|Quartz scrying sphere|
What Exactly, Is Scrying?
The practice of scrying has long been used throughout history. In the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I had a friend, John Dee, who was known to do this. He used astrology as well as horoscopy to advise her, not scrying. But his name is known for his Enochian scrying sessions, and for the documents he produced during them with his assistant, Edward Kelley.
Also during the 16th century, Nostradamus was a skilled seer who used a bowl of water to scry by. People are well aware of his predictions all this time later. The practice of scrying is still used today to gain deeper insight into future events, and for help in negotiating difficult choices.
The description of exactly what scrying is differs somewhat depending upon whom you ask. I will say this - scrying allows us to communicate with our higher self, and also offers the possibility to open communication with spirits, as well as to receive information from other planes. Some refer to it as an alternate form of meditation. To some degree, therefore, the definition of scrying is somewhat relative to the practitioner.
The Etymology of Scrying
Determine Your Scrying Medium
If you are a beginner and just testing the waters, the purchase of a crystal scrying sphere may be cost prohibitive. Instead you might want to try a crystal or small mirror; some prefer a black mirror, that’s fine too. Clear quartz and black obsidian sit amongst the most popular choices for scrying crystals. Even though smooth surfaces are most often used, rough works as well. Make sure to opt for something that sits comfortably in your hand or on a table in front of you.
If you've been practicing meditation over a period of time, scrying should feel somewhat natural to you. Scrying is usually done at night, when there is peace and quiet and the day’s activity has settled. It is in this type of setting that our psychic senses are most accessible. Sit comfortably and hold your scrying tool in your hands, or place it on a table before you. Light a white candle and place it just behind the scrying medium. This should provide gentle illumination without causing distracting reflections or movements.
Ready to Scry
As you gaze into the mirror or crystal, expand your awareness beyond the physical structure of the object. You may not see specific visions or images; the idea is instead to get a psychic sense of the divine energy existing both within yourself and the scrying object. Connecting your energy with that of the crystal or mirror will offer insights and impressions. It is possible that you may see visions, or else impressions may come as feelings of intuition or emotion. An option available to you may suddenly "click" as being the right one, or you may sense an overview of the type of emotion that the future holds for you.
Withdraw and Center
It may take several tries before you get any clear impressions. As with any psychic undertaking, scrying is a practice that takes time to learn and become comfortable with. After a while you will find that your impressions and your interpretation of them become more clear and accurate.
It's all About Intent
* Scrying the Secrets of the Future by Cassandra Eason (Jan 30 2007). According to Eason, the first documented instances of scrying were conducted using tea leaves as a medium.