21 Oct Scrying – Most well-known magical practice in European Black Arts
A standout amongst the most well-known otherworldly and magical practices in European Black Arts from the Middle Ages until the present is scrying. Scrying is the craft of seeing visions in a crystal, a magic mirror, or the scryer’s own creative mind. It is also known as clairvoyance (from the French for “clear seeing”). Scrying often had an important role in the teachings offered by occult secret societies, since contact with the unseen always is the central focus to occultism.
The craft of scrying relies on upon the capacity to go into a shallow trance, in which dreamlike pictures show up. The classic method relies upon a crystal ball, a black mirror, or any other reflective surface. Looking into the profundities of the scrying apparatus, the scryer can see cloudlike shapes and afterward, as the trance deepens, different pictures. Scrying in a crystal formed one of the key elements of English magic from the late sixteenth century until the last decades of the nineteenth.
The mid-nineteenth century in particular saw it adopted by many occult secret societies, and at least one such society – the Fratres Lucis, founded by Francis Irwin in 1873 – was created using rituals and symbolism received via crystal-gazing.
On the other hand, the great occult orders of the late nineteenth century made little use of crystal gazing anymore. The Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor (H.B. of L.), which for a few years in the 1880s seemed likely to become the predominant magical secret society in the Western world, taught the consecration and use of magic mirrors. Despite the fact it was founded in Britain, the H.B. of L. took its scrying methods from the writings of an American magus Paschal Beverly Randolph. Research done on remote viewing (which is basically a scrying synonym) has demonstrated that the vast majority can learn to see pictures of distant places, the content of sealed envelopes, and so forth with a success rate well above chance. Needed to say that even the most skilled scryers aren’t always precise, and the individuals who have worked on scrying realize that the outcomes can never be fully trusted without intensive checking.
In light of the data circulated about lost continents, ancient civilizations, mystery teachings, and hidden traditions, this point has particular relevance. In the case of Atlantis, to name only one example, the real facts consist of a couple sections in the works of Plato and a variety of obscure points of interest from oceanography, topography, and history; almost everything else as of now accepted about the lost landmass originated from different sorts of scrying or the significantly more unverifiable or the even more uncertain source of hypnotic regression. The way that subsequent records of the lost continent change radically does not loan assurance to the possibility that any of them can be taken as fact. The same caution should be made to any other material from visionary sources, these concerns rarely get raised, and a huge amount of half-baked speculation and fantasy has unfortunately ended up being treated as proven fact in some alternative circles …