Magic Mirror was
what the Sorceress Queen was using when she about Snow White and
the wall, Who's the fairest of them all?"
It has been said that magic mirrors were
used to see the present, the past and the future.
idea of a magic mirror is of great antiquity. The early mirrors were
made of polished copper, brass, marcasite, tin foil or mercury
behind glass, polished silver and obsidian. All types of mirrors may
be used for scrying and the size is not important.
Because mirrors are linked to the moon mirrors should be backed with
silver. Try and use a round or oval mirror instead of a square
For the frame try and use a mirror that has a silver frame. Old
mirrors also seem to work better than new mirrors.
Most seers prefer to use a black mirror. Because this is difficult
to buy you may have to make one.
Just simply take out the glass and paint it black. You may have to
give it a few coats of paint though. When you put it back in the
frame make sure the glass part is to the front.
The use of black mirrors may be traced back over the centuries. John
Dee used a black mirror of obsidian.
WORKING WITH THE MIRROR
First, clearly decide what you are trying to accomplish.
Then close your eyes and begin to relax; feel every part
of your body releasing, relieved of all tension. Begin
to breath rhythmically and fully; try a count of four
in, hold four, release four, four in, hold four, release
four and so on. Feel yourself entering a light trance
surrounded by sacred space, removed from time and the
material world. Silently call your guides or guardians
of the work, calling angelic presences, spirit guides,
astral guardians or whatever you prefer. Reaffirm your
desire and the purpose of the work.
Now open your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror;
remain relaxed and do not hesitate to blink when
necessary. Relax the focus of your eyes but remain
alert. After a while, the surface of the mirror will
begin to change and fade; a dark mist will appear.
Your inner 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 the images appear with the
physical eyes on the mirror's surface but see within the
mirror and in the mind's eye. The mirror acts as a focal
point, a gateway within.
This is a very important exercise to master if you are
new to scrying or are having trouble receiving images.
It will aid your "visual imagination," which allows your
psychic and physical eyes to see clearly together. It
gives clairvoyant strength.
Sit before your mirror and begin to imagine objects on
its surface, one after another. You should try to see
these images clearly in the mirror with your eyes open,
just as if they were there in reality. Try simple shapes
or colors first. Hold onto the image of each shape,
object or color one minute before dissolving it and
going on to the next. For example, use a red triangle, a
yellow square, a blue circle and silver crescent; see
them appear in the mirror using your firm imagination.
For best results, do this exercise every day for 15
minutes until it is mastered.
This exercise is well worth the effort; it gives
magickal discipline and strengthens the inner eye so
visions can come with clarity and ease.
When using the black mirror for scrying you do not want to
see your reflection. The best is to leave the mirror on a
table and look at it from an angle.
Look into the depths of the mirror as though you were
looking into a bowl of water. At first it may appear gray
than colors will come and go.
With time and practice you will be able to see scryed images
like still photographs or moving film images. Spirits may
sometimes look at the scryer, talk to the scryer or even
touch the scryer.
The visions may even exist outside the mirror and surround
the scryer on all sides.
St. Augustine (in De
Civitate Dei, Ch. VII, 35) says that they were used by the
witches of Thessaly who wrote their
them in human blood.
Varron claims that
they are of Persian origin, the Magi having used them for a
method of divination called Catoptromancy.
Spartianus says that Didius Julianus used them to know the
result of the battle which Tullius Crispinius fought with
Septirnus Severus, his rival for the Throne.
The persons who, in
Rome, read these mirrors were called Specularii.
In the East these
instruments were called Stellar Mirrors. Pica della
Mirandola had faith in them, provided they were made under a
favorable constellation, and that they should only be
consulted when one felt comfortably warm, for the cold harms
the lucidity of their oracle. Reinaud speaks of them in his Description
of the Blacas Cabinet. He adds that the operators
perfume them, fast for seven days before using them, and
recite sacramental prayers at the moment of consulting them.
The Chinese and the Hindus made theirs of metal, concave or
Muratori tells us of a
Bishop of Verona who was put to death because under his
pillow a magic mirror was found bearing on the reverse the
word flore which means flower, and proves collaboration with
the devil, since, according to St. Cyprian, Satan sometimes
appeared in the shape of a flower. A mirror of this kind was
also found in the house of Calas de Rienzi. Catherine de
Medici had one.
The shape of these
mirrors was, as we have said, very varied. Some bore the
name of their inventor (Cagliostro, Swedenborg, etc.) More
recently they have been used to fix the eye of clairvoyants
or mediums so as to put them into a state of hypnosis.
Cahagnet, in his Magnetic
Magic, quotes the principal mirrors as follows :-
HOW TO MAKE A MIRROR by
G. W. Fisler
Scrying does not have to be an expensive
undertaking. The price of a lead crystal sphere is
outside the price range that most of us are willing to pay.
This is especially true for someone new to scrying who is
not yet sure of success.
credited with seeing the future in a bowl of water that was
colored with ink. This and other low tech methods are
ideal for someone who wants to try his hand at scrying
without a heavy investment.
The method that I
prefer is a scrying mirror. One of these can be
constructed for less that five dollars. The first step
is to buy a picture frame. An oval frame is ideal but
any other shape is acceptable. Try to find a frame
that has some aesthetic appeal for you. Frames may be
found in many of the “dollar stores” that seem to be popping
up everywhere. The frame must have a glass insert and
not a plastic one. Now on to the construction.
the frame. Clean one side of the glass with your
“Scrying Mirror Cleaning Solution” (i.e. Windex).
Paint this side with a thick black paint. Oil based
enamel seems to work best. I prefer the gloss black
but matte black will work well also. Apply several
coats of paint until light will not pass through the glass.
At this stage you
may paint designs or symbols around the edge of the frame if
you are artistically inclined. If not there is a
variety of frames with designs already on them. The
choice is yours.
Next, assemble the
frame with the painted side of the glass to the inside. The
thicker the plate of glass, the “deeper” the mirror will
A method is needed
to hold the frame at a shallow angle to the vertical.
Some frames have a leg on the back that will do nicely.
Trimming the bottom of the leg will adjust the angle.
An alternate method is to use one of the display stands that
are used for collector plates. Varying the size of the
stand will increase or decrease the angle of the frame.
These are available at craft stores or those stores where
An alternate method of constructing a scrying mirror is to
use a clear crystal plate. Paint the back side as
described for the picture frame. With this method I
recommend covering the painted portion with felt or some
other heavy material. This will help protect the paint
from being scratched
or scuffed off.
You are now ready to
begin scrying. Good luck and clear visions!