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Pendulum Dowsing


 Pendulums are one of the oldest of divination tools and are a form of dowsing. In Europe the scientific use of a pendulum is called Radiesthesia and is a well accepted form of gaining information. They can be used for locating just about anything including water, gold, and oil. During the Vietnam war they were used by soldiers to locate underground mines and tunnels. In France doctors have used pendulums to help with diagnoses and many people have used them to predict the gender of their unborn babies. You can even use a pendulum on a map to discover a great place for a trip or a new place to live. Simply hold the pendulum over a map and ask “Is this the place?” Some pendulums come with small chambers that can be loaded with the substance that you are seeking such as water or gold. Loading the pendulum programs it to find that substance.


 A pendulum is a great tool for self discovery, energy detection and, of course divination. They are easily by using a crystal or stone (anything with a bit of weight), wrapping it with wire and attaching a chain.

 Whether you make or purchase a pendulum it's important that you cleanse and charge it before you use it. When not in use, store your pendulum in a square of silk or small pouch.

  Learning to use a pendulum is both surprisingly easy and remarkably effective. When you ask your pendulum a question it will either swing back and forth, side to side or in a clockwise or counter-clockwise circle.  If your pendulum doesn't move, then the pendulum either doesn't know the answer or is unwilling to give you the answer. Try phrasing the question differently or wait a while before asking again.  

It's important to establish what is "yes" and what is "no" with your pendulum.  Most of the time, if the answer to your question is “no,” the pendulum will swing from side to side. A back-and-forth movement generally means the answer is “yes.”  If your pendulum swings in a clockwise direction means "yes", a counterclockwise direction means "no".  Once again, it's wise to confirm in advance which direction means what, to make sure you and your pendulum are both on the same page.

To begin using your pendulum, rest your elbow on the table and hold your pendulum so that it can swing freely. Hold the pendulum as still as possible. Say (aloud or to yourself) "Show me yes." In a few moments your pendulum will begin to swing in one of the directions described above. After you have obtained the direction for yes, use your other hand to stop the pendulum's movement. Then say (again, aloud or to yourself) "Show me no." Soon, the pendulum will show you the direction indicating the direction for a "no" answer.

Test the accuracy of your pendulum by asking yes or no questions that you know that answer to, such as "Is my name ____?".  Your pendulum should quickly begin moving in the determined direction for "yes".  Now ask the pendulum "Is my name  rumplestilskin?".  Your pendulum should begin moving in the determined direction for "no".

©Rowan Morgana 2013