Shows the location of any living magical or possessed being or object
Guide a crystal over a map
Scrying is the magical ability to find a person or an object through the use of a crystal and a map. It is one of the three basic abilities possessed by Witches and Warlocks. However, Leo Wyatt has also used this power when he was an Elder.
All one has to do is hold the crystal pendant over a map of the area where it is thought the lost person or object will be. The more violent and vigorous the swing of the pendant, the closer you are to the object on the map coordinates, like a "warm or cold" method of looking for something i.e. the more vigorous the swings the "warmer" one is. The pendant will eventually pinpoint the exact location of the object or person by pulling down on to a spot on the map after a certain amount of time.
For a scry to pinpoint the exact location of something, usually an item of that person or demon is needed, like clothes or blood. Piper used the eyes of a snake to scry for a Saleel, a reptile demon, so it is assumed that the object can also be related to the thing you are scrying for. Scrying is one of the three basic powers a witch has. Elders can also use this power.
Amethyst is said to work best as the most powerful scrying substance. (This is probably taken from the real life idea that amethyst is a substance that can heavily augment one's psychic abilities, or, in this case, magical abilities.)In Season 4, the Charmed Ones, come into contact with a Zen master and his student/daughter (Ang-lee). The latter tells the Charmed Ones that her father could use a surface of water as a looking glass into other worlds. This seems very similar to the real world method of scrying and may be the Zen master's version of it, especially as Ang-lee said it was a power and one she could learn as well as her father. In the Season 6 episode, The Power of Three Blondes, Stillman sisters, evil witches, use a bowl and some sort of powder/liquid substance to scry for and spy on the Charmed Ones. In Season 8, we discovered that Billie can scry with her computer using a GPS on-screen map and a large quartz crystal attached to her mouse, moving it over the mousepad to move it around the on-screen map. When the target was located, the on-screen map would put a red square over the area and the crystal would stick fast.
List of Users
- (Book of Shadows text:)
Scrying for something lost
- Over a map
- a crystal on thread
- should flow
- a crystal on thread
- Name what is sought
- and the point will show.
With the flame of a candle, light a personal object of the person you wish to find and place it into a ceremonial bowl along with the scrying crystal and other personal belongings.
Before the flame subsides, let the wax from the candle drip onto the crystal.
Once consecrated, scry with the crystal for the one who is sought.
In season 5, Paige created a spell to cause a scrying crystal to reveal the last location that was magically divined via scrying:
- Scrying secrets come to me,
- Drop again so I might see.
Bowl Divination Spell
- Give me sight, through the blackest bile,
- Show me the faces, I revile.
- Scrying was first used by the Halliwell sisters in "That Old Black Magic".
- Warlocks cannot be found via scrying, unless they possess a power stolen from a witch.
- Billie Jenkins developed a new way of scrying, with a larger crystal and a laptop.
- In the early seasons of scrying (2,3,4 and 5), a magnet was put under the map and the point of the crystal was magnetised. The actors had to lower the crystal at a certain point and it would land on the area the magnet was put under. The magnets weren't used after these seasons, causing the crystal to drop and slide over the map sometimes (most noticeably in season 8).
- "Innocents Lost" is the first comic issue to feature scrying.