following excerpt comes from a book-length work on scrying and
magick mirrors. Katlyn, a scrying expert, also runs Mermade
Arts, manufacturing black scrying mirrors in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The black scrying mirror, or magick mirror, is a powerful psychic
tool. It can bring the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant
and can act as a portal to other planes of existence. History
its use in many of the traditional mystery schools and oracular
serious student of magickal arts can rediscover
the ancient rites of the magick mirror, for these techniques
again coming to light. Scrying can be defined as the mantic
gazing into or upon a crystal or dark mirror, allowing the physical
eyes to relax, thus letting the inner psychic eyes begin to
receive desired visions or information.
of the black mirror is one of the best methods of achieving
the state of mind required for entering trance and for scrying
It not only acts as a focal point for visualization but can
doorway into the astral plane. It allows communication with
realms and the subconscious and access to Akashic records.
crystal ball is also a wonderful tool, but it is more
difficult to scry with and is extremely expensive. The mirror
more efficient way to begin to learn to scry and journey in
all techniques in this article may be used with a crystal
ball as well as the black scrying mirror. Consider the reality
the Akashic records, in which all ideas, actions, influences
vibrations are stored. The practiced scryer has the ability
"read" these records and focus on this vast source
knowledge with the aid of the mirror and a strongly directed
from the world of spirit often lead the scryer in astral travel
and mental journeying through the black mirror or crystal sphere.
Scrying develops one's clairvoyant abilities and is especially
in strengthening the third eye.
and construction of the mirror is extremely important.
The black scrying mirror must be created with the highest magickal
standards and traditions. At the full moon, specially cut glass
cleansed and magnetized. They are then anointed with a powerful
herbal fluid condenser to attract and hold energy, vital force
any charge given them. A tincture of gold and moonstone is then
applied to the surface, and they are ritually blessed under
light of the full moon. They remain for a night and a day within
circle of protection. The black coating is then applied to seal
the energy, and a felt backing is put on to protect the mirror
absorb later applications of fluid condenser. The mirror stand
carved rosewood, ebony or teak.
which the black 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
to work with the black scrying mirror Always keep the
surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth.Never use
anything but its intended magickal purpose. Do not let others
into its surface, except in ritual context. Keep it stored in
bag when not in use. Frequently recharge the mirror with vital
and fluid condenser, as explained following. Practice the visual
exercises described following until mastered. Keep the working
clean and free from any disturbance.
scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the
full or new moon, depending on the operation. The mirror can
at anytime, but tends to work better at these points. When indoors,
light two votive candles, one on each side of the mirror. Use
or colored candles appropriate to the work: blue for healing,
for psychic work, orange for communication, and so on. (For
suggestions on candle colors, see any standard table of correspondences,
for example in Scott Cunningham's books or The Spiral Dance).
lunar or psychic blend incense before working with the
mirror. Place the mirror on a wooden table or altar with a clean
cloth beneath it and be seated on a wooden chair in front of
if you prefer, assume a comfortable asana on the floor with
mirror before you. Extinguish all light sources except the candles
to reflect in the mirror's surface. It should appear
as a dark tunnel or window. Before starting, always create a
space to work in. Cast a circle of protection or visualize the
surrounded by white light and protection from false or misleading
influences - call your guides and guardians to protect the working.
journal to record your experiences.
First, clearly decide what you seek or are trying to accomplish
the working and prepare appropriately. Then prepare the work
carefully as suggested previously.
are ready, close your eyes and begin to relax; feel every
part of your body releasing, relieved of all tension. Visualize
circle of protection and know you are safe and in control of
that happens within it. Begin to breath rhythmically and fully;
a count of four in, hold four, release four, four in, hold four,
release four and so on.
entering a light trance surrounded by sacred space,
removed from time and the material world. Silently call your
or guardians of the work, invoking the Goddess or calling angelic
presences, spirit guides, watchtowers, astral guardians or whatever
you prefer. Reaffirm your desire and the purpose of the work.
your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror; remain relaxed
and do not hesitate to blink when necessary. Relax the focus
eyes but remain alert. After a while, the surface of the mirror
begin to change and fade; a dark mist will appear.
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
images appear with the physical eyes on the mirror's surface
within the mirror and in the mind's eye. The mirror acts as
point, a gateway within.
have completed your journey or work you set out to do,
begin the return to your body and ordinary senses. Breath fully
deeply, and remain still until you feel you have completely
Now close your eyes and remember all you saw and felt during
scrying or journey.
your entire experience mentally. Write it all down
immediately in a journal kept for this purpose.To begin to see
is a very important exercise to master if you are new to scrying
are having trouble receiving images. It will aid your "visual
imagination," which allows your psychic and physical eyes
clearly together. It gives clairvoyant strength.
your mirror and begin to imagine objects on its surface,
one after another. You should try to see these images clearly
mirror with your eyes open, just as if they were there in reality.
shapes or colors first. Hold onto the image of each
shape, object or color one minute before dissolving it and going
to the next. For example, use a red triangle, a yellow square,
blue circle and silver crescent; see them appear in the mirror
your firm imagination. For best results, do this exercise every
for 15 minutes until it is mastered. This exercise is well worth
effort; it gives magickal discipline and strengthens the inner
so visions can come with clarity and ease.
the mirror with light:
To charge and empower the mirror with light force is a simple
powerful process. It should be done frequently, especially just
before using the mirror, so as to ensure you see correct visions,
connect with positive energy and do not experience interference.
you must imagine that white light is collecting inside your
body, being channeled down from the crown chakra. The body
becomes a vessel filled with light. Remember to breathe fully,
and rhythmically. Now stand in front of the mirror and direct
of your hands toward one another. Imagine that the internal
now moving into your hands, forming a ball of condensed white
between them. See and feel this clearly in your imagination.
ready, begin to project this ball of light into the surface
mirror, purifying and enlivening the mirror, filling it with
magickal force. See the light "soak" into the mirror.
needs to be repeated until the mirror feels "full."
can also be used to give a special or programmed charge
to the mirror. Follow the steps preceding and create the ball
light between your hands, then mentally project your desire
light before projecting the light into the mirror. This technique
be used for healing works and self-improvement. You can also
charge the light with a specific color or vibration - whatever
be felt or imagined can be put into the mirror to aid the magickal
energy. The empowering exercise can be used for other magickal
operations as well, such as charging other magickal tools and
giving of healing light to another person. All it takes is a
desire and powerful imagination.
the charge into the mirror is accomplished by willpower.
When the light has been absorbed into the mirror, state in your
and with all the faith you can muster that the charge will remain
long as you require it.
or remove a special charge, simply reverse the procedure,
pulling the light out of the mirror into the space between your
Then disperse the energy into the atmosphere through the
imagination. Do not draw it back into the body - see it return
and use of the fluid condenser:
A fluid condenser is an infusion of herbs with tinctures, essences
and gold added. It serves to hold the mirror's magickal charge
attract elemental force. The condenser can be used not only
mirrors but also on all other ritual tools you want to charge
ceremonial use. The use of certain herbs, stones and metals
quantities attracts etheric energy of a like kind. These fluids
be made individually to represent each of the elements or to
a particular work.
making a universal fluid condenser that will work for
all purposes, having all elements represented along with tincture
gold, representing solar and God energy, and essence of moonstone,
representing lunar and Goddess energy.
is applied to recharge the mirror and to draw magickal
symbols upon it for use in ritual. When the mirror is not in
is wise to anoint its surface with the fluid before putting
can be cleaned off with alcohol or distilled water later.
the fluid, you must first gather the herbs you need. They
can be fresh or dried, but the more life force they contain,
better. The list of herbs following includes some suggestions,
you need not use all the herbs to make a good condenser. Use
ones you can find of good quality.
the herbs are placed in a pot with distilled water or
rainwater. There should be about an ounce of each herb and enough
water in the pot to cover the contents completely. Bring this
mixture to a boil, and then turn down the flame and let it simmer
for an hour with the pot lid on.
is done, let the mixture cool and strain it through a
muslin cloth. Put the liquid back into the pot and simmer without
the lid until only a quarter of the original amount is left.
this is cool, add the gold tincture, about 13 drops to each
the essence of moonstone. If gold tincture and essence of
moonstone are not available, gold chloride or gold salts can
and whole moonstones and crystals added to the mixture as a
vibrational additive. Gold tincture can also be made at home
fairly good results.
gold tincture, take a pure piece of gold and holding it with
apair of pliers heat it over a flame until red hot. The red-hot
is then dunked into a container of about half a quart of distilled
water or rainwater. The heat and rapid cooling causes gold molecules
to remain in the liquid. This process should be repeated nine
in the same water. Be careful of the rising steam, and try not
get the hot pliers into the water!
have combined all the fluid condenser ingredients together
in a sterilized glass container, then add an equal amount of
isopropyl alcohol to act as a preservative. Store the condenser
an air-tight glass container in a dark place, and it will last
For a very
powerful and personalized condenser, add a few drops of
your own blood to the mixture. Quartz crystals can be left in
while it is stored to keep it clear.
the fluid condenser For the water element: elder flowers,
water lily, orris root, white rose, willow, cucumber seeds,
fire element: red poppy, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, orange
peel, rosemary, marigold, galangal, damiana, tobacco, nutmeg.
earth element: oak, ivy, cypress, mugwort, vervain, patchouli
herb, wheat, primrose.
air element: mistletoe, acacia, clover, pine, sage, lavender,
gold, blood, crystal.
juniper, thyme, mandrake, tansy, elder, coriander,
lavender, life-everlasting, sage, cypress.
fluid condenser: chamomile, dittany of Crete, ivy, oak
leaves, bay leaves, almonds, cypress, clover, grape leaves,
mugwort, jasmine, vervain, mandrake root.
for psychic work:
The best incense to use when working with the mirror or any
device is lunar or psychic in nature, representing the sphere
These types of blends may be purchased or created by yourself
and must be burned on self-igniting charcoal disks.
some excellent recipes for fine-quality magickal incense to
used for the rites of scrying.
A base of white sandalwood powder Orris root and myrrh in equal
parts Oil of jasmine and jasmine flowers Oil of lotus and synthetic
ambergris. A small pinch of refined camphor Poppy and cucumber
seeds. Blend together sandalwood, myrrh, and orris root, and
crush them together into a powder. True refined camphor is hard
to come by, but if you should have some available, add a pinch
to the powdered base.
at this time the poppy and/or dried cucumber seeds. Put this
aside in an air-tight jar. Next, blend the jasmine, ambergris
and lotus oils together
in equal parts. Coat the dried jasmine flowers with the blended
oil and set them
aside in an air-tight jar. Let these sit until the next full
moon. On the evening of
the full moon, mix together (in a silver or crystal bowl if
possible) the oil-soaked
flowers and the powder base with your hands, meditating as you
mix on the beauty and wisdom of Mother Moon. Ask her to bless
this incense with Her magick.
incense (psychic blend):
A base of mastic gum, myrrh, galangal powder and frankincense
Mugwort and wormwood herbs Rose petals and lavender buds
Green cardamom pods and star anise Bay leaves Oils of mimosa
lotus, and dark musk.
mastic, myrrh, galangal and frankincense in equal
parts and grind to a powder base. Add a few cardamom and star
seeds to the base and put aside in an air-tight jar. Now mix
parts of ground mugwort, wormwood and bay, about half the amount
used in the powder base. Coat this mixture with dark musk oil,
put it aside in a sealed jar. Mix the lavender and rose petals
coat them with mimosa and lotus oil and put them aside in a
ingredients stand for nine days during the waxing of the moon.
Then blend all ingredients together by hand. As you mix, meditate
your spirit guide and developing your psychic abilities. Know
the incense is burned, your inner eyes will open and a link
will be formed
between you and world of spirit. (It is best to remove anise
seeds from the incense before burning; their scent will have
by the incense base.)