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by Peggy Jentoft
Scrying or crystal gazing is to use a mirror , crystal ball, a seer stone ,or other divining tool . Some purposes for scrying are to receive visions or information about personal issues and get guidance about the future or review the past , understand or remote view a present situation or to foretell possible events , discover hidden knowledge , access knowledge about healing and self improvement , prophecy and perception by intuition and instinctive foresight.
Scrying also a method sometimes used to contact spirit guides, to commune with loved ones who have crossed over , to organize focus for prayer and for magikal work , help transmit and receive healing and spiritual comfort , to assist with astral travel or journeying , improve visualization and intuition, and to set the energy in meditation and ritual.
The scrying mirror or other tool is used as a focus while you reach the mental openness which allows you to perceive information . Many people do see visions in the mirror. Some see or sense symbols, colors or shapes that they interpret. Other people actually see images or events unfolding as though viewing a movie. The process of gazing is quite similar to other psychic reading and meditation techniques . While tools may help with scrying, the knowledge and ability to do this work lies within the seeker rather than in the tools.
This page extends below as a modern computer graphic version of a classic black scrying mirror . Traditionally black mirrors are made either from polished obsidian or by painting a clear convex glass picture cover black and mounting it in a frame. Most scrying mirrors are round or oval but any simple shape can be used. This virtual mirror is not a completely unvaried black screen because experience has shown that the subtle variations which one may find in obsidian or painted surfaces help with the process of entering the mind state which activates receiving information. This virtual mirror has also been connected to an energy stream which enhances the ability to receive information through scrying. This is made from a photo of a obsidian sphere that has been used for scrying .
How to Scry
Many people try too hard at first when learning to scry. An intense effort to see something can interfere with the process. Relax and allow yourself to be open to the experience. Begin by grounding and centering yourself. Connect with your high self and or spiritual source. Deep breathing can help with this connection. This mirror is protected and set for positive connections only. You may additionally surround yourself with your own circle of light, call in your angels/guides or use a simple protective method of your choice before beginning. (energy follows attention).
Whatever gazing or other divination method is being used people get clearer results when they have a clear reason for scrying. It is good to have prepared a question or questions or formed a clear intention to receive information about a particular subject or situation rather than to scry just out of curiosity . Decide your intention and purpose for the reading , (which initially will probably just be to learn how to scry). Gaze into the dark mirror with a soft visual focus and a mental openness. This is just like a basic meditation when your attention wanders bring it back gently to focus on the center of the crystal.
Gaze gently into the ball, but do not stare. Blink normaly, blinking will not interfere with your reading. Do not focus on your blinking while you are gazing. Just relax and gaze. Some people need to practice scrying several times before they achive reception.
Eventually you may notice a small cloudy glow in the center of the crystal or in front of the crystal. This is the focusing area where your visions will appear. Often beginning readers are so startled by the initial appearance of images or colors that they lose focus completely. When you practice persistently you learn how to maintain clear focus .
You might see easily understood images but you may see clouds or colors or symbols. Often it helps to have a pen and paper at hand to keep a quick log of symbols or words and other impressions Though not everyone can maintain focus and take notes . Experiences vary greatly from subtle abstract visuals or energies to complete visions etc.
images may appear as though on or infront of the screen or in your mind they my be rough impressions or as clear and detailed as a movie of real event.
There is no absolutely uniform system for interpreting the meaning of symbols and colored clouds. Dream books and color healing guides can have suggestions for traditional interpretations of symbols . These tools help you awaken your intuition about the meaning of the patterns and images you see. The degree of turbulence and movement in clouds may indicate the intensity of the event referred to or its nearness in time .Scroll down until the screen is filled with the black mirror. Relax and gaze gently into the virtual black scrying mirror . Allow your eyes to wander gently upon the surface of the screen/mirror and your mind to be receptive. Set an intention for the kind of information you are seeking . 5 or ten minutes is ample time for initial scrying practice .
There are traditional interpretations that some readers use. Here is one set of interpretations ,but it is not definitive, use your intuition . Blue clouds may symbolize success of career or business, Gold clouds symbolize prosperity, steady cash flow and possibly new romance. Gray/Dark gray or Black may symbolize sadness or ill fortune. Green clouds symbolize health, happiness . Orange clouds may symbolize hidden aggression and anger, or troubled emotions. Red clouds symbolize danger to come. Silver clouds symbolize troublesome times ahead followed by good times.White clouds symbolize very good fortune ahead. Yellow clouds symbolize upcoming obstacles.I recommend that if you have a set of color meanings and correspondences that you are already familiar with see if those work for you in scrying before you work at learning another system. There are quite a few books and web sites about crystal gazing and other scrying methods if you want to explore this area more thoroughly. Practicing scrying may open your reception in non visual ways rather than being entirely visual.
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