Friday, July 29, 2011


"Scrying" is the ancient art of looking into a crystal ball, crystal point, glass ball, mirror, or water for information or prophecy; and it is still pacticed today. Historically, namely in Arthurian Legend, Merlin was most known for his gift of prophesy; but in the BBC take on Arthurian legend and the history of Merlin, Morgana is the natural prophet, having prophetic visions in her sleep; while Merlin "scries" with a crystal from the Crystal Cave to get prophetic visions.

"The Crystal Ball" by John William Waterhouse (1902, oil on canvas)

Video still from Merlin 2008-2009 Season 2 Episode 11 "The Witch's Quickening"

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