The History of the Crystal Ball

The first crystal balls date back as early 3000 B.C. when they were used in numerous cultures to communicate with the gods or learn of future threats.

There is evidence that crystal balls were used in ancient civilizations by the Egyptians, Mayans, Hindu, North American Indians and Australian Aborigines. The Celtic Druids in Britain and Scotland used them to tell fortunes and predict events.

The earliest crystal balls were comprised of beryl, a natural gemstone with a transparent to translucent appearance. These were later replaced by rock crystal which was even more translucent. The ancients believed that the stones held special powers.

Evidence also suggests that crystal balls were used by the early Greeks. In 4th century A.D., the Orphic poem “Lithica,” references a magic sphere that the Trojan soothsayer, Helenus used to predict the demise of Troy.

Another literary citation is found where the Arabic author, Haly Abou Gefar, describes a golden ball used by the Magi while reciting incantations. During the 5th century, Christians thought that crystal balls were inhabited by demons or witches, and that any communication received from them was from the devil.

Numerous historical figures have consulted crystal balls to plan affairs. There are written accounts from the 6th century that Merlin the Magician used a crystal ball to foresee events and advise King Arthur.

The 13th century author, Roger Bacon, wrote about crystal balls in several stories. They allowed his characters to see events that were taking place in faraway places. Yet in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” the characters used crystal balls to see and communicate over long distances.

The alchemist and mathematician, Dr. John Dee, used a crystal ball to advise Queen Elizabeth I during her reign in the 1500s. One of Dee’s crystal balls is currently housed in the British Museum. The 17th century Germans used a crystal ball during religious ceremonies. They placed the sphere on an alter while praying.

During the medieval age, crystal balls began to be used by gypsies, seers, sorcerers and other practitioners of the occult. Throughout Europe, attitudes concerning crystal ball reading began to change and a general fear began to spread among the populace.

The images viewed within the crystal ball were considered evil, and the Church denounced the practice. In 1824, England passed a law that made divination illegal. However, during the Victorian era, another version of the crystal ball called a garden gazing ball became popular. It was a glass sphere that was intended to create a state of tranquility for those who peered into it.

The 20th century gave rise to entertainers who incorporated crystal balls into their acts for fortune-telling or hypnosis. One of the most famous performers of this kind was the magician, Claude Alexander Conlin. He was known as Alexander the Crystal Seer.

Conlin’s performance included psychic readings of members he selected from the audience. Julius Zancig was another popular mentalist and magician who was known
for reading crystal balls. Crystal ball reading was not a part of his performance but was used in spiritual counseling of private clients.

Srying is a term used to describe seeing events in the past, present and future. Crystal balls are most often used to aid scrying. Many psychics claim that images appear to them in the crystal ball.

Others state that the transparency and symmetry within the crystal help them achieve a mental state that enables them to perceive information about future events. Crystal balls have been used in many different cultures for a variety of purposes.

It was once thought that they were inhabited by spirits. Today, the more common belief is that crystal balls emit vibrations that interact with the electromagnetic field surrounding the body to enable scrying.

Today, crystal balls are still used by psychics and clairvoyants to foresee future events, reveal hidden knowledge or interpret omens. The most common type of crystal ball used today is made of quartz crystal, but they are also available in acrylic and glass.

Other types of crystal may also be found such as rose quartz or amethyst. Quartz crystal is preferable because it is not easily scratched and psychics claim that its vibrations resonate in harmony with psychic energies. The spherical shape has been retained over the centuries since it contributes to the constant flow of energies.

Psychics consider a crystal ball to be a sacred tool. It should only be used by one person. There should be limited handling by others. When not in use, it should be stored in a padded box in a place of honor. It’s best to avoid placing them in direct sunlight since it may cause them to fade.

Some believe that each crystal ball has a name that will be discovered with use. The crystal ball should be referred to by its name. Crystal balls should be cleansed to rid it of energies that it accumulated during the day.

They should be submersed in distilled water with a pinch of salt for 30 minutes to an hour or overnight. If the crystal ball is used in one session after another, it is cleaned between readings by passing it through the smoke of incense.

During the reading, the room should be dark with a small amount of dim light such as a candle. The crystal ball is placed on a black cloth in front of the psychic to avoid outside reflections. The seer will relax and focus the mind on the crystal ball as they gaze into it.

After several minutes, the ball will appear hazy or misty. Once the haze diminishes, images will appear. One theory suggests that the images are not actually within the crystal ball but are projected by the subconscious. The crystal ball is a tool used to focus and create a higher awareness.

Crystal balls are also incorporated into meditation and relaxation techniques. Focusing on the crystal ball can assist the trance like state induced in meditation. It can help clear the mind to reduce stress and allow the body to relax.

Crystal balls are believed to have some healing powers similar to those used in crystal therapy as well.

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  1. Let this be a warning to others that read this. Not all psychics are bad, but I was the victim of a gypsy scam. She went by the name Scarlett Evans. Her real name was Sharon Scarlett Demetro of Cherry Hill, NJ. Her aunts last name was Evans. She is also a resident of Florida and 21 years old. She approached me at the Cherry Hill Mall with her two young children and did a reading on me. It was very accurate. She knew things that no one could have. She then proceeded to tell me that there was negative energy on me which was the reason why I was single. She said she could cleanse me of the bad energy with a crystal ball that I was to bring home with me for ten days. That the crystal would just soak up the negative energy in my home, so I brought the ball home with me. I loved crystals and had a friend that was into energy healing and crystals so I didn’t think much of it.

    Thats when I started to get attacked by demons. Sharon told me a bunch of lies, first that the demon had been with me a long time and now it decided to show itself because it was angry that I was trying to get rid of it with the crystal. She told me that it was attached to an heirloom on my fathers side of the family and that it needed to be found and cleared. She came to my home to search psychically for the object and ended up taking my possessions to do ‘clearings’ on them. Thats when the situation escalated. I started to physically be attacked by the demon pushed, scratched, raped. I was terrified. I was praying constantly, calling out to Jesus.

    Sharon then exhorted money and a car from me, telling me that she was a messenger from God, and that God wanted me to donate money to a church. She was exceptionally convincing and could have won an award for her acting abilities. I was terrified and would have done anything to get this thing off of me. She asked for a sample of my hair and started telling me that if I didn’t give her the money I was going to die. My prayers weren’t helping and it was then that I realized she was doing witchcraft on me. I really became scared of her. The demons were coming at me with high pitched screams. One actually slammed into me while I was sitting on my sofa praying and knocked me over.

    I gave her what she wanted then Sharon disappeared to Florida with my cash, possessions, and a car she stole from me. I had to get the police involved with the car which she did return, but not the cash or possessions. Things only got worse for me and Its been two years and I am possessed. I fought hard to not get possessed. I was in constant prayer, church, and I am living in torment everyday and can no longer believe in Jesus as I’m being mind controlled. It’s very rare, but the demon that attacked me mind manipulated me with a constant barrage of thoughts against the existence of God/Jesus/Mary/ the Angels. No one that I’ve reached out to for help has seen a case of mind control like mine.

    The demon wore down my faith, then it entered my body through my heart and the back of my head. I’ve since lost all human emotions and feelings and the ability to feel and experience love. I have been through Catholic exorcism about 10 times, not to mention multiple deliverances through Christian churches. Many times through prayer and fighting the thoughts against God I would feel his power and pure love come and try to push this demon out of my body but as soon as the demon would put a thought against God in my head I would feel God’s energy go away. I would do this over and over. Without faith in God there is no hope for someone in my situation. It is very rare that exorcism will help without faith, unless it is a child.

    You can not imagine the hell I live in everyday. My entire insides burn and are squeezed. I’ve lost all ability to feel emotions, think clearly. It feels like I am in a constant fog. Sometimes I am squeezed so hard I can barely breathe and it feels like I have 100 pound weight on my head and shoulders. It is constant torment. I am 38 years old and had a good life. This happened to me when I was 35. I was in the prime of my life, had a successful business, college degree, friends, strong faith in God. I worked my butt off to get where I was. I loved life and had a warm vibrant personality and a positive perspecive. Friends would always come to me for advice and guidance. but I was definitely naive and way too trusting of people. I, also, had seen different psychics in the past and was curious of new age which opened the door to me trusting this woman. I thought it was all fun and games and while I grew up Catholic I was overeducated in theology and saw Jesus as a historical figure and a great prophet of God that I greatly admired. I didn’t understand that Jesus was literally my savior. I bought into new age beliefs and I questioned if there really was a hell. The devil used this all against me.

    Let this be a warning for anyone that is thinking of going to a psychic. You just never know who you are going to get. This girl was pure evil as is her entire family who are also in the same business as her near Orlando, Florida and Cherry Hill, NJ. Now my life is over and without my mind and faith there is no hope for me. I had no history of mental illness but now I am mentally ill and am on multiple medications which do nothing to help. They put me to sleep, otherwise I can’t sleep. At night I dream of hell. I used to have the most beautiful dreams. I’d dream that I was flying over the most beautiful beach and I’d see my mom who had passed away. Now I see demons and interestingly enough I see people I’ve known who are not right with God. I’ve come to understand that you could be the most vile person, but if you have faith in a higher power then you are saved. It’s truly all about faith. I was a very good person. I always thought of others before myself. I tried to live my life through the teachings of Jesus, but none of that matters anymore. My thoughts are overtaken with selfish and evil thoughts, I don’t care about anything or anyone. I can’t feel love anymore or even connect with my mom who I loved to the moon and the stars. I am a shell of a person and I don’t feel human anymore. I can’t stress it enough. God can’t help you without faith.

    Beware psychics that ask you for money to take negative energy off of you. Anyone that talks about bringing dirt from your house, going to a graveyard to do a ceremony, tarot cards, demons, using your hair, picture, voodoo dolls, spiritual work that is expensive. They prey on the weak and naive. It is all witchcraft. They will hide behind pictures of Jesus and Mary and tell you that they read their bibles. They will quote scripture and then pull out their tarot cards. Beware. Being a good person won’t save your soul and it doesn’t make you exempt from evil. It is best to just stay away from all of these things. Rely on your own intuition. No one knows you better than you know yourself. Unless it is a highly respected psychic with a gift from God don’t go..and even then it is not good to base your life decisions on the guidance of someone else. Something in my intuition told me this girl was bad news but I didn’t listen.

    I believed in God and I thought that I was protected by things like this. I never in a million years thought this could happen to me. I just thought this was made up stuff in the movies. I was wrong. Now not only my life is ruined but so is my eternal life. I’ll never get to feel love again or see my mom and what I’ve seen of hell….it’s incredibly horrific. I can’t even think about it to be honest with you. Be grateful for every day and for the freedoms you have for the love and the feelings you are gifted with in your heart. They are a gift from God and can be taken away. I realize that there are 7 billion people in this world and only a handful will go through what I’ve endured. Many will be attacked by devils, but most not like me, it is very rare. That being said don’t take the chance. Whatever religion you are, most religions believe in God, a creator, and a story of good vs. evil. Stay close to your faith in God. Listen to that voice within. Pay attention to your dreams. If you don’t believe in Jesus just try to start. When I first got attacked, before my mind got completely messed up, I did believe, I could pray to Him in faith. The love I felt was truly nothing of this world as was Mother Mary. They are pure love. I would give anything to feel Him again. I wish that before this happened to me I truly knew the love of Jesus and Mary. I would have prayed all the time just to feel that high and be close to them. This never would have happened to me because I wouldn’t have been searching for answers outside of Him, outside of myself.

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