Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mirror scrying

http://www.groveofthegreatdragon.com/Divination/Mirror_Scrying.htm

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
reflection. 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 gray than colors will come and go.

With time and practice 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 black scrying mirror, or magick mirror, is a powerful psychic
tool. It can bring the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant ability
and can act as a portal to other planes of existence. History shows
its use in many of the traditional mystery schools and oracular
temples. Today the serious student of magickal arts can rediscover the
ancient rites of the magick mirror, for these techniques are again
coming to light.

Scrying can be defined as the mantic art of gazing into or upon a
crystal or dark mirror, allowing the physical eyes to relax, thus
letting the inner psychic eyes begin to open and receive desired
visions or information. The use of the black mirror is one of the best
methods of achieving the state of mind required for entering trance
and for scrying work. It not only acts as a focal point for
visualization but can become a doorway into the astral plane. It
allows communication with higher realms and the subconscious and
access to Akashic records. The traditional crystal ball is also a
wonderful tool, but it is more difficult to scry with and is extremely
expensive. The mirror is a more efficient way to begin to learn to
scry and journey in other realms. However, all techniques in this
article may be used with a crystal ball as well as the black scrying
mirror.

Consider the reality of the Akashic records, in which all ideas,
actions, influences and vibrations are stored. The practiced scryer
has the ability to "read" these records and focus on this vast source
of timeless knowledge with the aid of the mirror and a strongly
directed imagination. Guides from the world of spirit often lead the
scryer in astral travel and mental journeying through the black mirror
or crystal sphere. Scrying develops one's clairvoyant abilities and is
especially helpful in strengthening the third eye.

The preparation and construction of the mirror is extremely important.
The black scrying mirror must be created with the highest magickal
standards and traditions. At the full moon, specially cut glass disks
are cleansed and magnetized. They are then anointed with a powerful
herbal fluid condenser to attract and hold energy, vital force and any
charge given them. A tincture of gold and moonstone is then applied to
the surface, and they are ritually blessed under the light of the full
moon. They remain for a night and a day within a circle of protection.
The black coating is then applied to seal in the energy, and a felt
backing is put on to protect the mirror and absorb later applications
of fluid condenser. The mirror stand is carved rosewood, ebony or teak.

Ways in which the black mirror can be used

To contact spirit guides
To access knowledge
For healing and self improvement
As a magickal transmitter and receiver
For divining the past, present and future
As a portal to the astral plane
For shamanic journeying
For ritual invocation and evocation
To improve visualization skills
Preparing to work with the black scrying mirror

Always keep the surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth.
Never use it for anything but its intended magickal purpose.
Do not let others look into its surface, except in ritual context.
Keep it stored in a silk bag when not in use.
Frequently recharge the mirror with vital force and fluid condenser,
as explained following.
Practice the visual exercises described following until mastered.

Keep the working area clean and free from any disturbance.

Generally, scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the full
or new moon, depending on the operation. The mirror can be used at any
time, but tends to work better at these points.
When indoors, light two votive candles, one on each side of the
mirror. Use white or colored candles appropriate to the work: blue for
healing, purple for psychic work, orange for communication, and so on.
(For more suggestions on candle colors, see any standard table of
correspondences, for example in Scott Cunningham's books or The Spiral
Dance).

Burn a lunar or psychic blend incense before working with the mirror.

Place the mirror on a wooden table or altar with a clean cloth beneath
it and be seated on a wooden chair in front of it, or if you prefer,
assume a comfortable asana on the floor with the mirror before you.

Extinguish all light sources except the candles and/or moonlight.

Allow nothing to reflect in the mirror's surface. It should appear as
a dark tunnel or window.
Before starting, always create a sacred space to work in. Cast a
circle of protection or visualize the area surrounded by white light
and protection from false or misleading influences - call your guides
and guardians to protect the working.

Keep a journal to record your experiences.

The rite of scrying

First, clearly decide what you seek or are trying to accomplish in the
working and prepare appropriately. Then prepare the work area
carefully as suggested previously.

Once you are ready, close your eyes and begin to relax; feel every
part of your body releasing, relieved of all tension. Visualize your
circle of protection and know you are safe and in control of all that
happens within it. Begin to breath rhythmically and fully; try a count
of four in, hold four, release four, four in, hold four, release four
and so on. Feel yourself entering a light trance surrounded by sacred
space, removed from time and the material world. Silently call your
guides or guardians of the work, invoking the Goddess or calling
angelic presences, spirit guides, watchtowers, astral guardians or
whatever you prefer. Reaffirm your desire and the purpose of the work.

Now open your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror; remain relaxed
and do not hesitate to blink when necessary. Relax the focus of your
eyes but remain alert. After a while, the surface of the mirror will
begin to change and fade; a dark mist will appear.

Your inner eyes will now open, and the journey into the mirror begins.
Remember that the inner eye sees inside the mind, through the magickal
imagination. Most people when scrying do not see the images appear
with the physical eyes on the mirror's surface but see within the
mirror and in the mind's eye. The mirror acts as a focal point, a
gateway within.

When you have completed your journey or work you set out to do, begin
the return to your body and ordinary senses. Breath fully and deeply,
and remain still until you feel you have completely returned. Now
close your eyes and remember all you saw and felt during the scrying
or journey. Review your entire experience mentally.

Write it all down immediately in a journal kept for this purpose.

To begin to see

This is a very important exercise to master if you are new to scrying
or are having trouble receiving images. It will aid your "visual
imagination," which allows your psychic and physical eyes to see
clearly together. It gives clairvoyant strength.

Sit before your mirror and begin to imagine objects on its surface,
one after another. You should try to see these images clearly in the
mirror with your eyes open, just as if they were there in reality. Try
simple shapes or colors first. Hold onto the image of each shape,
object or color one minute before dissolving it and going on to the
next. For example, use a red triangle, a yellow square, a blue circle
and silver crescent; see them appear in the mirror using your firm
imagination. For best results, do this exercise every day for 15
minutes until it is mastered.

This exercise is well worth the effort; it gives magickal discipline
and strengthens the inner eye so visions can come with clarity and ease.

Charging the mirror with light

To charge and empower the mirror with light force is a simple but
powerful process. It should be done frequently, especially just before
using the mirror, so as to ensure you see correct visions, connect
with positive energy and do not experience interference.

First, you must imagine that white light is collecting inside your
body, being channeled down from the crown chakra. The body becomes a
vessel filled with light. Remember to breathe fully, deeply and
rhythmically. Now stand in front of the mirror and direct the palms of
your hands toward one another. Imagine that the internal light is now
moving into your hands, forming a ball of condensed white light
between them. See and feel this clearly in your imagination. When
ready, begin to project this ball of light into the surface of the
mirror, purifying and enlivening the mirror, filling it with magickal
force. See the light "soak" into the mirror. This process needs to be
repeated until the mirror feels "full."

This process can also be used to give a special or programmed charge
to the mirror. Follow the steps preceding and create the ball of light
between your hands, then mentally project your desire into the light
before projecting the light into the mirror. This technique can be
used for healing works and self-improvement. You can also charge the
light with a specific color or vibration - whatever can be felt or
imagined can be put into the mirror to aid the magickal energy. The
empowering exercise can be used for other magickal operations as well,
such as charging other magickal tools and the giving of healing light
to another person. All it takes is a strong desire and powerful
imagination.

Locking the charge into the mirror is accomplished by willpower. When
the light has been absorbed into the mirror, state in your mind and
with all the faith you can muster that the charge will remain as long
as you require it. To release or remove a special charge, simply
reverse the procedure, pulling the light out of the mirror into the
space between your hands. Then disperse the energy into the atmosphere
through the imagination. Do not draw it back into the body - see it
return to the universe.

Creation and use of the fluid condenser

A fluid condenser is an infusion of herbs with tinctures, essences and
gold added. It serves to hold the mirror's magickal charge and attract
elemental force. The condenser can be used not only on mirrors but
also on all other ritual tools you want to charge for ceremonial use.
The use of certain herbs, stones and metals in small quantities
attracts etheric energy of a like kind. These fluids can be made
individually to represent each of the elements or to enhance a
particular work. I recommend making a universal fluid condenser that
will work for all purposes, having all elements represented along with
tincture of gold, representing solar and God energy, and essence of
moonstone, representing lunar and Goddess energy.

The fluid is applied to recharge the mirror and to draw magickal
symbols upon it for use in ritual. When the mirror is not in use, it
is wise to anoint its surface with the fluid before putting it away.
The fluid can be cleaned off with alcohol or distilled water later.

To make the fluid, you must first gather the herbs you need. They can
be fresh or dried, but the more life force they contain, the better.
The list of herbs following includes some suggestions, but you need
not use all the herbs to make a good condenser. Use the ones you can
find of good quality.

Once gathered, the herbs are placed in a pot with distilled water or
rainwater. There should be about an ounce of each herb and enough
water in the pot to cover the contents completely. Bring this mixture
to a boil, and then turn down the flame and let it simmer for an hour
with the pot lid on. When this is done, let the mixture cool and
strain it through a muslin cloth. Put the liquid back into the pot and
simmer without the lid until only a quarter of the original amount is
left. When this is cool, add the gold tincture, about 13 drops to each
pint of liquid. Then add the essence of moonstone. If gold tincture
and essence of moonstone are not available, gold chloride or gold
salts can be used and whole moonstones and crystals added to the
mixture as a vibrational additive. Gold tincture can also be made at
home with fairly good results.

To make gold tincture, take a pure piece of gold and holding it with a
pair of pliers heat it over a flame until red hot. The red-hot gold is
then dunked into a container of about half a quart of distilled water
or rainwater. The heat and rapid cooling causes gold molecules to
remain in the liquid. This process should be repeated nine times in
the same water. Be careful of the rising steam, and try not to get the
hot pliers into the water!

When you have combined all the fluid condenser ingredients together in
a sterilized glass container, then add an equal amount of wood or
isopropyl alcohol to act as a preservative. Store the condenser in an
air-tight glass container in a dark place, and it will last for years.

For a very powerful and personalized condenser, add a few drops of
your own blood to the mixture. Quartz crystals can be left in the
fluid while it is stored to keep it clear.

Herbs for the fluid condenser

For the water element: elder flowers, water lily, orris root, white
rose, willow, cucumber seeds, jasmine
For the fire element: red poppy, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, orange
peel, rosemary, marigold, galangal, damiana, tobacco, nutmeg
For the earth element: oak, ivy, cypress, mugwort, vervain, patchouli
herb, wheat, primrose
For the air element: mistletoe, acacia, clover, pine, sage, lavender,
verbena
For spirit: gold, blood, crystal
For healing: juniper, thyme, mandrake, tansy, elder, coriander,
lavender, life-everlasting, sage, cypress
For universal fluid condenser: chamomile, dittany of Crete, ivy, oak
leaves, bay leaves, almonds, cypress, clover, grape leaves, rose
petals, mugwort, jasmine, vervain, mandrake root
Incense for psychic work

The best incense to use when working with the mirror or any scrying
device is lunar or psychic in nature, representing the sphere of
Yesod. These types of blends may be purchased or created by yourself
and must be burned on self-igniting charcoal disks. Here are some
excellent recipes for fine-quality magickal incense to be used for the
rites of scrying.

Lunar blend incense:

A base of white sandalwood powder
Orris root and myrrh in equal parts
Oil of jasmine and jasmine flowers
Oil of lotus and synthetic ambergris
A small pinch of refined camphor
Poppy and cucumber seeds
Blend together sandalwood, myrrh, and orris root, and crush them
together into a powder. True refined camphor is hard to come by, but
if you should have some available, add a pinch to the powdered base.
Also add at this time the poppy and/or dried cucumber seeds. Put this
mixture aside in an air-tight jar.

Next, blend the jasmine, ambergris and lotus oils together in equal
parts. Coat the dried jasmine flowers with the blended oil and set
them aside in an air-tight jar. Let these sit until the next full
moon. On the evening of the full moon, mix together (in a silver or
crystal bowl if possible) the oil-soaked flowers and the powder base
with your hands, meditating as you mix on the beauty and wisdom of
Mother Moon. Ask her to bless this incense with Her magick.

Scrying incense (psychic blend):

A base of mastic gum, myrrh, galangal powder and frankincense
Mugwort and wormwood herbs
Rose petals and lavender buds
Green cardamom pods and star anise
Bay leaves
Oils of mimosa and lotus, and dark musk
Blend together mastic, myrrh, galangal and frankincense in equal parts
and grind to a powder base. Add a few cardamom and star anise seeds to
the base and put aside in an air-tight jar. Now mix equal parts of
ground mugwort, wormwood and bay, about half the amount used in the
powder base. Coat this mixture with dark musk oil, and put it aside in
a sealed jar. Mix the lavender and rose petals together, coat them
with mimosa and lotus oil and put them aside in a sealed jar. Let the
ingredients stand for nine days during the waxing of the moon.

Then blend all ingredients together by hand. As you mix, meditate upon
your spirit guide and developing your psychic abilities. Know that
when the incense is burned, your inner eyes will open and a link will
be formed between you and world of spirit. (It is best to remove anise
and cardamom seeds from the incense before burning; their scent will
have been absorbed by the incense base.)

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