Several years ago I was in a book club when I noticed you could buy other things besides books. I saw a crystal ball and I really wanted one, so I ordered it.
When the crystal ball arrived there was a little booklet with it telling you how to use. It says to get comfortable, you can use it in the day or night. I chose the night time. You are to wash it in rose water or vinegar and sit it on a silk black cloth, which I did. It was also saying not to let it roll around, it came with a little wooden circle to place it on. I also used candles for lighting and incense for relaxation.
At first I saw a mist. I tried to write down all that I was seeing but my paper would disappear when I'd gaze into the ball again?! I saw different colors after a while and then I saw my two kids. They looked far away and were sitting down, my son had his face on the table for some reason. It says not to drop the ball. I was trying to get a better look into the ball next to the candle light when I dropped it! I grabbed it looking for any kinds of cracks, it didn't break. I could see through it perfectly in the candle light. Then slowly an eye started to form. It was now a perfect eye, it moved left and right, then blinked. That eyeball really freaked me out so I put it away and never tried to use it again.
It was a few years later that I ran across it again while moving. It was neatly packed in it's original box with the little booklet telling you how to use it. My book marker was still there where I had left off. I had never read the whole thing as I was in a hurry and just wanted to try and use it. So for the heck of it I continued reading. It said, "you'll know you're on the right track when you see your crystal ball awaken. You'll see an eye slowly begin to open!" 👁 That's exactly what happened...
I often wonder if I opened a door to "the other side" without realizing what I was doing, because I've had "happenings" ever since. We lived behind a graveyard at the time. I've since heard once you open that door you can never close it. Someone here on YGS reminded me of this story so I thought I'd share it.
I wish I could upvote your comment more than once. I visited the link that you provided to Uma Silbey's website. I found it very helpful. It answered many questions for me and also confirmed a few of my uneducated guesses on the subject.
- Maria ❤