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What exactly is a pendulum?
A pendulum is a weight that can freely swing from a pivot point. The one shown directly above is an example of a pendulum in its most basic form – a simple rock tied to a piece of string.
Whether it’s a rock on a string or a handcrafted work of art, a pendulum is a versatile, typically portable device that utilizes gravity and momentum to respond to energy in a way that is meaningful to the pendulum user.
A basic pendulum is made up of two essential parts – a weight-stone and a chain. There is a third part as well, though it is an optional one – a fob. This is not essential to the operation of the pendulum, though having a fob at the top of the chain does improve the handling of the pendulum a great deal.
A brief history of pendulums
This tool has an amazing range of uses and has been employed by many different cultures over thousands of years. The oldest known recorded pendulum use is from eight thousand years ago from ancient cave drawings in Algeria. Chinese emperors used pendulums to predict the future. Moses used a dowsing staff to discover water hidden in a rock. Pendulums have fallen in and out of favor over the years, and at times outlawed and feared. There are a lot of misconceptions about pendulums even today – fears that make some people leery of their “power” and others entranced by their magic.
True “Pendulum Power”
The true power of a pendulum lies within the user. “Pendulum Power” allows you to easily tap into your higher self – a place where wisdom thrives and the universe lights with love. Using a pendulum keeps the path between you and your higher self open, raising your potential for a joyous and fulfilled life. The real “power” – the energy that makes a pendulum swing – comes from within you, the pendulum user. Another way to look at pendulum power is the true sense of empowerment that comes from making a direct connection to the higher self.
What can you do with a pendulum?
Personally, I ask my pendulum questions all day long about everyday matters. But I call upon it for those larger, big-picture questions too. There’s no limit to the type of issues a pendulum can help with. Here’s a list of some possible ways to use your pendulum. (For more in-depth details on how to do these things, see the “Ways to Use” page.)
- Achieving personal growth through development of the intuition
- Getting guidance from your higher self
- Connecting to the wisdom of the universe, the collective consciousness
- Communicating with your inner child
- Understanding events of the past
- Predicting the future (keeping in mind that the “future” is in constant flux)
- Checking the status of one’s chakras – identifying imbalances or blockages
- Communicating with pets and animals
- Detecting the presence of and communicating with angels
- Enhancing energy healing
- Cleansing Tarot cards and verifying card readings
- Checking for the presence of energies, entities, spirits, or angels
- Checking for unwanted astral cord connections
- Communicating with the spirit world
- Finding lost objects
- Locating underground water, minerals, or oil
- Deciding on meals / food ingredients
- Deciding on colors (to wear, to use in your environment, etc.)
- Picking out a restaurant, activity, movie, or book
Your energy is the best
Pendulums made with crystals, stones, and natural gemstones absorb the energy around them and can hold on it for a long time. You’ll get the best results from your pendulum if it has only your energy to work with – so it’s really a good idea to cleanse it before using the first time (and then occasionally thereafter as you feel necessary). Click here for more information about energy cleansing.
Learning to use your pendulum is easy and it won’t take long before you master the skill. Practice does help though, so in the beginning, start with easy questions to get the hang of it.
(A slightly abbreviated version of the following information is available on a sturdy two-sided laminated bookmark.)
1. Make your mind ready – Free yourself of internal and external noise. Relax and focus. Clear your mind of worries. Quiet, non-lyrical music (music without words) can help, along with other meditational aids like candles, incense, and crystals – but these things are not required and you can, in fact, use your pendulum anywhere at any time.
2. Position yourself and your pendulum – Ideally, you should sit up straight and if possible, put both feet flat on the floor. Grasp the top bead or fob between your thumb and forefinger – or if you prefer, you can grasp anywhere along the chain, as long as you leave at least 2 to 3 inches between your fingers and the pendulum’s weight stone. Arch your wrist slightly, steady your forearm (but not your hand) on something solid, like the edge of a table or arm of a chair. Let the pendulum just dangle. Try to hold very still, but don’t worry if your hand shakes a little, it won’t affect the outcome.
- Maybe (which can also be interpreted as “I don’t know” or “I don’t want to say”)
Here are some common, easy-to-read signals that you may choose to use:
– front to back (like a head nod – common for “yes”)
– side to side (like a head shake – common for “no”)
– clockwise circle
– counterclockwise circle
Some people like to ask the pendulum to choose the signals. I believe you’ll be more successful if you specify those signals yourself. And if you use more than one pendulum you’ll want to use the same signal set for each pendulum.
To begin, first decide what your three signals are and then demonstrate them one by one. Tell your pendulum what you want it to use for “yes” – as you demonstrate what the signal looks like (and feels like). Then do this for “no”, again while demonstrating it. And finally for “maybe”. Here’s an example of how to program the “yes” signal: Holding the pendulum in position, say “When I ask a question and the answer is “yes”, move like this, in a clockwise circle.” (if that’s the signal that you chose for yes). Say this as you swing the pendulum in a clockwise circle.
4. Verify the signals. To test out the trustworthiness of your programmed signals, ask a couple of test questions, such as “Is my name Billy?” Or, “Is today Tuesday?” (or Friday, etc.) Basically, you want to verify that yes is yes and no is no. If the signals are not coming out right, go back to step 3 and reprogram the pendulum.
5. Program your pendulum’s source: Include this step every time you use your pendulum. Establish where the answers will come from. If you skip this step, your pendulum will only access your subconscious mind. You really want it to tap into your intuitive, or higher self. At the beginning of each session, say “I call upon the higher self to answer these questions. I seek only absolutely truthful answers, which are aligned with the highest and greatest good for all concerned.”Whether you say this out loud or inside your head is up to you. Do what you are comfortable with, and of course, feel free to tailor this language as you see fit.
6. Ask your question. Ask questions that can be answered by YES or NO. Be as specific as you can in your phrasing. Avoid asking for opinions or using the words “should” or “supposed to” in your questions.
7. Wait for the answer. Be patient. Concentrate on your question (closing your eyes may help), but do not concentrate on what you think the answer should or will be. Remain detached about the answer and focus only on receiving a correct, unbiased answer. When the pendulum swings, look at it – observe its direction. This is your answer. If it doesn’t move right away, give it time, or if it’s unclear what the signal is, try rephrasing the question and do it again. When the pendulum swings with great force, it’s answering loudly. If it swings with only light force, you can interpret this as a quiet, perhaps less committed response.
8. Clear the pendulum at the end of each question by touching its weight on to the palm of your free hand or on another surface. This signals that your question has been answered and you are ready to move on to the next question.
Protect your pendulum when not in use. A great way to do this is to wear it on a neck chain. That way it will receive your energy all day long, and will be readily attuned to your body’s energy and vibrational level. Or you can keep it in a pouch, safely protected.
1. Relax, have fun.
2. Be open, neutral and definitely do not try to predict answers.
3. Be clear in the way you phrase your questions.
4. Be patient, be present.
5. To get a stronger response, say “respond louder please”or “be more clear”.
6. Cup your other hand underneath the point or weight stone to help focus energy.
Here are some sample questions you can ask:
- Is it in my best interest to buy this item?
- Will I enjoy the stories in this book?
- Will it rain in (name of your town) tomorrow?
- Is this a healthy food choice for me to eat at this time? (ask while holding pendulum over the food)
- Is it in my best interest to attend the (insert event name here) tomorrow night?
Want to start out slow and easy? Get to know your pendulum by asking light, easy questions that you may not necessarily know the answers to. Here are some ideas:
(You may be surprised by the answers.)
- Is it in my best interest to __________?
- Is right now a good time for me to use my pendulum?
- Is it okay if I call you _____________ ? (pick a name for your pendulum)
Terms and Definitions
Pendulum: A weight that can freely swing from a pivot point.
Intuition: A knowing or understanding that you get by way of an unconscious process – such as an intuitive feeling or knowing that occurs from an unconscious combining of relevant patterns emerging from seemingly unrelated events.
Divination: Using intuition or intuitive tools to discover hidden knowledge.
Dowsing: The art of divination that uses a pendulum, rod, wand or other divining tool to access intuition and gather information not directly available to the thinking self. Also known as doodlebugging or water-witching (when searching for water).
Divining Rod: A rod, forked stick or wand used to locate underground water, metal deposits, pipes, energy fields, etc.
Dowser: A person who uses a pendulum or divining rod.
Radiesthesia: Detecting or measuring a spectrum of energies or radiation through divination. In dowsing, this term is most often used when referring to health or medical purposes.
Chakra: (pronounced “chalk-raw”) Sanskrit word meaning “wheel”; a spinning portal into the body’s complex energy system that acts as a focal point for reception and transmission of life force energies.
Conscious Mind: The waking, thinking, perceiving self.
Subconscious: The part of the mind below the level of conscious perception. It is also thought to be the operating system of the mind and body. The subconscious exists outside of the conscious mind’s control and may reveal itself in ways that the conscious mind is unable to contain.
Higher Self: The soul. The part of one’s being that connects with the divine or the universe. The non-physical, spiritual self, the true self. Also known as the soul self, the intuitive self.