Crystal Balls

January, 2019

Crystal ball are used for divination (scrying) and spirit summoning. It is a well respected technique of divination and is used through the use of reflective surfaces and taking advantage of the bioplasmic energy (psychic power) in inanimate objects like crystals as it comes from the cosmos itself. If you can tune into that force the crystal ball will be very beneficial.

They should usually be made from clear quartz and can be large or small. Smoky quartz is beneficial if you mainly want to use it for summoning spirits. Manmade crystals are spiritually dead, so use those only for decoration. Natural crystals are what you want. Some people think it is better to be given one as a gift, but personally I think you should choose your own. It is a very personal object so you want to choose it carefully. You should be drawn to it and feel its energy.

The crystal ball is a tool of Pisces and the modern clear round ball is effective because it evokes the image of the moon. Now, some people can’t afford a real crystal ball, but there are other options. Even using something like a glass bottle of water, ink or water in a pan, etc. will give you some results, but the power of a cleansed crystal ball will be much more substantial.

A new crystal ball must be cleansed by exposing it to the light of the full moon at least once (13 times is ideal) before use. A crystal ball covered in negative energy and spiritual debris will cause disturbances and may not be accurate. Also, when you are not using it, you should keep in covered in a dark cloth. A great way to clean the crystal ball is with a blend of spring water and vinegar, charged waters, mugwort hydrosol or a water-based herbal infusion with dried mugwort and/or anise-seed.

Crystal-gazing is a great way to get into clairvoyance. You should stand the crystal ball on a black base or black cloth so that when you look into it there are no distractions. You don’t want anything to draw your attention away. The lighting should be behind you and it’s best to be in a semi-darkened room. Close your eyes and try to empty your mind and be open to the energies and aura around you. Then open your eyes and gaze into the center of the crystal. When you see a shadow or shape, clear your mind and follow them. You may immediately see someone or something or you may see it fill with smoke. The smoke will probably fill up the whole ball and then start to dissipate and leave a scene. This is called clouding.

If you don’t get anything, don’t worry. Keep looking for about ten minutes, but not much more. You don’t want to force anything or strain yourself in anyway. Just give up and try the next day. You will develop your own way of working with the crystal ball. Some see images right away, but sometimes you may need to try for a few days and weeks. Do not strain to get results, just relax and let it happen. At first you won’t have much control over what you see, but as you progress you will adjust and you will improve at clearing your mind and you will start to see what or whom you mentally ask for. If you are constantly getting negative or scary images or feelings you may want to try cleansing it again, cast a protective circle or simply try a different type of divination. Crystal balls just aren’t for everyone. Keep in mind when attempting to communicate with spirits, you should always cast a circle first.

Mindful Meditations

August, 2018

Welcome to Mindful Meditations, a new column to help you connect to yourself.

Monthly the author will switch between two witches that are massage therapists that lead meditations and are in the same coven.


Fire Meditation

It’s Leo season and what better way to enjoy that excited, expansive energy than with a bit of fire scrying, either with your friends or alone. This fire meditation is crafted to work as a guided group meditation or an easy-to-follow solo journey. So light your fire, grab a journal and let’s drop in! If having a physical fire isn’t a possibility, you can use a candle or call the energy of fire into your mind’s eye and let your imagination create the flames for you.




-Cast a circle in whatever way fits your practice. Create intentional, sacred space so you feel comfortable opening to the messages you receive. I encourage you to call in the element of fire especially, an example would be “I call the element of fire into my/our circle tonight. I/we honor your passion and power, your transformation and transmuting, and your illumination and warmth. Guide me on this journey into your flames tonight. Hail and welcome!” Once in sacred space, set your intention for what you wish to receive from the fire. How am I holding myself back from my desires? What direction should I take? How can I manifest my dream? Or simply, what do I need to know right now? Feel free to do this silently or as a discussion with your group.


-Once you’re clear on your intention, find a comfortable seat where you can easily gaze into the fire. Feel where your body connects to the Earth and see roots sprouting down into the soil to anchor yourself to her. Notice your breath and feel yourself entering the present moment with each inhale and relaxing into the now with each exhale. Let everything but your breath and the fire melt away.


-Bring your intention into your mind. Begin to ask questions to yourself and the fire. Let possible answers drift through your awareness, staying mindful of not attaching to any one idea. Watch the fire, how does it respond to your thoughts? How do you feel as the fire shifts with a passing thought? Let it speak to you.


-As you get more comfortable asking and receiving, relax deeper into the fire and clear your wandering mind. Be open to receive any messages the fire has to give you. Notice images, colors, or changes in the flames. As messages come to you, feel free to write them down so you can release the idea and allow another into your awareness.


-Take a deep breath and let the inspirations float back to you and by the fire light, start sorting, shifting and integrating. Free write or daydream, pulling these messages into your awareness. Take a piece of paper and write the most important messages from the flames. Did you discover a block, a new direction, something that no longer serves, or an inspiring message? Write it down, being clear what you wish to change, bring in or release (remember words have power!), and bring it to your heart. Give gratitude to the flames for facilitating this insight. As you gift the paper to the fire, say “Thank you, thank you, thank you. As it is written, so mote it be.”


-Close your circle, sit back and enjoy the fire.


About the Author:

Becky Coates is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Tarot reader located in Manchester, CT. Visit for more information. 

Witchcrafting: Crafts for Witches

April, 2015

Try ’n scry

Merry Meet.

This month’s column will be about how to make a divination tool: a scrying mirror. Even if you’re not on a budget, it’s always nice to make your own tools. Creating something by hand puts your magical energy into the tool, making it an extension of yourself.

Scrying is one of the oldest forms of divination. The shiny surface of water – in pools and bowls – is a common medium. Mirrors (“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.) and crystals (often polished balls) are also often used as a clairvoyant aid to focus and see visions. A five-inch black obsidian mirrors can cost $70 or more.

For your own mirror, choose a picture frame with glass. It can be large or small, old or new, ornate or simple, round or rectangle. Chances are the more unique it is, the better it will help transport you to an altered space. A wood frame would add an element of nature.

Remove the glass, wash and dry it, being sure to get off all the dust. Place it face side down on a piece of newspaper. Spray or brush the back with an even light coat of black acrylic paint. Let it dry completely and give it a second coat.

When it is dry, reassemble the glass into the frame with the black side facing toward the back.

If you’d like, decorate the frame or even the corners of the glass with symbols, gemstones, buttons, charms or other treasured objects.

Bless or otherwise consecrate the mirror, adding a prayer of protection so that the divination you do is safe and successful. The more time you spend it with, the stronger your connection will become. Try using it for astral travel or spirit communications, too.

When you plan your craft time, consider making it on a dark moon – a time of mystery, wisdom, darkness and magic – so that the moon’s power lends itself to the oracle tool as well. (Some traditions call for making it on a full moon.) Working mindfully, chanting or creating the mirror in sacred space will also impart energy.

Merry part. And merry meet again.

Oil Blends and Magickal Meditations

May, 2006

Scrying Oil

2 frankincense

2 drop sandalwood

1 drop lavender

1 drop rosemary

Mix essential oils in 1/2 Ounce carrier oil (Almond, Grapeseed, Safflower, Olive, etc)

Anoint self and scrying object right before scrying, or you can do the meditation below.

Scrying Meditation

For this meditation, you don’t need a scrying mirror, bowl, etc, you will use your mind in meditation.

Chose a small purple candle, or a color that helps you "see" (Or use white for all purpose)

Anoint the candle with Scrying oil, working towards you (drawing visions towards you) with one or both hands.

You can also lightly anoint yourself over your "third eye" if you desire.

While anointing your candle, state your purpose, mentally or out loud. Example… "I charge this candle for clarity of vision!"

Place the candle in the holder and light it.

Sit in a comfortable position where you can view the candle.

As you watch the candle, count backwards from 10 to 1 then mentally say "relax" to yourself. Do this three times with your eyes open, then close your eyes and repeat 3 more times with your eyes closed.

Relax and empty your mind. Wait for symbols and visions to appear to you.

Do this for as long as desired.

You can snuff the candle out when you’re finished, or let it burn out on it’s own. Don’t reuse the candle for any other purpose, as you’ve already put scrying energy into it.

*For safety purposes, never leave candle burning unattended*


author bio:

My craft name is Sunny. I am a 35 yr. old single mother of two and live in Pennsylvania.

I like scrapbooking, reading, crafting and enjoying the beauty of nature.

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