Catoptromancy is an ancient divination technique in which an individual peers into a mirror as a means to see into the future.
Catoptromancy dates back to ancient Greece and was described by the second century greek traveler, Pausanius, as a process in which a sick person would pray to the Gods and then look into a mirror to find out if they would recover or perish. In Roman times, catoptromancy was used as a religious practice of certain priests whom were called “speculari”.
Today, catoptromancy is still widely practiced and is considered to be a form of scrying. Scrying is a divination process in which an individual peers into a reflective object in order to obtain psychic visions or information. The power of scrying comes from its ability to help someone tap into their higher consciousness or intuitive self.
In the case of catoptromancy, mirrors are utilized as a means to stimulate psychic visions or gather psychic information about specific questions or topics. The goal is to enter a meditative state while peering into the mirror. As one begins to enter into a different state of consciousness, they can begin to experience a form of visual free association. Ultimately, the images that an individual sees through mirror gazing will produce a story which is very similar to that of a dream. With practice, these images take on specific meanings and often provide important answers and solutions to one’s questions or concerns.
The process of catoptromancy is a relatively simple one. In most cases catoptromancy requires a dark room and a small votive candle. The idea is to place the candle behind the mirror so that there is very little light. The next step is to focus on a question or intention and repeat it in your mind over and over while you gaze into a mirror. The goal is not to look into the mirror, but rather to look through its surface. Eventually, as the mind relaxes, images will form and the mind can access the intuitive self.
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