Diving by Crystal Ball, Part 1
Our esteemed editor, Jennifer Wright, sent me a crystal ball to examine and review for Pagan Pages. It arrived within days of my birthday, which was just fabulous! It came in a royal blue box entitled “Titania’s Crystal Ball” and along the side of the box was written: “NOW YOU CAN ‘SEE’ YOUR FUTURE”.
Inside the box was the crystal ball in a plastic cup to keep it from rolling around inside the box; a ring to place the ball upon when in use; a booklet to teach you how to use the crystal ball; a card entitled “The Image Key” with the most basic scenes you might see within the ball while in use; and a fold-up paper “table cloth” to set everything on. Everything in a lovely shade of royal blue which almost looks purple in some lights.
If you don’t know anything about crystal balls and I am certainly one of those people, you would think that a crystal ball is large, like the one in “The Wizard of Oz” that the Wicked Witch of the West uses so effectively. I am sure large crystal balls like that can be found in occult stores and on the internet. But this one is much smaller. It fits quite snugly in the palm of my hand. It is maybe the size of a billiard ball, perhaps a bit larger. It is marvelously cool and smooth. The morning light shines through it onto the skin of my fingers. It promises secrets. It promises poetry.
Titania Hardie, whom the bottom of the box says is a “third generation White Witch and best-selling author” recommends washing the crystal ball in a “mild solution of triple-milled rose soap and warm water.” (Hardie, 26) Of course, I didn’t have rose soap, triple-milled or any other kind but since she says that “you may prefer to follow the tradition of using vinegar and water” (Hardie, 27), this is what I did, since I always have a variety of vinegars on hand. I washed it carefully in a solution of white vinegar and water, asking it to be my friend and help me learn what I wanted to learn. Then I gently wiped it clean with a soft cloth.
However, just this morning, I read in Tasha Fenton’s The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook an interview with a clairvoyant named Barbara Ellen who says the “first thing you must do is immerse it for 12 hours in salt water. Some Readers use a solution of vinegar and water. Wash the crystal under running water, ideally from some natural source, such as a waterfall or stream.” (Fenton, 58) If you don’t have a stream nearby, she says to collect rainwater.
So with that in mind, I have some prep work before I can start to use my new crystal ball. And I plan to read more about divination using crystal balls; there are numerous websites dedicated to the subject. So stayed tuned; I’ll be back with my report of what I am able to see in this lovely round crystal!
Fenton, Sasha. The Fortune-Teller’s Workbook: A Practical Introduction to the World of divination. Wellingborough: The Aquarian Press, 1988.
Hardie, Titania. Titania’s Crystal Ball. New York: Shelter Harbor Press, 2013