Crystals And Bright Objects

The use of crystals and other bright objects for this purpose has been

common to occultists and psychics at all times, past and present, and at

all places, oriental or occidental. The earlier races employed shining

pieces of quartz or other clear crystal rock for this purpose. Later

polished metals were used in the same way. The native soothsayers of

barbaric lands employ clear water, glowing embers, or sparks, for this

purpose. In some places the soothsayers hold drops of blood in the

hollow of their hands for divining purposes. Others bore a hole in the

ground, and fill it with water, and then gaze into it. Some tribes use

dark polished stones. A writer on the subject has said: "They stare into

a crystal ball, a cup, a mirror, a blot of ink, a drop of blood, a bowl

of water, a pond, water in a glass bowl, or almost any polished surface,

etc." In fact, it may be said that almost every object capable of

presenting a polished surface has been employed by some race as an aid

to psychic vision. In Europe and America, at the present day, quartz or

glass crystals are so used; but others obtain quite satisfactory

results from the use of watch crystals laid over a black cloth,

preferably a piece of black velvet cloth. Others use highly polished

bits of silver; while others content themselves with the use of a little

pool of black ink lying on the bottom of a small saucer, while others

have cups painted black on the inside, into which is poured water.