Pendulum Doesn’t Move

When The Dowsing Pendulum Doesn't Move

This is a common problem for beginner dowsers. They have purchased a nice dowsing pendulum but then, when they ask a question and hold it, nothing happens! The pendulum doesn’t move. Is the pendulum broken or are they doing something wrong or does dowsing simply not work? These are the typical sorts of things which go through their minds at such a time.

But, fear not for help is at hand.

The main problem is that new dowsers tend to think, consciously or not, that their brand new pendulum is much more magical than it really is. They tend to think that the real power of dowsing is in the tool, not in themselves. This leads them to think that, if they simply dangle the pendulum straight down from their fingers, it will move in some mystical fashion whenever they ask a question.

The truth, however, is that the real power of dowsing lies in the dowser, never the tool. It is the tool which reacts to the dowser’s movements. By itself, it does nothing. Therefore, if you hold a pendulum motionless from your fingertips, it will take a long time to move because it needs a bigger ‘push’ from the dowser to get it moving.

It will also need a big ‘push’ if the pendulum is dangling from a long chain. The longer the chain is the more slowly it will react. Remember: a long chain means a long time to respond and a slow movement when it does. Think of a grandfather clock. The long pendulum doesn’t whizz from side to side, but is slow and stately.

Therefore, a shorter chain will mean a faster response and a quicker movement.

But there is still one element missing to fully resolve the problem.

Why start with a pendulum which is motionless? It makes far more sense to have the pendulum moving to begin with. That way it will move much more quickly to indicate a response.

In order for this to work, you have to know which are your movements for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ so that you can have the pendulum swinging in a way which is neither of those. Let’s call that the ‘neutral’ swing: neither one thing nor the other. Suppose your ‘yes’ was to and fro and your ‘no’ was side to side, then a circular motion would be a good ‘neutral’ swing. Adjust it to what makes sense for you.

One other thing about having a short chain and a moving pendulum to begin with is that this is far less tiring for your arm than having a long chain and waiting for any movement to happen.

So, what you need to do if your pendulum doesn’t move is to shorten the chain length to maybe two inches or so, and have it moving as you ask your question.

Has something like this ever happened to you? How did you overcome it? Let us know in the comments section below

2 replies
  1. Jorge Rivas says:

    Thanks for the article, Nigel. It was very informative as usual. I’ve been dowsing for many years. When I use a pendulum I always start with a diagonal (neutral) motion. My problem is that even with a “jump start,” I will often not get a response using a pendulum, i.e, the pendulum will freeze. The same holds true for hand dowsing–my fingers will freeze up. I believe it has to do with energy fluctuations or interferences to which I am sensitive. I have found that, by far, the best, most accurate, reliable dowsing tool is the L-rod. To date, I have not had any such problems with the L-rods. They seem to resonate with me better than other tools. Hope this helps.

    • Nigel Percy
      Nigel Percy says:

      Yes, everyone will find that one tool works better for them. The trick is finding it, of course. If pendulums aren’t your thing, then try l-rods. But everyone will be able to dowse without a device at all. There are so many variations that one or more will work. Just another example of how dowsing is really something which anyone can do…


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