I returned to solitary magical work and also attended Reiki, Yoga and Aikido classes. The solitary was necessary as my other pursuits involved intense work within groups.
I constructed a dark scrying mirror at the beginning of 2005, the inspiration for this came from Cecil Williamson’s dark mirror displayed at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic.
I followed detailed instructions sent to me by a lovely man who I conversed with online and eventually met in his home town of Whitby. I then purchased a mirror from an antique shop, removed the mirrored glass and kept the frame. I purchased a piece of clear glass that was professionally cut to fit the oval shape of the frame. On certain moon phases and within a sacred circle I cleansed the glass and applied black paint. Subsequent coats of paint were also applied at certain moon phases. It took some time, but with a pleasing result.
I followed further instructions to create a powerful condensing fluid that would cleanse the mirror and infuse it with energy. As it is a toxic fluid it is kept in a dark labelled bottle at the back of a potions cupboard. The mirror is a powerful tool.
Here are the instructions:
Scrying Using the Black Mirror
“The black scrying mirror or magic mirror is a powerful psychic tool.
It can bring the user hidden knowledge and clairvoyant ability and can act as a portal to other planes of existence. History shows its use in many of the traditional mystery schools and oracular temples.
Today the serious student of magical arts can rediscover the ancient rites of the magic mirror, for these techniques are again coming to light.
Scrying can be defined as the mantic art of gazing into or upon a crystal or dark mirror, allowing the physical eyes to relax, thus letting the inner psychic eyes to begin to open and receive desired visions or information. The use of the black mirror is one of the best methods of achieving the state of mind required for entering trance and for scrying work. It not only acts as a focal point for visualization but can become a doorway into the astral plane. It allows communication with the higher realms and the subconscious and access to Akashic records.
The traditional crystal ball is also a wonderful tool, but it is more difficult to scry with and can be extremely expensive. The mirror is a more efficient way to begin to learn to scry and journey into other realms. However, all techniques may be used with a crystal ball as well as the black scrying mirror.
Consider the reality of the Akashic records, in which all ideas, actions, influences and vibrations are stored. The practiced scryer has the ability to “read” these records and focus on this vast source of timeless knowledge with the aid of the mirror and a strongly directed imagination. Guides from the world of spirit often lead the scryer in astral travel and mental journeying through the black mirror or crystal sphere. Scrying develops one’s clairvoyant abilities and is especially helpful in strengthening the third eye.
The preparation and construction of the mirror is extremely important. The black scrying mirror must be created with the highest magical standards and traditions. At the full moon especially cut glass discs are cleansed and magnetized. They are then anointed with a powerful herbal fluid condenser to attract and hold energy, vital force and any charge given them. A tincture of gold and moonstone is then applied to the surface and they are ritually blessed under the light of the full moon. They remain for a night and a day within a circle of protection.
The black coating is then applied to seal in the energy and a felt backing is put on to protect the mirror and absorb later applications of fluid condenser. The mirror stand is carved rosewood, ebony or teak.
Ways in which the black mirror can be used:
To contact spirit guides
To access knowledge
For healing and self-improvement
As a magical transmitter and receiver
For divining the past and the future
As a portal to the astral plane
For shamanic journeying
For ritual invocation and evocation
To improve visualization skills
Preparing to work with the black scrying mirror
Always keep the surfaces very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth. Never use it for anything but its intended magical purpose. Do not let others look into its surface, except in ritual context. Keep it stored in a silk bag when not in use. Frequently charge the mirror with vital force and fluid condenser as explained following.
Practice the visual exercises described following until mastered.
Keep working area clean and free from any disturbance.
Generally scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the full or new moon, depending on the operation.
The mirror can be used at any time, but tends to work better at these points.
When indoors light two votive candles, one on each side of the mirror.
Use white or coloured candles appropriate to the work, blue for healing, purple for psychic work, and orange for communication and so on.
Burn lunar or psychic blend incense before working with the mirror.
Place the mirror on a wooden table or altar with a clean cloth beneath it and be seated on a wooden chair in front of it, or if you prefer assume a comfortable asana on the floor with the mirror before you.
Extinguish all light sources except the candles or moonlight.
Allow nothing to reflect in the mirrors surface. It should appear as a dark tunnel or window.
Before starting always create a sacred space to work in. Cast a circle of protection or visualize the area surrounded by white light and protection from false or misleading influences-call your Guides and Guardians to protect the working.
Keep a journal to record experiences.
The Rite of Scrying
First, clearly decide what you seek or are trying to accomplish in the working and prepare appropriately. Then prepare the working area.
Once you are ready close your eyes and begin to relax; feel every part of your body releasing, relieved of all tension.
Visualize your circle of protection and know you are safe and in control of all that happens within it.
Begin to breathe 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 invoking the Goddess or calling angelic presences, spirit guides, watchtowers, astral guardians or whatever you prefer.
Reaffirm your desire and purpose of 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 magical imagination. Most people when scrying do not see the images appear with the physical eyes on the mirrors surface but see within the mirror and in the mind’s eye. The mirror acts as a focal point, a gateway within.
When you have completed your journey or work you set out to do, begin the return to your body and ordinary senses. Breathe fully and deeply and remain still until you feel you have completely returned.
Now close your eyes and remember all you saw and felt during the scrying or journey. Review your entire experience mentally.
Write it all down immediately in a journal kept for this purpose.
To Begin to See
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 and colours first. Hold onto the image of each shape, object or colour one minute before dissolving it and going onto the next. E.g. use a red triangle, yellow square, 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 mins until it is mastered.
The exercise is well worth the effort; it gives magical discipline and strengthens the inner eye so visions can come with clarity and ease.
Charging the Mirror with Light
To charge and empower the mirror with light force is a simple but powerful process. It should be done frequently, especially just before using the mirror, so as to ensure you see correct visions, connect with positive energy and do not experience interference.
First you must imagine that white light is collecting inside your body, being channelled down from the crown chakra. The body becomes a vessel filled with light. Remember to breathe fully, deeply and rhythmically.
Now stand in front of the mirror and direct palms of hands toward one another. Imagine that the internal light is now moving into your hands, forming a ball of condensed white light between them. See and feel this clearly in your imagination.
When ready, project this ball of light into the surface of the mirror, purifying and enlivening the mirror, filling it with magical force. See the light “soak” into the mirror. This process needs to be repeated until the mirror feels “full”.
This process can be used to give a special or programmed charge to the mirror. Follow the steps preceding and create the ball of light between your hands, then mentally project your desire into the light before projecting the light into the mirror.
This technique can be used for healing works and self-improvement. You can also charge the light with a specific colour or vibration-whatever can be felt or imagined can be put into the mirror to aid the magical energy.
The empowering exercise can be used for other magical operations as well, such as charging other magical tools and the giving of healing light to another person. All it takes is a strong desire and powerful imagination.
Locking the charge into the mirror is done by willpower. When the light has been absorbed into the mirror, state in your mind and with all the faith you can muster that the charge will remain as long as you require it. To release or remove a special charge, simply reverse the procedure, pulling the light out of the mirror into the space between your hands. Then disperse the energy into the atmosphere through the imagination. Do not draw it back into the body-see it returns to the universe.
Creation and use of the fluid condenser
A fluid condenser is an infusion of herbs and tinctures, essences and gold added. It serves to hold the mirrors magical charge and attract elemental force. The condenser can be used not only on mirrors but also on all other ritual tools for ceremonial use. The use of certain herbs, stones and metals in small quantities attracts etheric energy of a like kind.
These fluids can be made individually to represent each of the elements ro to enhance a particular work. Making a universal fluid container is recommended that will work for all purposes, having all elements represented along with tincture of gold, representing solar and God energy and essence of moonstone representing lunar and goddess energy.
The fluid is applied to re-charge the mirror and to draw magical symbols upon it for use in ritual. When the mirror is not in use, it is wise to anoint its surface with the fluid before putting it away. The fluid can be cleaned off with alcohol or distilled water later.
To make the fluid you must first gather the herbs you need. They can be fresh or dried, but the more life force they contain, the better.
The following list of herbs includes suggestions, but you need not use all the herbs to make a good condenser. Use the ones you can find of good quality.
Once gathered the herbs are placed in a pot of distilled water or rainwater. There should be about an ounce of each herb and enough water in the pot to cover the contents completely. Bring this mixture to the boil and then turn down the flame and let it simmer for an hour with the pot lid on. When this is done let the mixture cool and strain it through a muslin cloth. Put the liquid back in the pot and simmer without the lid until only a quarter of the original amount is left.
When this is cool, add the gold tincture, about 13 drops to each pint of liquid. Then add essence of moonstone.
If these aren’t available gold chloride or gold salts can be used and whole moon stones and crystals added to the mixture as a vibrational additive.
Gold tincture can also be made at home with fairly good results. Heat a piece of gold over a flame until red-hot. Dunk into a container of half a quart of distilled water or rainwater. The heat and rapid cooling causes gold molecules to remain in the liquid. This process should be repeated 9 times in the same water. Be careful of rising steam and don’t get hot pliers into the water.
When you have combined all fluid condenser ingredients together in a sterilised glass container, and then add an equal amount of wood or isopropyl alcohol to act as a preservative. Store the condenser in an air-tight glass container in a dark place and it will last for years.
For a very powerful mixture add a few drops of your own blood to the mixture.
Quartz crystals can be can be left in the fluid while it is stored to keep it clear.
Herbs for the Fluid Condenser
For water element; elderflowers, waterlily, orris root, white rose, willow, cucumber seeds, jasmine.
For fire element; red poppy, cinnamon bark, bay leaves, orange peel, rosemary, marigold, galangal, damiana, tobacco, nutmeg.
For earth element; oak, ivy, cypress, mugwort, vervain, patchouli herb, wheat, primrose.
For air element; mistletoe, acacia, clover, pine, sage, lavender, verbena.
For spirit; gold, blood, crystal.
For healing; juniper, thyme, mandrake, tansy, elder, coriander, lavender, life-everlasting, sage, cypress.
For Universal Fluid Condenser; chamomile, dittany of Crete, ivy, oak leaves, bay leaves, almonds, cypress, clover, grape leaves, rose petals, mugwort, jasmine, vervain, mandrake root.”