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Crystalomancy or crystal gazing
A mode of divination practiced since ancient times with the help of a
lobe, a pool of water, or any transparent object. Also, it can be
with water, ink, and other like substances in the divination called hydromancy.
The divinatory practitioner is known as the scryer while the
is known as scrying.
Depending on the era the practice ranges from a simple to an elaborate
However, the main purpose of the objects is always to induce in the
a state of hypnosis so the seer can see visions in the crystal.
The crystal most favored by crystal gazers is a spherical or oval
globe, about four inches in diameter, and preferably a genuine
It may be white, blue, violet, yellow, green, opalescent, or transparent.
Blue and amethyst colors are less tiring on the eyes. Such a rock-crystal
is very expensive and is many times substituted by a sphere of glass which
renders good results.
The crystal itself must be a perfect sphere without a speck or flaw, and
traditionally based in a stand of highly polished ebony, ivory, or
In the practice, Hindus use cups of treacle or ink. Stones of pale sea
or reddish tints have been used. Ancient crystallomancers had precise
of the spirits to aid them in elaborate rituals. The man was pure in life
and religious dispositions. In preparation for the ritual, a few days
he made frequent ablutions, subjecting himself to prayer and fasts.
The crystal and stand are inscribed with sacred characters as the floor
in the room where the invocation is performed be inscribed with such
The room must be of thorough cleanliness and solemn atmosphere. But, the
mental attitude is of the utmost importance in the divination, because
faith in it is essential for success.
If the magician is assisted by one or two friends who must observe the
rules and be guided by the same principles. The time of the invocation is
set in accordance with the positions of the heavenly planets, and all
are made during the increasing of the moon. All instruments and
to be used in the ceremony--the sword, rod, and compasses, the fire and
perfume to be burned, as well as the crystal--are consecrated or "charged"
prior to the ritual.
During the procedure the magician faces the east and summons from the
the spirit he desires. Magic
circles which were previously inscribed on
the floor are those which the magician stands in, and it is best for him
to remain within the circles for sometime after the spirit has been
No part of the ceremony must be omitted or the invocation might incur
and others declared the elaborate ceremonies were unnecessary, since the
magnes microscomi (the magnetic principle in man) was clearly
to achieve the desired object. In a later period elaborate ceremonies were
not completely eliminated, but were made less imposing.
If the person for whom the ceremony is intended, is performing the
himself, has no clairvoyant faculty, then the best choice for a substitute
is a young boy or girl born out of wedlock who is still perfectly pure and
innocent. Prayers and magical words are said prior to the ceremony along
with the burning of incense and perfume. The child's forehead may be
and he may wear garments befitting the impressive nature of the ritual.
Some early writers describe formula prayers, known as the "Call"
given prior to the inspection of the crystal. Finally after the crystal
was "charged" it was given to the medium or clairvoyant person,
The first indication of the clairvoyant vision was a mist or cloud over
the crystal which gradually dissipated and then the appearance came into
Modern crystalomancy continues using a similar procedure but the
are simpler. The crystal is spherical and about the size of an orange. It
may by held with the finger and thumb of the magician, or, if one end is
flattened it may be placed on a table, or alternatively held in the palm
of the hand against the background of a black cloth.
The procedure is done in subdued light. If the divination is performed for
someone else it is recommended that the person holds the crystal in his
hands a few minute before it is passed to the medium.
The aim of crystal gazing, as previously said, is to induce a hypnotic
producing visionary hallucinations, the reflection of light in the crystal
forming points de repere for such hallucinations. Thus, the value
of elaborate ceremonials and impressive rituals lies in their potential
to affect the mind and imagination of the seer.
It is suggested that if telepathy
operates with a greater force in a hypnotic
state then it may also function in a similar fashion with the self-imposed
hypnosis of crystal gazing.
With the help of visionary powers many incidents of crime, such as finding
missing persons and discovering missing and stolen property, have been
The telepathic theory does not seem to answer the operation of this
when the appearance of the incident appears prior to its actual
The answer to this mystery must be left to future psychic research.
Though, there seems to be general agreement that the appearance is
by a milky clouding of the crystal. This clouding seems to be a picture
itself. It is dependent on the operational conditions, and not a result
of strain on the scryer's eyes, for the individual glances away for awhile
the clouding still exits when his gaze returns to the crystal.
The first pictures act as a drop-scene, the nearest allegory is the cloud
and of which, in materialization seances, phantasmal figures emerge. The
pictures to which the could gives way to may be small or expand to the
extent of the sphere in amazing size.
Sometimes the sphere completely disappears from the scryer's sight. The
figures and/or scene assumes life-size proportions rendering the scryer
a sense of bilocation as if he is part of the group or scene. This sense
differs from clairvoyance.
It has been discovered that the images produced by scrying are often
and the elements of choice are discernible which indicates the
is provided by an exterior intelligence. Usually, however, the pictures
are either disconnected, vague images, or they are very clear. Also, in
the visionary images have been detected thought pictures or forms,
visions, forgotten, reflected memories which may give way to
of past, present or future events.
From the above is should be apparent the interpretation of images produced
in scrying should be critically analyzed to determine whether they give
valid information upon which to act, or contain some figments of the
personal mental process which render the interpretation invalid. This is
why it is recommended the scryer be in good physical and mental health in
order to maintain objectivity in his interpretations. Caution should be
the keyword when acting upon the interpretations. Even the inquirer should
question his own intentions, how eager is he to believe the
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