word 'scry' comes from the word 'descry,' meaning to see or
perceive. Mirror gazing, or scrying, is one of the oldest known
forms of divination, dating back to antiquity. The famed prognosticator
Nostradamus used a form of scrying to make his famous predictions,
employing a dish filled with ink as his method. Yezidi mystics
use a concave, polished bowl. Mormon prophet Joseph Smith contacted
angels using a 'seer stone.'
infamous magician John Dee and his partner Edward Kelley used
an obsidian crystal in their experiments, and we get the popular
conception of a 'crystal ball' from the popularization of their
There are almost endless surfaces suitable for scrying use.
Mirrors and crystals are the most popular, but any item that
provides a deep, reflective surface will do: water in a shallow
dish, ink, a dark crystal – even a darkened television
traditional belief about scrying is that it allows access to
the Astral world, and makes communication with its inhabitants
possible. Others believe that scrying produces a trance-like
state, in which the scryer has easy access to his or her subconscious.
Neither of these truly explains the experience of the 'Astral,'
although there is a belief in some circles that the apparitions,
angels, and other beings encountered are manifestations of the
super conscious – messengers from one's own higher self.
Constructing a scrying mirror
As I mentioned earlier, there are several acceptable scrying
tools. It is not important to follow any of the usual (and often
quite silly) requirements. You do not need a 'pure' crystal
or a 'charged' mirror. There are rationales supporting various
methods, the purpose of which is usually to get the potential
seer to put a certain degree of effort into the proceeding –
but none of these is an absolute. All you need is an object
that provides a dark, reflective surface, patience, and a comfortable
place to sit. The most inexpensive to create is the black mirror,
and there are several simple methods which can be used to create
Purchase a large, inexpensive picture frame with a glass insert
(of course, you can choose any frame that catches your fancy),
and a can of flat black spray paint. Believe it or not, both
items can be had from a large discount store for about five
dollars all together. Next, remove the glass from the frame
and clean it with window cleaner- make sure to wipe off any
lint or dust particles. Spray a light coat of paint over the
glass and let it dry completely. Repeat with several more coats
of paint, until no light shows through when the glass is held
up to the light. When it is completely dry, simply replace the
glass in the frame, with the painted surface on the inside.
method is to ask a glasscutter to make you a circle of glass
(be sure to have the edges sanded). Paint it as described above,
and then glue a piece of felt over the paint (be sure to use
white glue or another non-solvent glue to prevent marring the
Scrying is not a hobby for the impatient. It takes a lot of
practice, so don't get discouraged if you don't get immediate
results. The first task is to create your space. You'll want
a block of time without interruption, a room that can be darkened,
and a place you can sit comfortably for long periods. You'll
need a comfortable chair, preferably with a back on it, or a
wall to sit against. You'll want to position your mirror (or
whatever object you've chosen) at a comfortable angle; place
it so that it does not reflect objects in the room. You need
to have very little light – a small candle, a night-light,
etc. A flickering candle creates a strobing effect that you
might find useful or distracting, so experiment a little to
discover your preferences. (If you are using candles or incense,
I strongly recommend that you use a timer or alarm clock, in
case you fall asleep)
Next, create a consecrated space, using whatever method you
prefer – smudging, a banishing ritual, casting a circle,
etc. This helps to create a sense of protection, and to focus
awareness on the task at hand.
would discourage the use of music, incense, et al., until you
are comfortable with this technique. Both can be useful, but
for now, they are more likely to create a distraction.
Relaxation is essential – the more relaxed you are, the
more likely you are to have success. Take a warm bath or a hot
tub before beginning, or use a progressive relaxation technique
– breathing, or whatever method you're most comfortable
with – to achieve a state of relaxed awareness. This takes
practice as well, so you might want to work on this for a few
days before you go any further.
With that accomplished, sit comfortably. Breathe deeply and
slowly, and let your eyes go slightly out of focus while gazing
at the mirror. Concentrate on your breathing – not on
the mirror. Keep your gaze relaxed; it's okay to blink.
only on your breathing. If thoughts or fantasies intrude, don't
worry – just dismiss them and go back to your breathing.
Eventually, you may begin to see what appear to be sparks of
light, or a 'foggy' effect. Don't concentrate on these phenomena
– just remain relaxed, and allow them to develop. At some
point, the images will become stronger – you may see pictures,
shadows, or lights and colors.
ability to “see”
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.
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.
exercise is well worth the effort; it gives magickal discipline
and strengthens the inner eye so visions can come with clarity
the reality of the Akashic records, in which all ideas, actions,
influences and vibrations are stored. With practice, you can
develop 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.
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.
ways in which the black mirror can be used
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
keep the surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth.
Never use it for anything but its intended magickal purpose.
for as long as you are comfortable. When you begin to feel restless,
it's probably a good time to stop.
Don't worry if what you see makes no sense at first. After a
session, write down your impressions, and make a note of your
general state of mind. It is also a good idea to keep a record
of any dreams that occur after a session – in fact, it
is a good idea to record all of your dreams, as this will strengthen
the lines of communication.
for psychic work
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.
are some excellent recipes for fine-quality magickal incense
to be used for the rites of scrying.
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
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 airtight jar.
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 airtight jar.
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.
incense (psychic blend)
base of mastic gum, myrrh, galangal powder and frankincense
Mugwort and wormwood herbs
Rose petals and lavender buds
Green cardamom pods and star anise
Oils of mimosa and lotus, and dark musk
together mastic, myrrh, galangal and frankincense in equal parts
and grind to a powder base.
a few cardamom and star anise seeds to the base and put aside
in an airtight jar.
mix equal parts of ground mugwort, wormwood and bay, about half
the amount used in the powder base.
this mixture with dark musk oil, and put it aside in a sealed
the lavender and rose petals together, coat them with mimosa
and lotus oil and put them aside in a sealed jar.
the ingredients stand for nine days during the waxing of the
blend all ingredients together by hand.
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.
is best to remove anise and cardamom seeds from the incense
before burning; their scent will have been absorbed by the incense
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