Scrying is a practice known across many cultures, and is the practice of looking into a suitable medium in the hope of detecting significant messages or visions. Here a basic ritual outline will be provided, to which you may add particular prayers, evocations or barbarous words of power to where appropriate.
- Janus Pater, who is invoked before almost all sacrifices because it is He who opens the door to the Gods.
- Hestia, who is thought to preside over the sacred fire just as she presides over the sacred hearth
- The Great Mother, the Goddess of theurgy.
Alternatively, you can scry to Apollo.
Gather what is needed
- If doing a hydromancy, you will need a shallow silvery bowl that is very clean and brightly polished.
- If doing pyromancy, you need an oil lamp or a candle. (Especially good if Hestia is the gateway deity.)
- If using a candle, brown or black is best. You’ll also need a comfortable seat.
Purify yourself and the space you’re working in with khernips.
Make sure the only things on the working table are the incense and the scrying object (in front of an eikon or animated statue if one is being used.)
Step 1: Incense
Step 2: Dim the lights
Dim the lights.
- If using pyromancy, this is so the flame is the brightest thing in the room
- If using hydromancy, until you can make out your reflection only dimly in the water.
Step 3: Stare
- Inhale for a count of four
- Hold for a count of four
- Exhale for a count of four
- Hold for a count of four.
Step 4: Preparing for Visions
Step 5: Vision
Step 6: Further Perceptions
Step 7: Offer gratitude & end the ceremony
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Dunn, Patrick. The practical art of divine magic: contemporary & ancient techniques of Theurgy. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd, 2015.
Opsopaus, John. The oracles of Apollo: practical ancient Greek divination for today. Woodbury: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd, 2017.