I’ve had a couple of crystal pendulums for as long as I can remember and I would ask them the odd question about whether I’d get this job or that job, should I take this option or that option etc.
I attended a fantastic pendulum workshop in Brisbane last weekend and some of the facts that were shared about pendulums were staggering. It really made me wonder if pendulums do in fact have all the answers – or if they can at least help us to tap into our own intuition (where I believe the answers reside).
This post gives an overview of pendulums, how to use them, and what sorts of things you can ask them about.
A brief history of pendulums and dowsing
According to this article, dowsing – or using a pointed object hung on a string or chain to provide “yes” or “no” answers – was originally used to locate water, oil, gold and other minerals. Even in the Vietnam War, some U.S. marines were taught how to use a pendulum to locate underground mines.
The most powerful pendulum story for me, was how “during the Cold War in the 1960’s, American pendulist Verne Cameron was invited by the government of South Africa to use his pendulum to help them locate their country’s precious natural resources, but he was denied a passport by the U.S. government. A few years earlier, he had demonstrated his special dowsing talent to the U.S. Navy, successfully map dowsing (locating on a map) every submarine in the Navy’s fleet.
“He shocked Navy officials by not only locating every American submarine, but also every Russian submarine in the world. Afterwards, the CIA determined that Cameron was a risk to national security, and he was forbidden to leave the United States.” (Source: History of Pendulum Dowsing).
I personally believe that using pendulums taps into our own intuition. The pendulum becomes an extension of our intuition (which I believe is connected to Source / The Universe / God or whatever higher form you recognise it as) – it just happens to be a visible way of confirming or not confirming things that we probably already know within us.
That said, we also learnt in the workshop, that if you have a big, emotional decision to make, have someone else hold the pendulum for you, as you think about the question you would like answered – because it’s possible that your own energy (and will) can influence the outcome.
Cleansing and connecting with your pendulum
Like any spiritual tools, it’s important to cleanse your pendulum, as you would a crystal, before using it.
You can cleanse your pendulum using sage. As with crystals, the burning of sage or smudging, purifies the energy both of the pendulum and in the room you’re working in, and can remove any negative energies or entities.
If you don’t want to sage your pendulum, you can use cleansing techniques like sound, crystal bowls, tuning forks or Tibetan Bells. You can also put your pendulum out in the moonlight as you would your crystals, to cleanse and charge it.
Testing for your pendulum’s yes or no response
When you’ve cleansed your pendulum, the next step is to understand how it shows you a yes or no response.
To do this, steady the elbow of the dominant hand, that is the hand that you write with, on a table or solid surface, hold the pendulum by the ball at the top of the chain or string or thread, and then ask a question for which you know the answer is an absolute YES (such as, “Is today Monday?” (if the day is actually Monday). The pendulum will either start to swing clockwise or anti-clockwise, or from left to right, or right to left. Then ask a question for which the answer is an absolute NO. Observe which way the pendulum swings. It should be different/opposite from the YES response.
My pendulum’s YES response for example, is typically a clockwise spinning action, and its NO response is typically an anti-clockwise spinning action.
It is important however to test for a YES or NO response each time you use the pendulum, just in case anything has changed. I’ve certainly experienced changes in my pendulum’s YES and NO responses from time to time.
I like to ask a few “warm up questions” for which I know the answers, to ensure that my pendulum is providing an accurate reading.
What type of questions can you ask pendulums?
Once you’re happy that you know your pendulum’s response, you’re then ready to ask some questions.
It’s best to ask questions about situations that you have control over.
For example, don’t ask whether you’re going to win lotto, because you have absolutely no control over that. You would be better to ask something like, “is this the best investment for me?”
And rather than asking, “Will I meet my soulmate today,” you would be better to ask a question about something in your control, for example, “Am I ready to meet my soulmate in the near future?” You could then ask a series of of questions to explore where you might need to be on any given day, or what you might need to do to manifest your soulmate.
You’re really not limited to the things you can ask your pendulum about. You could ask about things like:
- Love – with questions such as: Is this a suitable relationship for me? Are X and I compatible? Does X really love me? Is X a good match for me?
- Health – with questions such as: Is this the best food for me to eat today? Am I allergic to the food? Is this the best choice for my health and well-being?
- Jobs – with questions such as: Is the best career for me? Would this be a good time for me to change jobs? Should I ask for more money? Is this the best time for me to ask for a raise?
- Investments – with questions like: Is this the best time for me to buy X investment? Is this the best time for me to sell X investment? Should I negotiate more? Is this the best price for this investment?
Using pendulums where there are choices involved
You can also use a pendulum to pick an item from a list of choices that you have written out. For example, say you’re looking to buy a house and you’ve seen five houses that you love.
You could write out the names of each house (or suburb), and then ask the pendulum to show you which is the best house for you. You could either write all the names out on a piece of paper, evenly spaced with enough room for the pendulum to make a definite choice, or you could test each house or suburb name individually with a yes or no answer to the question, Is this the best house for me?
Another way of having your pendulum choose from options, might be in deciding what is the best fruit to eat for the day. You could line up the different fruit options, and then ask the pendulum to show you which is the best fruit for you to eat today.
I know people who use pendulums to choose which essential oils to use for the day (or a given situation), which crystals to use for a particular ailment or issue, which clothes to wear for job interviews, and the list goes on.
Using pendulums to locate lost items
I’ve yet to experience this for myself, but Kerry shared with us a process for locating lost items using a pendulum.
The question she recommended to ask first in the case of a missing item, is “Is the item recoverable?”.
If the pendulum shows a NO response, you may be wasting your time looking for the item. If it shows a YES response, you can then ask a series of questions about whether the item is in the house or at work, in the car or wherever else you think you may have left it. You can ask if the item is under something, sitting on something; you can ask directions about where it might be, or is it in this room or that room? Do you get the gist?
As a final practice, I always thank my pendulum after I’ve used it (just as I thank crystals I use in crystal healing work).
The key takeaway for me from the workshop was that like anything, the more we connect with a tool like a pendulum, the more “accurate” it becomes, and the more we can trust the answers it provides. In trusting those answers we are trusting and strengthening our own intuition. Of course, common sense should always prevail too, when using pendulums!
If you would like to explore the wonderful world of pendulums, I stock a range of pendulums in the Gift Shop.
I also run a Practical Pendulums workshop here in Brisbane. Check out my Events page to see upcoming workshops.
Do you use a pendulum regularly to make decisions? I’d love to hear your pendulum stories! Feel free to share in the comments below.