a year ago – by Maggie Rossell

The Easy Guide to Using a Dowsing Pendulum Effectively

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Ever want to tap into your higher consciousness to access answers to your questions? A dowsing pendulum is an excellent tool for communicating with your intuition.
  1. Get centered
  2. Hold your pendulum correctly
  3. Find your pendulum’s code
  4. How to do a pendulum reading using yes/no questions

Ever want to tap into your higher consciousness to access answers to your questions? A dowsing pendulum is an excellent tool for communicating with your intuition. And it’s quite easy — anyone can learn dowsing! 

What is Dowsing?

Dowsing is a means by which a person uses a tool to search for things — be it answers or objects. For example, a divining rod is traditionally used to find water, for well-digging purposes. 

In this article, we’ll focus on dowsing pendulums. 

Pendulums are commonly used for divination, reading chakras, healing, finding water, finding lost objects (or treasure), and energetically clearing spaces of dense or negative energies — among other things.

How Does Dowsing Work? 

While it’s up for debate how exactly dowsing works, science says the pendulum is responding to microscopic movements that the body makes reflexively in response to a question — bypassing the conscious awareness of the individual. 

Most say it is a way of tapping into your subconscious, your intuition, or your higher consciousness, as it were. Others give the credit to angels or spirits. Whatever it is, the only way to really understand dowsing is to experience it yourself. 

So let’s get started!

Finding a Pendulum

Before you can work with a pendulum, you’ll need to acquire one (obviously!). 

Pendulums can be made from anything. In fact, any string with a weight on it will work. For example, a DIY pendulum could be as simple as a cork attached to yarn. You could even use a necklace you already have (so long as it is simply a chain with a pendant at the end). Or you could use a ring or a bead as a weight. 

However, most people ultimately gravitate towards crystal pendulums because they combine the healing and magical qualities of the crystal with the divinatory practice of dowsing. 

Plus, they are really beautiful! Pick out a crystal pendulum that you naturally resonate with — common crystals that are used include amethyst, sodalite, and rose quartz. 

How to Use a Dowsing Pendulum

Get centered

First and foremost, it’s a good idea to take some centering breaths before working with your pendulum. 

Pendulum work is energetic, so you want to be as clear of a channel as possible. If you have a ritual you like, such as a 5-minute meditation or a grounding visualisation, that’s great: do that! 

However, simply taking a couple of deep breaths to shake off the day and come into the present moment is enough.

Hold your pendulum correctly

Before you begin working with your pendulum, you’ll want to get the knack for holding it in the proper manner. If you give it too much slack, or too little, it will be more difficult to interpret the movements.

Begin by holding it between your thumb and forefinger. You’ll want your fingers to be right up against the crystal or weight. Now let the crystal drop slowly from your fingers. When you see it moving of its own accord, you’re at the right length.

The important thing here is that it’s not too short or too long. If it is too short, the motions will be so quick it can be difficult to see. If too long, it can take ages for enough momentum to get going for the pendulum to respond. 

If you aren’t sure exactly, just move on. The more you use your pendulum, the more you’ll figure out the comfortable length for you.

Find your pendulum’s code

Now that you are holding your pendulum at the correct length, you’ll want to figure out how it communicates. 

Every dowsing pendulum will have a code that it uses to communicate with you, and to find out the particular code, just simply ask. It will show you.

That is, while holding your pendulum, ask out loud, “what is my yes?” Wait and see what it does. It will begin to move in a particular way. A yes is usually indicated either by spinning clockwise or with a forward and back motion — like a nod. But the way it moves will be personal to you, so pay attention. 

Now ask, “what is my no?” Again, watch how it moves. Usually, a no is indicated either by spinning in a counterclockwise motion, or by swinging side to side, like a head shaking no.

It’s worth repeating that the particular motion of your pendulum will be unique to you. Perhaps your yes will be a counter clockwise spin, and your no a forward and back nod. It doesn’t matter what your code is, so long as you keep a mental record of it — you’ll need it to ask your questions!

But before we get to that, it can also be helpful to note the thinking motion of your pendulum. Often, pendulums stay in motion and won’t simply hang still between questions. Perhaps your pendulum remains in a clockwise circling motion until you ask a question and it commits to a yes or no response. 

How to do a pendulum reading using yes/no questions

You’re holding your pendulum at the correct length (for you), you feel centered and focused, and you’ve discovered the code that you and your pendulum will be using to communicate. 

Great — now for the fun part! 

Divination, of course. To do a pendulum reading is really quite simple.

Focus your mind on a particular question you want the answer to. You’ll want to formulate this question into a yes or no format. 

For example, you could ask, “is it in my highest good to take this job offer / move across the country?” etc. 

Now watch the pendulum’s movements. It may respond very quickly, or it may take a few moments, but it will eventually begin to move in response. Is it saying yes or no? This is where you want to remember and reference the code. 

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