By Stephanie Arnold
Dowsing has been used for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used dowsing to locate minerals and ground water. However, it is widely believed that dowsing originated much earlier than this. Different tools can be used to dowse, such as dowsing rods, a forked branch or a pendulum. Pendulum dowsing was used by Marines during the Vietnam War to locate underground tunnels and mines, and has also been popular to determine an unborn baby’s sex. French doctors regularly use pendulums to help them make diagnoses for their patients. Because of the diversity in pendulum dowsers, there are also a number of different ways to use pendulums.
First, pendulums, such as these made of Rose Quartz, can be used in alternative healing to analyze the flow of energy in the chakras. When the pendulum is suspended over the person’s body, it can be used to locate the chakras and any other energy blockages. When over a properly working chakra, the pendulum should spin clockwise. If it spins counter- clockwise or not at all, the chakra is blocked and not working properly. Energy healing, such as Reiki, can be performed on the person to correct this and reopen the chakras. It is important to have all chakras open and working correctly, because areas of blockages can have further issues and even cause illness in that area.
Pendulums, can also be used as a tool for divine connection. You can ask your pendulum questions and receive responses. When beginning, you will need to determine what the different answers are by asking your pendulum to “show” you the responses. You may want it to show you “yes”, “no”, “I don’t know” and “Not now”. If the pendulum does not respond at first, continue to ask until an answer is clear. These responses are often different for everyone. This method is the one commonly used by doctors to determine what your body needs at a particular time. You can ask the pendulum if any item is right for you by holding the pendulum over it and watching for a yes or no response. This works great to determine the right crystal for you, but this is also helpful in other ways, like choosing which food to eat or if a vitamin is something your body needs. Charts are available online and in stores that have written answers around a circle for pendulum dowsing. These can be letters, numbers or even words, and as the pendulum is suspended over the cart, you can ask a question and it will point to the answers below. This is similar to using an Ouija board.
Another use for pendulums is to determine the energy coming from an item. Holding the pendulum over a crystal or piece of orgone, you will be able to see the flow of energy the item emits as it affects the pendulum’s movement. A clockwise spin is positive energy flow and the larger the diameter of the spin circle, the greater the energy. A counter-clockwise spin is negative energy.
When looking for a pendulum, you will be confronted with an overwhelming variety of colors, shapes, materials and sizes. So how do you know which one is for you? The easiest way to decide is by using your intuition. Most people will find they are attracted to one over all the others. Once you have been drawn to one, test it to see if it works well for you. You may find that certain materials work better for you than others. The most common materials for pendulums to be made of are crystals, metals and wood. Technically, a pendulum need only be an object suspended from your hand. This could be as simple as a stone tied to a piece of string, but most pendulums have metal chains with an object at the end shaped to a downward- facing point.
Dowsing is useful in a variety of different ways. Whether you are locating ground water in your backyard or determining if your body needs more vitamin C, dowsing can help you daily.