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Jan Shepherd
Dowsing and Pendulums

Dowsing is a fascinating skill to learn and can be used for measuring energies in the body, in rooms and houses or in the land; for checking whether you have managed to charge a crystal, an amulet or a spell;  for following leylines etc; or for divination purposes.

This is a way of releasing information from the subconscious. It is thought that when we ask certain types of questions we already subconsciously know the answer. Minute changes in the muscles at the very tips of the fingers move the chain from which the pendulum hangs and create a visible and regular movement in the pendulum itself.

Pendulums come in all shapes,  sizes and materials.    Traditional pendulums were most often made of wood. Wood is a material which is extremely efficient for divinatory work, and for earth energy work. However it is not quite so acute in measuring human energies as are crystals.    Different types of crystal can be used for different sorts of energy dowsing.     The facetted glass crystal pendulums created by Swarovski are also responsive and very pretty too!!   (Both types of pendulum coming to the Angel Paths shop very soon!!   Ask if you want more information).

When selecting a pendulum, use your intuition to determine which one is right for your purposes.    Once you get the hang of dowsing, you will probably end up with a collection of different pendulums for different processes.

Once your pendulum has arrived, firstly cleanse it.   With crystals on chains or other waterproof material you can use the water method - drop it into a glass and sit the glass underneath a cold running tap for a few minutes.  Then take it out and dry it off.    With wooden and other porous pendulums you will have to cleanse using the light method - leave it on a windowsill in full sun (or full moonlight if you want to enhance divinatory powers) for a few hours.    After this carry it around with you so that it can get used to your energies.

Now it's time to find out how easily you can learn to dowse.  Wrap the chain, thread or whatever around your forefinger, and hang the pendulum loosely between the tips of your first finger and your thumb. Hold it firmly enough that the hanger does not slip through your fingers, but loosely enough that you are exerting no particular pressure.

Now try to clear your mind, and then invite the pendulum to describe a circle for you. With a little luck, it will begin to swing around in a clockwise circle. If it does not, either you are holding the chain too tightly, or you are not getting on very well with the pendulum you have chosen.

Having once chosen your pendulum, you need to practise. At first, you should simply attempt to persuade the pendulum to swing round, or from side to side in accordance with your instructions. Once you have achieved the knack of this, you can progress to measuring the flow of energy from your palm chakras, by holding the pendulum above an open palm and watching the response. If you have charged crystals in your house you could try to measure the energy which flows from them by dowsing.

Learn to watch the actual path described by the point of your pendulum - is it circular? Or does it swing from side to side? Does it always follow the same rough track, or does it move around erratically? Does it seem to swing fast and then slow? Imagine that the point of the pendulum draws a trace which you can study later, in order to understand in what ways energy is flowing.

Another thing you can do is pose simple yes/no questions to your pendulum. First you need to work out what response you get for a yes, and how that differs from a no.   Most people find one answer will produce a circle, and the other a side-to side swing.   So, first ask your pendulum to show you a "yes", then a "no".  Then practise a little bit by asking simple questions to which you know the answer - "Is my name so-and so" for example.  Test this several times just to be sure you know how your pendulum behaves for you.

Like many other skills using the inner talents, dowsing needs practise and development, but it is well worth investing the effort to achieve satisfactory results. 

There are several things that can hinder your development. You may clutch too tightly at the chain, or the chain itself may not give the pendulum sufficient room to move clearly. You might fail to clear your mind efficiently and therefore tend to get faulty readings (only practise and self-discipline will cure this one). You might be tense, and therefore transfer flutters of energy to the point of the pendulum - you can actually tell whether a pendulum is responding or "being swung" from the movement at the top of the hanger. When dowsing efficiently, your hand will scarcely move. However, when forcing the issue, you will see a circular movement from the piece of chain right by your fingers.

Once you become proficient at dowsing you will be surprised how many uses you can apply the skill to.    You can ask questions.   You have to ask your pendulum to define Yes and No for you, and learn how to phrase questions so that the required answer if Yes/No/Don't know.   Or you can use spray charts like the one in Figure 1 to list options.   

You can track leylines across open country by allowing your pendulum to draw you along the energy line.    You can dowse maps for power spots (detailed land maps are best for this, rather than the road map type of thing).   You can even use the right pendulum to find things you have lost, again by using the draw method.

You will also probably devise personal uses of your pendulums the better you get to know them.