Word Scrying, comes from the Anglo Saxon 'descry' which today is taken
to mean 'reveal'. Practitioners of the art use a transparent glove or
a reflective surface which acts as a focus for the viewing of visions.
Just what they see varies, for some, the images are as realistic as
film, for others, they are much more abstract. Many objects can b used
as a focus, most commonly mirrors, crystals, incense, flames or
liquids. However, a magnifying glass or the back of a watch are said
to yield good results too.
of the most famous people to use this technique was the French
visionary Nostradamus, whose images were seen in a mirror and were the
inspiration for his prophetic verses.
most people think of scrying, they immediately imagine crystal balls
which certainly have a magical appeal. Naturally, anyone can pay for
their fortune to be told, but with a little practice it is far more
interesting to do it yourself. After selecting what you wish to use to
see your vision in, take some time to relax and unwind. Concentrate
all your energies on the focus and after a while you may see a mist
forming. For most people this takes several attempts. Any clouding of
your focus is a sign that you are doing well. With more practice you
may see images or patterns in the mist. Different people see different
things so do not worry if others' visions are unlike your own.
the signs which appear in a focus is very much a question of individual
interpretation. Before a vision appears, the focus usually becomes
foggy and opaque, and often the resulting mist is colored in some way.
Quite a few crystal gazers never get past this misty stage, but
fortunately the colors of the clouds have specific meanings.
White - predict happy times are on the way
Black - may point to some misfortune
Green & Blue - indicate positive developments connected with the relationships or money and work
Red - may herald an argument
Yellow - relationship difficulties
Orange - possible health problems
can always ask the mists a direct question, one that can be answered by
'yes' or 'no'. If the clouds rise, the answer is 'yes', and if they
descend, 'no'. Should scryers begin to see distinct images, they often
find that the clarity of the pictures varies according to their mood,
the happier and more positive they feel, the clearer the shapes that
appear. The images are like Tarot cards, in that they can have two
meanings depending on how they are aspected. Intuition usually helps
the crystal gazer decide whether their vision is positive or negative
READING THE SIGNS
|SYMBOL ||POSITIVE MEANING ||NEGATIVE MEANING|
|globe ||travel ||stagnation|
|shell ||wisdom ||death|
|star ||success ||warning|
|eye ||good luck ||impending trouble|
|bird ||a message ||running away|
|dog ||trust friends ||beware deceitful friends|
|cat ||good luck ||bad trouble|
|house ||well being ||financial problems|
|snake ||learning ||betrayal|
|tree ||settling down ||loss of someone or something close to you|
|wheel ||travel ||injury|
|moon ||success and growth ||failure and misery|
interesting way to scry is using liquids as your focus. All you need
is a clear glass bowl, filled three quarters full with water, a
container of black ink and a dropper. Drip the ink into the water for
on to two seconds and watch the sifting shapes which appear. At first
you may see only meaningless blobs, but with practice and
concentration, shapes, perhaps like those in the above chart, will form
in the ink. As they spread through the
is the ancient art of looking into a surface or structure, then
receiving messages or images. The imgage can be either literal images
or symbols, which must then be interpreted. The word scrying itself
Scrying in History
great French Prophet Michel de Nostradame, known as simply Nostradamus,
used scrying for his famed quatrains in the 1500s. Gifted with
prophecy,. Nostradamus was a highly educated doctor and healer, and he
was extensively studied and skilled in the occult arts and astrology.
His intensive study led to use a fourth century method of scrying for
his prophecies and divination. Nostradamus recorded this method, which
includes privacy, evening time and gazing into a bowl of water with
candlelight reflected into its depths. Nostradamus would touch the
water with a wand and then the hem of his robe, acknowledge the
presence of a deity and gaze into the bowl until the prophesies came to
In the Villa of Mysteries at Pompeii, one of the
scenes depicted in the frescoes around the walls of the Initiation Room
shows the neophyte scrying. Vittorio Macchiora, in The Villa of Mysteries,
says: "The neophyte is born again the Zagreus; she has begun to live
the life of the god, but terrible tests await her. Silenus seated on a
double plinth shows her a hemispherical silver case on which a youth
gazes in ecstasy while his companion hold on high behind him a
Dionysiac mask...The hemispherical case at which the youth gazes
ecstatically is a magickal mirror; [he is seeing] in the mirror a
series of visions that have their center and starting point in the mask
and life of Dionysus...he gazes on the mirror as Dionysus did, so as to
become one with him."
Mediums for Scrying
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is usually done in one of several mediums that relate to the elements
of fire, water, air and earth, but one can use any reflective surface,
including polished copper and other metals, a mirror or even an ink
Although it is not absolutely necessary, it is best to
scry on a night when the moon is within the influence of an
astrological sign matching the element of the scrying you intend to
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fire scrying (staring into the fire or a candle fire) when the moon is
either in Aries, Sagittarius or Leo; do water scrying when the moon is
in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces; air scrying (which is done with incense
or smoke) when the moon is Gemini, Libra or Aquarius; and earth scrying
(using a crystal ball) during Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn.
Mayans used a variety of polished, coloured stones. Native American
Cherokee and Apache use crystals, as do the tribes of Borneo and New
Guinea, and the Australian Aborigines.
Some of the old books of
Ceremonial Magick, or Grimoires, give detailed instructions for the
stand that should hold a crystal used for scrying. They prescribe
intricate sigils and words of power to be engraved on the stand. Some
even suggest periods of fasting, prayer and the summoning of particular
spirits. Today, however, a simple form of water scrying is one of the
most popular forms of scrying among Wiccans, and many Pagans.
will need a dark-coloured bowl or small cauldron; water to fill the
vessel; mugwort; a candle; blessing oil; a purple cord or ribbon
(approximately 50 inches long), large enough to form a circle around
the bowl of water and the candle; three crystals that have only one
point each; and a match.
a circle on a table with the purple cord or ribbon. Take the mugwort in
your left hand, covering it with your right, and bless it. To bless the
mugwort, close your eyes and visualise white light moving from the
universe of the Goddess through your head, down your arm, and into the
mugwort. Visualise that are inhaling this white, purifying light, and
sending the newly received energy into the mugwort. Bless the mugwort
with words similar to: "I do bless this sacred mugwort and thank it for
its use in empowering my scrying. This be done with the power of the
Lord and of the Lady, harming none, and for the good of all." Sprinkle
the mugwort within the circle.
and bless the candle with oil that is beneficial to scrying to psychic
awareness. Use words such as: "I do bless this candle to illuminate the
way to the future. This be done with the power of the Lord and of the
Lady..." Place the candle within the circle on the table toward the
back edge doge of the circle.
Bless the water and crystals in the same way you blessed the oil and mugwort.
your eyes and move within yourself to a meditative state. Inhale and
become aware of your breath filling your lungs. As you exhale, allow
the muscles in your body to relax. When you have achieved a deep level
of relaxation, visualise a deep blue light growing within yourself.
Allow the blue light to move outside yourself, escaping through your
pores. Encompass yourself and the table within a great protective
bubble of the blue light. It is a perfect sphere. Take several breaths,
seeing the protective light becoming stronger and stronger. At this
time, focus on the Goddess or God energy. Invite this energy to fill
the protected area. Now, begin to concentrate on the purpose for your
scrying work. Is it for your future?, Is it for a friend's future?,
etc. Allow yourself to go more deeply within yourself until you know you will achieve results. When you have reached that deep level of focus, open your eyes and light the candle.
a finger into the water, and then dab your forehead in the sixth chakra
or third eye area, As you do this mentally note that you are joining
your psychic center with spiritual waters that can tell you what you
wish to know.
your eyes open, move again to that deep state of relaxation, empty your
mind, and use your breathing to move yourself to that meditative place.
Gaze into the water that you have blessed. Expect no outcome. Divest
yourself of any results. It is time to simply let go, forget about
time, and become receptive to the visions or symbols or even
disassociated thoughts you will see in the water.
water they may evolve into new