!!!THE Ancient Spiritual MAGIC Orgin of THE Crystal ball *!!!

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Crystal ball history

a celtic origin

The origin of the crystal ball takes place in britain, 2000 BC. At that time, celtic tribes were unified by Druids. Druids were polytheist and revered nature. They had a very important role in these ancient celtic societies, as they were both priests, philosophers, scientists, teachers, judges and counsellors to the kings. Druids may have been the first people to use crystals in divination.

druid council
Group of Arch-Druid and Druids

in the middle ages

In the middle ages, many diviners and fortune tellers (seers, wizards, gypsies, sorcerers…) started to use crystals to see in the past and predict future, especially in Central Europe. At first, crystal balls were made of beryl, a naturally transparent gemstone. According to ancient beliefs, this gemstone was supposed to have specific powers. Later, beryl was replaced by rock crystal which is even more reflective and transluscent.
beryl scrying
A piece of beryl

Royal counsellors

A long time after druids, crystal balls were still used by royal councellors. Dr john Dee (1527-1608), Queen Elisabeth I consultant, was known for his use of the crystal ball in his works. Dr John Dee was a scientist, astronomer, mathematician, geographer, but was also involved in hermetic philosophy and alchemy studies. Dee believed crystal would act as a communication device between him and angels.


Crystal ball

This article is about the fortune telling object. For other uses, see Crystal ball (disambiguation).

For the guideline that Wikipedia is not a crystal ball, see WP:CRYSTALBALL.

The Crystal Ball by John William Waterhouse.
A crystal ball, also known as an orbuculum, is a crystal or glass ball and common fortune telling object.[a] It is generally associated with the performance of clairvoyance and scrying in particular.

Contents [hide]
1 History
2 Art of scrying
3 In stage magic
4 Properties
5 Famous crystal balls in history
6 See also
7 Notes
8 References
9 Further reading
10 External links


The earliest use of crystal balls can be first attributed to the Celtic Druids who divined the future and omens with beryl balls.[1]

In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder describes use of crystal balls by soothsayers (“crystallum orbis”, later written in Medieval Latin by scribes as orbuculum).[2] By the 5th century AD, scrying was widespread within the Roman Empire and was condemned by the early medieval Christian Church as heretical.[3]

Dr. John Dee was a noted British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy, of which the use of crystal balls was often included.[4]

Crystal gazing was a popular pastime in the Victorian era, and was claimed to work best when the Sun is at its northernmost declination. Immediately before the appearance of a vision, the ball was said to mist up from within.[3]

Art of scrying[edit]

Main articles: Scrying and Crystal gazing

Photograph of a quartz crystal ball commonly used for divination or scrying
The art or process of “seeing” is known as “scrying”, whereby images are claimed to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information. The “information” gleaned then is used to make important decisions in one’s life (i.e. love, marriage, finances, travel, business, etc.).[5]

By contrast, some professed seers say that they do not actually see images in the crystal, but rather that the featureless interior of the crystal facilitates them in clearing their mind of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them.[6][better source needed]

When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, or any transparent body, it is known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing.

In stage magic[edit]

Crystal balls are popular props used in mentalism acts by stage magicians. Such routines, in which the performer answers audience questions by means of various ruses, are known as crystal gazing acts. One of the most famous performers of the 20th century, Claude Alexander, was often billed as “Alexander the Crystal Seer”.


A transparent sphere of any material with refractive index greater than one brings parallel rays of light to a rough focus (that is, a focus with significant coma). For typical values of the refractive index, this focus is usually very near the surface of the sphere, on the side diametrically opposite to where the rays entered. If the refractive index is greater than 2, the focus is inside the sphere, so the brightest accessible point is on its surface directly opposite the source of light. However, few materials have that property. For most materials, the focus is slightly outside the sphere. The closer the refractive index is to 2, the closer the focus is to the surface of the sphere, and hence the brighter the spot formed on an object touching the sphere.

This effect is used in the Campbell–Stokes recorder to record the brightness of sunlight by burning the surface of a piece of cardboard placed near the sphere. The same effect can occur with a crystal ball that is brought into full sunlight; it may either burn a hand that is holding it, or even start a fire if it is resting on or very near dark-coloured flammable material.[7]

Famous crystal balls in history[edit]

A crystal ball lies in the Royal Sceptre of Scotland that is said to have been originally possessed by pagan druids.[1]

Philadelphia’s University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology displays the third largest crystal ball[8] as the central object in its Chinese Rotunda. Weighing 55 pounds, the sphere is made of quartz crystal from Burma and was shaped through years of constant rotation in a semi-cylindrical container filled with emery, garnet powder, and water. The ornamental treasure was purportedly made for the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) during the Qing dynasty in the 19th century, but no evidence as to its actual origins exists. In 1988, the crystal ball and an Egyptian statuette[9] that depicted the God Osiris were stolen from the Penn Museum, but were recovered three years later with no damage done to either object.[10]

The largest flawless quartz sphere is in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., USA
See also[edit]
Gazing ball
Seer stone


a.Jump up ^ Sometimes further referred to as a shew stone (or show stone – “shew” is an archaic spelling of “show”).


1.^ Jump up to: a b Sibyl Ferguson (30 June 2005). Crystal Ball: Stones, Amulets, And Talismans For Power, Protection, and Prophecy. Weiser Books. pp. 59–60, 29. ISBN 978-1-57863-348-7.
2.Jump up ^ Pliny the Elder (1831). Caii Plinii Secundi Historiæ naturalis libri xxxvii, cum selectis comm. J. Harduini ac recentiorum interpretum novisque adnotationibus. p. 579. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
3.^ Jump up to: a b “Crystal gazing”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
4.Jump up ^ John Dee’s Crystal Ball
5.Jump up ^ Chauran, Alexandra. Crystal Ball Reading for Beginners: A Down To Earth Guide. Woodbury, Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications, 2011.
6.Jump up ^ From a mass market book on the occult, early 1970s. Further details not remembered.
7.Jump up ^ Associated Press (29 January 2004). “Crystal Ball Starts Fire at Okla. Home”. The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
8.Jump up ^ “Crystal Sphere”. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
9.Jump up ^ “Statue”. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
10.Jump up ^ “Penn Museum Crystal Ball, Statue Stolen Guard Ignored Burglar Alarms”. Philly.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014.

Further reading[edit]
Andrew Lang, Crystal visions, savage and civilised, The Making of Religion, Chapter V, Longmans, Green, and C°, London, New York and Bombay, 1900, pp. 83–104.
A Translation of Grimm’s Fairy Tale No. 197 The Crystal Ball
A Translation of Grimm’s Saga No. 119 Crystal Ball Gazing


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