Scrying is a method of divination and takes on many forms. Information
received varies with the type of scrying one is using to get answers.
Information can be objective, message given that are independing of the
scryer - or subjective, determined or influenced by the scryer. Scrying can
also be viewed as a form of mediumship, messages allegedly coming from
another realm. This all goes to the scrying tool used and the interpretation
of the symbol shown. A dream dictionary is often helpful.
As consciousness is evolving, so too are the meanings of the symbols.
Scrying comes from the Old English word descry meaning "to make out dimly"
or "to reveal." Adding the prefix/suffix 'be' (often 'gye' in Germanic
languages), gives us the modern word 'describe'.
This technique is a very ancient one, and common among Shamanistic
Traditions. Divination is the ability to see what patterns are forming
towards manifestation. What you "see" is actually what is likely to occur if
nothing changes the pattern being "woven". Here is a technique which I
teach: Pour some bottled water into a cereal bowl.
Mix either a blue or a green food color into the water, so that the liquid
is dark enough to hide the bottom of the bowl. At this point you have a
reflective surface. Place two candles as your source of light, so that the
light does not reflect upon the liquid (off a foot or two, in front of you
should do it).
Next is a series of hand passes over the liquid, slowly and deliberately.
Magickally speaking, the right hand is of an electrical nature/active charge
and the left hand is of a magnetic/receptive charge. Right handed pass will
strengthen the image and left handed passes will attract the image to form.
Begin by making left handed passes over the bowl, in a clockwise circle,
just a few inches above the water (palms open and facing down).
Stop, and gaze into the dark liquid, not At the liquid, but INTO the liquid.
You will need to repeat these passes as you go, from time to time.
Alternate between the left hand and the right hand. This requires patience,
and time. Use your intuition as you sit before the bowl.
Make sure the area is quiet and there are no distractions.
Drinking some Rosemary tea, prior to Divination, can aid in the work. There
are several herbs which aid the Psychic Mind, this is just one of them
(careful though, Rosemary can be toxic in large quantities).
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 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 receive visual impressions which Nostradamus likened to that of
a "burning mirror".
CELTIC WATER SCRYING
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 mustset
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
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 to interpret the visions.
Art of Scrying
Scrying can be an auto-deepening trance process that progresses in stages
using tools such as a crystal ball, or other medium. Initially, the medium
serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the
mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this is achieved, the scryer begins a
free association with the perceived images suggested, for instance in a
crystal ball, by the tiny inclusions, web-like faults and/or the cloudy glow
within the ball under low light (i.e. candlelight).
The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images
aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is
done with the intent of deepening the trance state, wherein the scryer hears
their own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated
state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement
of a final and desired end stage in which visual images and dramatic stories
seem to be projected within the mind's eye of the scryer, like an inner
movie. This overall process reputedly allows the scryer to "see" relevant
events or images within the chosen medium.
Scrying has been used for thousands of years by different cultures. Ancient
Egypt used scrying in their Initiations. This included water scrying, dream
scrying, oil scrying, and mirror scrying. One legend states that the goddess
Hathor carried a shield that could reflect back all things in their true
light. From this shield she allegedly fashioned the first magic mirror to
Ancient Persia -- the Shahnama, a semi-historical epic work written in the
late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid
used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of
the esoteric sciences for observing all the seven layers of the universe.
Ancient Greeks and Celts practiced scrying using beryl, crystal, black glass
polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies.
Nostradamus is believed to have employed a small bowl of water as a scrying
tool into which he gazed and received images of future events. Alchemists
Edward Kelley and John Dee employed a form of scrying using a small crystal
ball or shewstone - a piece of polished obsidion. The crystal ball and wax
tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in
Scrying is the occult practice of using a medium, most commonly a reflective
surface or translucent body, to aid perceived psychic abilities such as
clairvoyance. The media often used to "see" are water, polished precious
stones, crystal balls, or mirrors. Scrying, in this context, uses a "visual"
process. There are some who believe the art of scrying is not limited to the
use of "reflective" or "translucent" bodies only, but includes other media.
Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of seeing the past,
present, or future; in this sense scrying constitutes a form of divination.
If a young woman goes to a lake at midnight on Halloween, and gazes
at her image in the water, she shall see her lover's face reflected before
A young girl should take 3 pails of water and place them in her bedroom
on Halloween's Eve, then pin her nightdress opposite her heart with three
of green holly. If she is roused from her sleep by the call of 3 bears, the
will die away, followed by a hoarse laugh. After the laugh ceases, the form
her future husband will appear. If he is deeply attached to her, he will
the position of the pails. If not, he will pass from the room without
If a young girl washes her undergarments on Haloween Eve and, without
saying anything, hangs them over a chair to dry, she will watch the form of
husband enter the room and turn the undergarments
Holding a stone, sit in front of a bowl of water. As a question with a
yes/no answer. Drop the stone into the water. Carefully count the ripple
that it makes.
If there is an even amount of ripples (2, 4, 6, 8, etc.) the answer is yes,
if there is an odd amount (3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) the answer is no.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Posted by Judith at 9:18 AM