Throughout history symbols of political or religious importance have
been seen in the clouds. In A.D. 312 when Emperor Constantine was
marching against the army of Maxentius at Rome, both he and his entire
army saw a shining cross of light amid the clouds. It was said the
cross contained the Greek words "By This Conquer". Later that night
Christ appeared to Constantine in his dreams bearing a cross in his
hand ordering Constantine to have a military standard made in the same
image. Under this standard his outnumbered army was victorious. Down
through history entire military battles have been witnessed in the
clouds. Some of the U.F.O. sightings have in fact turned out to be
disk shaped cloud formations. Generally cloud scrying is 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 just relax. Try not to focus on any one
cloud but rather allow the clouds to drift across your view. Visions
cannot be forced; they will come naturally when the time is right.
Both Merlin and John Dee used a crystal globe for scrying. Because of
the cost of rock crystal balls many people use a glass ball but this
is not advisable. Brazil has the best crystal rocks in the world.
Although crystals may grow to a considerable length, they seldom
exceed one inch in thickness. There are however some exceptions. Flaws
in a crystal such as cracks, bubbles and discolorations do not make
crystal unfit for scrying although they may distract your attention.
Size is however not important and bigger does not mean it will be
better. Crystal scrying should be done in near or total darkness. The
main thing is to avoid reflections on the surface of the crystal. The
best method is to use the light of a candle when scrying but make sure
the candle does not reflect in the ball. Focus your gaze on the center
of the crystal not on its surface. Try looking through the crystal as
if it were a mirror upon the astral world. The first thing you may see
is clouds that change color. Eventually a mist will spread outwards
from the center of the crystal to reveal images. When you scry for
visions sooner or later you will achieve communication from the
spirits. These spirits will help you to understand what you have seen
in the visions. It may be helpful to charge your crystal ball once a
month with moonlight. Place the ball in a glass bowl of natural water
in the glow of a full moon.
The ancient Greeks sought dream oracles within sacred dream temples.
One of the renowned dream temples was the Temple of Amphiaraus at Oropos.
People would go to the temple and "purify oneself" first by making an
offering to the Gods. A ram was the sacrificed, its fleece removed and
then used as a sleeping mat inside the temple. Another famous temple
was the Temple of Pasiphae. The magistates of the city used the temple
to recieve answers to difficult questions. Sleeping within religious
temples continued down through history. Another famous dream shrine
was located in Lough Derg in Donegal, Ireland. It was a cave known as
St. Patricks Purgatory. People would entomb themselves in tiny cells
for up to nine days waiting for a vision of what was waiting for them
EGYPTIAN DREAM SCRYING
Egyptian dream scrying may be traced back thousands of years. The
method used by the Egyptians was recorded in the Greek magical papyri
which were written between 200 B.C. to 500 A.D. In preparing to use
the Egyptian dream scrying method you must not speak to anyone on the
evening you plan to scy. You should remain in silence after the
setting of the sun. Do not consume alcohol on that day or engage in
sex. You must refrain from consuming food for up to four hours before
the scrying. After having a warm bath you anoint your temples with
olive oil. You will need an oil lamp, which must not be colored red or
bear any inscription. Write on a short narrow strip of white linen
with ink mixed with myrrh the name of the dream God and the purpose
for the dream scrying. Twist the linen strip into a wick and insert
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 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 the lamp.
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. You need to concentrate on your question you wish to
know the answer to. Around your left hand wrap a piece of black linen
about four inches wide and about thirty inches long. The black cloth
is called "black" of Isis. Blow out the flame of the lamp. Now go to
bed, clear your mind and 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 form so take your time in working out the answer.
Both the Egyptians and Babylonians scryed by means of an oil lamp. The
lamp itself was in fact a stone shaped as a low open dish with a strip
of white linen coiled in the oil that had an end hanging over the end
of the dish.
The Egyptians used clear Oasis oil, which was a kind of palm oil. The
clearer the oil the better. The Egyptians used a lamp that was red in
color, which is the color of the God Set. Set is in fact the God of
evil. It may be advisable for you to use a white lamp. Place your lamp
on a table and sit on the west side facing east across the lamp. You
should address your invocation to the Greco Roman God who rules the
day you scy on.
Using the name of the God of the day you should chant a suitable
invocation doing so directly into the flame. This invocation should be
chanted in a soft voice and done so several times. Gently focus on the
flames of the lamp. You will begin to see moving shadows off to the
side. Do not look directly at the shadows or they will vanish. Ask the
shadows what it is you seek. You may hear voices or you may see images.
Mirror scrying is an evolved form of water scrying. When it became
possible to build mirrors they were regarded as being like water that
was fixed into one place. The early mirrors were made of polished
copper, brass, marcasite, tin foil or mercury behind glass, polished
silver and obsidian. All types of mirrors may be used for scrying and
the size is not important. Because mirrors are linked to the moon
mirrors should be backed with silver. Try and use a round or oval
mirror instead of a square mirror. For the frame try and use a mirror
that has a silver frame. Old mirrors also seem to work better than new
mirrors. Most seers prefer to use a black mirror. Because this is
difficult to buy you may have to make one. Just simply take out the
glass and paint it black. You may have to give it a few coats of paint
though. When you put it back in the frame make sure the glass part is
to the front. The use of black mirrors may be traced back over the
centuries. John Dee used a black mirror of obsidian. When using the
black mirror for scrying you do not want to see your reflexion. The
best is to 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 colours will come and go.
With time and practise you will be able to see scried images like
still photographs or moving film images. Spirits may sometimes look at
the scryer, talk to the scryer or even touch the scryer. The visions
may even exist outside the mirror and surround the scryer on all sides.
The history of oil scrying can be traced back to the ancient
Babylonians. Some of their magic books have survived down through the
centuries with details of the methods they used. One of their
techniques was called the "Princess of the Thumb". A scryer annointed
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 black paste that was then smeared upon the hand. The scryer
then used the hand as a mirror to scry future events. A third type of
oil scrying was called the "Princess of the Cup". Sesame seed oil was
used to coate the inside of a cup that was rested on its side. The cup
was used as a concave magic mirror 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 most detailed
examples of oil scrying are written in the Greek Magical Papyri
written in Egypt between 200 B.C. and A.D. 500. Four kinds of water
which is to be mixed with the oil is used for four types of
divination. If you call upon the services of the heavenly Gods then
use rainwater. If you invoke the terrestrial Gods then use sea water.
If you invoke the Gods Osiris or Serapis use riverwater And if you
call upon the souls of the dead then use spring water.
The ancient Romans were renowned for pendulum scrying and their
methods were detailed in the writings of Roman historian Ammianus
Marcellinus. It is also possible that French seer Nostradamus used
this same Roman method of basin scrying by means of a pendulum to
produce individual letters that formed intelligible prophetic verses.
The bowl used was a composite material of many metals, meaning it was
made of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver. A ring was attached by
thread to a wand. The ring was probably a band of electrum with occult
characters engraved upon it. The twenty four letters of the Greek
alphabet were engraved into the flange of the basin. The table used
was probably a tripod in which to support the basin. It was made out
of branches of laural and had three legs. Laural was the substance
specified by the Enochian angels for the scrying table of John Dee.
Another method which has been used in Europe for centuries involves
the suspension of a ring from a thin silk thread inside an ordinary
water goblet. The responses come in the form of tapping sounds as the
ring gently raps the side of the glass. The seer asks a specific
question that can be answered with a yes or a no. A single tap
indicates a yes while two taps indicate a no. More than two taps
indicates the spirit is not certain of the response. Another method is
to use a sheet of paper with a cross marked upon it. The ring is held
suspended over the cross in the left hand upon a silk thread. A simple
question is asked which only requires a yes or no. If the answer is
yes it will swing back and forth along the vertical arm of the cross.
If the answer is no it will swing side to side along the horizontal
arm of the cross. Some scryers prefer to use a crystal instead of a
ring. Once you have made your pendulum you should purify it. Fill a
clear bowl with fresh pure water. Say a cleansing prayer : "Purge me
with hyssop, and I shall be clean, Wash me, and I shall br whiter than
snow, Create in me a clean heart, And renew a right spirit within me".
Dip the crystal and thread into the water and leave for a few minutes.
On the night of a full moon place the pendulum and thread in the
moonlight and leave for several hours. Never allow your pendulum to be
placed in direct sunlight.
This is a modern method of scrying and is becoming more popular. Most
people are familiar with the sound of when a shell is placed over the ear.
It sort of sounds like the ocean. But in fact it is the sounds of
blood flowing through the vessels in your ear. If however you listen
to this sound you will eventually by able to pick up fragments of
conversation. At first you may be able to only make out a few words,
but in time you will come to understand whole segments of
conversations. The subject of this talk will be usually meaningless,
but if you can mentally break into this communication you may find the
voices may choose to respond. Just exactly what is happening here Im
not sure, but for those of you who have seen the movie "The Phantom
Menace" it may give you a clue.
Smoke scrying is best done while relaxing in front of a campfire. You
should be in comfortable visual range of watching the smoke rise. Do
not follow the smoke up but rather allow the smoke to forms patterns
within your spiritual gaze. In time you will see visions of many far
off events. I have generally found people who have natural artistic
skill good at this form of scrying.
The American Indians practise a special type of smoke scrying. It's
called a sweat lodge. Water is poured over hot rocks in a tent to
create steam. The steam is inhaled by those who sit naked around the
rocks. The combination of temperature, humidity and elevated levels of
carbon dioxide produce a state in which visions can arise. This form
of scrying may be dangerous and should only be undertaken by
You will need a large, deep bowl made from glass, brass or silver. It
must have a smooth and even rim. You must set your base on some sort
of tripod for best results. A tripod made of laural boughs is the
best. You will need to do your own testing to find out which bowl
works best for you and how much water you should use. Do not use water
from a tap. Get clean, fresh water from a stream. The ancient Greeks
believed that nature spirits dwelled in fresh water. The water may be
stored in a vessel and used again. However it is a good idea to
replace your water once a month. Never collect the water of a day
time. Water should only be collected at night preferably on a full
moon. To make your wand use a branch from a bay tree, hazel tree or
the laural. 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 rims of the bowl. The best time to scy is at night when it is
quite. By gently drawing the rim of the wand around the bowl it will
cause it to resonate. The action of the resonating basin will cause
circular ripples to form in the basin. The water seems to breathe with
the sounds. It is the harmonics that seem to whisper forth predictions
of the future. These are interpreted with the help of a gaurdian
angel. You may also recieve visual impressions, which Nostradamus
likened to that of a "burning mirror".
Ancient Greeks practised wind scrying in the sacred grove of Dodona,
which was dedicated to Zeus. Psellus refered to this technique writing
"there is a mode of predicting by means of the air and the leaves of
the trees. The method seemed to involve the hanging of striking wands
from branches of sacred oak tress in a way that they struck resounding
brass basins when the wind blew. Interpretations were made of these
sounds and that of the wind.
The wind gives itself naturally to scrying because it talks the same
as you or me. Find a quite place in the bush where there is no noise
of cars, music, etc. A place among the trees is the best. Find a tree
and sit under it. Casually focus your attention on the wind, blocking
out all other thoughts. In time the wind will talk to you. In order
for you to scry the wind, you must, for a time, become the wind.
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