Crystal Divination: Three Techniques for Insight and Healing
by Certified Crystal Healer Ashley Dalke
From the Ancient Egyptians, to the Elizabethans, and even modern psychics, crystals have played an enormous role in many divinatory techniques. There are several divination methods in which one can utilize the power of crystals for guidance. Crystallomancy, Lithomancy, and Dowsing are just a few of these powerful divinatory methods.
There are a number of steps to performing a reading using crystals as divinatory tools. These steps may be utilized for any type of crystal divination.
First, one must formulate a general question about a particular issue in which he/she needs guidance. The question should be open-ended (i.e. it should not have a yes or no answer). Then, the diviner must focus on the question at hand. It may help to write the question on a sheet of paper and/or to ask it aloud at least three times.
Next, the diviner must prepare himself or herself for the reading. He or she must select the crystal(s) to be used while focusing on the question at hand. He or she should then clear his or her mind and become attuned to the energy of the crystals.
The, one needs to clear and cleanse all of the crystals that will be used. There are a variety of ways one can clear a crystal. One way to cleanse a crystal is by soaking it in a solution of sea salt and distilled water (lavender oil is also often added to the solution due to its purification properties). Another method involves holding the stone under running water or in a stream to be purified. Yet another method to cleanse a stone is by smudging it. To smudge a stone, one must pass the stone through the smoke of an herb or incense (white sage, juniper, palo santo, sweetgrass, cedar, and sandalwood are all commonly used smudging herbs). Also, one may choose to bury a stone in the soil of the earth for a length of time in order to cleanse it. The clearing process should be carried out until one intuitively feels that the stone has been cleansed, or by feeling the stone's energy. Then, after the reading, the diviner should always cleanse and clear the crystals to remove any energy that may have been transferred during the session. Now, one is ready to begin crystal divination.
Crystallomancy is a form of scrying divination that utilizes crystals (most commonly those shaped into spheres [i.e. crystal balls]).
Gazing into a crystal ball takes patience and practice. One most often needs to form a relationship with his or her crystal ball before any meaningful images appear. One should always treat the crystal ball with respect as it is a powerful divinatory tool. Also, one's crystal ball is a very personal object, so one should not allow others to handle it (or even to view it when it is not necessary). One should safely store the ball in a silk cloth when it is not in use. This will help to keep its energetic vibrations clear and radiant.
It is best not to use the crystal ball if your energy is not clear. If one is not serious about the reading, or if one is in a negative state of mind, he or she should not use his or her crystal ball. One should always intend the reading to be for the highest good of all beings, with the love and light of the universe.
To begin scrying, place your light source (preferably a candle) off to the side (so that the light does not interfere with the image you see when you are scrying) and gaze into your ball. The crystal may begin to go out of focus or become blurry to your eyes as you stare into it, then, after a time, images may begin to appear within the sphere.
Most commonly, one will observe symbolic images, although as one becomes more advanced, the images may become more literal. Symbolic visions should always be interpreted according to one's current life situation.
It is best for one to keep a scrying journal so that he or she is able to track his or her skills as a crystallomancer. It also aids in tracking a more complete interpretation of the images you obtain while gazing. A journal can also be helpful if one is performing readings for others.
If one prefers the art of casting crystals, or lithomancy, then the diviner should follow the same steps for preparation as in crystallomancy. Then, he or she should create a casting area. The casting area is a sacred space that is created by the diviner's intention. Many diviners utilize a cloth to mark the casting area. The cloth should ideally be made of silk and should only be used in this sacred space for the purpose of divination, as it is a ritual object.
He or she should then clear the divining space of negativity. This can be done by creating a ring of sea salt or Himalayan salt around the divining area. Yet another method to cleanse the space is by smudging it. The clearing process should be carried out until one intuitively feels that the space has been cleansed, or by feeling the energy of the space.
After the space has been cleared and the intention has been set to create a sacred space, the diviner may begin to cast the stones. He or she should hold them between the palms of the hands approximately 2-3" above the casting area and then drop them while pondering the question.
After this, the diviner should interpret the pattern created by the position of the crystals. The diviner should disregard any crystals that fall outside of the casting area as these are not relevant to the question at hand. If a crystal is cast into the center of the divining space, its meaning should be integrated with all others as it provides a central theme for the answer to the question asked. Emphasis should be placed on any area in which multiple crystals are cast. If no stones are cast onto the area, the diviner may repeat the cast or may need to reformulate the question.
Next, the diviner should interpret the message. To do this, the diviner should look over the area as a whole and use his or her intuition to interpret the meaning of the way in which the stones were cast. Then, he or she should use the associated properties for each crystal combined with the meaning given for each specific section of the casting area in order to draw a conclusion about the question at hand.
It is best for one to keep a journal so that he or she is able to track his or her skills as a lithomancer. It also aids in tracking a more complete interpretation of the insights you obtain while divining. A journal such as this can also be helpful if one is performing readings for others.
Yet another divinatory method is dowsing, or divining with a pendulum. A pendulum is a tool that one holds between his or her thumb and index finger which consists of any sacred object such as a crystal, a key, or a ring, which is attached to a piece of cord or string. A diviner uses a pendulum to receive precise yes or no answers to his or her proposed questions (although he or she may sometimes receive neutral answers-in which case the question should be reformulated or asked again at another time).
One should used the same preparation techniques as in crystallomancy or lithomancy, but instead of formulating a general question, he or she should articulate a question with a precise "yes" or "no" answer.
Once one has properly prepared, he or she should grip the end of the string, opposite the sacred object, between his or her thumb and index finger of the dominant hand. Then, one should ask (aloud or silently) to be shown his or her "yes" answer and note the manner in which the pendulum swings (i.e. forward and backward, side to side, clockwise, counterclockwise, wildly, slowly, etc.). One should then repeat this asking to be shown his or her "no" answer. One should not move the pendulum intentionally, but let it move according the subtle energy currents of the body.
One should practice divining with the pendulum by asking general questions to which one is not emotionally attached. When one is neutral about the outcome of the divination, he or she will obtain clearer insights as they will not be influenced by one's desires. Once one ha had enough practice and is consistently receiving accurate readings, he or she may then begin to ask more personal questions.
Again, it is suggested that one keep a dowsing journal so as to keep a record of his or her accuracy with this divinatory tool.
Certified Crystal Healer Ashley Dalke
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