pendulum dowsing

Pendulums come in many different styles, shapes, sizes and personalities. From a simple necklace, gem adorned and to the fancy, quite large points that are absolute works of art.

The Pendulum

By definition, pendulums are “a weight hung from a fixed point so that it can swing freely backward and forward, especially a rod with a weight at the end that regulates the mechanism of a clock..” In many cases concerning the use of divination and spirit work, this tool is known for being comprised of a tapered crystal and/or metal pendant and chain, such as as these:

What Is It For?

Pendulums are used for divination (known as dowsing) and communication with spirit. Here are some other things people use a pendulum for

Finding things that are lost.
Finding energy points on the body in healing sessions, especially with Reiki
Practicing telekinesis
Answering simple yes and no questions for readings
Aura cleansing
Chakra balancing
Clearing the blockage of energy (chi) in the body

How Does It Work?

Pendulums help us seek answers to certain questions by picking on subtle vibrations. They do so by moving in the direction of invisible energy around us.

How To Cleanse A Pendulum

You cleanse your Pendulum the same ways in how you would cleanse a a crystal. You can use, fire, air, earth and water to do so.

•Fire: put your pendulum outside and expose it to direct sun for a few hours. This will energize it with the suns high vibration.

•Earth: Bury your pendulum in soil or sea salt and let it rest there for a while. This can absorb and transmute any negative energy.

•Water: Put your pendulum (water soluble materials only) in a bowl of crystal energized water, and visualize it being cleansed and love flowing and replacing any obstacles. Or take your pendulum near a running stream or waterfall and expose it to the vibration on the earth next to but not in the streams of water.

•Air: You can put your pendulum through the smoke of burning Sage, Palo Santo smudge/incense to cleanse it.

Some Different Pendulum Materials and Their Uses

•Aventurine: Attracts abundance, promotes healing, clears and protects the heart chakra making it good for releasing emotional issues. Releases fears and opens the mind and heart to new possibilities.
•Crystal (Clear Quartz): Cleanses and balances mental, spiritual and emotional energies. Can amplify properties of other stones and crystals.
•Selenite: Numerous healing and metaphysical properties. Excellent for energy healing work, cleanses the aura and draws healing energies.
•Onyx: Strong protective stone that absorbs and transforms negative energies and is used to relieve worry and anxiety.
•Brass: Attracts healing, prosperity and protection. Associated with the element of fire and is very energizing.
•Copper: Balances and amplifies energies and promotes healing on all levels.Aventurine: Attracts abundance, promotes healing, clears and protects the heart chakra making it good for releasing emotional issues. Releases fears and opens the mind and heart to new possibilities.

How To Use A Pendulum

Release of ego and attachment to outcome are vital when using the pendulum, either for self readings or for others. I recommend a short meditation to center yourself, quiet quiet your mind, and inviting your higher power to aid you in discernment in a quiet undisturbed setting. Here’s one I used in the past.

The second thing that you should do before using a pendulum, preferably before every session, is to calibration. Hold your pendulum chain between your thumb and forefinger and allow the “bob” (the smaller stone or loop) to dangle freely. I drape the pendulum chain over top of my first finger, but that is a personal choice. Next, I ask the pendulum to reveal its own natural patterns by asking a question or two I know to be true, false, maybe and unknown and observing the reaction of my pendulum. This is my preferred way. Or, another way to calibrate your pendulum is to,  program it with the standard responses, by giving it specific instructions such as, swing the directions listed below and see how well you two communicate…Either way you decide to calibrate, please take your time. Especially when you are new at pendulum divination. With either method, be patient; it may take some time on your first attempt.


Different Pendulum Movements

Occasionally some people will have a connection with their pendulum that is not the norm. I have one pendulum that swings and circles the opposite way from the norm. It’s done this since I was gifted it by my Reiki 1 master on the day of my attunement. This is the one I use most often.

•Vertically (Up and Down)
•Horizontally (Left and Right)
•Rotations (Left or Right)
•Shaking or Vibrating (Can indicate erratic energy and you should cleanse and try again)

Using Your Pendulum

Using the pendulum is one of the easiest ways of divination. The steps below are pretty simple.

Quiet your thoughts, release your ego and let go of attachment to the answers.
Rest the arm that will hold the pendulum on a steady, preferably on a flat and even surface so that your arm is at ease
Hold your pendulum outward and let it settle until it is motionless.
Invite any higher power or spirit guides that you would like to aid you in your reading
Calibrate your pendulum.
Ask your question(s).
Write down the responses.

Pretty simple, right?

 Pendulum Boards & Mats

The difference when you use a pre-marked Pendulum board or mat is that you would still your pendulum over the center to get the responses listed on the board itself. Still go through all the other steps above!

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