Scrying is a method of divination which has been used for centuries. It is the art of seeing images and shapes in any reflective surface and then interpreting those images using psychic ability and a comprehensive knowledge of the meaning of symbols. Things which can be used to scry with include; mirrors, water, tin foil, crystal ball, glass or any other shiny or reflective surface.
The Crystal Ball: We’ve all seen images of the old Gypsy woman peering into a crystal ball, hissing, “Cross my palms with silver!” but the reality of it is that people have used crystals and glass for scrying for thousands of years.
By focusing on the chosen object, a medium may be able to see visions that foretell not only the future, but unknown aspects of the present and past.
Fire scrying is exactly what it sounds like - staring into the flames of a fire to see what sort of visions might appear. As with other methods of scrying, this is often very intuitive. By relaxing your mind and focusing only on the flames, you may get messages telling you what it is you need to know.
A very popular method of scrying involves the use of water. While this can be a large body of water, such as a lake, many people simply use a bowl. Many people also incorporate the reflections of the moon into their scrying This is known as Full Moon Water Scrying
Typically, a scrying mirror has a black backing on it, which allows for better reflective properties. You can also buy pieces of flat, black obsidian which will do the job very well.
The Art of Scrying
Scrying can be a 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).
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 “see.”
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 obsidian. The crystal ball and wax tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in London.