Crystal Ball Gazing
Crystal balls have been used for scrying for thousands of years. Scrying is the art of looking into a reflective surface, such as glass, water, a mirror, or a crystal, to gain mystical insight.
Most everyone is familiar with the image of a gypsy fortune-teller gazing into her crystal ball and divining someone’s future. Along with this image comes the common misconception that crystal balls have magical powers that enable them to foretell the future.
However, the images seen with a crystal ball aren’t the foretelling of future events, but rather images from deep within one’s subconscious mind, and the crystal ball is the door through which these subconscious thoughts can be accessed. When using a crystal ball, a trance-like state is induced that dissociates one’s consciousness, enabling information from the subconscious to pass through the mind’s eye. It is here the images are seen, not in the crystal itself.
Selecting a Ball
Most crystal balls are clear and made of glass, lead crystal, reconstituted quartz, or natural quartz. Although clear quartz is the most common crystal used for scrying, smoky quartz, amethyst, beryl, selenite, and obsidian have also been used.
Most crystal gazers prefer a ball that is at least 4”-5” in diameter so reading is easier and less straining, but a 3” ball works just as well. As per my experience I am using the crystal ball approx 3" to 4" size. I wouldn’t recommend using one much smaller than that.
When you get your ball, wash it using a soft cloth, water, and mild soap. This will not only make your ball clean physically, but also help cleanse the ball’s energies as well.
To completely cleanse your ball of any previous and/or negative energy, it is best to smudge it as well. To smudge, simply light a sage smudge stick and pass the ball through the smoke several times. Your crystal ball should be cleansed (smudged) before each use.
You may like the other post for cleaning of crystals:
• How to clean the crystals
Handling and Storage
A crystal ball is very personal. You shouldn’t let anyone else touch it as their energies and subconscious thoughts will pass onto it and “contaminate” your ball, causing inaccurate readings. The ball may also lose its charge, or your personal influences with it may become weakened and/or corrupted.
When not in use, you should wrap your ball in dark cloth and keep it in a light-proof box in a place where it will not be touched by others.
To charge your ball, place it in the light of a full moon (when the light is strongest) for several nights. This will also make it easy to remember when to recharge it.
Do NOT place your ball in direct sunlight. This will weaken the ball’s magnetism and may render it unable to draw images. This is why it should be stored in a box, away from light.
Crystal ball gazing takes a lot of practice and patience, but in time you will become more receptive and more adept at reading the crystal.
Thank the Ball for its message and put it away
The above details about the crystal stones is taken from the different varieties of crystals books such as :
Author Judy Hall - Crystal Bible 1, 2, 3
Author Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian - The Book of Stones
Author Katrina Raphaell - Crystal Enlightenment
Author Cassandra Eason - The New Crystal Bible
Author Dorothee L. Mella - Stone Power II
Author Michael Gienger - Healing Crystals
Author Uma Sibey-Crystal Ball Gazing
As I love the crystal and so I keep wonderful collection of crystal related books.