When we begin studying the ancient Chinese art of I Ching, the first thing we learn is that the book of I Ching -- the world's oldest book and the earliest known divination system -- contains 64 hexagrams.
I Ching hexagrams are figures comprised of six stacked horizontal lines, with each line representing Yin or Yang. Each line of every hexagram has meaning, and together each line adds up to the whole meaning of the hexagram. Each of the 64 I Ching hexagrams represents a primary archetype -- not unlike the archetypal symbols of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck.
These hexagrams represent the energy of human life divided into 64 situations, dilemmas and relationships. And there are more than 320,000 possible permutations of each 6-line hexagram!
I Ching is the world's oldest book. It's one of the classic ancient Chinese texts, and it's also the oldest of all the classical divination tools. Its first interpretive text was composed around 1000 B.C., though its oral tradition dates back much further, and there are many legends surrounding the origins of the ancient Chinese oracle.
Among the myths that surround the I Ching's discovery and early history are stories of an ancient Chinese emperor who discovered symbols on a turtle's back; another about a clan of female diviners who read the shells of live turtles and became queens of the Shang Dynasty; and the Taoist/Confucian tradition says that juxtaposing a set of the possible permutations of Yin and Yang with elements of Chinese creation mythology produced the foundation of the I Ching.
Throughout what we know of Chinese history, the rulers of China, as well as the general public, used the I Ching -- even before printing was available. It is woven into the fabric of this ancient culture and its influence has been fundamental to the eastern worldview as a whole.
How To Contact Your Guardian Angel
Robert Graham, in his article "Angel Talk: Are You Listening", suggests that we all have guardian angels that are willing to communicate with us, but that most of the time we are just too busy to listen. If we are attentive, he says, and are willing to remain open to this communication, we can receive subtle messages that can help us in our daily lives.
"If you want a clear and concise message from your angel," Graham says, "you must ask a direct question. Your angel will always answer your questions. You must ask your question out loud. Clear, concise questions will get you clear, concise answers. Answers will always be tangible and explicit, something you can put your hands on. The answers I've gotten I could pick up and examine. Asking a frivolous question will get you a silly answer. The universe will match your level of sincerity."
Angels are always willing to help us, according to Doreen Virtue in her article "Calling All Angels" on beliefnet, but we have to be willing to accept the assistance since we have free will. "To ask for angelic assistance, you needn't conduct a formal invocation ceremony," Virtue says. The methods she suggests are likely to be much more familiar and comfortable to most people, including:
•writing a letter to your guardian angel - spelling out your problem and your need
•visualizing - "see" protective angels around you in your mind's eye
•call them mentally - think your plea to the angels
•speak aloud - state your case verbally
"Connect with Your Angel" suggests yet another method: meditation. "Make yourself comfortable, sitting or lying down. Be aware of your breathing... Let your body become limp and relaxed. Empty your mind; create space, just as though the whole of the universe was there, inside you. Now just be. No doing. Only being. Communicate to your angel that you wish to connect with her/him. Wait in peace. Be aware of what happens. It may not seem much at first. Be patient. Subtle changes will occur. You may see light, colors or form. You may be aware of a presence. You may feel tingling sensations. You may feel emotion. You will feel love."
You'll find even more suggestions for making contact with your guardian angel at "5 Hot Tips for Tuning into Angels," which details how you can ask or invoke, use stillness for clear reception, use "heart sensing," pay them by sending them love, and maintain harmony in your aura and home environment.
Is all this just superstitious folly? Is the idea of guardian angels just a human invention designed to help people cope with difficult problems? Or are they real beings? The matter cannot be proved or disproved definitively. Perhaps only your own faith or experience can determine their reality for you. If you believe you have had an experience or encounter with an angelic being, please write and tell me about it. Your true story will be included in a future article.
There are many energy beings available to assist us. Some of the groups of helpers are the Angels, the Master Teachers, and Spirit Guides. What are Spirit Guides and how do they differ from some of the other helpers?
Spirit Guides are helpers who are here to assist us, often helping us to obtain information that exists in the Universe. They can be very helpful and can empower our lives greatly when we learn to acknowledge them and begin to communicate with them, allowing them to assist us in our endeavors.
Just like when we go to a vacation spot far away and are unfamiliar with the terrain, a knowledgeable tour guide is an invaluable asset to have. The tour guide knows his way around the area, knows the short cuts and the best routes to take to get there, knows the sites that most likely you will find enjoyable and are worthwhile visiting. They have knowledge or know how to get information that you need to make your experience better.
Spirit Guides are like these tour guides, except they know where to access and retrieve data and information available in the Universe. Kind of like a librarian in the Great Universal Library of the Akashic Records. They know how to access all of the information or knowledge that is in these records, and can easily bring it to us. Whether or not we can always understand the information being given to us may depend on our own level of awareness and our ability to interpret what information our Spirit Guide brings to us.
That's why it is very important to begin to dialog with our Spirit Guides on a daily basis to begin to better understand the data that they bring us. If you ask to know something, and the data is delivered to you, but you are still uncertain how to really interpret it, ask your Spirit Guide to assist you, to make easier to understand, to simplify it, to break it down to a level where you can get it. They will, and along the way they will begin to show you ways to heighten your ability to perceive, to enhance your own inner knowing, to help open up your own natural psychic abilities, potentially helping to lead you eventually to Self-Mastery.
For one method of beginning a dialog with your Spirit Guide, please refer to the article found elsewhere on this website entitled "Angels" and follow the method described there, adapting it to Spirit Guide communication.
Spirit Guides differ in purpose from Angels and Master Teachers in that Spirit Guides help assist us to obtain, perceive and interpret data and knowledge. Angels assist us by bringing us protection, healing and transformational energies. Master Teachers transfer knowledge of the Higher Laws and Mysteries, bringing illumination and profound wisdom.
What is the I Ching?
The I Ching is the oldest and wisest oracular system in the world. Some 3000 - 4000 years old, it is also the oldest known book: The Book of Changes. Used for centuries by sages and emperors of China, the I Ching is a profound system that tracks some 322,560 possible permutations of 6-line yin/yang combinations, called hexagrams. Each one of these represents a particular kind of human characteristic or situation.
How does the I Ching work?
The I Ching is best understood through the work of Carl Jung, the founder of depth psychology, who studied the I Ching oracle for 30 years. He defined two psychological terms to explain how it works -- to stimulate the intuition and help answer questions that logic cannot handle, with the help of the subconscious mind. The first is "archetypes," which could be defined as pure qualities of human psychology that energize all of our personality characteristics. Each of the I Ching's 64 hexagrams can be considered as one primary archetype. (Similarly, the Tarot divides things into 78 archetypes, represented by each of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck.)
The other factor is what Jung called the "Synchronicity Principle," which stipulates that all things are connected in time as well as in space. The patterns of how things happen together may not conform to the laws of causal logic, but they do follow a higher logic of "meaningful coincidence." Thus, the way the coins land, the way the lines are cast, is reckoned to be related to everything else happening -- specifically related to whatever you were concentrating on while you were casting the coins.
Consult the I Ching as if you were asking the advice of a wise friend or teacher.
Can the I Ching tell the future?
A full I Ching reading, which includes the Future hexagram, can give you a keen sense of the probabilities inherent in a situation, but the specific way that things turn out are, in the end, up to you. It depends on how well you adapt to the ever-changing conditions that your reading reflects. An I Ching reading gives a snapshot of what is going on in the present, the time you are tossing the coins, but it also gives you what are called "changing lines," which reveal things that are in flux, leading to a new future.
An authentic I Ching reading can help you see aspects of a situation that have been invisible to your ego. In contrast to popular opinion, the I Ching is a valuable form of meditation on the present moment that returns insight and advice. Although it does reflect probabilities, it is NOT a form of fortune telling.
How is online I Ching authentic and accurate?
Tarot.com's I Ching readings are so energizing because they are the only interactive I Ching experience that makes sure that YOU, not the computer, toss the coins. The energetic connection between the reader and the coins is what creates synchronicity. In our online I Ching, the computer only helps; it doesn't take over or get in the way.
What kinds of questions is the I Ching well-suited for?
I Ching is excellent for receiving clarity on problems or issues that logic by itself simply cannot handle. Relationships, negotiations, work dynamics, office politics, family matters, spiritual well-being -- the I Ching can provide insight for all of it.
What Are Guardian Angels?
Guardian Angels are thought to be spiritual beings that are "assigned" to assist people here on Earth in various ways. Whether there is one angel per person, one angel for several person or several angels for one person is open to question. But whether you believe in them or not, or whether you want one or not, believers insist that you do have a guardian angel.
What is their assignment? According to "Encounters of the Angelic Kind" at Future365 (now defunct), "they intercept at many junctures in our lives and help wherever they can to make our lives run smoothly. Sometimes this is by inspiring a thought to spur us into action, at others it is to lend us super-human strength, such as in the case of a woman being able to lift a car long enough to free her trapped child. Or we hear of a runaway truck, with an unconscious driver at the wheel, inexplicably swerving sharply at the last moment to avoid a bus stop queue of people. In fact, there are many instances, which are often put down to luck, coincidence or even a miracle, but which have the touch of a hand of light behind it."
So why don't angels come to a person's aid every time it's asked for? Sometimes, the article contends, "angels must stand back, whilst giving loving support only, as we work things out for ourselves - these are the times when we feel alone, the dark before dawn."
AUTOMATIC WRITING INSTRUCTIONS
First, I would suggest going to a quiet area where you can sit comfortably in a relaxed state, somewhere where you won't be disturbed. Begin by repeating this statement 3 times, "I am now receiving what is for my highest good from the highest possible source." Breathe and be present in the here and now so that you are grounded.
Then, either on paper or on the computer write, "Dear One,". Whomever your guidance comes from is referring to you as the "Dear One". From there, begin writing whatever message comes through you however you receive it. Do not stop and judge the message, and do not try to edit or spell correctly or anything. This is the other half of the mind (the analytical side) trying to be in control. All that can be done when you are finished. Keep writing whatever you are getting and do not stop until your Guidance stops.
You may need to start out with a question like, "The most important thing for me to know right now is?", to get you started. Your mind may try to get in the way or you may get flustered. Do not think about things. Do not question. Do not wonder if you are doing it right. The best motto for this is 'Just do it'. If something happens to stop you, just start over again by writing "Dear One," and then continue. When you are finished, you may receive a closing such as "With Great Love" and then receive the name of the Being or Beings you are talking with.
I recommend that you practice this technique at least every day for a week or two. To strengthen your own innate talents of receiving information make a practice of asking your Guidance for an answer whenever you have a decision to make throughout the day, ie, Should I wear blue or green today? Should I go this way or that way to work? Should I have the chicken or the hamburger? This will make you more comfortable with the whole process and allow you to receive more easily and freely.
If you can even get just a yes or no answer to such questions, with time, you will be able to deal with any situation that confronts you by simply asking Guidance. Constant practice builds the ability to receive in whatever way works best for you. Some people find that they are clairvoyant or they see the answers, some are clairaudiance or they hear the answers, and some are clairsentience or they feel or just know the answers. The more you practice the more you will learn to trust.
You will come to know when you are truly connected with Guidance by how it feels. Your Guidance will never ask you to do anything that will harm you or anyone else. When they are talking with you it should feel loving. If it doesn't feel right to you then challenge whatever you are getting by commanding THREE times "In the name of the Highest, is what I am getting correct?" Or you can command to know the name of who you are talking to.
Always COMMAND that only those who are for your highest good and those who serve the Highest be allowed to flow through you. You may receive messages from your Higher Self, your direct connection to the Creator, or it may be your Guides or Angels. Some people find that they have more specific missions and that they receive messages for specific groups.
Have you ever laid in the grass and stared up into the sky on a beautiful day? Did you enjoy looking at the clouds and seeing different shapes form? I think many people have done this as a child, and maybe even as an adult without realizing that this is another form of scrying. This particular type of scrying is a part of what is known as "Air Scrying". As most people know, there are four basic elements: earth, air, water and fire. For each of these elements, there is a form of scrying...and logically clouds are connected to air...therefore, they are a part of air scrying.
Cloud scrying was actually used by the ancient Celtic Druids in order to further their intuition. Instead of looking for specific shapes in the clouds, they would allow the clouds to spontaneously form and give spiritual images for insight in battles, spiritual rites, or the harvest.
For instance, maybe you are looking at a cumulonimbus storm cloud and it randomly rotates and forms what appears to be a wolf, howling in the wind. Now, it does not have to look exactly like a wolf but that is what popped into your mind as to what the cloud reminded you of. This is a good example of cloud scrying. At that point in your scrying ritual, you would meditate and try to interpret what the image of the wolf means to you. My interpretation would go something like this - the wolf runs in packs, is swift and cunning. They are nocturnal and are one of the Native Americans' totem animals. They can also show up as animal guides. Maybe I need to get in touch with my animal spirit guide?
Let the scrying interpretation flow through your mind easily...do not force the meaning behind the cloud images and visions. If your psychic abilities are facing a blockage, maybe meditate on the scrying images before going to bed at night and then maybe the scrying interpretation will come to you in a dream!
Smoke scrying is best done while relaxing in front of a campfire. You
be in comfortable visual range of watching the smoke rise.
Do not follow the smoke up but rather allow the smoke to forms patterns
within your spiritual gaze. In time you will see visions of many far
I have generally found people who have natural artistic skill good at
form of scrying.
The American Indians practice a special type of smoke scrying. It's
sweat lodge. Water is poured over hot rocks in a tent to create steam.
who sit naked around the rocks inhale the steam. The combination of
temperature, humidity and elevated levels of carbon dioxide produce a
in which visions can arise. This form of scrying may be dangerous and
only be undertaken by experienced people.
A Candle Flame Divination
by Jim Weaver
The flame of a magically charged candle can reveal the future to you.
this, anoint a new white candle with a drop of olive oil and think of
question. Place the candle in a holder and light it. Gaze at the flame,
think of your wish. The flame will answer you like this: A steady flame
means you'll easily get your wish. If the flame burns steadily, then
but burns steadily again, your desire will come to you; however, there
be an obstacle. If the flame sputters and goes out, be careful, forces
against you at this time. Repeat this ritual another day to see if
"Fire cannot in itself exist without consuming something in its path."
Fire Scrying Chant by Scott Cunningham
When you wish to contact your psychic mind by scrying: sit before a fire, well out of range from flying sparks. Close your eyes, relax, still your consciousness, then open your eyes. Look directly into the flames. Don't strain your eyes; blink normally. Breathe deeply. When you're at peace, say these or similar words in a whispered voice:
as you dance,
Give me now the secret glance.
Call upon my second sight,
Make me psychic,
with your light.
give me now the second sight.
Repeat this chant until your eyelids go heavy. Write down whatever images form in the flames and stick in your mind. Your fire scrying ritual is complete.
Find a quiet area, free of distraction, as you will have to focus your mind.
Select a bowl in which you will place the water. It should not have a pattern on it.
Singing crystal bowls used for harmonics, may be used, but please be careful not to harm the bowl, as most are attuned for other purposes.
Otherwise, simple select a large, deep bowl made from glass, brass or silver. It must have a smooth and even rim. You may have to change bowls several times to find the right one for you. Remember, metal bowls carry harmonic frequencies.
Set the bowl in a dry level space, one in which you can easily observe.
The water used can be bottled, from a well, a tap, or a stream. It can also be stored an used at a future time to water scry again.
Water with great energy is often thought to be collected by the light of a full moon or the after standing in the sun.
Simple Observation Techniques
Place the bowl of water on a flat clear surface. Gaze into the still water and focus your mind until images appear.
Using a Wand
In some rituals people use a wand made from the branch of a bay tree, hazel tree or the laurel. The end of the wand should be covered in dry tree sap or resin. Dip the end of the wand into the water until it becomes wet. Wet the rims of the bowl. By gently drawing the rim of the wand around the bowl it will cause it to resonate. The action of the resonating basin will cause circular ripples to form in the basin. The water may seem to breathe with the sounds.
Hydromancy (from Greek Hydro, water, and Manteia, divination) is the art of gazing by means of water, including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.
The Jesuit M. A. Del Rio (1551-1608) described several methods of hydromancy. The first method described depicts a ring hanging by a string that is dipped into a vessel of water which was shaken. A judgment or prediction is made by the number of times which the ring strikes the sides of the vessel.
A second method is when three pebbles are thrown into standing water and observations are made from the circles formed when the objects strike the water.
The third method described depended upon the agitation of the water, this custom was prevalent among Oriental Christians of annually baptizing that element, at the same time as taking especial care to show that the betrothment of the Adriatic by the Doge of Venice had a wholly different origin.
A fourth method used colors of the water and figures appearing in it by which Varro stated that many prognostications were made concerning the Mithridatic War. This branch of the divination proved so important that it was given a separate name and there arose from it the divination of fountains whose waters were frequently visited.
Pausanius (2nd century AD) described the fountain near Epidaurus dedicated to Ino into which loaves were thrown by worshippers hoping to receive an oracle from the goddess. If the loaves were accepted they sank in the water which meant good fortune, but if they were washed up from the fountain it meant bad luck.
A custom of ancient Germanic tribes was to throw newborn children into the Rhine. It was thought if the child was spurious he would drown, but if he was legitimate he would swim. Such a custom appears to be a precursor of the 17th century custom of "swimming witches" perhaps related to the Anglo-Saxon law of trial by water.
In a fifth method of hydromancy mysterious words are pronounced over a glass of water, then observations are made of its spontaneous ebullience.
In the sixth method a drop of oil was let drop into a vessel of water, this furnished a mirror through which wondrous things became visible. This, Del Rio said, is the Modus Fessanus.
The seventh method of hydromancy was cited by Clemens Alexandrinus who cited that women of Germany watched the whirls and courses of rivers for prognostic interpretations. The identical fact was mentioned by J. L. Vives in his Commentary upon St. Augustine.
How to use a Scrying Mirror / Magick Mirror
Seeing into Darkness
The black scrying mirror, or magick mirror, is a powerful psychic tool. It can bring the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant ability and can act as a portal to other planes of existence.
Scrying is the ancient art of clairvoyance achieved by concentrating on an object-usually one with a reflective surface, until visions appear. The use of the black mirror is one of the best methods of achieving the state of mind required for entering trance and for scrying work. It not only acts as a focal point for visualization but can become a doorway into the astral plane. It allows communication with higher realms and the subconscious.
Ways in which the Scrying Mirror can be used:
To contact spirit guides
To access knowledge
For healing and self improvement
As a magickal transmitter and receiver
For divining the past, present and future
As a portal to the Astral Plane
For shamanic journeying
For ritual invocation and evocation
To improve visualization skills
Always keep the surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth, and never use it for anything but its intended magickal purpose. Do not let others look into its surface, except in ritual context. Keep it stored in a silk bag or black cloth when not in use.
Generally, scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the full or new moon, depending on the situation. The mirror can be used at any time, but tends to work better at these points.
The Rite of Scrying
Extinguish all light sources except the candle and/or moonlight.
Allow nothing to reflect in the mirror's surface. It should appear as a dark tunnel or window.
You can use one candle behind the mirror, or one of each side of it.
Before starting, always create a sacred space to work in. Cast a circle of protection or visualize the area surrounded by white light and protection from false of misleading influences-call you guides and guardians to protect the working.
I personally drink mugwort tea, and burn mugwort and sage as I scry.
Sit comfortably in front of the mirror.
Close your eyes, ground and center, clearing your mind of all thoughts but your purpose.
When you are ready, open your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror; remain relaxed and do not hesitate to blink when necessary. Relax the focus of your eyes but remain alert. After a while, the surface of the mirror will begin to change and fade; a dark mist will appear. Your inner eyes will now open, and the journey into the mirror begins. Remember that the inner eye sees inside the mind, through the magickal imagination. Most people when scrying do not see the images appear with the physical eyes on the mirror's surface but see within the mirror and in the mind's eye. The mirror acts as a focal point, a gateway within.
When you have completed your journey or work you set out to do, begin to the return of your body and ordinary senses. Breath fully and deeply, and remain still until you feel you have completely returned. Now close your eyes and remember all you saw and felt during the scrying or journey. Review your entire experience mentally.
Write it all down immediately in a journal or Book of Shadows kept for this purpose.
To Begin to See
This is a very important exercise to master if you are new to scrying or are having trouble receiving images. It will aid your "visual imagination" which allows your psychic and physical eyes to see clearly together. It gives clairvoyant strength.
Sit before your mirror and begin to imagine objects on its surface, one after another. You should try to see these images clearly in the mirror with your eyes open, just as if they were there in reality. Try simple shapes or colors first. Hold onto the image of each shape, object or color one minute before dissolving it and going on to the next. For example, use a red triangle, a yellow square, a blue circle and silver crescent; see them appear in the mirror using your firm imagination. For best results, do this exercise every day for 15 minutes until it is mastered.
This exercise is well worth the effort; it gives magickal discipline and strengthens the inner eye so visions can come with clarity and ease.
I find that the handcrafted Mirrors work much better than the mass produced. Read all about the mirror and the person who made it before buying!
How To Conduct A Seance
1.Assemble the participants. Gather the people who will participate. Some say the number of participants must be divisible by three. But this does not seem to be an absolute rule. No fewer than three people should attempt a séance.
2.Choose a medium. You might want to choose a medium among the participants. This could be a person who has had experience with séances or someone who tends to have psychic abilities.
3.Use a round or oval table. This helps create the symbolic circle believed necessary for the ritual.
4.Set the table. In the center of the table, place some kind of simple, natural aromatic food, such as bread or soup. This is believed to help attract the spirits who still seek physical nourishment.
5.Light candles. Also in the center of the table, place no fewer than three candles (or a number divisible by three) lit candles; the more candles, the better. Spirits still seek warmth and light.
6.Create some atmosphere. Dim the lights and eliminate any distractions, such as music and television.
7.Join hands. Seated around the table, the participants must all join hands in a circle.
8.Summon the spirit. The participants must speak these words together: "Our beloved [name of spirit], we bring you gifts from life into death. Commune with us, (name of spirit), and move among us."
9.Wait for a response. If none comes, repeat the chant until the spirit responds.
10.Communicate. If and when the spirit responds -- either by rapping or some other means, or through the medium - ask your questions.
11.Begin simply. Ask yes and no questions at first -- one rap for no, two raps for yes, for example.
12.Communicate directly. If a spirit chooses to speak through the medium, you may ask any kind of question.
13.Maintain control. If the séance seems to be getting out of hand, end the séance by breaking the circle of hands, extinguishing the candles and turning on the lights.
14.End the séance. When you're done with your questioning, thank the spirit for joining you and tell them to go in peace. Break the circle of hands and extinguish the candles.
1.Don't allow participants who you don't think could handle a séance psychologically. Children, for example, must never participate.
Let's Try It: Scrying
Your humble Guide attempts scrying - staring into a crystal ball - to see what visions might appear. And I got some interesting results!
What Scrying Is
Scrying is a method of divination (fortune-telling or seeing the unseen or unknown) by gazing into the shiny or reflective surface of an object. The scryer stares into the object until a vision is seen in his or her mind's eye. It's an ancient art that dates back to early Egyptian and Arab civilizations, and throughout history has been used by wizards, witches, clairvoyants, and psychics to look into the future, answer questions, and even find lost objects or people. Nostradamus is perhaps the most famous scryer.
A crystal ball is the most well-known scrying tool - or speculum - but other devices have been employed in the art, including black or dark mirrors, the waters of a still lake, or bowls of ink, water, or blood. Nostradamus used a bowl of water set upon a brass tripod. Jeanne Dixon, the late American psychic, used a crystal ball, while other clairvoyants have used black obsidian mirrors, crystal skulls - even light bulbs. If you need a crystal ball or some other kind of scrying tool, you can find them online at Shadows and Light.
Some scryers say that it's best to use a crystal of some kind because they have certain "vibrations," whatever that means. Others say it doesn't matter much what you use because what you're tapping into are your own powers of divination, and that the speculum is just a tool. So experiment and find whatever works best for you. Since I happen to have a crystal ball, that's what I'll use. You may also need a candle or two.
I'm going to try to see into the near future. Actually, I'll be satisfied with any vision I see.
Preparation and Procedure
The room. Now for the set-up. At night, choose a room or area of your house or apartment where it is quiet and where you are not likely to be disturbed. Dim the lights or completely turn them off. Low light is recommended to reduce distractions and allow you to concentrate on the speculum. I chose to set up on my kitchen table just after midnight when the house had finally quieted down for the night.
The light. To quickly attain scrying results, I've read, it's best to darken the room and set up some kind of dim flashing light. (Epileptics are advised not to do so.) But who has a flashing light around the house? Not me. So I opted for a flickering candle, which provides better atmosphere anyway. To make sure the candle flickered properly, I turned on a ceiling fan. After blowing out a few times, I finally got the candle in the right position where it would flicker without extinguishing. If you don't have a fan handy, perhaps the air coming through an open window would provide the air flow you need. The candle should not be in your direct line of sight, but near enough to provide illumination and reflection on the scrying surface.
Bonding. For best results, some scryers recommend that you take time to "bond" with your speculum. Since I was eager to get on with the experiment, I didn't take time to get intimate with my crystal ball. But I figured it's been sitting around the house long enough, so it probably already knows me pretty well. Other scryers advise that you consecrate the speculum with salt water or charge it in the smoke of burning wormwood. I was fresh out of wormwood (you always seem to run out of it just when you need it most), but salt water I could manage. Nostradamus is said to have anointed himself with the water from his speculum before going to work. If I tried to anoint myself with the three-pound crystal ball, I'd be seeing visions through a concussion, so I skipped that part.
Get comfortable. Since you'll be gazing into your speculum for at least 20 minutes, get comfortable. Find a position in which you can gaze into your speculum for an extended period without moving. My kitchen chair did just fine.
Breathe and gaze. Following the instructions I've found, I took a few deep breaths and gazed into the speculum. I allowed my eyes to relax, unfocused my vision, and allowed the images to come.
Record the images. You'll want to remember what you see in your speculum, so it's best to record the many images as they appear. A friend or family member can jot down what you report seeing, or you can simply talk into a tape recorder, which is what I did.
Scryers say that after a few minutes you'll see the speculum cloud over, after which the images will begin to emerge. Indeed, after two or three minutes, the crystal ball did appear to fill with a light gray haze. After several minutes more, I began to see things. Again, it was my intent to see the near future. This is what I recorded:
"Shapes trying to come into focus..." (Recalling them now, they looked like tightly grouped figures of light that remained just out of focus.) "A mask..." (It could have been the reflection of my own face in the crystal, but I'm not sure.)
"A mouse-like image... shifting shapes... something just out of focus... Like the surface of a planet..." (Here's where I began to see a barren landscape, as if viewing it straight down from a great height. It was mostly a flat plain with a few irregular shapes on its surface.) "Like a pyramid on Mars..." (One of the shapes looked like one of the "pyramids" at Cydonia.) "Looks like the surface of Mars... [unintelligible]... A profile of a face..." (The mask was back, only this time in profile.) "Turning toward me..." (The face seemed to turn and look at me.) "[unintelligible] face... [unintelligible]..." (I was whispering to try and remain focused, which is why some of the remarks are unintelligible, but this last one didn't even sound like English.) "Giant tower..." (I don't even remember that one.) "[unintelligible] face... primitive... mouth dividing in two..."
"My own face..." (This did not appear to be a reflection, but it seemed that I was looking at my own face.) Pause. "Black triangle..." (This was a big black triangle with rounded corners and a dim light in the middle.) "[unintelligible] images... mailbox... G7..."
"European train, explosion..." (This I said emphatically, as if the image were very clear - it looked like a European-style train exploding.) "Fire... " Pause. "Missile... It's on fire..."
"[unintelligible] It's Egyptian..." (I recall this being a door or something with Egyptian styling.)
"Calendar... fork... guitar... [unintelligible] diver... cattle... [unintelligible]... television... dart..."
The session lasted about 45 minutes to an hour and, frankly, I was surprised that I saw anything at all. It was a unique experience. At times I was so focused on the crystal ball that I seemed to move into it or be enveloped by it, and I wasn't even certain if my eyes were open or not. If I were to try it again, I think I'd either have someone take notes or try to talk louder into the tape recorder as too many remarks were later unintelligible.
A Brief History Of The Ouija Board
As a method of supposed communication with the spirit world, the Ouija board has terrified countless slumber partying children and served as a plot vehicle in a number of Hollywood films. Here’s where it came from.
Spiritualism and Pre-Ouija Methods
Ouija boards have their roots in Spiritualism, which began in the United States in the late 1840s. (Claims that ancient Ouija boards existed are unfounded.) The new movement was led by mediums, who claimed to be intermediaries between the living and the dead.
There were a number of ways mediums made followers believe that they were communicating messages from those who had passed. One, table turning, involved the table moving or knocking on the floor in response to letters called out from the alphabet. Another method used planchettes, heart-shaped devices with two wheels at one end and a pencil at the point; users would place their fingers on the device, which would then be guided by spirits who would “write” messages.
Both methods were problematic. Table turning took too long, and planchette writing was hard to decipher. According to the Museum of Talking Boards, some mediums got rid of these methods altogether, preferring to channel while in a trance, while others built complicated tables, dials, and tables painted with letters that required people to use a planchette as a pointer. This method became the most popular—and paved the way for the Ouija board.
Rise of The Talking Board
In 1886, the New York Daily Tribune reported on a new talking board being used in Ohio. It was 18 by 20 inches and featured the alphabet, numbers, and the words yes, no, good evening, and goodnight; the only other necessary object was a “little table three or four inches high … with four legs” that the spirits could use to identify letters. The brilliance of the board was that anyone could make it—the tools suggested in the article are “a jack-knife and a marking brush."
Operating the board was similarly easy:
You take the board in your lap, another person sitting down with you. You each grasp the little table with the thumb and forefinger at each corner next to you. Then the question is asked, ‘Are there any communications?’ Pretty soon you think the other person is pushing the table. He thinks you are doing the same. But the table moves around to ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Then you go on asking question and the answers are spelled out by the legs on the table resting on the letters one after the other.
Kennard left the company in 1891, and the Kennard Novelty Company became the Ouija Novelty Company. William Fuld, an employee there, eventually took over production of the boards; in 1901, he began making his own boards under the name Ouija, which Fuld said came from a combination of the French and German words for “yes”—the etymology that is accepted today.
Fuld would go on to design many different versions of the board (he holds more Ouija patents and copyrights than anyone else in history—a grand total of 21 registrations in three countries—including the design for the modern planchette). Because of the board’s huge success, a number of competitors to tried their hands at creating their own Ouija-like devices. Fuld sued many of those copycats, right up until his death in 1927.
In 1966, Fuld’s estate sold the family business—which included more than just Ouija boards—to Parker Brothers, which manufactured the modern boards as we know them today. In 1991, Parker Brothers was sold to Hasbro, which now holds all the Ouija rights and patents (and might even make a movie based on the game).
Working With Candles
Find a quiet place, free of disturbances - people - phones - pets - fans - air conditioners that might disturb the flame.
You may use soft background music.
Some people enjoy using incense.
Make clothing comfortable - remove eyeglasses or contacts.
Make the room dark, the only light being the flame of a candle used. I prefer spiral candles or large thick candles that last for hours.
Sit in a relatively comfortable chair with the candle approximately an arm's length distance in front of you - perhaps at a kitchen table.
You could also place the candle on a coffee table then sit on the floor - as many people are comfortable in the lotus position.
This can be a method of self-hypnosis. In this case send your a message that you are to return to consciousness after your messages / messages have been given.
You can state your intention before you begin focusing on the flame of the candle - such as - "I want to see myself in a past life that links to this one."
Now gaze at the flame. Look at the flame. Breath deeply and evenly, in through the nose and slowly out through your mouth.
As you look at the flame, you can see that it is actually made of the colors of the rainbow
Subtle shades of red glow at the very tip of the flame. Your passion, your physical body are being left behind, as a faint reminder of who you are.
The orange that follows spans a short time on the flame. Your anchor on this earth, also reminds you that there is a life on this plane.
Then, the yellow, the most prevalent, the most powerful part of the flame draws your attention. It burns as your creativity, yearning to burst free and shower you with its inspirations.
Your eyes follow down and see the tiny segment of green, your center, your growth. This is where the bountiful harvest of your life lies.
Feel the growth and abundance everywhere in the universe before you fall into the blue at the base of the flame. The blue, the higher emotion of your secret self burns brightly if only you look at it.
Below it, barely perceptible, is the violet of your spirit. This is the same spirit that resides within you, but it is barely perceptible day to day. You must catch it unawares to know it. As you watch your flame/spirit, Let the violet flame enlarge and envelop the blue, green, yellow, orange and red of the fire. Let your spirit enlarge to fill you in the same way.
As you inhale, feel your spirit fill you with the light of the candle. Breathe the flame. Become one with it and the essence of the source of creation.
Close your eyes.
Breathe your spirit. Find your Light
Visualize your descent down a long and beautiful spiral staircase and when you reach the bottom of the staircase you will see three doors. [Remember that consciousness spirals into reality. Three manifestation in the physical].
Choose a door.
Wait patiently for your subconscious mind to open it.
When you go through the door, relax your mind. Patiently watch your inner screen - in front of your forehead (third eye chakra) for images.
You may see colors or shapes, people or places. You may hears tones.
Often images will drift into your awareness which may not make sense to you at first. These are your archetypes for awakening / remembering your mission - who you are - why you are here.
If nothing appears to you when you first do this exercise, you will benefit from experiencing the meditative state and your mind will become conditioned for self-hypnosis and past life regression.
After receiving your messages - you may enter the other doors or return upstairs.
These messages should be recorded when you are finished - as they will make sense later on.
You may want to draw what you see or create a short story about it.