Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
View your shopping cart Shopping Cart | My Account | Help | Become a Fan on Facebook Become a Fan | Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us | Watch Us on YouTube Watch Us | Subscribe to our RSS Feeds Subscribe
Browse ProductsAuthorsArticlesBlogsEncyclopediaNewslettersAffiliate ProgramContact UsBooksellers
Advanced Search
Article Topics
List of Articles
RSS Data Feeds
Mission Statement
Use of Our Articles
Writers' Guidelines

Email Exclusives
Sign up to receive special offers and promotions from Llewellyn.

Get the Latest Issue of New Worlds

September/October 2015 Issue

New Worlds Catalog

Get the FREE app for your tablet and mobile device. Now available in the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store

Also available as a PDF File.

Click for more information about New Worlds or to receive issues via mail.

The Llewellyn Journal
Print this Article Print this Article

Scrying: Catch a Glimpse of Your Future

This article was written by Jennifer Spees
posted under Divination & Fortunetelling

It’s probably one of the most common fortunetelling clichés in pop culture: a flamboyantly dressed woman gazes ominously into a large crystal ball, waves her hands around and makes predictions about the future. This image has even made it into our language as a figure of speech. How many times have you heard someone say, “If I had a crystal ball … ” in the process of explaining that they don’t have the answer to a question.

You may or may not have a crystal ball, but you can learn to practice the ancient art of scrying. Scrying generally refers to receiving psychic visions or impressions with the aid of a crystal ball, pool, or water, mirror, or some other reflective surface. Although this is the most commonly understood definition of scrying, author Donald Tyson has a slightly different take. In Scrying for Beginners, he defines scrying as “the deliberate act of perceiving events that lie beyond the range of the physical senses by using the agents of the unconscious mind.”

If you’ve never tried scrying, this book is an ideal place to start. Tyson, whose grandfather was renowned in Nova Scotia for his scrying abilities, gives you more than a dozen methods to try, including ink, oil, lamp, and dream scrying; mirror and crystal gazing; fire watching; and some methods that you wouldn’t necessarily consider traditional scrying, like shell hearing, aura reading, automatic writing, and even using Ouija boards, dowsing rods, and pendulums.

If you already own a crystal ball, I recommend picking up a copy of Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls by popular author Ted Andrews. While narrower in scope than Scrying for Beginners, this book is ideal for anyone who wants to become more closely attuned with crystal energies and their amazing capacity for amplifying psychic visions.

Crystal balls can be made from various types of crystals, including clear quartz and rose quartz. Ted Andrews explains the differences between various types of crystal, what to look for when choosing your own crystal, and how to care for this sacred piece of the Earth. Exercises designed to facilitate clear visions help you prepare for scrying, and you’ll even learn how to use candles, fragrances, and flower and gem elixirs to enhance your visions. You can also learn to perform healings with crystal bowls, vessels with unique properties created by superheating silica sand as it is spun. The sand melts into a crystal bowl that resonates with healing energies. Crystal bowls can be used for creating sacred sound, cleansing the chakras, empowering flower essences, and shamanic journeying.

Anyone can learn how to scry, and looking into the future gets easier with practice. Good luck!

Water Scrying
Stormy summer nights can create natural scrying pools. The following excerpt from Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls by Ted Andrews describes how you can create your own rainwater scrying pool.

Pools of water after a rain provide temporary windows into the faerie realm. Even rainwater captured in a dark bowl or cauldron becomes an open window to heightened perceptions for those who know how to use it, so it should not be surprising that water divination has had such widespread influence and popularity.

Begin by setting a bowl out in the rain, or by digging a small hole in the yard. Locating the hole near, but not directly under, a tree is an effective way of creating a window or doorway to the faerie realm. When it fills with water, you have created an intersection between the worlds.

Find a position near the puddle, or if you are using a bowl place it in front of you. Make sure you will be undisturbed, while still being able to look within it. Close your eyes and take a few moments to relax. You may wish to perform a brief meditation and familiarize yourself with nature. With your left hand make several passes over the bowl or puddle, your watery window. This imparts sensitivity to the water and it is also a gesture of invitation to those spirits or beings associated with it.

Be patient and concentrate when gazing into the water. Do not stare intensely. Allow your gaze to be soft and half-focused, as if staring blankly, such as you do when daydreaming.

As with crystal gazing, the phenomena will vary. You may see a fogginess, like clouds or mist passing by. This is positive. It means that the window is opening—your vision is being awakened. With time, colors, images, faces, and entire scenarios will appear. Each time you use a rain pool, bowl, or crystal for gazing, your results will increase.


Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls
Crystal Balls & Crystal Bowls
Tools for Ancient Scrying & Modern Seership
Ted Andrews
$16.99 US,  $19.50 CAN | Add to Cart
Pendulum Magic for Beginners
Pendulum Magic for Beginners
Tap Into Your Inner Wisdom
Richard Webster
$14.99 US,  $16.95 CAN
$10.49 US,  $11.87 CAN On Sale! | Add to Cart
Scrying For Beginners
Scrying For Beginners
Donald Tyson
$14.95 US,  $16.50 CAN | Add to Cart

Please note that the use of Llewellyn Journal articles
is subject to certain Terms and Conditions

Stress and anxiety affect us on all levels. Be it the body's pounding heart, the rapid pace of breath, overwhelming feelings, racing thoughts, or a disconnection from our deeper beliefs, stress weaves its way into all levels of our experience. Yoga Therapy teaches us to understand how to address our stress on all layers of being. Ancient yogis... read this article
The Patron Saint of LGBT Persons: 4 Ways La Santa Muerte Empowers the Tribe
The Mutable Grand Cross from the Perspective of Evolutionary Astrology
Realizing the Green Witch Tarot
Three Theories to Explain the Chupacabra
40 Years of Yoga on the Chakra Path

Most recent posts:
Yoga Therapy Goes Beyond Stress Management
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Robert Butera, PhD, Erin Byron, MA, and Staffan Elgelid, PhD, PT, co-authors of the new Yoga Therapy...

Magic of Flowers Oracle
Magic of Flowers Oracle By Tess Whitehurst with are by Anne Wetheim This oracle deck was inspired by Tess’s book The Magic of Flowers: A...

Necromancy Made Easy
Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Tomás Prower, author of the new La Santa Muerte. "How can I get in contact with the spirits of the...

Gathering Deep Gathering Deep
By: Lisa Maxwell
Price: $11.99 US,  $13.95 CAN
The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband
By: E. J. Copperman, Jeff Cohen
Price: $14.99 US,  $17.50 CAN
Dream Alchemy Dream Alchemy
Shaping Our Dreams to Transform Our Lives

By: Ted Andrews
Price: $15.99 US,  $18.50 CAN
Easy Tarot Easy Tarot
Learn to Read the Cards Once and For All!

By: Josephine Ellershaw, Ciro Marchetti
Price: $19.95 US,  $21.95 CAN
Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook Llewellyn's 2016 Witches' Datebook
By: Llewellyn
Price: $11.99 US,  $14.99 CAN
$9.59 US,  $11.99 CAN On Sale!