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On this episode of Adair & Clough’s Curiosities Podcast, Shawn and Jeff stare into the dark depths of black mirrors. Join us as we discuss scrying, John Dee, and how an Italian psychologist is using black mirrors to help people talk to the dead. We also talk about our own experiments and experiences with black mirrors, and invite you to the listener to try this at home.
Mirror scrying is the practice of gazing into a mirror or other reflective surface with the intention of receiving significant messages or images from…somewhere. Different scrying traditions have different takes on what, exactly, is going on. Whichever way you slice it, though, mirror scrying is a time-honored tradition. And black mirrors are more or less
Cartomancy is the practice of using cards to perform divination or fortune-telling. Not too long after playing cards came to Europe in the fourteenth century, people were using them to predict the future. This makes sense, once you realize that “randomness” is more or less a modern concept. If you look at the history of