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crystal gazing

noun
1.
the practice of staring into a crystal ball, as by a fortuneteller, to see distant happenings, future events, etc.
2.
speculation about the future.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
Related forms
crystal gazer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crystal gazing

crystal gazing

noun
1.
the act of staring into a crystal globe (crystal ball) supposedly in order to arouse visual perceptions of the future, etc
2.
the act of trying to predict something
Derived Forms
crystal gazer, noun
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Encyclopedia Article for crystal gazing

divination of distant or future events based on visions seen in a ball of rock crystal. Divination based on an analysis of reflections in water, on polished metal, or on precious stones was practiced by early humans, who probably interpreted these phenomena as a vision of the spirit world. Scrying became widespread by the 5th century AD and was condemned by the medieval Christian church as the work of the devil.

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