Learning How to Scry
is a type of divination. To scry or descry is to spy out or discover by
the eye objects at a distance. In occult literature, the term is used
to describe the act of gazing at a shiny stone or mirror or into a
crystal ball (anything which reflects will do), to see things past and
future. (When a crystal is used, scrying is known as catoptromancy or
crystallomancy.) Occultists claim that if one concentrates hard enough
while gazing, one can conjure up the dead. This is possible because, we
are told, scrying clears out the consciousness and makes it possible
for a direct line to the other world. I am told that if one rubs a
crystal ball with mugwort under the light of a full moon, its capacity
for igniting psychic powers magnifies. However, as far as I know,
there have been no controlled studies to test this, or any other,
hypothesis regarding scrying.
The first step in learning how to scry is to select your crystal. There
are no rules for this process. Allow your imagination and feelings to
guide you to your instrument. Some prefer crystals that are perfectly
clear. Others enjoy inclusions and look for crystals with "windows" or
"doors." Whatever you choose, take time to bond with it. Scrying tools
become a direct extension of the scryer so it is best that you develop
an understanding of the tool. Taking the time to meditate with your
crystal is a good way to get to know it. The effort and time taken in
this initial getting acquainted phase will pay off in the long run.
are now ready to begin the actual process of scrying. Choose a
place where you are not likely to be disturbed. The amount of light in
the area should be no more than that emitted by a single candle. An
ideal source of light is a light box, the kind normally used to display
crystals. When you place your crystal on a light box, no other light is
necessary in the room. If you do not use a light box, the
light Source should be placed low and behind you. This positions your
body between the crystal and the source of light, eliminating the
chance of direct reflection of the light by the crystal. Dim light is
suggested for the simple reason it enhances concentration and
eliminates distractions. As you become more proficient at gazing, you
will be able to do so in direct sun light if you wish.
Placement of the crystal in relationship to the scryer is also
important. Keep in mind you will be looking intently into the crystal
for at least twenty minutes at a time. Therefore, you do not want to
position the crystal in a way that will cause physical discomfort.
Remember, as your skill with scrying increases, so will the time you
spend in front of the crystal.
Physical discomfort will break
your concentration and turn scrying into a chore. So pick a comfortable
chair, get relaxed, place your crystal at the proper height and
distance for best viewing, sit back and enjoy the experience.
a few deep breaths. As you do this, look intently into the crystal.
Staring promotes tearing of the eyes causing you to blink. Instead, try
to think of unfocusing your eyes. Just rest your gaze on the crystal
and allow your eyes to relax. At this stage, you may find your eyelids
wanting to close about half way. Allow this to happen. During this
phase, develop a conscious link between your third eye and the crystal.
An easy way of accomplishing this is to visualize a ray of light coming
out from your third eye and entering the crystal. Some will experience
a tightness in the forehead but don't be alarmed if this
sensation doesn't happen to you.
The next thing to watch for is the clouding of the crystal. A small
light will appear and from that light, clouds will form and spread.
There may even appear a tiny light show within the clouds. You are well
on your way. Eventually the clouds will clear and pictures will
In the beginning, try not to judge the pictures or control the flow.
Trust you will be shown what you need to see in the sequence you need
to see it.
As time goes on, the ability to ask questions
and receive answers will develop. You should keep a log to facilitate a
better understanding of what you are seeing and experiencing. Just as
with dreams, there is a symbology with scrying. The most difficult part
of scrying is figuring out what you are seeing. At times you will see
actual events happening now. Other times, you may see events from
Spiritual teachings may come in the form of symbolic
pictures. Future happenings can also come through in symbols or actual
scenes. It is often difficult to distinguish reality from your own
symbology. This is where your log comes in handy. It is also helpful to
record the time of day and phase of moon. This will enable you to know
when you are at your best and able to interpret the information being
Scrying: A method of perceiving events and answers by way of the unconscious.
Scrying is often considered the most difficult method of divination
for several reasons. Unlike the Ruins or the Tarot, scrying demands
that you have a working knowledge of your subconscious's symbolism and
the ability to interpret those symbols reliably. Though most methods
of divination lead you to look outside of yourself, scrying requires
that you look within yourself to find the answers you are seeking.
There are almost as many methods of scrying as there are scryers. Some
of the most famous scryers throughout history (Nostradomus, Levi) used
complex methods to awaken their psychic abilities. However, the
complexities are not required to get reliable results -- the only
requirements are dedication, patience, and some psychic ability.
If you have not had any indication of psychic abilities, do not
despair. You simply might not have discovered them as yet. Scrying
can awaken them if they are present. However, if you are convinced
that you have no psychic abilities whatsoever, scrying is probably not
the method you should use for divination.
Above all, scrying requires patience. At the beginning, visions will
come sporadically and they will be very vague. Only practice and time
well spent will enhance your abilities and enable you to rely on your
METHODS OF SCRYING:
Here is a short summary of some of the most common techniques that can be used for scrying.
Crystal gazing --
This is the method that first come to mind when the word "scrying" is
mentioned. The crystal does not have to be large. The only
requirement is that the stone that is being used must be very clear and
as flawless as possible. It helps if you use a crystal associated with
Water gazing -- This method requires a large black or silver bowl.
bowl is filled with pure water (rain water or water from a
natural source if at all possible). The bowl is then used in the same
way as a crystal. If you are lucky enough to live near a pond, lake or
ocean, you can dispense with the bowl and just use the whole body of
water as a huge scrying tool.
-- This method often provides startling results. The energy of the fire
really lends something to the visions it produces. Anything from a
candle flame to a bonfire can be used. All the usual precautions
should be taken, of course.
Mirror gazing -- A regular hand or wall mirror can be used. It helps if the mirror is round or oval in keeping with the lunar motif.
It is always best to scry at night, because this method of divination
is closely related to the Moon and all other Lunar correspondences. If
you are indoors, you should extinguish all of the lights except for one
candle. The candle should be out of your line of sight when you are
looking at your scrying tool. Above and behind you is a good
placement. Some people prefer that the candle flame flickers, others
like the flame to remain still.
Experiment and see what you like. The
room should be as quiet as you can make it. If you live in an
apartment or with someone else, some quiet instrumental music can be
used to drown out any unwanted sounds. Don't use music with lyrics,
because at the least, the lyrics might influence your visions. At the
most, they might prevent you from concentrating enough to see anything.
sure that you will not be disturbed, and figure out a comfortable way
to sit either holding your scrying tool or with it resting before you
on the floor or a table.
If you are scrying on a particular subject, you might get better
results if you schedule your scrying time for when the Moon is aspected
favorably to the corresponding planet. Visions are always stronger
around the time of the full Moon.
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES:
A short meditation session before you begin to scry often helps to get
you into the mood and release some of your tension. You must be
feeling as relaxed and receptive as possible. Make sure that you are
sitting as comfortably as possible. It is quite frustrating to be on
the verge of perceiving something when a leg or arm falling asleep
breaks your concentration.
When you look into your scrying tool, try to look past the surface and
into the center of it.Try to keep your eyes fixed on one spot, but
don't prevent yourself from blinking. Since you are in a dark room,
the need to blink might lessen as your body relaxed, but don't try to
force yourself not to. That will only cause discomfort and
c.. Limit your sessions to a set period of time. Don't be discouraged if you
can not remain focused during the entire session or if you feel the
need to stop before the session is over. If you are not used to
meditating, try to start out with a 15 minute session. You will be
surprised to experience how long 15 minutes will see as you try to keep
your mind from wandering. Ultimately, scrying sessions should last up
to an hour in length. Don't set a timer or try to keep track of time.
This will create a distraction and you don't want to be in the middle
of a particularly vivid image when the timer goes off!
Keep in mind that though the words "vision" and "scry" almost always
call to mind information that is perceived with the eyes, that this is
not necessarily the case. While scrying, information can come to you
via all five of the senses and also as intuitive flashes. When
reviewing the information that you have perceived, take all you senses
Start a scrying journal if you intend to scry on a regular basis. Date
each entry, and make sure that it is close by during each scrying
session. Note down all your perceptions after your session, sleep on
them, and then work on interpreting them the next day. Though it is
true that some visions come through so clearly that they need little
interpretation, most of the time you need to meditate on your visions
for a while to absorb their true meanings.
If you are familiar with another method of divination (Runes, Tarot,
Pendulum, etc.) you can use their help with interpreting the
information you get from scrying. Simple one card/one rune spreads are
the best to give you an overview of your vision's meaning. Or if you
are familiar with a dream interpretation spread, you can use that to
help you figure it out.
Often at the beginning of a scrying session, you will start to see
clouds of colors in your scrying tool. Some scryers never get past
this stage. If you find this to be the case, you can interpret the
colors using traditional color symbolism.
There are many, many methods of scrying in addition to the ones that
I listed at the start of this page. Experiment and find the one that
is most comfortable for you to use. Ultimately, you know yourself best
and you will know the method that works best for you when you find it.
Have faith in your abilities and keep trying.
Scrying can be done with a number of different surfaces, from tea
leaves to crystal balls to shag carpets; the basic technique is similar
in all cases.
Gaze 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.
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.
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
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 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.
Scrying exercise :
- Cast a circle.
- Seat yourself comfortably,
- Breathe deeply a few times to relax and center yourself.
- Gaze into the scrying surface for a while.
- Write down:
a.. What you saw
b.. What images came to mind
c.. What you found you knew about the images
- Ground. Close circle.
Tea leaves: Use black tea leaves (peppermint works reasonably well if you're decaffeinated) in a white tea cup.
Embers: Use embers (a wood fire outdoors or in a fireplace) at night.
Water: Use a dish of water in a darkened room, lit from the sides by two candles. The dish should be a solid, neutral color.
Crystal ball: Use
a crystal ball, as above (or a mirror, turned slightly so you are not
reflected in it -- try to fill the view with a blank wall)
Here is a simple method for making a black mirror at home.
Buy a picture frame, complete with the glass.
up some black paint at the craft/hardware shop, best use gouache paint,
acrylic or oil based. Make sure you have a paintbrush!
Disassemble the frame and lay the glass on a piece of newspaper.
Paint the backside of the glass with the black paint and let dry. I recommend 2-3 coats.
it is all dry, if there is any need clean the outer part of the glass
with wingow cleaner to make it Xtra shiny and pretty.
Place the painted glass into the picture frame the unpainted glass side facing outwards.