Scrying is a popular form of divination which involves seeing truth, and knowing what is happening around you in other places. Scrying can also be used in communication with the spirit world. It normally involves mirrors, water or fire, or as, is commonly thought of, the crystal ball. The object that you are using in Scrying enables you to focus and project imagery from within. It can enable you to see and identify things that you have been unable to create within your mind alone.

Mirror Scrying

Mirror scrying is an evolved form of water scrying. When it became possible to build mirrors they were regarded as being like water that was fixed into one place. The early mirrors were made of polished copper, brass, marcasite, tin foil or mercury behind glass, polished silver and obsidian.

All types of mirrors may be used for scrying and the size is not important. Because mirrors are linked to the moon, mirrors should be backed with silver. Try and use a round or oval mirror instead of a square mirror, or place a round design on the mirror which will help you focus on the center.

For the frame try and use a mirror that has a silver frame. Old mirrors also seem to work better than new mirrors. Most seers prefer to use a black mirror. Because this is difficult to buy, you may have to make one. Just simply take out the glass and paint it black. You may have to give it a few coats of paint though. When you put it back in the frame make sure the glass part is to the front.

When using the black mirror for scrying, you do not want to see your reflexion. The best is to leave the mirror on a table and look at it from an angle. Look into the depths of the mirror as though you were looking into a bowl of water. At first it may appear grey than colours will come and go. With time and practise you will be able to see scried images like still photographs or moving film images. Spirits may sometimes look at the scryer, talk to the scryer or even touch the scryer. The visions may even exist outside the mirror and surround the scryer on all sides.

Water Scrying

Water scrying is very similar in nature to mirror scrying with the exception of the fact that like fire, water moves. Even when you are sitting very still, it is subject to the surrounding vibrations and air currents.

Predicting the future with water is perhaps the oldest form of divination that exists. Place a large, deep glass bowl on the table, which should be covered with a black or dark blue cloth to eliminate reflections in the room. Pour cold tap or bottled water into the bowl until it reaches the brim. Place a candle behind your right shoulder and turn off the electric lights, making sure your still have enough light to see. The bowl should be book reading distance from you.

Close your eyes for two to three minutes, be calm, and concentrate for a few minutes while you look into the center of the water. Be completely relaxed. Blink normally. If you're feeling any strain, look away from the bowl. Exactly what type of images, if any you'll see really depends on your innate pyschic sense.

You shouldn't become scared or surprised with anything you see. If you are not calm the vision can be broken. You should become oblivious to your surroundings. If the vision becomes broken, stop. If possible, go to sleep and try again the next day. When clear images can no longer be seen and the water seems filled only with cloudy wisps and drifting shadows, or a confused play of lights, you can ask a direct question. Your questions must be clear and precise. Continue looking. Gradually the shadows will clear and a vision will be presented, but occasionally there will be no answer, this should be respected.

Candle Scrying

Candle scrying runs quite close to trance work, and is distinguishable based on where the images or information appear to come from. If the candle is lost to view, and the person appears to be looking at pictures "inside their head", or elsewhere in the world, this is a form of trance work known as clairvoyance, or "remote viewing". If the candle remains part of the scryer's awareness, and the images appear to arise from or in the flame, even if they gain detail far beyond what can be explained by simple patterns in the flame, it is called scrying. Staring into a candle is one of the more common methods of inducing a trance state.

As with water scrying, it is best to have the electric lights off, but another dim source of light behind your shoulder (moonlight, candlelight or firelight). Relax, and let your eyes focus on the on the candle flame. As you hold the object in the center of your gaze, you can drop into scrying in one of two ways; either unfocus the eyes, holding the focus in the center of your visual field, but relaxing your eyes as if looking far beyond it, or focus on it until it fills the whole of your visual field, much as you might do when trying to thread a needle which has a very small eye. Whichever option you choose, remain relaxed, and breathe deeply throughout the scrying process, allowing the mind to empty of deliberate thought. Let the perception of the scrying focus fill your awareness.