Thursday, March 6, 2014

An Overview of Different Types of Scrying

by Muadhnait

Scrying is a method of divination. It consists of gazing into a
crystal, a mirror or some water for example, anything shiny really, in
order to enter altered mind states...A good cliché that best describes
scrying is the gypsy fortune-teller and her large crystal ball. :^)
There are different scrying tools, like crystal, water, ink, oil, even

Scrying works on the principles of the Ganzfeld effect. If you have
ever had to stare at a blank wall until you began to feel dizzy, to
hallucinate and see patterns, then you know what the Ganzfeld state is!

The degree of success with gazing depends on one's ability to
concentrate. The effort taken in this enterprise will eventually pay
off, do not give up if you don't "see" anything the first time you
attempt to scry!


There is no specific method to know which crystal ball suits you, it
will "call to you" when you see it. Once you decide on one, choose a
quiet place where you will not be disturbed. The lights should be dim,
it's preferable that you only lit a couple of candles only, placed low
and behind you. Remember to sit in a comfortable chair, you should be
perfectly relaxed. Take a deep breath, clear your mind from any
thoughts, and gaze intensely into the crystal. This might cause you to
blink or bring tears to your eyes, so try to relax them, closing them
about half way. Now is the perfect time to link your third eye to the
crystal: visualize a ray of light coming from between your eyes and
entering the crystal.

Now watch for the clouding of the crystal that will come from a small
light. The clouds will develop and then clear until you begin to see
precise patterns and pictures. Do not try to interpret those visions
immediately, you will see a whole sequence that will lead you to the
answer of your question. Don't waste your time writing everything
down, it's best to use a tape recorder because sometimes the flow of
pictures is too fast.

Remember, stay relaxed and try not to confuse real symbols with what
you want to see, i.e. psychologically induced patterns.


I find this modern scrying method quite odd and frankly hard to
believe. Perhaps you might want to try it. I'm sure you're familiar
with the sounds of a shell when you place it over your ear. It sounds
like the ocean, but it's in fact your blood flowing through the
vessels in your ear.

If you listen to this sound until you're in some sort of trance state,
you might be able to pick up fragments of conversation. At first you
might only make out a few words, but in time you will come to
understand "conversations" that predict the future.


Now that method is a bit more believable. :-) Smoke scrying is best
done while relaxing in front of a fire. Do not follow the smoke up but
rather allow the smoke to form patterns within your gaze. You will see
visions of future events. The Native Americans practice a special type
of smoke scrying. It's called a sweat lodge; water is poured over hot
rocks in a tent to create steam. Then people sit naked around the
rocks to inhale the steam. The combination of temperature, humidity
and elevated levels of carbon dioxide produce a state in which visions
can arise. Needless to say, this method is dangerous.


This is a very ancient scrying method. The Celts used it quite often.
What you need is a large, deep bowl made from glass, brass or silver.
You must set your base on (preferably) a tripod made of laurel boughs
for best results. Fill the bowl with clean, fresh water from a stream.
The water may be stored in a vessel and used again. The important
thing is not to collect the water during the day, but rather during
the night, and preferably on a full moon. This is done because of the
close connection between water, the moon and the Goddess. You should
also have a wand. Use either a branch from a bay or hazel tree, or
laurel. The end of the wand should be covered in dry tree sap or
resin. Dip the end of the wand into the water until it becomes wet.
Wet the borders of the bowl. Gently drawing the rim of the wand around
the bowl it will cause it to resonate. The resonating bowl will cause
circular ripples to form in the basin. It is up to you t interpret the


Mirror scrying is quite common, and it is an evolved form of water
scrying. The early mirrors were made of polished copper or silver,
brass, tin foil or mercury behind glass. John Dee used a black mirror
of obsidian.

Because mirrors are linked to the moon, they should be backed with
silver. The size of your scrying mirror doesn't matter, but the shape
does, so use either a round or an oval mirror.

Most seers prefer using a black mirror. Simply take out the glass and
paint it black. When you put it back in the frame make sure the glass
part is to the front. When using the black mirror for scrying you do
not want to see your reflection. Thus you should leave the mirror on a
table and look at it from an angle. Look into the depths of the mirror
as though you were looking into a bowl of water. At first it may
appear grey than colors will come and go. With time and practice you
will be able to see images. The visions may even exist outside the
mirror, either surrounding it or surrounding the scryer.


Now that is an original scrying method! And it's interesting to note
that the most famous example is of Christian origin. I'm sure you've
all read about the Roman Emperor Constantine, who had a Christian
mother. I remember watching a film called: "Constantine and the
Cross." In 312 A.D., when that emperor was marching against the army
of Maxentius in Rome, he and his men saw a shining cross of light amid
the clouds. The cross bore the Greek words: "By this you shall
conquer." Later that night, Christ appeared to Constantine in his
dreams holding a cross and asking him to have a military standard
shaped like a cross. Thanks to this standard, the emperor's army won
the battle. From that day on, several battles have been witnessed in
the clouds. Symbols of both political and religious significance have
been seen in the clouds. The Druids were renowned for using that
scrying method. Cloud scrying is essentially done on days when cloud
conditions are good. Having too few or too many clouds is no good for
scrying. The best is when the clouds are thick. Find a nice location
to lie down and relax. Try not to focus on one cloud but rather allow
the clouds to drift across your view. Visions will come naturally to
you. Personally, I think people who look up at the sky and see "only
clouds" without guessing what the shapes might symbolize have no
imagination whatsoever. :^)


Egyptian dream scrying can be traced back thousands of years. In
preparing to use this scrying method you must not speak to anyone on
the evening you plan to scry. Also, refrain from having sex and
consuming alcohol and eating. Take a long purifying bath, then anoint
your temples with olive oil. Prepare an oil lamp that bears no
inscription on it. It can be of any color except red. Red is the color
of the evil God Set. Write on a small strip of white linen with ink
mixed with myrrh the name of your dream God/dess and the purpose of
the dream scrying. Twist the linen strip and insert it into the oil of
the lamp. Place the lamp on a table beside your bed. Using the ink
draw the image of the dream God/dess upon your left palm. You must
decide which God or Goddess you wish to use. Thoth was well used with
the Egyptians. Light your lamp. Kneel before it. Concentrating on the
image on your left hand recite the following invocation:

"(Thoth) I invoke, blessed power of dreams divine,
Angel of future fates, swift wings are thine,
Great source of oracles to human kind,
When stealing soft, and whispering to the mind,
Through sleep's sweet silence and the gloom of night,
Thy power awake the sight,
To silent souls the will of heaven relates,
And silently reveals their future fates."

Concentrate on the question you wish to know the answer to. Around
your left hand wrap a piece of black linen. The cloth is known as the
"black" of Isis. Blow out the flame of the lamp. Now you can go to
sleep. Have a tape recorder beside your bed so that when you awaken
you may record your dreams while still fresh in your mind. You will
find that the dream will come to you in a voice that is clear and
powerful rather than in dream images. Sometimes the message is sent in
cryptic/symbolic form.


Oil scrying is yet another ancient method of divination. It can be
traced back to the Babylonians. One of their techniques was called the
"Princess of the Thumb". A scryer anointed the forehead and thumbnail
of a subject. The shiny nail acted as a magic mirror in which the
scryer saw spirits. Another version was called the "Princess of the
Hand". Oil was mixed with black soot to make a paste that was then
smeared upon the hand. The scryer then used the hand to see future
events. A third type of oil scrying was called the "Princess of the
Cup". Sesame seed oil was used to coat the inside of a cup that was
rested on its side. The cup was used to capture and magnify the light
of a candle that was fixed on its inner rim. From the Babylonians, oil
scrying found its way to the Egyptians and Hebrews. The latter used
four kinds of water mixed with oil. If you wish to use that method
effectively: if you call upon the heavenly Gods then use rainwater; if
you invoke the terrestrial Gods then use sea water; if you invoke the
Osiris or Serapis use river water; and if you call upon the souls of
the dead then use spring water.

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