There is a legend that on the full moon the seven prophetesses Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Hannah, Judith, Abigail, and Esther, as well as the matriarchs Rebecca, Rachel and Leah, each in their time, poured red wine into a flat bowl and gazed at the reflection of the moon in the reflective surface for divine inspiration. At the dark of the moon, it is said that they would use the reflection of candles around the bowl to listen to the divine voice of wisdom with their hearts. Perhaps it was Miriam who first poured red wine into a glass goblet through which they would gaze at the flame of a candle. As time passed this practice became a Shabbat tradition handed down through the women of each family. It was on a Shabbat dinner, as the women sat around the candles talking aout their lives, that I learning how to scry using a wine glass, red wine, and a candle.
Interestingly, when crystal balls made of leaded glass, obsidian, and minerals emerged in the first century, many supposed seers, not understanding how or why the glass and candle were used, applied similar techniques, calling themselves fortune-tellers. But the women of the tribes of the prophetesses have kept the tradition of the wine glass alive, aware that there is power in the dance of fire and water, of light and dark
This is why each Shabbat, and whenever I need guidance, I gaze through the red wine in a glass goblet at the dark core of the fire and listen with my soul. At times I see a dreamlike vision, but more often I hear a still small voice whispering words of insight, and feel soft wisps of love guiding me.
From these messages, I created an oracle deck you can access here.