. You may also just gaze into the bowl and watch for random images. They will appear - perhaps as shadows at first - but they will be there. You may see images that are larger - which means they will occur sooner. Smaller images in the background will take longer to manifest - if you are seeking personal information.

If you are working alongside another person - you may both see different things - your reality does vary with each of us.

You will be shown what you need to see - and hear what you need to hear (in your thoughts) that day.

One other method of scrying in water is to place a dish of water in a darkened room, lit from the sides by two candles. The dish in this case should be a solid, neutral color.

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CRYSTAL SCRYING

you are using a crystal select one that calls to you. Most people prefer a crystal ball or crystal skull.

The crystal must be clear quartz - a larger crystal is best.

The crystal will seem appealing to your eye. It does not have to be your 'personal crystal'.

The crystal can be clear or have inclusions in it. Many have rainbows. Some develop cloudy areas when you scry with them.

It is best to find a quiet place to scry, so that you can hear your thoughts without distractions and concentrate on the objects you see.

Make yourself comfortable.

Adjust your surroundings as you would for a meditation: lighting, noise level, temperature, clothing, glasses, shoes

Place the object:

  • On a black cloth
  • In good light - daylight - on a stand with a light beneath it - use a flashlight - near candle light - not too close
  • Between your hands / fingers
  • Hold the object in one hand

    You can prepare a tape recorder to record any messages you get from your scrying session.

    You can scry alone or with another person to talk to.

    As you prepare to scry, be sure that your vantage point for viewing the object is at good eye level. Remember that you will turn the object many times to see different things within it.

    Crystal are life forms and have a lot to say and share, they are communication devices. They send and receive signals. You just have to learn to 'tune in' to their channel - listen with your thoughts and look a the images that appear on the screen behind your eyes.

    Older crystals will have more messages as they have experienced more frequencies in their time on the Earth plane and stored more information. Many crystals are record keepers, especially those from ancient civilizations, such as Atlantis.

    Crystal skulls, made from very old crystals, are example of ancient crystals. They seem to have an endless amount of messages to give. Most crystals have flat areas through which one can look. These areas are called windows or doors.

  • Some people need time to adjust their frequency to that of the crystal so they can read into it. More experienced readers, such as myself, can pick up any crystal almost instinctively and feel the energies as if it is talking to me.

    They can heal you while you are working with them though you don't realize it as first. They simple balance the energies in your physical and other bodies.

    You can place your crystal over a light of some kind to get a better look at the inside. Crystal stores often have stands with light in them that you rest your crystal on. The light them penetrates through the crystal. I prefer holding crystals up to sunlight! It gives the best clarity.

    As crystals change, depending on their surroundings, they do develop different patterns within them from the energies they receive.

    When you are ready, have as much light as you can running through the crystal.

    Place one or both hands - on either side of it.

  • Look deeply into the crystal.

  • Allow your eyes to focus on the images within the crystal.

  • Examine all of the shapes until you find one that calls to you.

  • Listen to your thoughts - as the crystal begins to connect its frequency with yours.

  • Turn the crystal in various directions to see different images and get different messages. You will intuitively know what's best.

    Sometimes the images in the crystal may appear to move as you gaze at them.

    You may want to close the light - then close your eyes - if they works better for you.

    As with all psychic skills, this could take many attempts to master. If the crystal is not in your frequency you may not receive any messages from it.

    Try another crystal.

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    EGYPTIAN DREAM SCRYING

    In ancient Egypt priests and priestesses used scrying as part of their initiation ceremonies.

    Water or oil was placed in a darkened vessel.

    The Initiate would enter an altered state then gaze into the vessel. Images would appear with messages about the work and destiny of the Initiate.

    Egyptian dream scrying can also be traced back thousands of years.

    The method used by the Egyptians was recorded in the Greek magical papyri which were written between 200 B.C. to 500 A.D.

    In preparing to use the Egyptian dream scrying method you must not speak to anyone on the evening you plan to scry.

    You should remain in silence after the setting of the sun.

    Do not consume alcohol on that day or engage in sex.

    You must refrain from consuming food for up to four hours before the scrying.

    After having a warm bath you anoint your temples with olive oil.

    You will need an oil lamp which must not be colored red or bear any inscription.

    Write on a short narrow strip of white linen with ink mixed with myrrh the name of the dream God and the purpose for the dream scrying.

    Twist the linen strip into a wick and insert 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 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 the lamp.

    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."

    You need to concentrate on your question you wish to know the answer to.

    Around your left hand wrap a piece of black linen about four inches wide and about thirty inches long.

    The black cloth is called 'black cloth of Isis'.

    Blow out the flame of the lamp.

    Now go to bed, clear your mind and 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 form so take your time in working out the answer.

    *Note: The information contained on this page referencing scrying has been gathered from Crystalinks.*