Penny Ehrenkranz discusses scrying. I've read her short book, Mirror, Mirror, and recommend it to romance and historical fans. Now, here's Penny:
I wanted to talk
today about the art of scrying. In Mirror,
a wise woman uses her special scrying mirror to local Lindsey Baker
in the twenty-first century. Lindsey looks exactly like Prudence, a
young girl who is in love with Master Graham. Unfortunately, Graham
cannot marry Prudence because she is the baker’s daughter.
Graham’s father insists he has to marry a young woman with more
influence and money and thus has arranged a marriage for him with the
a mirror which the shopkeeper jokingly tells her is a scrying mirror.
Through this mirror, Lindsey is transported back to the fifteen
century where she is given the task of convincing Graham that he must
Scrying is the
ancient art of divination achieved by a person of talent focusing on
an object with a shiny surface until visions appear.
The term scrying
comes from the English word “descry.” This is defined as “to
see,” “to make out dimly” or “to reveal.” Scryers were
sought by people who wanted to know about their future, or needed
answers to questions, solutions to problems, or help in finding lost
items or people. During the Middle Ages when scrying was popular,
most scryers were wise women or wise men who were sometimes referred
to as witches. These people were naturally gifted with second sight.
We usually think
of scryers using crystal balls, but crystal balls were expensive, and
not many scyers could afford them. Many of the early scryers used
ponds or lakes on moonlit nights. They also used mirrors, polished
stones or metal, or bowls of water.
Mirrors which are
used are generally painted black on the concave side. Witches may
make the magic mirrors themselves, painting and decorating them
during the waxing moon and then consecrating them in traditional
rituals used for other witches tools.
witch uses a magic circle to work her scrying. The best results are
obtained at night. The witch will concentrate upon her chosen tool
and will be rewarded with visions either on the surface of the tool
or by receiving mental images. To be able to scry, the witch needs
to turn off all distractions and enter an altered state of
consciousness. Some ancient grimoires indicate a great deal of
preparation was necessary for the witch to perform a scrying. Some
of the steps included fasting, prayers, and summoning various
spirits. They would definitely have to do a psychic cleansing of
both themselves and the area where they would be scrying.
First the person
scrying will quiet her mind, relax and concentrate on the reflective
surface. Keeping her mind blank, the witch will look within the
glass, ignoring reflections or light on the surface. Sinking into
the glass, the witch forms a question in her mind. The glass will
appear to cloud over, become smoky, and a dark patch appears. At this
point, pictures, signs or other symbols that the witch must interpret
will appear in the glass.
approached the wise woman in Mirror,
to learn what she could do to make Graham go against his father’s
wishes. When Lindsey is brought through time, Prudence disappears.
doesn’t follow Prudence to see where she goes, but I’ll let you
know that her spirit inhabits Lindsey’s body in the twenty-first
century while Lindsey’s spirit is trapped in Prudence’s.
Please join me in
this journey through time to see what happens to Lindsey in Mirror,
by Penny Ehrenkranz
purchase of an antique mirror sends her back in time to salvage a
love torn apart by class restrictions.
Lindsay Baker is
intrigued by everything about the middle ages, but when she purchases
an antique mirror and a costume to attend a Renaissance Faire, she
suddenly finds herself transported back in time. There she finds
she’s been called by a witch to right a terrible wrong.
Prudence, but he can’t marry her because he’s landed gentry, and
she is only the baker’s daughter. Before Lindsay can return to her
own time, she must convince Graham to marry against his father’s
wishes. Unfortunately, she also finds herself falling for the
Can she find her
way back to her own time, or will she be stuck in a time when women
had no rights?
Mirror, Mirror is
published by MuseItUp Publishing. The bookstore buy link is: