Ceroscopy: Scrying with Wax

Understanding the Ancient Art of Ceroscopy

When wax was melted in a brass container and then poured from there into cold water, the process was called ceroscopy. This would make bubbles form in the wax and it would take on certain shapes. A divinator then deciphered the shapes and told the future with them.

In ceroscopy divination, wax dripping down along a burning candle was interpreted and used to foretell the future. To leave a burning candle unattended was not permitted, however.

Two key ingredients are necessary for ceroscopy: A bowl of water and a candle. A simple method is then used by holding the candle in both hands and visualizing the situation or question for which you want an answer. The candle is then lighted, which signals the dark and unknown answers will be illuminated. As the wax melts, you continue to focus on the question and then allow the melting wax to drip into the water. The wax will begin to take on different forms and shapes. and that will give the answers to your questions.

As the wax turns solid in the water, try to see the story unfolding as you search for symbols that are meaningful to you. Keep a notebook handy to write out the shapes you see in the water and the account of your experience.

If this process seems a bit confusing in the beginning, do not worry about that. The more you use ceroscopy, the better you will become at the process. It may take a little time, but the wax will eventually begin to relate stories to you.

You can pour the melted wax into water and interpret the shapes you see as it begins to solidify. You can use a list of symbols such as are used in reading tea leaves.

You can also gaze into the wax in the bowl as another way to interpret the shapes and perhaps see visions.

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