A mode of divination practiced since ancient
times with the help of a crystal lobe, a pool of water,
or any transparent object. Also, it can be accomplished
with water, ink, and other like substances in the divination
The divinatory practitioner is known as the scryer while
the practice is known as scrying. Depending on the era the
practice ranges from a simple to an elaborate form. However,
the main purpose of the objects is always to induce in the
clairvoyant a state of hypnosis so the seer can see visions
in the crystal.
The crystal most favored by crystal gazers
is a spherical or oval globe, about four inches in diameter,
and preferably a genuine rock crystal. It may be white,
blue, violet, yellow, green, opalescent, or transparent.
Blue and amethyst colors are less tiring on the eyes. Such
a rock crystal is very expensive and is many times substituted
by a sphere of glass, which renders good results.
The crystal itself must be a perfect sphere without a speck
or flaw, and traditionally based in a stand of highly polished
ebony, ivory, or boxwood.
In the practice, HINDUS use cups of treacle or ink. Stones
of pale sea green or reddish tints have been used. Ancient
crystallomancers had precise invocations of the spirits
to aid them in elaborate rituals. The man was pure in life
and religious dispositions. In preparation for the ritual,
a few days before he made frequent ablutions, subjecting
himself to prayer and fasts. The crystal and stand are inscribed
with sacred characters as the floor in the room where the
invocation is performed be inscribed with such characters.
The room must be of thorough cleanliness and solemn atmosphere.
But, the mental attitude is of the utmost importance in
the divination, because true faith in it is essential for
If one or two friends who must observe the same rules and
be assist the magician guided by the same principles. The
time of the invocation is set in accordance with the positions
of the heavenly planets, and all preparations are made during
the increasing of the moon. All instruments and accessories
to be used in the ceremony--the sword, rod, and compasses,
the fire and perfume to be burned, as well as the crystal--are
consecrated or charged prior to the ritual.
During the procedure the magician faces the east and summons
from the crystal the spirit he desires. Magic circles, which
were previously inscribed on the floor, are those which
the magician stands in, and it is best for him to remain
within the circles for sometime after the spirit has been
released. No part of the ceremony must be omitted or the
invocation might incur failure. Paracelsus and others declared
the elaborate ceremonies were unnecessary, since the magnes
microscomi (the magnetic principle in man) was clearly sufficient
to achieve the desired object. In later period elaborate
ceremonies were not completely eliminated, but were made
If the person for whom the ceremony is intended, is performing
the ceremony himself, has no clairvoyant faculty, then the
best choice for a substitute is a young boy or girl born
out of wedlock who is still perfectly pure and innocent.
Prayers and magical words are said prior to the ceremony
along with the burning of incense and perfume. The child's
forehead may be anointed and he may wear garments befitting
the impressive nature of the ritual.
Some early writers describe formula prayers, known as the
Call given prior to the inspection of the crystal. Finally
after the crystal was charged it was given to the medium
or clairvoyant person, The first indication of the clairvoyant
vision was a mist or cloud over the crystal which gradually
dissipated and then the appearance came into view.
Modern crystalomancy continues using a similar procedure
but the preparations are simpler. The crystal is spherical
and about the size of an orange. It may by held with the
finger and thumb of the magician, or, if one end is flattened
it may be placed on a table, or alternatively held in the
palm of the hand against the background of a black cloth.
The procedure is done in subdued light. If the divination
is performed for someone else it is recommended that the
person hold the crystal in his hands a few minute before
it is passed to the medium.
The aim of crystal gazing, as previously said, is to induce
a hypnotic state producing visionary hallucinations, the
reflection of light in the crystal forming points de repere
for such hallucinations. Thus, the value of elaborate ceremonials
and impressive rituals lies in their potential to affect
the mind and imagination of the seer.
It is suggested that if telepathy operates with a greater
force in a hypnotic state then it may also function in a
similar fashion with the self-imposed hypnosis of crystal
With the help of visionary powers many incidents of crime,
such as finding missing persons and discovering missing
and stolen property, have been solved. The telepathic theory
does not seem to answer the operation of this process when
the appearance of the incident appears prior to its actual
occurrence. The answer to this mystery must be left to future
Though, there seems to be general agreement that a milky
clouding of the crystal precedes the appearance. This clouding
seems to be a picture itself. It is dependent on the operational
conditions and not a result of strains on the scryer's eyes,
for the individual glances away for awhile the clouding
still exits when his gaze returns to the crystal.
The first pictures act as a drop-scene, the nearest allegory
is the cloud and of which, in materialization seances, phantasmal
figures emerge. The pictures to which the could gives way
to may be small or expand to the entire extent of the sphere
in amazing size. Sometimes the sphere completely disappears
from the scryer's sight. The figures and/or scene assume
life-size proportions rendering the scryer a sense of bilocation
as if he is part of the group or scene. This sense differs
It has been discovered that the images produced by scrying
are often symbolic and the elements of choice are discernible
which indicates the presentation is provided by an exterior
intelligence. Usually, however, the pictures are either
disconnected, vague images, or they are very clear. Also,
in the visionary images have been detected thought pictures
or forms, dreamlike visions, forgotten, reflected memories
which may give way to representation of past, present or
From the above is should be apparent the interpretation
of images produced in scrying should be critically analyzed
to determine whether they give valid information upon which
to act, or contain some figments of the scryer's personal
mental process which render the interpretation invalid.
This is why it is recommended the scryer be in good physical
and mental health in order to maintaining objectivity in
his interpretations. Caution should be the keyword when
acting upon the interpretations. Even the inquirer should
question his own intentions, how eager is he to believe
Scrying is the ancient act of divination for the purpose
of clairvoyance. It is usually achieved by concentrating
on or staring at an object having a shiny surface until
a vision appears. Magicians and witches have practiced scrying
throughout the ages. The typical stereotype of a person
scrying is a Gypsy fortuneteller looking into her crystal
Scrying comes from the English word which means make out
or reveal There have been and are many purposes for the
activity; to see into the future, to find lost objects or
persons, and track criminals, among others. In the Middle
Ages a wise woman or a wise man, perhaps also called a witch,
with a natural gift of second sight was called upon for
Although the object used for scrying usually has a shiny
surface, innumerable objects have been used for the practice
over the centuries. The Egyptians used ink, blood and other
dark liquids. The Romans used shiny objects and stones.
Water has been used for gazing into. Mirrors are often used.
There is an example of the interior of a cauldron being
painted black, then filled with water at night; a silver
coin was dropped into the water so to reflect moonlight.
Such means have been employed to see visions and read mystical
Many witches scry in a magic circle to prevent outside influences
from distorting their visions. Also, this is why most scrying
is done at night in order to receive better psychic vibrations.
As a general rule most diviners work at night in order to
avoid the excessive psychic vibrations that are generated
in the day due to the confusion of everyday living. The
methods of scrying differ but after a period of concentration
on the speculum visions, mental images, or impressions appear.
Frequently the visions are symbolic and the scryer must
be trained and skillful in interpreting their meanings.
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