As well as various divination tools, I also own a few scrying implements – two crystal balls and a scrying bowl. One of the balls is clear glass, which I bought with birthday money a year ago because it has the grey resin Maiden, Mother, Crone stand by Nemesis Now which I have drooled over for years, and the scrying bowl is of the same design and was given to me by a friend. The second crystal ball I own, and my latest acquisition, is a small quartz sphere that’s about an inch and a half diameter. I bought it after I’d seen a couple of very good quality smaller ones that a friend of mine got for about 99p each on eBay through very lucky bidding. So I started to trawl through the listings, most of which were either too expensive, too small, not quartz, or had the same photo as a load of others. I finally found this one, which was about £4 including shipping, which was about as much as I was willing to spend without actually seeing it. Plus the listing stated that the ball I would receive was the one shown, and although the pictures were a bit blurry I could tell it was actually quartz and not glass, and looked like it had some well-placed inclusions.
I’m really pleased with it, and when held at certain angles the inclusions reflect the light in interesting ways. Unfortunately, I had nothing to put it in to protect it, as although I planned to keep it in the bowl with the rest of my crystals I didn’t want to risk marring the surface or have the sun reflecting through it and setting fire to my bedroom. So I made a crocheted pouch – it’s black for metaphysical protection, thick enough for physical protection, and unobtrusive enough not to draw attention to itself.
Unfortunately, due to my current living situation I haven’t had a chance to do any scrying at all – my large crystal ball is still in its box as I can’t display it, and while my scrying bowl is on my altar it’s hidden away at the back, and were I to try to use it I’d have a hard time if I was disturbed – it’s a lot easier to hide or cover tarot cards in a hurry than a bowl full of water! I’m hoping that until I manage to move I can use my quartz ball to start my practice, although I want to concentrate more on meditation beforehand.