Magickal Tool Care Series: Crystal Balls

Welcome to another post in our Magickal Tool Care Series! Today we’re talking about crystal balls and all that they entail. Where they come from, how to choose one for your practice, how to take care of them and more. Let’s get started.


crystal ball (n)

1: a sphere especially of quartz crystal traditionally used by fortune-tellers
2: a means or method of predicting future events



crys·tal ball
/ˈˌkristl ˈbôl/

noun: crystal ball; plural noun: crystal balls
a solid globe of glass or rock crystal, used by fortune-tellers and clairvoyants for crystal-gazing.



a crystal ball ir orbuculum

Also known as a crystal sphere or an orbuculum, a crystal ball is typically the size of a grapefruit, but can be just about any size. These range from “palm stones” to extra large crystal balls that must be kept on a stand. They are made of glass, leaded glass, crystal, or stone. A quality orbuculum is highly polished and flawless, offering the seer a perfect surface to gaze in.


use a crystal ball to see the future

Crystal balls are used for what’s known as Crystallomancy, or the art of scrying, as well as spirit communication, contacting angels, séances, revealing screts and enigmas, and divination.


choose a crystal  ball for your practice

As I always say-

“Tools are very intimate to the practitioner. What works for one mystic may not work for another.”

Shopping for any kind of magickal tool to use in your practice should really be done in-person. I know that that is not always an option for some people. However, being able to hold an object, feel its weight, see if there’s a connection there, visualize yourself using it, etc. will facilitate the selection process.

Virtual shopping is still a viable option for those who can’t peruse in-person. With plenty of mystical shops available online, you have choices to compare crystal balls and read reviews from other customers before making a purchase. The sites should have plenty of pictures with detailed descriptions featuring dimensions and measurements to give you an idea of how big or small the sphere is.


different types of crystal balls

As stated above, a crystal ball can be made of glass, leaded glass, crystal, or stone. The following is a list of common orbuculum materials:

  • Clear glass
  • Colored glass
  • Alexandrite
  • Quartz
  • Rose Quartz
  • Amethyst
  • Carnelian
  • Labradorite
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Black Obsidian

Some balls may have designs etched into them, like a triple moon, pentagon, or other magickal emblems.


ways to tell if a crystal ball is fake

Whether or not the importance of a magickal tool being authentic is ultimately up to the practitioner. If using authentic tools is necessary to your practice, there are ways to tell if a crystal ball is fake or not.

If you have a crystal ball that is supposedly made of crystal, check the tip or the base for paint. That’s a telltale sign that it’s not authentic. Also look for bubbles inside of the crystal. If there are any, it’s glass and not true crystal. Also, if yours looks perfect it’s most likely glass.

Orbuculums are generally made from clarified quartz. Clarified quartz is crushed and then heated to remove any impurities. From there, it is formed into a sphere. These clarified crystal balls will be extremely clear, much like glass. The difference between the two is that you can see clearly through glass without any buckling or curvature, while clarified quartz will be transparent with some contortion.

Having said that, there are also crystal balls made up of natural quartz. This quartz has not been heated like clarified quartz, but instead shaped into a ball by a machine. These orbuculums do have imperfections, like internal crackling, veils, mists, etc. It is super rare to find a natural quartz crystal ball that is 100% clear.

While there are a few companies out there who will test the makeup of a crystal, you would have to damage yours in order to have it tested. Outside of the examination being costly, I’d say at that point it’s not worth it as the sphere wouldn’t be whole any longer.


care for your crystal ball

There are a couple of different ways you can care for your crystal ball. What you orbuculum is made of will determine the best method of care. For instance, if your crystal ball is made of malachite, you wouldn’t want to submerge it in water. Do your due diligence to keep your crystal ball safe.

smoke cleanse your crystal ball

Choose an incense for its cleansing properties, like sandalwood, sage, or frankincense, light it, and place it in a fireproof holder. As the smoke accumulates, use your dominant hand to hold the ball and your non-dominant hand to waft the smoke over the orbuculum. Take your time and make sure your crystal ball is completely bathed in the cleansing incense smoke. When complete, you can either extinguish the incense and save it for future cleansing or allow it to burn out on its own. To complete the cleansing, run a clean cloth over its surface.

water cleanse your crystal ball

You can use any type of water, but using charged moon water can add an extra psychic layer to the cleansing. For this method, simply stop up your kitchen sink and place a towel in the bottom. Fill the sink three-quarters full with your chosen water and add 3 Tablespoons of sea salt. Stir the salt widdershins (counterclockwise) with a wooden spoon until it’s completely dissolved. Carefully submerge your ball in the water and allow it to soak for at least 24 hours, remove, and dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.

earth cleanse you crystal ball

For this method, simply dig a hole in the earth large enough to bury your crystal ball completely. Allow your magickal orb to remain buried for at least 24 hours. This allows for it to reconnect with Mother Nature, cleansing it in the process. When ready, dig up your crystal ball, thank the earth, and wipe it clean with a soft cloth.


charge your crystal ball

Once your crystal ball has been cleaned and cleansed, it’s ready to be charged. Charging is when a practitioner fills an object with a specific kind of energy. Also known as enchanting or programming, you can charge both objects and spaces with your chosen intention. In this case, it’s like filling your crystal ball with purpose.

Just as there are different ways to cleanse, there are different ways to charge. How you charge your crystal ball is up to you. You can give your orbuculum a moon bath, sunbath, charge it in a storm, or use vocal charging, meditation or visualization. The most important facet of charging is your intent – you want to concentrate it into your tools. Pay attention to your intuition as it will let you know when charging is finished.

Something to note is that crystal balls have the potential to cause fires. This is because of something called an ‘omnidirectional burning glass effect’ that can happen in full sunlight. Essentially, an orb can focus the sunlight into a smaller, hotter concentrated ray that can ignite flammable materials. Be cautious of this when charging and storing your crystal ball.

Please also note that we are only able to charge quartz crystal as other crystals already have their own programming due to their specific vibrational makeup.


Over time, objects that we imbue with specific intentions eventually lose energy. But how do you know WHEN to charge after the initial act?

  • Any time you cleanse an object or tool it needs to be charged
  • When energies feel “off”
  • When you wish to reprogram an object or space with a different energy/intent/purpose
  • When a tool begins to feel stagnant or stale or stops responding to your energy


store your crystal ball

The preferred way to store a crystal ball is on its stand. However, if you don’t have a stand or don’t plan on getting one, you can keep them in a lined box, in a cabinet, or on your altar. A good habit to get into is to keep a cloth over the orb when not in use. This can prevent any possible fires as well as scratches and dust.

On the other hand, one practitioner once said of their crystal ball:

“I treat my crystal ball much like a beloved pet. I pet it, hold it talk to it make it my friend, love it I do this quite often don’t usually cover it. I like it being in the open seeing, breathing, looking at the sun stars. I display it along with many other sacred geometric crystals.”

Follow your intuition when it comes to the care and storage of your magickal ball. Even if only parts of different techniques speak to you, don’t be afraid to combine and experiment to see what works best for you and your practice.


Well, there you have it! Another day, another post in this series. What about you? Do you have a crystal ball? How do you cleanse and charge it? Where do you keep it? Let me know in the comments! And as always, Bright Blessings and Happy Crafting!

Published by Pie

Pie Ankiewicz is the Resident Witch of Printable Witchcraft and sister-site Candle Cross Coven. She is a seasoned Eclectic Witch whose practice spans over three decades. Residing in Massachusetts, Pie designs printable Book of Shadows and grimoire pages, blogs about the Craft, and teaches others how to pursue being a practitioner.

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