June 30: The Vessel and the Void: Scrying 101
There are few exercises that can get us into the oracular state as deeply as scrying. Scrying comes from the Old English word "descry" meaning “to make out dimly” or “to reveal.” Scrying is an auto-deepening trance practice, traditionally achieved by staring at a smooth round surface. Ancient Egyptians used bowls filled with ink, oil or blood, the Aztecs used slabs of obsidian, ancient Greeks used vats of water, the Celts used darkened brass plates, and many contemporary diviners paint a mirror black. During this two hour workshop we will learn the history and meaning of the art of scrying and practice water scrying together as a group. Everyone will also make their own clay scrying vessel to take home! All participants will be sent home with a workbook as well as tools and techniques for finding guidance and illumination through the ancient art of staring into the void.
Eliza Swann is an interdisciplinary artist, intuitive, writer, educator, and community organizer based in Los Angeles and New York.
Eliza received a BA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, and received a Master’s degree in Fine Art from Central St. Martins in London. She has trained in hypnotherapy at the Isis Centre in England, Vedic cosmology and yoga with Dr. Vagish Shastri in Benares, India, and Tarot and Western Magical Practice with the Builders of the Adytum Western Mystery School.
Eliza has exhibited her artwork internationally, most recently at the University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA), the Women’s Center for Creative Work (Los Angeles, CA), and the Art/Life Institute (Kingston, NY). She has guest lectured at UCLA, the Hammer Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, Central St Martins, Cal Arts, the Dia Museum, and is currently a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute. Eliza has contributed critical writing to BOMB, Arthur, Contemporary Art Review LA, and Perfect Wave Magazines. Her book “The Anatomy of the Aura” will be released by St. Martin’s Press in 2020.
Eliza is the founder of The Golden Dome School, a curatorial and educational platform that studies intersections of art, metaphysics and ecology.