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« on: August 11, 2007, 08:16:16 pm »

                




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Scrying (also called crystal gazing, crystal seeing, seeing, or peeping) is a magic practice that involves seeing things supernaturally in a medium, usually for purposes of divination or fortune-telling. The media used are most commonly reflective, translucent, or luminescent substances such as crystals, stones, glass, mirrors, water, fire, or smoke. Scrying has been used in many cultures as a means of divining the past, present, or future. Depending on the culture and practice, the visions that come when one stares into the media are thought to come from God, spirits, the psychic mind, the devil, or the subconscious.

Scrying is actively used by many cultures and belief systems and is not limited to one tradition or ideology. However, like other aspects of divination and parapsychology, it is not supported by mainstream science as a method of predicting the future or otherwise seeing events that are not physically observable.
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 08:26:25 pm »




Media used in scrying

         

A quartz crystal ball, commonly used for scrying.The most common media used for scrying are:

Crystal balls, crystals, precious stones, polished quartz, or another transparent body; this is called gastromancy (also crystallomancy or spheromancy). Sometimes "crystal gazing" refers specifically to spheromancy. Crystal balls are also called shew stones. A stone or crystal is also called a seerstone or peepstone.

Water or another liquid; this is called hydromancy.

Mirrors; this is called catoptromancy, also known as captromancy, enoptromancy, or mirror gazing.


Specific objects that have been used for scrying include:

a pool of ink in the hand (Egypt)

the liver of an animal (Etruscans, tribes of the North-West Indian frontier)

a hole filled with water (Polynesia)

quartz crystals (the Apaches and the Euahlayi tribe of New South Wales)

a smooth slab of polished black stone (the Huille-che of South America)

water in a vessel (Zulus and Siberians)

a crystal (the Incas)

a mirror (classical Greece and the Middle Ages)

a fingernail

a swordblade

a ring-stone

a glass of sherry

the burning of a poppy flowerbud on hot coals


                             
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007, 08:28:47 pm »

History


The calm surface of water after being disrupted, showing ripples.The etymology of the -mancy words is the Greek manteia, "divination". Scrying comes from the Old English word descry meaning "to make out dimly" or "to reveal."



Ancient Europe

                         
                           
Around 2,000 BC, Greece, as well as "early" Britain and its subsequent Celtic population, practised many forms of scrying. The media often used were beryl, crystal, black glass, polished quartz, water, and other transparent or light catching bodies.


Celtic tribes, known to exist in Britain as early as 2,000 B.C., were unified by a priesthood known as Druids. Druids are one of the earliest known peoples to have used crystals in divination. It is interesting to note that Druid religion had similarities to megalithic religion of an earlier Britain; thus, it is possible the first use of crystal divination might have come from them.
                                     
Pausanias, 2nd century AD Greek traveller, described catoptromancy (mirror gazing) as follows:



Before the Temple of Ceres at Patras, there was a fountain, separated from the temple by a wall, and there was an oracle, very truthful, not for all events, but for the sick only. The sick person let down a mirror, suspended by a thread till its based touched the surface of the water, having first prayed to the goddess and offered incense. Then looking in the mirror, he saw the presage of death or recovery, according as the face appeared fresh and healthy, or of a ghastly aspect.
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Medieval central Europe


Later, during central Europe's Medieval Period diviners used crystals to "see" into the past, present, or future. Due to its transparent nature, a natural gemstone called Beryllium Aluminum Silicate (Beryl), was often used in the divination process. Scottish Highlanders termed these objects "stones of power."

 Though early crystal balls were made from Beryl, they were later replaced by rock crystal, an even more transparent rock.




16th century central Europe

Nostradamus is believed to have employed a small bowl of water as a scrying aid.

Dr John Dee (1527–1608, dates vary) was a noted British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. Dee and his assistant Edward Kelley employed crystal ball. The crystal ball and wax tablets used by Dee and Kelley are on display at the British Museum in London.
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                                                   Religion and mythology




Judaism and Christianity



Urim and Thummim

According to the Hebrew Bible, Urim and Thummim (Hebrew for "revelation and truth") were used as a divination process. Many scholars believe they were two or twelve crystals used for scrying, but there are also other interpretations. The earliest reference is in Exodus 28:30, when Aaron carried them with him as High Priest.

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 says, There shall not be found among you... one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. Christianity is traditionally against all forms of divination, historically condemned by the Catholic church and some specific forms even forbidden under pain of excommunication.




Ancient Persia


Cup of Jamshid

The Shahnameh, a semi-historical epic work written in the late 10th century, gives a description of what was called the Cup of Jamshid or Jaam-e Jam, used in pre-Islamic Persia, which was used by wizards and practitioners of the esoteric sciences for observing all the seven layers of the universe. The cup also contained an elixir of immortality.



Mormonism


Urim and Thummim and Seer stone (Latter Day Saints)

Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement, said he used two stones called the Urim and Thummim, in his 1829 translation of the Book of Mormon from the Golden Plates.

The Urim and Thummim is mentioned several times in the Old Testament as well as the Book of Mormon. It is a Hebrew term meaning Lights and Perfections. In Mormon theology it is an instrument prepared by God that assists man in obtaining revelation and in translating languages.
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Modern uses



The Dr. John Dee Memorial Theater of the Mind research institute founded by the parapsychologist Raymond Moody utilizes crystallomancy to allow people to experience an altered state of consciousness with the intention of invoking apparitions of the dead.

In the TV series Babylon 5, Telepath Alfred Bester uses a form of scrying in the episode The Corps is Mother, the Corps is Father.

Contemporary mass media, such as films, often depict scrying using a crystal ball, stereotypically used by an old gypsy woman.

In Christopher Paolini's fictional universe of Alagasiea (Eragon) Dragon Riders can use scrying through shiny objects to see things they have seen before.
 
In J. R. R. Tolkien's fictional universe of Middle-earth (such as The Lord of the Rings), the Palantír is a stone that allows seeing any what any other Palantír sees, and the Mirror of Galadriel is used as a type of scrying device used to see visions of the past, present, or future.

In the television show Charmed the main characters use crystals suspended over maps to scry for people. This is different from other forms because it just shows location and not a picture.
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Method of scrying



The visions that scryers say they see may come from variations in the medium. If the medium is water (hydromancy), then the visions may come from the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool. If the medium is a crystal ball, the visions may come from the tiny inclusions, web-like faults, or the cloudy glow within the ball under low light (e.g. candlelight).

One method of scrying using a crystal ball involves a self-induced trance. Initially, the medium serves as a focus for the attention, removing unwanted thoughts from the mind in the same way as a mantra. Once this stage is achieved, the scryer begins a free association with the perceived images suggested. The technique of deliberately looking for and declaring these initial images aloud, however trivial or irrelevant they may seem to the conscious mind, is done with the intent of deepening the trance state, wherein the scryer hears their own disassociated voice affirming what is seen within the concentrated state in a kind of feedback loop. This process culminates in the achievement of a final and desired end stage in which rich visual images and dramatic stories seem to be projected within the medium itself, or directly within the mind's eye of the scryer, like an inner movie. This overall process reputedly allows the scryer to "see" relevant events or images within the chosen medium
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References and further reading


A Symbolic Representation of the Universe: Derived by Doctor John Dee Through the Scrying of Sir

Edward Kelly ~Aleister Crowley, Adrian Axwirthy

Crystal Gazing: Study in the History, Distribution, Theory and Practice of Scrying ~Theodore Besterman

Scrying for Beginners: Tapping into the Supersensory Powers of Your Subconscious ~Donald Tyson

Crystal Gazing: Its History and Practice with a Discussion on the Evidence for Telepathic Scrying
~Northcote W. Thomas

Andrew Lang, Crystal visions, savage and civilised, The Making of Religion, Chapter V, Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 83-104.

Shepard, Leslie A. Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. Gale Research, Inc.
 
http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/c/captromancy_or_enoptromancy.html

http://www.agnosticwitch.catcara.com/divindex-part1.htm

Armand Delatte, La catoptromancie grecque et ses dérivés (1932)

Hydromancy

Scrying and Divination Methods

Techniques and methods of Hydromancy

Andrew Lang, Crystal visions, savage and civilised, The Making of Religion, Chapter V, Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 83-104.



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JOHN DEE'S CRYSTAL BALL
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John Dee's Aztec/Obsidian Mirror, Science Museum, London, England


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John Dee's crystal ball is in the collection of the Science Museum London. It was stolen in December 2004 and recovered shortly afterwards. Many imitations are in circulation.

'By the early 1580s, Dee was growing dissatisfied with his progress in learning the secrets of nature and with his own lack of influence and recognition. He began to turn towards the supernatural as a means to acquire knowledge. Specifically, he sought to contact angels through the use of a "scryer" or crystal-gazer, who would act as an intermediary between Dee and the angels. Dee's first attempts were not satisfactory, but in 1582 he met Edward Kelley, who impressed him greatly with his abilities. Dee took Kelley into his service and began to devote all his energies to his supernatural pursuits.

These "spiritual conferences" or "actions" were conducted with an air of intense Christian piety, always after periods of purification, prayer and fasting. Dee was convinced of the benefits they could bring to mankind. Dee maintained that the angels laboriously dictated several books to him this way, some in a special angelic or Enochian language.'

Scrying: The ancient art of clairvoyance achieved by concentrating on an object - usually one with a reflective or semi-reflective surface (mirror, crystal ball, water, etc.) - until visions appear. Magicians and witches of all ages have practiced scrying. The term scrying comes from the English word descry , which means 'to make out dimly' or 'to reveal.' The services of the scryer typically are sought for predictions of the future, answers to questions and tracking down criminals...'
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DR JOHN DEE

DR JOHN DEE (1527-1608/9) Alchemist, mathematician, astrologer, kabbalist, occultist and magician.

Active in British military and diplomatic affairs. John Dee was 'Queen's Intelligencier' to Queen Elizabeth 1 and a close associate of Sir Francis Walsingham, founder of the British Secret Service. In 1582 Dee's crystal, through contact with angelic spheres, revealed the keys to the Enochian language. The angel instructed Dee and his friend Edward Kelly to point to specific letters which when reversed backwards and forwards revealed messages. The crystal was used to fortell events of a political and military nature, for example regarding the fate of the British Empire and the Spanish Armada. 
                                                                                                                                           
Dee's practice of military/political scrying for Walsingham and Queen Elizabeth 1 is a precursor to the 1972-1995 US Military remote viewing program. The Enochian language was later studied by Aleister Crowley and US rocket scientist Jack Parsons of the O.T.O. In 1994 the Enochian letters were used as glyphs to operate the arc angle in the MGM film 'Stargate' one year before the US remote viewing program, 'Stargate', was made public. A series of remote viewing drawings were made in the presence of Dr John Dee's scrying crystal at the Science Museum, London and experiments were made using Dee's Aztek/Obsidian mirror at the British Museum.


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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2007, 09:34:41 pm »

Hi Bianca

John Dee's crystal Ball... amazing!
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