Whenever we think of psychics, we think of a dark room, a gypsy and a crystal ball. Is this all hocus-pocus?
Crystal ball gazing is one of the most recognised forms of psychic divination in myth and legend. Its use was popular throughout the east and west from the early ages as ancient seers believed crystal balls to be congealed water or ice. To explain the relation and significance, we must think of water as an elemental. Water is steeped in mystery. Its immense prevalence, its ability to give and take away life and its unpredictability imbues it with magic and power such that metaphysicians consider water a doorway to the faerie realm. And such qualities were thus attributed to crystal balls.
Try it yourself
Ted Andrews in his book "Crystal balls and Crystal Bowls" advises beginners to gaze only once a day.
A relaxed gaze in a deliberate quiet setting is required.
Set an intention, ask a question and softly gaze into the ball.
Generally, when cloudiness or darkness starts to appear in the ball, it is a sign that a vision is coming into being. When clouds ascend, the answer is generally affirmative, when they descend, it's negative. Again, responses vary from ball to ball, and practitioner to practitioner, and the practitioner must test the experienced phenomenon against the truth to ascertain the signs and their meaning. What is happening here is that the ball is helping the practitioner to tap into his or her inner vision.
Andrews advises that crystal gazing is a creative process and effort will be needed, but he insists that the visions one sees will certainly be those that one can interpret.