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Here’s my answers to your FAQs about scrying devices such as a crystal ball, black mirror or water bowl and the altered state of mind and patience you will need to interpret the symbols and see futures correctly.
What is scrying?
The art of scrying is rooted in antiquity. The practice it to use a shiny device like a darkened mirror, or reflecting water surface and gaze towards it to see visions of the future. It's a bit like how you alter your gaze when looking at one of those 3D images that suddenly pop out when your focus is adjusted. Not only is it little-known, scrying is one the more difficult divination techniques.
Anybody can study a book and grasp the Tarot or Runes, but to successfully scry you will need to devote copious amounts of time to this practice. It is certainly an exercise in patience. If you’re not willing or don’t enjoy gazing at a scrying device for hours, possibly without results, this form of divination is probably not for you.
What is a scrying device?
The scrying devices used by psychics generally have reflective surfaces. Tools such as mirrors, water bowls, or crystal balls, are used to obtain information from the Universe. The beginning scryer may only see symbols or colors, which must be decoded. This is one of the complexities of scrying divination. But with dedicated practice, images of people, places and things are likely to manifest, making it easier for the scryer to interpret the story.
Is crystallomancy scrying with a crystal?
Yes, crystallomancy means crystal scrying and perhaps the most well known form of divination is with a crystal ball. The image of a gypsy woman sitting at a table peering into her quartz or glass orb has possibly been the most depicted representation of psychics and fortune tellers throughout the ages.
What is the best crystal ball for scrying?
It doesn't really matter what type of crystal ball you use as a scrying device. Your state of mind is more important. However, my preference is a flawed quartz crystal ball, although I also love to use my absolutely clear lead glass sphere at times.
What is the meaning of catoptromancy?
Catoptromancy refers specifically to scrying by use of mirrors or other reflective objects.
What is a black scrying mirror?
We know every girl needs a little black dress. With a resurgence of public interest about scrying, she may need a little black mirror too! The black scrying mirror, aka ‘magic mirror’ is said to be a threshold to higher dimensions where the user can tap into wisdom of the ages and/or observe a client’s past, present and future.
Divining with the little black mirror is not quick or easy to master but, at the end of the day, it can divulge answers and information like none of the other metaphysical tools can.
What is a scrying mirror made of?
These days they can be made of anything with a shiny dark surface. For instance on Etsy, Amazon and eBay you will find scrying mirrors in glass, wood and plastic, but most popular is the black polished obsidian.
What is water gazing?
Water gazing is the psychic art of scrying using the surface of water. You can scry on water when you create a mirror like surface on any liquid. You need to fill a vessel of some sort. Usually a dark scrying bowl is filled with water.
What is a scrying bowl?
A scrying bowl is made with a matte surface unlike the polished reflective surface of scrying mirrors. But they become reflective when filled to the brim with water. A scrying bowl is normally made in wood, pewter, or marble and are best in a dark color. The preferred shape is wide and shallow. Some people like to use one like this for scrying with bowls of water.
What is fire scrying?
This is a hot topic! :-) Fire scrying is the divinatory art of gazing into a flame. Fire scryers can gaze at the flame of a single burning a candle or gaze at all the flickering flames of an open fireplace or bonfire. Any flame will suffice, because it is the flickering of a flame that can trigger the mind's psychic resonant state of Alpha and Theta waves.
How do I start scrying?
A common mistake for beginners is to try and force images to come. You have to remain relaxed, as if waiting for the movie to begin. If you decide to try scrying, don’t expect to see stories with beginnings, middles and ends. Remember that the information you are seeking appears in your mind’s eye, rather than the scrying device itself. For the clairaudient inclined your inner voice may divulge all you need to know at the time.
Doing a psychic scrying reading can be a conundrum because you need to practice on real people, but you won’t know how until you get the gist of what your practice involves.
A pendulums is a great scrying device for beginners. Pendulum scrying can be the easiest way to start for a complete novice.
Who are experts at scrying?
Clairvoyants are probably the best candidates for mastering the art of scrying, as they are already comfortable with seeing visions. Clairaudients may overhear conversations as if the images were in another room. Psychic mediums might use a crystal ball to put their clients at ease because a lot of people expect the psychic to use ‘tools’, such as cards and crystal balls.
It is purported that Nostradamus was a scrying expert as he would go into a trance state and gaze into a bowl of water to “take a peek into the future”.