Scrying is a visual process of divination during which images are seen and interpreted as reflected through a medium. While the types of mediums used in this practice have evolved over time, the most common scrying tools remain reflective surfaces (like water and polished stones) and translucent bodies (including the famed crystal ball).
Rooted in the Old English word descry, meaning “to make out dimly” or “to reveal,” scrying has been used for thousands of years by different cultures.
For example, Ancient Egyptians used water scrying, dream scrying, oil scrying, and mirror scrying in their initiations. Legend has it that the goddess Hathor carried a shield which could reflect all things in their truest light. From this shield she allegedly fashioned the first magic mirror to “see” into the future.
In modern scrying sessions, the reader/psychic clears his or her head of unwanted thought and focuses on their chosen medium, wherein perceived images being to appear. The scryer then free associates with the images suggested, from a cloudy glow that would be present in a crystal ball under low light to specific, defined pictures and offers their interpretation of the situation at hand.