Pareidolia & The Crystal Ball (A Pictorial Update)

I had a blast talking about my new crystal ball on Tuesday's episode of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age & got such interesting feedback. So- I thought it'd be fun to share some pics...

In that show, I talked about a phenomenon called "pareidolia" and how it might apply to the popular crystal-ball-gazing form of divination known as "scrying".

Pareidolia is seeing patterns or images in every day objects like clouds, wood grain or carpet. It can also be about hearing patterns in sound- like when teenagers play records backward & claim to hear messages from the devil!  

A few of examples of pareidolia from my own life are the following three critters who live in my backyard...

I've actually seen these guys since I moved in over 9 years ago & I sometimes give them a "hey, what's up" when I'm poking around in the garden.

With pareidolia, different people see different things, and the same person can see different things in the same object in any given moment. So- I thought it'd be fun to show my pics to Billy (The Hubs) for a lil' comparison exercise.

*The first two photos are of the hardest-working, most generous fig tree in Glendale...


1. I see a cute monster dood in profile with a huge eye in comparison to his ear and a tiny, monkey-like nose & mouth. Billy said that he first saw that "eye" as a big, open mouth & that "ear" as an eye- which made me look at it in a whole new light. It actually looks like a fish head when I look at it from his POV! We both see a bent arm in the bottom right corner.

2. I see a happy guy with big eyes, a long, thick neck and a shy smile. I'm not sure why, but I've always called this guy "Grimace". Billy said he sees a bull's snout, which cracked me up- cuzz the second he said that- I saw it too!

3. This is the wise, long-faced, broad-nosed cyclops who lives in the trunk of a mulberry tree, over-looking our property. When I showed him to Billy, I was happy that we at least had one common denominator in what we were seeing. He sees a wise, old man.

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." 
-Henry David Thoreau

In Case You Missed It : You can listen to Tuesday's episode of HiPPiE WiTCH : Magick For A New Age HERE. -xo