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#1 wren

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:33 PM

So, if everything is in P.B. Randolph, I apologize. I haven't read his stuff yet.

Where is the "juice" when looking into a crystal ball from a not so ceremonial perspective? I've seen it written that some would bargain with the soul of an unbaptized child to enter the ball and bring the spirits into view for you in exchange for eventually baptizing them. That can't be how all the people that lead up to the Gypsy stereotype worked, right? Was it like a toby (treated as alive and having its own indwelling spirit), or something else?

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

The largest flawless natural quartz sphere is on display in Los Angeles, and is viewed by tourists at the museum. I used to enjoy watching people stare into it for a few minutes, hoping to get a glimpse of some other world in the basketball-sized rock.

I'm not as keen on the history of crystal spheres, but I assume their place in magic lore comes from people like Dr. Dee, Gilles de Rais, and other noted crystallomancers, from whom the public has come to understand them as a connection to arcane mysteries.


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