by Professor Eleazar Goodenough
Scrying simply means to see with the mind, usually things
that are hidden or secret, and sometimes things that have not yet
occurred. The Scryer often uses various material objects to allow
his or her mind to focus on what is being sought. Unlike
divining, where a person actively goes after something being
sought, the scryer tries to do it all sitting down. Therefore,
the focus objects will be things like crystal balls, tea leaves,
mirrors and ink. This is a demonstration that uses a mirror and
For purposes of the demonstration, the scryer creates a
"lost object." The easiest thing to "lose" is
a playing card in the middle of a deck of cards. So the scryer
has a person choose a card, and the card is lost by cutting it
somewhere into the middle of the deck of cards.
Now the scryer demonstrates the art and science of scrying
with mirror and ink. A plain inexpensive hand mirror is shown and
allowed to be handled by the person who lost the object. The
mirror is placed on the table. Then the scryer takes a bottle of
black ink and with an eye-dropper, drops some ink on the mirror.
The ink begins to form numbers and letters on the mirror as the
scryer rocks it back and forth. For example, the following might
form on the mirror: 7C 23
The person who lost the card is asked if the card is the
Seven of Clubs, and he agrees that it is. The person is then told
to count down 23 cards into the deck, and the next card that is
turned over is the Seven of Clubs!
If you prefer using a Tarot deck, the lost card could just as
easily be the Seven of Cups, etc.
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