Scrying mirror “The Duchess of Devonshire” £125.00


A beautiful Edwardian sterling silver had mirror which has been repurposed as a Whitby Jet mirror. This mirror is one of a kind and measures 6.5cm. The Whitby Jet mirror measures 3cm in diameter. It is possible to use Whitby jet as a mirror due to its mirror-like lustre. Mirrors, in particularly black mirrors have long played a part in magic and folklore. Scrying, also known by various names such as “seeing” or “peeping”, is the practice of looking into a suitable medium in the hope of detecting significant messages or visions. The objective might be personal guidance, prophecy, or inspiration, but down the ages, scrying in various forms also has been a prominent means of divination and fortune telling. A formerly widespread tradition held that young women gazing into a mirror in a darkened room (often on Halloween for maximum effect) could catch a glimpse of their future husband’s face in the mirror — or a skull if their fate was to die before they married! The C17th alchemist John Dee, the court astronomer and advisor to Elizabeth I famously used a black mirror (which can be seen at the Science Museum) for divination. Victorian mourning practices dictated that for periods of high mourning, Whitby Jet should be left unpolished, fearing that the dead, upon seeing their own reflection would be fascinated and fail to depart this world, their soul being trapped for eternity.

Disclaimer; The Ebor Jetworks Ltd takes no responsibility as to the accuracy of and visions, prophecies or messages received through our scrying mirrors!

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