Scrying Without Crying
Scrying pool, mirror, and crystal gazing ... reflect on
these ideas ...
SCRYING METHODS AND HOW TO'S..
Scrying is a form of divination, but is also much more than
that. By gazing into a crystal, pool, mirror or other reflective medium, a Witch
is able to enter altered mind states and gain access beyond the veil. Because
every person you meet will have a different way of accessing their mind states,
you will hear many different scrying techniques. Some of the techniques I've
come across border on the realms of superstition (which I define as fear through
lack of knowledge and/or acceptance).
You might read that unless a crystal sphere is true quartz
crystal, it will not work. You might hear that a perfect sphere without any
visible flaws is necessary. You may hear that your scrying mirror or crystal
must never be touched by sunlight. These are simply not true. There are
legitimate reasons for each of these 'rules' but it doesn't mean that you have
to follow them in order to scry effectively. Let's break down scrying into the
basics so you can understand why these rules exist. In this way, you can
determine for yourself if you wish to adhere to them, or toss them aside as
If you wish to begin scrying, you will need some sort of a
reflective surface. More about this later, lets look at what you will actually
be doing with this reflective surface first.
Scrying works on the principles of what is named by some as
the Ganze field (can't double check the spelling until my books are unpacked).
If you ever had to sit in the corner as a child, staring at a blank wall until
you began to hallucinate and have stories, patterns, or images appear to you,
you know what the Ganze field is. If you've ever stayed awake in bed staring at
the ceiling until these same things happened, then you also know what a Ganze
Ok, so maybe I've spoiled the mystery of scrying by
breaking it down into the basics and telling you what it really is. However,
scrying has a very occult side. It isn't how you get to the mind state of
scrying that's important, it's the mysteries that are unveiled to you once you
are there that are important. Interpreting what you see when you scry is very
much like dream interpretation. There are many books that will define each image
you glimpse, but essentially it boils down to what those images mean to you.
A key element in quickly attaining the correct state for
scrying is flashing light. (If you are epileptic, disregard this section, if you
eliminate the flickering but keep the gaze similar, you should still be able to
scry.) Place flickering candles around the room you are working in. Keep them
out of your direct line of vision, but at the same time, be certain that the
reflection of the flame can be seen in the scrying surface. To get these
'flickering' candles, you can open a window a crack to let a draft help you out.
Or, there are some candles you'll find on the market, especially inexpensive
ones, which have a flame that rises and falls rhythmically. These work quite
well for scrying. (I got some from a botanica in New Orleans [ F&F Botanica
] that smell strongly of petroleum. Not very attractive sounding I know, but
they flicker nicely. I've also gotten some good flickeries at drug stores when
they are having their after holiday sales. They go are usually 5 for a
$1....black and orange after Samhain and red, green and white after Yule. These
cheapies flicker nicely sans drafts.)
Try this for example, you will need:
1) A black mirror, a cauldron filled with water (or an
herbal infusion such as mugwort), or a crystal, or a shallow dish of water (made
black by the addition of ink), a ring with a nice stone (like moonstone) a black
stone like obsidian, a black tile, or whatever reflective medium you wish to
2) Five candles
Place the scrying medium on your altar so that you can look
at it from approximately a 45 degree angle while in a very comfortable position.
Arrange the candles throughout the room so that they are
elevated above the scrying medium but remain outside of your direct line of
sight. You may wish to cast a circle at this time or recite a blessing or charge
over the medium and over the entire scrying session.
Breathe deeply and rhythmically while gazing at the medium.
Imagine you are looking through a red lens so that everything you see is tinted
Move on through the chakra colors in a "Crystal
Countdown" fashion (in The Power of the Witch by Laurie Cabot) The color
sequence is as follows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. (The
rainbow, easily remembered with the initials as a name...ROY G. BIV)
When you feel that you are relaxed, keep looking at the
medium. Your first sessions may last 10 to 30 minutes, but work up to hour long
sessions. Do not be critical of yourself or your results. If you fall asleep
that's ok, if you daydream that's ok too. Just let whatever happens, happen. In
this way you will quickly refine your skills. Relax your gaze as if you were
attempting a 3D magic eye hidden picture. If you have trouble with those darned
3D things, don't worry, scrying is similar only in that you relax your eyes and
don't really look AT the surface.
After you have completed your session, jot down a few rough
notes. Do what you need to do to ground yourself or clean up the area. Sometime
during your day, go back to your notes and fill in more details as you remember
them. I use two columns, one for the description of images seen, and one for my
Go over each image that you saw. You might consult a symbol
interpretation list for dreams, you know, the kind that say a bird is an omen, a
knife is a......well, you get it. You could also analyze each image by checking
what it means to you. For example, a red rose may mean passion in the books, but
if your best friend requested them in the hospital, your personal associations
are going to be different. The conclusions you draw from your scrying sessions
must eventually be your own and as you continue to practice, you will understand
yourself and your visions more and more.
Insightful scrying to you all!
copyright 1999 Volute