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A Brief History Of The Crystal Ball

Crystal balls are used by clairvoyants as an aid to foresee or foretell future events or to discover hidden knowledge. You’ve probably seen one at some point in your life; whether it was in person or in a movie, you’re no doubt familiar with what one looks like. But you may not be familiar with how they work and just how long people have been using them…


A Little Background

The art of “seeing” is known as scrying—images are said to be seen in crystals, or other media such as water, and are interpreted as meaningful information that can be used to help make important decisions in a person’s life. When the technique of scrying is used with crystals, it is known as crystallomancy, or crystal gazing. They were first made of beryl, a naturally transparent gemstone that was believed to have specific powers. In fact, it became known to many people as the “stone of energy.” Later, beryl was replaced with the ultra reflective, highly translucent rock crystal.


But not all clairvoyants are cut from the same psychic cloth; some seers insist they don’t actually see images in the crystal, but rather that the crystal helps them to clear their minds of distractions so that future truths or events will become known to them. But how did it all begin?

The Beginnings

Throughout history, we have seen them used by a variety of people around the world. Celtic druids in Britain are thought to be the first people to use the crystal ball for the purpose of divination. Druids were polytheists and revered nature; they had a very important role in Celtic societies as priests, philosophers, scientists, teachers, judges, and counselors to the kings. Fast forward to the Middle Ages in Central Europe and you’d find gypsies, sorcerers, seers, and wizards using crystals to see into the past and predict the future.

  • During the 5th century, Christians believed that evil spirits and witches inhabited crystal balls and that any message divined from them came from the devil.
  • It’s not often you’d see a scientist using one, but that was certainly the case with a scientist by the name of Dr. John Dee, who lived in England in the 1500s. Dr. Dee was a geographer, mathematician, astrologer, and astronomer. He was also a consultant to Queen Elizabeth I, using crystal balls in his work involving divination, Hermetic philosophy, and alchemy. Dee believed crystals would act as a communication device between him and
  • By the 17th century, German priests would often put a crystal ball on the altar during prayers.
  • But by 1824, a law was passed in England making divination illegal. (Dr. Dee’s now infamous crystal ball resides in the British Museum.)
  • However, garden gazing balls became popular during Victorian times: colored glass globes were supposed to produce a peaceful and calm state of mind for those who gazed upon them.

Moreover, the art of scrying has been mentioned in literature for hundreds of years, including Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. 13th century author Roger Bacon referred to crystal balls in many of his stories, as well. More recently, crystal balls have appeared in such popular works of fiction as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Not A Bygone Art

Despite their long history, crystal balls are certainly not a relic of bygone times, and are often used today by magicians and mentalists. While society has certainly come a long way when it comes to modern day healing and spiritual enlightenment, crystal balls and their uses should not be dismissed.

Many people still believe in the power of the crystal ball to provide them the answers with which they seek, and give them the information they need to live happy, fulfilled lives. Perhaps you should seek out a crystal gazer on and learn what the future holds for you! 


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Numerology: Ruling Number 1 Compatibility Guide

Most people are curious to know if they are compatible with someone else. It can be our significant other, boss, friend or family member.

We find this out by reducing our ruling number to a single digit. Remember: our Ruling Number (aka Life Path Number) is our complete birthdate reduced to a single digit. As long as you know the person’s Ruling Number you are ready for some interesting info. There are many combinations to finding compatibility so over the next few blogs I’ll break the numbers down individually.

Our first number, of course, is 1.

We will explore number one with the rest of the numbers 2 through 9.

Ruling Number 1 Compatibility:

1 with 1

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Leadership is key with this combination. Since you both are aggressive and both want the same things, working together in harmony is the lesson here.

1 with 2

Number 1 is the leader here and number 2 is the support. This is a winning match because you compliment each other.

1 with 3

With one’s leadership abilities and three’s ability to turn ideas into real success, these two can have an extremely fruitful relationship. If they both stay focused anything can happen.

1 with 4

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Even though ones are strong on leadership they are also strong on impulsiveness. Fours are cautious which can be irritating to a one.

1 with 5

Both of these people are very active and have original minds. They make a great team with the one originating the ideas and the five selling them. They have a great capacity to make a good living together.

1 with 6

People with a number six love art, beauty and the “good life”. The number one person is capable of delivering these luxuries as long as they don’t insist on having their own way all the time. A cooperative effort and this team can do great things.

1 with 7

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These two people can make a spiritual connection. Ones need to give sevens the space needed for privacy and thought. Sevens can help with the impulsivity of ones. Together these numbers can make a powerful team.

1 with 8

Both numbers here are aggressive and used to things going their way. They would have to cooperate or become arch rivals. They can either do great things together or bring ruin to each other.

1 with 9

This is an interesting combination. Nine people have great vision and wisdom while one people are original and inventive. Together they can make for a very successful partnership doing great things.

That’s it for now

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Number 2 Compatibility

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Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

Numerology: Name Numbers

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Numerology: Day Numbers

Numerology: Soul Urge Numbers

Numerology: Outer Expression AKA Personality Number

Numerology: Personal Year Number

Numerology: Hidden Passion Number

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Numerology: Power & Master Numbers

This time we are going to talk about the three Power numbers otherwise called the Master numbers 11-22 and 33.

The Master Numbers

We do not break these numbers down to a single digit. We refer to them as 11/2, 22/4, and 33/6 because they contain aspects of their single digit counterpart.


We already talked about how elevens have exceptionally high levels of intuition and spirituality. These are the people who are the guides of mankind. They guide us into lives of compassion and awareness. The eleven also has aspects of the number 2 which includes charisma and leadership. The number two is a duality of intuition and inner conflict. The negative side of this is that not many elevens live up to this great responsibility. They are shy and have a lot of nervous energy. This can give way to fear and self-doubt.

Elevens make great teachers, artistic performers and social workers.


Twenty-two is not only the most powerful of all numbers but the most successful. The number 22 encompasses the all or nothing. Twenty-two’s can become the masters of anything they are committed to or they become lazy drifters. Remember, 22 are double 11 and they have the practical aspects of 4. Four’s express themselves best in the material world. What a great combination! They possess an immense potential to achieve with intense productivity. The number twenty-two is rare occurring in a small percent of the population.

Twenty two’s make great leaders in all aspects of life, artists, diplomats and architects.


The number 33/6 is not concerned with self-advancement. It is all about doing well for mankind. This brings with it great responsibilities and leadership skills. These people are all about serving and helping the largest number of people. The down side of this is their being able to discern where, when and whom to help or they become overwhelmed. Remember, 33 combines 11 and 22 all of which are rare numbers. 33/6 also encompasses the number 6 which is about responsibility especially to others. It also represents a take charge attitude along with loyalty. There are always two sides to every number. The negative side to 33 is to become too focused on your own agenda and to care less of others. People born under 33 make great spiritual leaders, teachers and artists.

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Introduction & Number Meanings
Name Numbers
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Numerology: An Introduction And Number Meanings

There are many methods that better help us understand ourselves. For many, numerology can be one of the most interesting, logical, and fun. You do not have to be a math geek to enjoy it. Numerology helps to give us a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.


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