Samhain is a time for personal reflection and communing with the ancestors. We look to the past, so that we may be better prepared for the future.
At Samhain, the Goddess has entered her incarnation as Crone. She is Grandmother, Ancient Goddess, the Wise One we turn to for advice. Crone has many names: Baba Yaga, Cailleach, Grandmother Spider, Hekate, Morrígan, Mother Holle, Cerridwen.
She is transition and transformation, acting as a bridge between the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. We can work with Crone to assist us in transitioning from one life to the next, or from one realm to another.
Crone is associated with night and darkness, the unconscious realms and shadow work, the underworld, healing, transformation and regeneration.
Crone listens with Her inner ear and sees with Her inner eye, and so She is able to access Her powers of divination and prophecy. If we are receptive to Her gifts, She will share Her knowledge with us, the wisdom of the ages.
On this Samhain eve, Her Sacred Magick is at its most potent.
Mother of Darkness
Queen of the Night
Gift me with your Visions
That I may see the Light
Mistress of Dreams
Limitless in scope
Guide me with Your Wisdom
Fill my Heart with Hope
Oh my Ancient Wanderer
Your Magick does Entice
Gaze into the Mirror
May the Vision be precise
In a darkened room, cast a circle and call on your guardians of protection. Invite Crone into your circle to assist you in your ritual.
Use a blackened mirror, or fill a dark-coloured bowl/cauldron with water to act as a mirror. Light one small candle and place it behind your mirror. You only need enough light to see, you do not want its reflection to impede your gaze. Repeat the poem above, chant the names of the Crone, or meditate on a question. Continue doing this until your mind is focused.
Cast away all doubts. If you set an intent to see images, it will happen.
Gaze into the darkness of the mirror rather than focusing on the surface.
Do not blink your eyes more than is necessary. Too much blinking breaks concentration, but staring too hard can cause eye strain.
Do not let your gaze wander from the mirror. If you are experiencing some difficulty, try to visualize the blackness as infinite space and project your gaze several feet into the blackness.
It may take some practice to achieve results but it is worth the effort. If this is your first scrying, you may wish to limit your time to 15 minute intervals, until you get results. Make a note of any images or symbols that arise, but do not try to analyze them immediately.
Scrying is a valuable tool to connect us with the inner workings of our subconscious, a way to commune with our ancestors, and to see how the year ahead will unfold.