Scrying….advice please..?

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Merry Meet! ~ I have tried to scry a few times since i bought my scrying dish but nothing happens…is this normal? Or could i be doing something wrong?
Could you please explain how you do this and what experiences you have had?
I would really like to be able to do this!
Any tips would be appreciated!
Blessed Be!

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Nicholas K

well…you must be chosen first of ll…not just any old mortal can scry

Epona Willow

I scry. It does not always come quickly and may take you several tries before seeing any image. Do not give up…keep trying.
You may contact me on 360* if you would like to discuss this further, I may be able to offer a few tips.


Try using very dim light in the room. This helps with the reflections going “gray” much sooner. And try to keep your gaze without blinking at first.


Try a mirror. It works much better. Light a candle and turn out the lights, then gaze into the mirror . . . don’t be surprised when your own face distorts and changes and looks completely different and when other things begin to appear in the mirror.
My ‘opinion’ of this, is it could be an optical illusion, however, I still don’t know who the Native Indian man was or the old Chinese woman, whom I saw the last time I did this.

Johnny Appleseed

Try scr-laughing instead


Think of it as a Magic Eye picture. You kinda have to look at it cross eyed.
If it doesn’t work, don’t feel bad. I have to take over-the-counter sleep-aid to get my mind in the right state.
I can’t use a scying dish, either. It’s too small. I use a blank white wall or a light-colored carpet.


have you tried scrying with a crystal?
i had not until i read about it recently.
i’ll include some web reference for you sister ariel 🙂
Also called crystallomancy, scrying is a technique used by seers, psychics, and sorcerers. Using crystals and gemstones in the divination of one’s past, present, and future traditionally played a key role in the decision-making process of many powerful leaders throughout history, including such notables as King Arthur, who sought out the advice and prophecies of Merlin the Magician, and Queen Elizabeth I, who at times consulted the famous seventeenth century scryer, Dr. Dee, on matters of state.
One of the earliest and most well-known forms of divination, scrying originated from people using reflective surfaces to gain knowledge about the future. One of the earliest uses of crystals and gemstones in scrying comes form the Druids, who used beryl for scrying. Scottish Highlanders termed these objects “stones of power.” From this, the early crystal balls were made from beryl, later replaced by spheres made from rock crystal. Prominent in the middle ages, scryers revered their crystal balls, and often passed them on to their apprentices.
Many other cultures around the world traditionally used crystals and gemstones as tools for various forms of scrying. Examples include the diviners of the Yucatan, who placed great reverence on clear stones such as quartz, and Apache medicine men, who used crystals for inducing visions.
Divination, by virtue of its name, is a tool for reaching and communicating with the divine, which means, in a sense, crystals have always been used in communications, just as they are today in radios, telephones and computers. The reason crystals in particular became important tools for scrying is because of their inherent characteristics of transparency and regularity of patterns, called symmetry. Additionally, the energetic fields of crystals and gemstones influence what the scryer sees on a very subtle and often esoteric level.
The following is a basic technique for crystal scrying. Use this as a guide for your own crystal scrying, adapting the procedure where needed. Remember to trust your intuition.
Begin by selecting a stone which refracts light well, and feels physically and psychically comfortable to you. Once you’ve chosen a stone for scrying, clear it out by using the cleaning steps outlined in Chapter Three. Once cleared, the crystal can be used as is or charged with energy, before using it to scry. Traditionally, scrying stones and spheres were never exposed to sunlight because this was thought to hinder their ability to connect and communicate with the psychic mind, and in turn, the divine. However, moonlight was often used with the full moon being a perfect time to charge your scrying crystal with the energy of moon. Chapter Five provides a complete explanation and step-by-step instructions for charging stones with moonlight.
Seven Steps for Crystal Scrying:
1. Scrying is best when done at night because traditionally night rules the psychic mind. Find a quiet spot, sit comfortably, and place the crystal on a stand, table or hold it in your hands.
2. Candles are conducive to scrying. If you find yourself distracted by the reflections and movements of the flame, then experiment by using other light sources, or try moving the candle until you find what works for you.
3. Now relax by breathing deeply for a few moments with your eyes closed.
4. Upon opening your eyes, hold the crystal in your hands until it is warm. Many scryers say this is important because this step connects your energy to that of the stone. Heating the stone also activates it.
5. While holding the stone, think about what your intentions are for scrying. Examples of intention might be information regarding your career, relationship, or future. Be clear about your intention.
6. Next, place the stone back in its resting place or continue holding in your hands, and then begin gazing into the crystal.
7. As you gaze deeply into the crystal, move your mind beyond the physical structure of the stone, merging into the light within. The idea is not so much to see physical images, but instead to use the crystal and the light reflecting in it as a tool to connect to the divine energy within yourself and all things. When connected, you will begin getting impressions and insights. Practice this technique, particularly merging with the crystal, until everything flows and feels comfortable to you.
Excerpt from the “Pocket Guide to Crystals and Gemstones” (Crossing Press), publication date, August, 1998
hope that is helpful!
i have had too little sleep, due to some personal strife that i am trying to address and block the negativity from, to explain in my own words, so i am sorry, as i usually try to write my own answers in full!
enjoy and have fun
blessed be


it works better in a darkened room
with a candle
and you ned a large mirror
you need to concentrate on your image for a long time
may be up to an hour at first
and then you see it change
dont be drawn in to it
keep a hold of your wits

Wiccan Rider

I made a scrying mirror and I have not had any success either.
I do alright with tarot cards, but still rely heavily on book meanings.

Frater Pan

Scrying is achieved through an altered state of consciousness — a trance or meditative state. Also, since it is a form of Divination, the messages that come through can be seen as coming from your own Unconscious Mind, or from the Gods. As such, I would recommend attempting this within the same ritual structure you would perform any other type of Magick. Begin with a purification bath, then banish the temple or burn sage to rid the area of unwanted influences. Cast your circle or set up your protections as you normally do. Then Invoke. For scrying, I would recommend Apollo, who is the God of Prophecy in the Greek pantheon. Now, focus on your scrying medium and begin meditative breathing. Candle light is recommended, because the gentle strobe of a flickering candle is hypnotic and can help achieve the right state of consciousness. Also, background music that is trancey, or a rattle, or slow drum. Certain incenses can help with this, too. Don’t expect the images to appear in the crystal itself. They will pop into your head, like the hypnogogic visions you may have as you are falling asleep. Have a journal nearby and write them down as they appear. This process may quickly evolve into Automatic Writting. Interpretation comes later, but the process is very much like interpreting dreams. Also, the scrying material isn’t as important, but it does work better if you concecrate it to this purpose ritually.
Email me if you have any further questions about this.

feona )O(

you are not doing anything takes practice like many other magickal applications. add a silver coin or crystal to your dish and i like to use full moon water in my scrying bowl. you can also add your favorite magickal oil..did you meditate first? here is the chant i like to use
I am the light, the light is within,illuminate my sight, let the magick begin
remember you are looking into the bowl not at it
be patient Ariel it will happen, even clouds are signals
and if you see a dragon in your bowl bow your head and close your eyes for a moment out of respect to their ancient wisdom…remember start out slowly and increase your time PAX

Black Aliss

When you attempt any scrying session, you need to be completely relaxed, grounded & centered. Try to clear your head of daily stresses and let yourself drift into a time without time. Dimly lit spaces, candlelight and divinatory incenses such as mugwort or dragons blood can help you get into the headspace. Try to remain as comfortable as possible. Sometimes it takes a while for the images to come. Try making a tape of a guided meditation (or have a friend with a soothing voice record one for you) they can be very helpful in inducing the trance state necessary for active scrying.
I had purchased a black crystal ball when I was quite young, and attempted to scry with it many many times. My first successful scrying experience happened a few years after I purchased the crystal ball. And it was with a compact mirror-yeh cover girl… go figure. It was at a Samhain ritual hosted by some wiccan friends. We each took our mirrors and rubbed a bit of mugwort in a clockwise motion around the mirror, and we were brought into a guided meditation to meet our ancestors. It was a VERY productive ritual; we all had poignant and meaningful experiences. After that I was able to scry into anything, including my morning coffee.
Best of luck to you


For some it takes a while. Sometimes it takes a change in focus. Are you using a silver dish? with water? Maybe trying something different will help. Personally, I have used a black mirror and a candle. It’s easier for me to focus on the reflection of the candle in a dark room with the mirror.


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. If you have only a small glass bowl, that’s fine too. 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. Be calm, and concentrate for a few minutes while you look into the center of the water. In exactly the same way as when using a crystal ball, misty visions will float in.
A Variation
If you are using ice instead of a bowl of water, freeze water in a rounded bowl, the larger the better. Turn the ice onto a plate, so the dome shape is facing upward. You will not only see visions in the ice, but you may see images in the water surrounding the ice as it melts.
Another Variation
You can also scry with a far more modern vessel – an empty round shoe polish tin. Paint the base and the lid inside and out, with black paint. When it is dry, fill the base of the tin with cold water and use it in the same way you would a crystal ball. Replace the lid when not in use and keep it for your magical purpose.
Divination by Water
Write your questions on small pieces of paper that are equal in size. Roll the paper into tiny balls. Drop all of them at the same time into an empty bowl. Pour water into the bowl and look quickly. “Yes” is the answer to the question on the first piece of paper that rises to the surface.
Using Water To Forecast Love
Cut a piece of cardboard into 26 tiny squares and write one of the 26 individual letters of the alphabet on each. Place the squares facedown in a bowl and fill the bowl with water before going to bed. In the morning the letters that have turned themselves face up indicate initials or letters, which partly or completely spell your next lover’s name. Place a saucer on a table and drop 21 dressmaking needles onto it. Very slowly, pour water from a jug into the saucer. The water will cause the needles to move. Two needles that cross indicate that you have an admirer. You have as many potential lovers as you have crossed needles.
i dont no how to scry but i found this i hope it helps


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