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Whether for yourself
or if you are reading for another person you can use herb scrying and a
simple divination technique. Use clear water and sprinkle dried herbs
on the surface. This gives you tangible external focus from which you can
derive images. It is also a good transitory stage if you find pure water
Fill a deep
clear glass bowl slowly from a jug of water until it is just over
water is still moving, drop on to the surface a handful of dried
culinary herbs, such herbes de Provence, rosemary, basil or parsley
that have reasonably large separate leaves.
swirl round, giving an image or maybe several and if you add a few
more herbs at a time you can keep the herbs swirling and new images
tape-recorder as you and/or the questioner will be calling out many
The key is to
keep swirling the water and making new images until you have seven or
eight, or even more.
read the herb pictures, others the spaces between the herbs.
what each picture means to you (and the person you are working with)
and then see how together the images add up to an answer to your
divination water away either into soil or running water (a tap and
sink will do) so that the energies will continue to flow.
CLOUD SCRYING: How to scry with clouds
divination does take time, no bad thing to withdraw from external
stimulation to clear the mind, though you can read the sky quickly for
Weather conditions need to be right
so this can be quite an impromptu method. Sometimes you will be driving
along and see the perfect cloud formation. If you have time, park the car
and keep a blanket in the back of the car so you can sit on the grass and
watch the clouds
Best for scrying are either the high
thin wispy cirrus clouds that can appear in fabulous colours when the sun is
low on the horizon or the lower cotton wool fluffy fair weather cumulus
clouds seen against a blue sky.
There are many other cloud conditions
that may only last a relatively short time that can also be used for sky
Before you begin asking questions,
spend time cloud watching in different locations and at different times.
Gaze at a dawn sky over the sea or a lake. Contemplate clouds on a still
afternoon on a hilltop with fluffy clouds barely moving.
Scan the fast moving clouds over a
plain before a storm or on a windy day; watch clouds heavy with snow,
sudden small black clouds in an otherwise blue sky and those sunset,
crimson and purple cloud pillows; you can also study white or grey clouds
in the night sky.
Another excellent source for modern
scryers is cloud watching from the window of a plane
While you are tuning into clouds,
do not force pictures to form, but note any that seem especially
significant and the feelings they evoke and above all do not hurry the
experience. The essence is a calm still frame of mind when you are not
clock watching or fretting about unfinished tasks.
Asking Questions of the Skies
Find an open place, such as a
hilltop or open field when the clouds overhead are separate enough to make
Begin by making connection with the
Guardians or essences of the place and ask that they will protect and
Connect with the clouds for as long
as you can spare, breathing gently and regularly and in your mind allow
any free floating thoughts or anxieties to float away on the clouds. This
interim period can be helpful if you lead a busy life or are naturally
Picture your energy field merging
with the grass and the sky so that you breathe as one in time with the
pulse of nature.
Allow a question or an area of your
life you wish to consider to emerge quite naturally and softly say it
aloud, blowing gently between each word.
Then sit or lie so you are totally
comfortable, half close your eyes and let the images float above you. A
single cloud may create a image or two or more clouds may seem closely
connected as a single idea, for example a cat chasing a bird who is
constantly hopping or flying just out of the pouncing catís claws as one
cloud pursues the other across the sky
For each image or idea extract as
much information as possible, for example if you see a cloud dragon. Is it
fire breathing and fierce, an Air dragon scattering the seeds of new life
or bringing rain, an Earth dragon guarding treasure? Is it a young dragon
newly emerged from its egg or one of the great Japanese Emperor or King
dragons or even a paper dragon at a carnival? Who does the dragon
represent in your life, you, a relative, a partner, an employer, a
What message does the dragon have
Of course all this may if the
clouds are moving fast, be quite instantaneous but that will prevent your
logical mind from intruding. But other times when clouds are slow moving
you can contemplate at leisure
After each image scribble a rough
drawing and keywords in a notebook, that you can contemplate later when
you have collected all your images. Do not analyze them at the time as
this will block the intuitive flow
Wait while the clouds move on and
re-form and continue until you have four or five images relating to the
If another question emerges
spontaneously you can answer it in the same way, using a series of images.
Otherwise thank the Guardians of the place, bury a small coin in the earth
and sit quietly for a while watching the clouds, but without making any
conscious images or connections.
Walk home or back to your car
slowly, by which time the conscious mind will have joined with the psyche
to make spontaneous connections.
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