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The Beginner's Guide To Crystal Divination

Updated on August 14, 2010
The Classic Fortune Teller
The Classic Fortune Teller

What is divination?

Divination or scrying is quite simply reading the future.

People do this all the time by reading Tarot cards, staring into cauldrons of water, crystal balls, tea leaves and reading the positions of the stars, some even read the skin creases on the palms of your hands.

It's not a new concept and has been around for millennia, but for me, the use of crystals was a new one.

I believe I do have an ability--though not particularly strong--with divination, having used Tarot cards quite frequently for a time. However trying to remember seventy-eight cards and their meanings both upright and upside-down proved to be too much and constantly having to refer to a book almost as thick as a telephone directory just took too long.

Then we found the crystals...

The five crystals used in crystal divination
The five crystals used in crystal divination

Five little stones

The stones or minerals were supplied with the set we found called The Crystal Oracle (ISBN 0-85030-824-0 Aquarian Press) by LeRoy Montana and Linda Waldron, which we bought second hand from a bookshop next door to where we used to live.

I had never heard of crystal divination before and was curious. 

Opening the package, we found five small stones (above)

From the left and moving clockwise:

  • Tourmaline (the black one)
  • Carnelian (brown and spotty)
  • Amethyst (purple and lumpy)
  • Aquamarine (bluish and fairly smooth)
  • Rose Quartz (Pink and slightly lumpy)

The casting cloth or mat. As can be seen, it can get a little lumpy
The casting cloth or mat. As can be seen, it can get a little lumpy
The book, worn over the years, though we haven't used it for some time. Either we don't have the inclination or we prefer to be surprised by what life has to offer
The book, worn over the years, though we haven't used it for some time. Either we don't have the inclination or we prefer to be surprised by what life has to offer

A mat and a book of rules

The mat is marked out in sections and contain negatives and positives - you can't have one without the other. All five crystals are dropped on the mat and their positions interpreted to form the reading.

The book contains an interpretation for each of the crystals in each of the segments and the centre.

Casting and reading the crystals

The reader simply holds the five stones in his or her hand three to four inches above the centre of the casting cloth or mat and thinks of the question they wish to ask. This can be done silently or out loud, it doesn't really matter which.

The reader then allows them to fall gently to the mat.

The positions of the crystals is very important. For instance one of them may fall on the centre, which means it is touching four or more lines. 

Next, see whether any of the crystals have fallen into negative areas: blocks, danger or opposition and if the questioner has asked a yes or no question, the result can generally be gleaned from this result.

For instance: if no crystals fall into negative segments, the answer to a yes/no question is almost certainly yes. One crystal in one of those areas, the answer is probably yes. Two in these areas and the answer is generally no and if three crystals fall into these areas, the answer is definitely no. In the latter case, the reader then needs to read the rest of the stones 'in detriment'' explanations.

It's quite simple and once the reader becomes fully acquainted with the crystals, the mat and the meanings, the reading can be further tuned or refined to hopefully bring forth a much more accurate or meaningful reading.

My own experience

These are really easy to get to grips with, but I'm not overly positive about their accuracy.

Having said that, I have only performed readings of these for myself--which tends to colour the required outcome, but I will say, it's almost impossible to cheat them!

My set differs slightly from that shown in that the crystals are supposed to be rolled in the casting cloth or mat and tied securely with the cord sewn to the edge of the mat once they're finished with. However, this tends to crease the mat as it's quite thick and laying it out afterwards means it generally requires ironing first!

Many may feel that these would be no more accurate than say a newspaper horoscope, but I beg to differ. We have Tarot cards, Runes and these crystals and each of them can spark something inside--often fairly meaningful and important--that makes one think about one's future.

In my opinion, they can be thought provoking and insightful, but as with anything like this, don't expect them to predict lottery numbers or anything of that nature as you may well be disappointed.


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      Nick B 4 years ago from Normandy, France

      According to my copy, it was copyrighted in 1987, which seems about right, considering I bought our copy from a second-hand book shop next door a couple of years after it was published.

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      carol 4 years ago

      i have this item can you tell me how old it is plz