How to Craft a Scrying Mirror

Have you ever heard of Nostradamus?

Born in France in the 1500’s, Nostradamus, otherwise known as Michel de Nostradame, became famous for his many prophesies and astrological predictions.

Throughout his life as a seer, he published over 6,000 separate revelations, detailing in no chronological order many events some believe have truly come to pass. Plagued with the fear that The Church would crucify him for heresy, Nostradamus coded his prophecies in poems, anagrams, mixed languages, and other difficult to translate tricks, making it debatable whether he was actually a prophet, or just a nut case.

Nostradamus by son Cesar

In modern times, he’s considered a notable study- sending many a witch to explore the gift he claimed to possess. Several books have been written about him, from those that seem to debunk his prophesies to those that hail him as the greatest seer of all time, yet, no one can truly know for sure whether his words were truth or merely vague prose that rings true in hindsight.

However, what can be said is that he has gained the respect of many in the craft for leading them into scrying and fortune telling.

For me, I’ve always loved the idea of looking into a crystal ball and seeing something magickally and psychically appear. Though this has never happened for me, I hold on to the faith that one day, it just might.

Nostradamus, on the other hand, did not use a crystals- instead he was famous for his scrying mirror. Depending on the source, the mirror was either polished obsidian or simply a mirror devoid of color or internal reflection- lit from the front (or the back) by a flame.

As much as I’d love to own a large obsidian scrying mirror, they can be costly and are extremely fragile. Knowing how clumsy I tend to be, I decided it was best if I started with a cheaper option.

Plus, I find that when I use my own magick to create my divination tools, they never fail to impress me, and I wanted the same power for my scrying mirror.

This project is super simple and only requires a few tools to get started.

Since there is no definitive texts on how Nostradamus’s mirror came to be, I’m using my artistic license to create one as I imagine it- therefore, it might be different than other scrying mirrors on the internets. As always, I suggest you do what works for you!


Picture Frame (with glass) of your choosing
Silver or Mirror Finish Spray Paint *optional*
Black Spray Paint
Cardboard or Newspaper

Finishing touches:
Decorations for the frame

To begin, make sure the glass of your mirror is clean and without fingerprints, dirt, or scratches. Clean it with glass cleaner and a newspaper to keep from perpetuating smudges and lint- wait until it’s completely dry before starting. If you haven’t already done so, remove it from its frame, and place it onto your newspaper or cardboard surface.

For my mirror, I wanted a different surface than the flat black that most people use. I love the all-black scrying mirrors, but mine needed to be unique to me. I decided instead of just using black, I’d also use silver. I couldn’t find the Looking Glass spray that I wanted, so I may repeat this craft at a later time to see if I can get it closer to the image I have in my head.

Spray your mirror with your paints. For the Silver, I didn’t want it completely covered, so I artistically (read: casually) sprayed it heavier in some areas and thinner in others.

I had to use three coats to get it as opaque as I wanted. You may need more or less depending on your preference, weather, and/or paint.

When it’s completely dry, return it to the frame. Let your inner artist shine and create your own designs or sigils anywhere your heart desires. Since I’m not entirely sure this will be my final product, I chose not to do any more decorating until I figure out whether I can do better or not.

If you mess up, as I did at first, most spray paints can be easily removed from glass with a razor blade. Obviously, you want to do this carefully- to not harm yourself or the glass- but a simple scraper, like the one in my 13 Everyday Items to Enhance Your Witchcraft will do the trick.

Who knows, I may end up doing it again to this one if I can find the paint I wanted originally.

After you’re finished and your frame is back together, place it on your altar with a black candle and a purple one. Sage it, or smoke cleanse it, to clear it of any energy that might be lingering from previous handlers.

It’s literally that simple!

For me, I love the idea of letting it sit until the full moon. I plan to use it by taking it outside, and gazing into it without a flame in the light of the moon. I’ll be writing another post during that time of how to use your scrying mirror, and the meditation process I feel is necessary to connect with your guides, your intuition, and the images you may see.

Have you ever used a scrying mirror? What are some tips you’d like to see me add to the next post about them?

Doesn’t it look so pretty on my bedroom altar?

Until next time, my friends…

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