Scrying tools are used in the development of clairvoyance — seeing the past, the future and understanding the present. Scrying requires concentration and so you need an object to focus your mind. Before you use any tool for scrying, you may like to prepare your own incense for use while you work. Unfortunately, the scrying incense is not very pleasant smelling, but it does do its job very well. Use it in very small amounts.
1 part Mugwort
1 part Wormwood
Another of the best known artefacts used by magical practitioners is the crystal ball. Your crystal ball, which will usually be made of clear quartz, can be of any size. Many people feel that it is better if it has been a gift, although nowadays it may be enough to use money which has been given to you to purchase one.
Your crystal ball is an intensely personal object, so do choose carefully. Usually you will find yourself drawn to one particular ball, and if you pick it up it will seem to pulsate slightly. When you are not using it, tradition decrees that you should keep it covered with its own velvet cloth, although many people prefer to have it visible either on their altar or in their sacred space.
You will need to practise often in order to feel secure in your use of it. Not everybody finds the crystal ball to be the best divinatory tool for them, so do not worry if occasionally what you `see’ seems to be fantastical or negative. If readings are consistently negative then the best advice is to choose some other form of divination. Do remember that you will develop your own way of working with it.
YOU WILL NEED
Incense or smudge stick
Dark coloured cloth (preferably velvet)
Votive candle (optional)
Clear the crystal ball by holding in the lit incense or smudge stick smoke. Another way of clearing is to hold the crystal ball in running water for a short while.
Darken the room around you. Put the crystal ball safely on the dark cloth to minimize reflections. Place the lit candle so that there is enough illumination for you to see into it clearly (usually slightly to the left of the crystal ball). You should experiment with the best position for you. You may find, for instance, that the candle is best behind you.
Ensure that you are sitting comfortably. Clear your mind of everyday thoughts and make sure you have made a good connection with both spiritual and Earth energies. (You can do this by mentally reaching upwards to spiritual energy and downwards to the centre of the earth, uniting the two.)
Hold the crystal ball in both hands. While rotating it gently, think of the purpose you have in mind. Using you own form of words, call upon your favourite deities or guide for help in achieving your aim.
Focus initially on a spot slightly in front of or behind your crystal ball. Gradually you will find your eyes drawn to a particular spot within the ball itself.
Concentrate on that spot and allow your mind to relax so that it can take in new impressions. You may experience yourself as ‘entering’ the crystal or becoming aware of a different dimension.
Note: Because you are concentrating, your body will probably become somewhat tense. If this should happen, simply breathe out for longer than you are breathing in and allow yourself to relax. As you do this, you will find that your awareness and sense of self changes. You may find yourself becoming apparently larger or smaller. This is not unusual and allows you to transcend the dimensional barriers we all experience in everyday life.
If you find your eyes closing, allow them to do so. If you find yourself moving involuntarily or becoming aware of certain energies, do not become concerned as this also is perfectly natural in changing awareness. This state is known as automatism.
Either out loud or in your own mind, state the question to which you require an answer. If you have no specific question, then just ask for guidance. You will now find that impressions come and go and that you can with some clarity, be aware of the answers you seek.
Let these impressions flow until such times as you instinctively ‘know’ that there is no more information.
Now begin to become aware once more of your experience of the crystal. You may find yourself floating inside it, aware of its boundaries. This experience is totally individual and cannot be quantified.
Gradually become aware of the feeling of the crystal in your hands and the sense of your own body as it returns to normal. Finally, become aware of the room you are in. Adjust your breathing and open your eyes.
Sit quietly for a few moments assimilating the experience. Make sure you have fully returned to everyday consciousness. If you called on the deities, thank them for the experience then either cover your crystal ball with the velvet cloth or put it back where it is kept.
Simple tools such as the black bowl or cauldron are also very effective for scrying. According to folklore, people used what they had available, and so their tools were often ordinary household objects such as bowls and mirrors.
Simple bowl whose shape you like, preferably with a dark inner surface (If it does not have a dark inner surface, paint the inside with non-toxic paint or use a similar mixture to the one given in Magic Mirror)
Note: You may wish to make your own bowl, in which case you can decorate the outside of it with symbols in keeping with your own beliefs. The bowl should be made and/or consecrated during the fourth quarter or waning moon.
YOU WILL NEED
Water or divining liquid
First prepare your divining liquid.
Put the scrying bowl safely on a firm surface. Fill the scrying bowl with the liquid to about an inch from the top. Place the lit candle so that you can see into the bowl. You should experiment with the best position for you.
Now use your scrying bowl in the same way as you would do for the crystal ball.
You do not have to use specially prepared liquid for scrying, but it may please you to do so. When you have prepared your own liquid, you have personalized your scrying bowl and therefore the resulting perceptions should be easier to understand.