The Crystal Ball
This unique form of quartz found by archaeologist has been found in such distant areas as Peru,
Siberia, Australia, Chaldea, Greece, Rome, Assyria, Persia, Japan, and
The ancient Chinese and Japanese regarded quartz as the perfect gem. The
artists who carved spheres were thought to be the most capable of spiritual
and artistic purity. They considered the quartz crystal ball the heart
or "essence or the dragon," symbolic of the highest powers of creation.
The Chinese and Japanese shared the term sui ching for quartz, which means
"water essence," the source of peace and power.
Tibetan monks called crystal balls the "windows of the gods," using them
as holy objects of great power. The Taoists believed that looking into
the crystal's clarity "crystallized" one's being, and they considered quartz
the "gem of enlightenment." Buddhist altars included quartz spheres as
an invocation of the "visible nothingness" that delineates the duality
of the material and spiritual world. Contemplation of this "visible nothingness"
gave rise to crystal gazing, which has been practiced since time immemorial.
Crystal gazers use the spheres as windows to faraway places, the past and