The Wonderful World of Scrying
called crystallomancy, scrying is a technique used by seers, psychics,
and sorcerers. Using crystals and gemstones in the divination of one's
past, present, and future traditionally played a key role in the
decision-making process of many powerful leaders throughout history,
including such notables as King Arthur, who sought out the advice and
prophecies of Merlin the Magician, and Queen Elizabeth I, who at times
consulted the famous seventeenth century scryer, Dr. Dee, on matters of
One of the earliest and most
well-known forms of divination, scrying originated from people using
reflective surfaces to gain knowledge about the future. One of the
earliest uses of crystals and gemstones in scrying comes form the
Druids, who used beryl for scrying. Scottish Highlanders termed these
objects "stones of power." From this, the early crystal balls were made
from beryl, later replaced by spheres made from rock crystal. Prominent
in the middle ages, scryers revered their crystal balls, and often
passed them on to their apprentices.
other cultures around the world traditionally used crystals and
gemstones as tools for various forms of scrying. Examples include the
diviners of the Yucatan, who placed great reverence on clear stones
such as quartz, and Apache medicine men, who used crystals for inducing
Divination, by virtue of its
name, is a tool for reaching and communicating with the divine, which
means, in a sense, crystals have always been used in communications,
just as they are today in radios, telephones and computers. The reason
crystals in particular became important tools for scrying is because of
their inherent characteristics of transparency and regularity of
patterns, called symmetry. Additionally, the energetic fields of
crystals and gemstones influence what the scryer sees on a very subtle
and often esoteric level.
is a basic technique for crystal scrying. Use this as a guide for your
own crystal scrying, adapting the procedure where needed. Remember to
trust your intuition.
Begin by selecting a
stone which refracts light well, and feels physically and psychically
comfortable to you. Once you've chosen a stone for scrying, clear it
out by using the cleaning steps outlined in Chapter Three. Once
cleared, the crystal can be used as is or charged with energy, before
using it to scry. Traditionally, scrying stones and spheres were never
exposed to sunlight because this was thought to hinder their ability to
connect and communicate with the psychic mind, and in turn, the divine.
However, moonlight was often used with the full moon being a perfect
time to charge your scrying crystal with the energy of moon. Chapter
Five provides a complete explanation and step-by-step instructions for
charging stones with moonlight.
Seven Steps for Crystal Scrying:
Scrying is best when done at night because traditionally night rules
the psychic mind. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and place the
crystal on a stand, table or hold it in your hands.
Candles are conducive to scrying. If you find yourself distracted by
the reflections and movements of the flame, then experiment by using
other light sources, or try moving the candle until you find what works
3. Now relax by breathing deeply for a few moments with your eyes closed.
Upon opening your eyes, hold the crystal in your hands until it is
warm. Many scryers say this is important because this step connects
your energy to that of the stone. Heating the stone also activates it.
While holding the stone, think about what your intentions are for
scrying. Examples of intention might be information regarding your
career, relationship, or future. Be clear about your intention.
6. Next, place the stone back in its resting place or continue holding in your hands, and then begin gazing into the crystal.
As you gaze deeply into the crystal, move your mind beyond the physical
structure of the stone, merging into the light within. The idea is not
so much to see physical images, but instead to use the crystal and the
light reflecting in it as a tool to connect to the divine energy within
yourself and all things. When connected, you will begin getting
impressions and insights. Practice this technique, particularly merging
with the crystal, until everything flows and feels comfortable to you.