How To Use A Crystal Ball: A Beginner’s Guide

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It’s the stereotypical image of a fortune teller – a woman in a headscarf, waving her hands over a crystal ball and conjuring up images of that elusive tall, dark, handsome stranger – but a crystal ball is still to this day a very useful tool to have in your psychic box. Crystal ball gazing is accessible to everyone, and although difficult at first, it’s definitely something which improves with practice.

If you’re new to crystal ball gazing or learning how to scry, the images probably won’t make sense at first or you might not see images at all.  Don’t let this frustrate you. Crystal ball gazing takes time and practice to perfect.  The more you practice on using your crystal ball, the better you will get.

Here is a quick guide on how to use a crystal ball.

  1. Place the crystal ball on a table in front of you.
  2. Sit down and relax, focusing on your breathing.
  3. For 2 minutes, place your hands on the crystal ball and focus your energy on it.
  4. Visualize your question for the psychic ball or say it out loud.
  5. Now take your hands off the crystal.
  6. Take a good look at the ball, allowing your eyes to relax and become unfocused.
  7. Once you see the smoke forming inside of the crystal, give it enough time until you see an image starting to form.

Before You Start Crystal Ball Gazing

Choosing a Crystal Ball

Most crystal balls are made of glass, but you may be surprised to know that a good crystal ball doesn’t have to be clear – you can also use crystal balls made of amethyst, smokey quartz or indeed any other gemstone of your choice. How does this work, you might wonder when you’re supposed to see images in the ball? Well, it works because the images you see will be in your mind’s eye, not in the ball itself – a ball is merely a tool for focusing your mind and opening your third eye.

Choose a ball which appeals to you, but make sure it’s not too small. Bigger is definitely better, as it’s easier to concentrate on than a very small crystal ball. When you get your first crystal ball home, it’s a good idea to gently wash it in mild soapy water, just to clean away any excess energies. From this point on, only you should handle it, and store it safely away from dust when not in use.

Setting the Scene

In order to use the crystal ball, you need a quiet space where you will not be interrupted. If you already have a space for meditation, that would be ideal. Some people like to set the scene by cleansing the room with a smudge stick first, burning incense or playing spiritual music.

For beginners, it’s easiest to do crystal ball gazing in a very dimmed light, although experienced crystal ball gazers can and do gaze in broad daylight and even in strong sunshine. To start with, however, we recommend that you turn out the lights, draw the curtains and light just one or two candles. Put the candles behind you, so you don’t get too many reflections in the crystal ball itself.

Time To Begin


When you are ready, hold the crystal ball for just a moment, and relax. If you have a specific question in mind, ask it in your mind now, or just ask for you to be shown whatever will be helpful to you at this time.

Then place the ball onto its stand, or onto a dark cushion or cloth. And gaze. Literally.

You need to stare at the ball intently. Try not to blink or to look away. Hold your gaze. It doesn’t matter (in fact it might even help) if your eyes become unfocused. If you’re good at the Magic Eye pictures, you’ll be great at crystal gazing! It may take some time, but eventually you should start to see a mist form in or over the crystal ball. At this point, don’t break your concentration – the mist should clear quickly.

After the mist, you will start to see images. Remember – these images are in your mind, not in the ball itself. You may feel as though they are in the ball, and don’t break your gaze, but what you’re really seeing is in your third eye.

Don’t try to interpret the images you see as they come along, or you will break the concentration. Just let the images come and go. When the session is over, trust that you will remember the most important ones.

After a moment or two, the images will start to fade; the mist may return or you might just get nothing. At this point, you can finally relax your gaze. Look away and readjust your eyes. Then as quickly as you feel able, write down the images which came to mind, to be interpreted later. Get up, move around, turn on the lights.

Interpreting Images Inside The Crystal Ball

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Remember that most crystal ball images are symbolic. If you saw a boat, what might that mean, given your current situation? If you saw the color pink, how does that apply? If you saw a name, do you know this person? Interpreting the images can be as tricky as getting them in the first place, but trust that this does become easier.

You may even hear words associated with your images. This is additional advice that your subconscious is offering you, and should not be ignored. Additional tips to keep in mind.

  • How do you feel about words that are coming up?
  • Do you fear these images or do they support you?
  • Try weaving together a story with 3 images of past, present, and future.
  • Consider confirming with other tools like tarot cards.

Taking Care of Your Ball

It’s important to take care of your ball, much like you would a fine, delicate piece of clothing. You should do the following for care and maintenance.

  • Charging: Do this before doing your first reading. Place the ball in front of the full moonlight. Optimally, you should want to do this for several nights. Do not place in sunlight directly, as this will weaken your readings.
  • Storage: Always store your crystal ball in a cloth, and put away in a dark place, where no one else can touch it.
  • Handling: You should be the only person to handle your crystal ball. Why? Because you don’t want your ball to be affected by other people’s energies. When this happens, this causes inaccurate readings.
  • Cleansing: You should also clean your ball before your first reading. You can clean by wafting sage around your ball. You can also clean it with water and mild soap.

Practice Makes Perfect

Some people get frustrated because they’re not seeing images clearly. This is totally normal, as this is something that you’re going to have to get used to it. If you see crystal clear symbols right away, great! But if you don’t, just continue to practice and be patient with yourself until you do.

One Last Thought

You may be concerned that the images you are seeing make you “crazy.” Our subconscious mind works through various elements in many different ways. Don’t fear the images that you’re seeing. It takes a lot more than seeing weird images for you to be classified as mentally unstable. Think of crystal ball gazing, much like working with dreams. Just because you dream of eating a lion, that doesn’t mean you’ll do it in real life.

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, crystal balls are an excellent tool to help you with your psychic ability. The more you practice, the better you’ll become. Understanding your subconscious mind is the key to unlocking your fears, and working towards your highest spiritual self.

alissa monroe

Alissa Monroe is a self-proclaimed “psychic junkie” with over 10 years of experience in the world of psychics, tarot, and spirituality. Her goal is to help people find happiness through spiritual enlightenment and self-discovery.