Crystallomancy, the art of divining events by gazing into a crystal ball, is an ancient one. In its mystical past, practitioners gazed into transparent stones like crystal, quartz, precious stones and more. Using the wisdom they found there, they could provide information on the past, present, and future events shaping our lives.

The history of crystals is an ancient one. St. Augustine records that the ancient Persians gazed into crystals, seeking divine wisdom. This form of divination may have begun over 3000 years ago. Despite being one of the oldest forms of divination, it is still popular today.

Some ancient cultures preferred to use a pool of water rather than a crystal ball, although this is properly known as Hydromancy. Ancient Greeks preferred a clearer mirror to a crystal ball. Over time, many reflective surfaces were used – a pool of ink held in the hand, a drop of blood, or the highly polished surface of a sword blade.

For those who had the gift, gazing deeply into a highly polished ball of crystal would provide information on future events. The crystal ball could also work as an ancient television sets, showing the diviner events occurring far away.

Although crystallomancy is an ancient art, it is still widely practiced. While we generally think of traditional crystal balls as perfect spheres, oval crystals are very popular with modern practitioners.

If you have a crystal ball and would like to try this for yourself, find a quiet, dark room. It is best if it is lit by the light of the full moon, though candlelight is an acceptable substitute if the moon is not visible. Enter a meditative state and set your mind on your question. Study the crystal ball, gazing on it until its secrets are revealed.

Crystals are used by the New Age movement and modern witches to help in healing, meditation, dowsing, and training psychic talents.

Photograph of a quartz crystal ball commonly used for divination or scrying. Courtesy Wikipedia.