Preparing to work with the Black Scrying Mirror
Always keep the surface very clean using alcohol and a soft cloth.
Never use it for anything but its intended magickal purpose.
Do not let others look into its surface, this tool of divination must remain completely your own. Keep it covered when not in use.
Frequently recharge the mirror by allowing the full moon to shine upon the black glass surface.
Practice the visualization exercises described following until mastered.
Keep the working area clean and free from any disturbance.
Generally, scry using the mirror at night, preferably during the full or new moon, depending on your intended outcome. 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 colored candles appropriate to the work: blue for healing, purple for psychic work, 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 and/or moonlight.
Allow nothing to reflect in the mirror’s 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 your experiences.
The Ritual of Scrying
First, clearly decide what you seek or are trying to accomplish in the working and prepare appropriately. Then prepare the work area carefully as suggested previously.
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 breath 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 the purpose of the work.
Now open your physical eyes and gaze into the mirror, remain relaxed and don’t 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 not open, and the journey into the mirror begins. Remember that the inner eye sees inside the mind, through the magickal imagination. Most people when scrying don't see the images appear with the physical eyes on the mirror's 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 the 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.