From the point of view of the scryer telepathy can be of two kinds, experimental and spontaneous. -from "Telepathy" Perhaps the first comprehensive exploration of the ancient art of crystal gazing ever written-and still considered the best-this intriguing 1924 volume roams the history of civilization, from Greece and Rome to modern Europe to aboriginal Australia, to gather fascinating commonalities in the global practice of "scrying." Besterman, a student of the paranormal, discusses: . scrying in legend and tradition . scrying in literature . the procedures of scrying . related phenomena: automatic writing, hauntings, and multiple personalities . why scrying works . and more. Also available from Cosimo Classics: Besterman's A Dictionary of Theosophy. British bibliographer, and editor Theodore Besterman (1904-1976) is remembered chiefly as a scholar of the philosopher Voltaire, though his interests ranged from anthropology to the paranormal. His many books include Annie Besant: A Modern Prophet and Divining Rod: An Experimental and Psychological Investigation.