Thursday 24 November 2011

Eclipse, new moon and dark mirrors

There's a solar eclipse in the early hours of tomorrow morning. Sadly it won't be visible from the UK, but people in Australia and New Zealand should have a chance to see the partial eclipse at 6.20am GMT on November 25, as will anyone in Antarctica.

For us in England there is a new moon, which is a very good time for scrying - particularly using a dark mirror.

If you don't have a purpose-made dark scrying mirror, don't worry. You can use pretty much any black or very dark reflective surface. In the past I have scryed using a black crash helmet and the plastic lid of my Asus Eee netbook.

The way to scry with a black or dark mirror is to dim the room lights, or have the room lit only by a single candle, and then gaze into the reflective surface.

Relax your gaze so that the scrying mirror is slightly out of focus. It can help to half close your eyelids. Then wait until you begin to see patterns and shapes in the blackness.

At this stage, just note what you see and don't try to interpret the images. When you feel you have scryed for long enough, turn up the lights and jot down what you saw. It is a good idea to have a notebook and pen close by for that purpose.

Then, take a little time to consider what the images might mean for you. If you are really stuck, it can help to consult books of fortune telling symbols. However, symbols mean different things to different people so it is better to try to interpret them using your own intuition.

After scrying - or doing any other magickal work - it is important to ground yourself, which means bring yourself back to your normal state of awareness. I think the best way to do this is to have a cup of tea and a biscuit.

The photo above shows John Dee's dark mirror, which is in the British Museum.

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1 comment:

James C. Wallace II said...

I've never tried this scrying before. Sounds like a unique and insightful experience.