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Book Review – Pagan Portals: Scrying- Divination Using Crystals, Mirrors, Water and Fire by Lucya Starza

Book Review

Pagan Portals

Scrying-Divination Using Crystals,

Mirrors, Water and Fire

by Lucya Starza

Publisher: Moon Books

86 Pages
Publication Date: March 1, 2022

 

 

    This was the first book I have read on scrying. I liked that it is a shorter book, but don’t let the length fool you. There is a lot of great information packed in here. As an avid reader, and bit of a nerd, I loved how it opened with a Lord of the Rings reference. There are quite a few references to Lady Galadriel and her mirror. Lucya explains that scrying isn’t the same as using things like tarot cards, but you are using your psychic senses and intuition to the fullest. She also mentions not to act hastily after scrying. “Sometimes we see possible futures, sometimes we see things we hope will happen, or what we desire, but sometimes we see things we fear and sometimes we see a warning, enabling us to plan wisely for our own good or for the good of others”. 

    Chapter 1 gets into what scrying actually is. Lucya mentions that it is sometimes called ‘seeing’ and that you are looking into something in the hope of finding messages or visions. That it is a type of divination that really taps into your psychic powers and that you are using things like mirrors, fire, crystal balls and water. She brings up Hathor and her connection of mirrors. Since mirrors have significance in multiple religions it is relatable on many realms. Lucya does quote a lot of other authors throughout this book. Sometimes I wondered why there were so many quotes and she didn’t phrase things in her own words, but by doing this it made it very accessible for me to hunt down more references and books should I want to look them up, which is nice. This chapter also has a nice personal story and even touches on how to scry in a dog’s bottom, which gave me a little giggle. She also brings up the Book of Reflections for the first time in this chapter, which is just a great idea and would be an excellent companion to your Book of Shadows. The reader also gets their first exercise. 

    The next chapter is all about preparations for scrying. Discussing the focus, time and space at the beginning. Afterwards she brings up cleansing yourself and your space. It is a good order to do things. Once you cleanse yourself and your space then you can cleanse your tools. She provides an exercise on cleansing and using incense. Lucya writes about how important the lighting is. “The soft glow helps mentally transport us outside normal space and time to a liminal place where all things are possible- the best place for magic to work.” She then touches on how the reflection of candlelight in a crystal or glass can be used to help a person get into the right state of mind. Once you have all of the above sorted out, she talks about casting a protective circle- which was something I was waiting for, so was relieved to see.

    Chapter 3 was a good one. You get more into the meat and bones of the book and how to actually scry. “Quality is more important than quality.” She delves into what to look for and to be open to all sorts of styles ranging from Clairvoyance to Claircognizance. “When you are scrying, don’t dismiss the pareidolia as being just an illusion.” I think that is very important, especially after learning what pareidolia is (faces in trees, inkblot visuals, etc.) She talks about what to do if you see something unsettling or scary, which is something I personally struggle with so it was nice to see it being acknowledged and have a solution to it. Another great exercise ends this chapter. 

    The next chapter talks a lot about keeping and how to make your Book of Reflections. Some good examples are included, like putting the moon phase, what devices are used, light levels and more. Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought to put as many details in my book so it was great to see. Chapter 5 mentions some tools to use, recommended crystals, what to put your balls on. I learned about ebony and that it is the best and most traditional thing to use as a stand. She writes about cauldrons, bowls, glasses and goblets. 

    Chapter 6 was one of my favourites about scrying with fire and smoke. This is the chapter that radiated with me the most as I love working with fire and candles. She has a nice breakdown about the layers of the flame itself. The flame has three zones. The innermost area directly above the wick contains vaporised wax that’s not yet burnt. It’s the darkest zone. The middle area is yellow and luminous, partly but not entirely burnt, because there’s not enough oxygen there to burn away all the vapour. This is hotter than the innermost zone, but cooler than the outer area. The outer zone is the hottest. The wax vapour is completely combusted. It is a light blue in colour, but not normally visible. Also, in this chapter, is my new favourite way to scry. Divination by hot wax in water. 

    After that, the next top is scrying outdoors. Like in clouds, wind in trees or natural bodies of water. The exercise is a cool one about making moon water- which is a handy tool for many practices. Chapter 8 is a beautiful chapter with guided meditations. This would work best if you could have someone read to you, or you could record yourself ahead of time. But the meditations are calming and very nice. 

    Chapter 9 goes into teacup and coffee ground readings and how to make out patterns within those. “The shapes they form can look like a meaningless mass or vague sprinkling at first. View the cup from all sides and angles. It can take time to make out anything recognizable.” I mainly think of Harry Potter when I think of this, but tea cup reading are something that I dabble with and have a special, vintage tea cup for. So this chapter was welcoming for me. 

    The next chapter is a great one for a quick reference as it touches on how to interpret shapes and symbols with a nice list. The book ends with Frequently asked questions. I, personally, really liked that as an end to the book. For someone who may just be starting out, I think this is a very welcome chapter as it covers a lot of common questions that didn’t necessarily fit in other spots in the book. 

    This book itself, like I said, is quite thin at only 86 pages, but the information it is is invaluable. If you are wanting to get into scrying or just have a couple questions about it, this would be a great addition to your collection. I learned a lot and found the flow of the book to be to the point and refreshing. A great read!

   Lucya Starza is an eclectic witch living in London. She is the author of Pagan Portals – Candle Magic and Pagan Portals – Poppets and Magical Dolls, edited the community book Every Day Magic – A Pagan Book of Days and contributed to Naming the Goddess, Essays in Contemporary Paganism and Paganism 101. She also writes A Bad Witch’s Blog.

 

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About the Author:

Merry meet! I’m Jazz and I’m a Canadian oddball. I love roller derby, kickboxing, spending time with my dog and husband & love all things art, craft and pagan!

I was raised by a Roman Catholic family but discovered Buddhism, then Paganism while in elementary school and have followed the Pagan path ever since.

My main deity is Gaia as she approached me in a dream and I feel a very strong connection to her.

I love working with runes and absorbing knowledge and working on my never ending book of shadows.

I have always been drawn to the arts & have done many crafts and randomness for as long as I can remember. I find it peaceful and it helps settle my mind. I enjoy drawing, painting, cross stitching, doll making, jewelry making and more! I hope to spread my love and passions with others and put as much positivity in the world as possible.

Feel free to check out my Facebook and Instagram! Thanks for popping by and Blessed Be!

Merry meet! I’m Jazz and I’m a Canadian oddball. I love roller derby, kickboxing, spending time with my dog and husband & love all things art, craft and pagan! I was raised by a Roman Catholic family but discovered Buddhism, then Paganism while in elementary school and have followed the Pagan path ever since. My main deity is Gaia as she approached me in a dream and I feel a very strong connection to her. I love working with runes and absorbing knowledge and working on my never ending book of shadows. I have always been drawn to the arts & have done many crafts and randomness for as long as I can remember. I find it peaceful and it helps settle my mind. I enjoy drawing, painting, cross stitching, doll making, jewelry making and more! I hope to spread my love and passions with others and put as much positivity in the world as possible. Feel free to check out my Facebook and Instagram! Thanks for popping by and Blessed Be!