The history of the crystal ball can be traced as far back as to the
Medieval Period in central Europe (between 500 – 1500 AD) and in
Scandinavia (1050 – 1500 AD). There have always been fortunetellers
throughout history as well. Religious sciences tell us, for example, about
Apollo’s (the Greek God of prophesy) oracle priestess, Pythia who had powers (1500 B.C.).
Used by Seers, Fortunetellers,
Psychics, and Sorcerers, the Crystal Ball seems to be one of the most well-known
and popular forms of scrying, as well as a divination tool. Scrying is
the name given to the ancient technique of gazing into an object such as
a crystal ball or a bowl of water. It is usually physically, ritually or
spiritually, cleansed before each use for purification purposes. When a
crystal is used, scrying is known as crystallomancy.
Using crystals in the divination of one’s past, present, and future traditionally
played a key role in the decision-making process of many powerful leaders
throughout history. One of the most notable was King Arthur, who sought
out the advice and prophecies of Merlin the Magician. In more recent history,
Nancy Reagan, the first lady of then President Ronald Reagan, avidly used
psychics to help plan her husband’s domestic & foreign affairs.
One of the earliest uses of crystals in scrying comes from
the Druids, who used Beryllium Aluminum Silicate (Beryl), a natural gemstone
whose characteristics range from transparent to translucent. Scottish Highlanders
termed these objects “stones of power”. Early crystal balls were made from
Beryl, later replaced by spheres made of rock crystal.
The reason crystals in particular became important tools for scrying and
other metaphysical aspects is because of their inherent characteristics of
transparency and regularity of their patterns, called symmetry. Additionally,
the energetic fields of crystals influence what the scryer “sees” on a very
subtle and often esoteric level.