Crystallomancy is a
term used to describe forecasting the future, reading the present and
analyzing the past using crystals in
psychic readings.  These crystals can be in the form of
meditation crystals or crystal balls, which are used for focal points. 
Gazing and scrying are forms of divination that are associated with this. 

Scrying comes from the
old English term descry meaning "to produce out dimly" or "to reveal."
Scrying comes in many forms, from looking into a pool of water, an ink spill
or even a mirror.

Crystallomancy is a
refined form of scyring, and is considered a fine art. The energies of the
crystal resonate together with the energies of the reader, commonly a
clairvoyant or other psychically-gifted human being.  There are quite a few
ways to charge, cleanse, and hold a crystal ball. Most people will allow it
to rest in moonlight overnight or throughout a certain time period of the
moon cycle.  Storing a crystal in a black cloth when not in use is another
common practice.  This is done in order to cleanse and "charge" it up with
energy. However these methods are not constantly needed.  Methods vary
according to different psychic practioners and the usage of the crystals. 
Many individuals rest them in sunlight alone, or both sun and moonlight
equally, and display them on their tables or altars to disperse the
crystal's energy throughout the room.  Some will even clean them with sea
salt or kosher salt. 

There are many
different ways of engaging the crystal for scrying.  Some seers may stare
for hours at the crystal in a room with very low lighting.  Other psychics
have their third eye open and actively seek information for the querent. 
The main goal is to achieve a state of mind that engages the side of the
brain that taps into psychic information.  The
psychic advisor's vision will see
images that are below the surface of ordinary reality that appear in the
crystal.  This includes holograms produced by inclusions. Regardless of the
method used, the possibilities of what can be learned are almost limitless.

Simply put, the crystal
ball can act as a bridge to other forms of psychic phenomena. 

Crystals have their own
energy frequencies that subtly draw the gazer to the proper crystal. I've
been working with a lovely citrine for quite some time now; it has three
special inclusions which are truly intriguing.  Psychics choose their
crystals by what feels right for them, and crystal ball gazing is a great
additional tool to help the psychic in his or her practice.

Author's Bio: 

Jackie Williams has worked for as a manager overlooking the talent department for a prominent new age communications company. Later as the internet developed, she diversified her recruitment specialty to server global clients for a internet based spiritual network.
She attained her Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and her BA from Hunter College.