Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Scrying With My Drum - What Can You See?
As well as playing the drum I made recently at a shamanic workshop, I've been scrying into it.
Scrying, as most people who read my blog will probably know, is divination by looking into things. The word actually just means "seeing". It is most often practised in order to get messages, guidance or inspiration by interpreting shapes seen within things. While crystal balls, dark mirrors or cauldrons of water are probably the best known things to scry into, you can scry into pretty much anything.
Jon of Heron Drums, who taught the shamanic workshop, recommended scrying into the drum skin both before it dried and afterwards. That was because the appearance can change as it dries out. I do see new things in it every time I look.
He also said that it was fine for the owner or creator of a drum to tell other people what they see in the skin, but others shouldn't suggest things that they see to the owner.
Now, I'm not too sure about that. For a couple of weeks I've been trying to write this blog post and describe all the things I've scried, but it seemed a bit like bragging: "Ooh look what a wonderful drum I made! It must be special because I can see all these things in it!"
I genuinely think that anyone's insights are valid. So, I'm going to go against advice and ask: what can you see?
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