Crystal Ball Gazing
Written by Alexandra Chauran. Copyright(c) 2008, PsychicRx, all rights reserved. Originally published under the category Crystal Ball Readings on 6/20/2008 in PsyBlog.
Crystal ball reading is also called crystallomancy, spheromancy and gastromancy. It is the practice of divination using a crystal, glass, or other translucent mineral often shaped like a ball. It doesn't matter what size the crystal is, and practitioners might use a large glass orb or even a tiny crystal on a ring or necklace. My psychic friends and I often joke that we would like to start a rumor that the smaller crystal balls are more accurate, due to the price of large pieces of quartz!
The practice of crystal reading is much like other forms of scrying. The reader might enter a trance as they gaze into the crystal and see shapes forming from the light catching on tiny occlusions in the stone, or from the reader's own visions seen forming in a misty fog. Interpretation is done similar to dream interpretation, in which the symbols may be literal at times, but more often they represent subconscious associations and Jungian archetypes. As a result, no two readers may see the same symbols unless they have the same associations for those symbols!
There are benefits and challenges to readings that involve scrying methods such as the crystal ball as opposed to divination using an established set of symbols such as the tarot. One drawback is that the divination may not be as understandable, as you may associate different things with your symbols than your reader might. Sometimes it is best to take notes during your reading as the symbols may make more sense later on when things come to pass. An incredible bonus, however, is that some things can be seen in the crystal quite clearly that would otherwise be an incredible leap to make with tarot cards. When you call a psychic who has experience with a crystal ball and specifically request a crystal ball reading, expect to be surprised and delighted!