Pendulum Movements Meanings

Pendulum movements meanings

Sounds like a mouthful, doesn't it? But this is a subject which crops up a lot particularly amongst new dowsers. They are using a pendulum and have got used to it doing one thing for a yes answer and a different thing for a no answer. Then, out of nowhere, the pendulum’s movement is new and different.

At that point, because they are new, they usually ask what does that change of movement in the pendulum mean? After all, a pendulum’s movements have to have some meaning, don’t they?

The point is, that question can’t be answered. That’s not to say that there is not an answer. There is. But the answer will be unique to that person. A pendulum’s movements meanings are different for different people. Your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses might be different to the next person’s responses. So, what is your ‘yes’ might be their ‘strange new movement’.

Despite not being able to answer one person’s question about what is happening when the pendulum moves differently, there are a range of possible reasons for it happening.

Now, note that I said this is a question which is mostly asked by dowsing newbies. That’s because everyone, after a while, finds a change of movement if they are using a pendulum. It’s the first time which catches people out. Also, newbies are not yet confident enough in dowsing to use it to find out what is going on. After all, they’ve only had maybe one or two short lessons and that’s it. The rest of the time, they’re on their own.


So, in no particular order, what follows are the list of usual reasons for strange or new pendulum movements.

  1. Your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ have changed. This can and does happen. Sometimes overnight.
  2. The question you asked is either a) poorly phrased, b) impossible to answer (for whatever reason), and c) one you do not have the skill / knowledge / permission to ask, or understand the answer (check which applies in your case)
  3. It’s a stupid or pointless question (i.e., a category which is not included in B above).
  4. You are not ready to have the answer. This applies more to those dowsers who have the belief that they have to be ‘connected’ to something in some way before they can dowse, or have to be protected by something or someone first.
  5. It indicates that someone or something is trying to make contact with you. Again, this only happens to those dowsers mentioned in 4 above.
  6. You simply lost focus when dowsing!

This list covers the usual reasons for strange pendulum movements. It’s up to you to find out what it means in your case.

But remember! Dowsing is all about asking questions. So, if something strange happens to your pendulum, then start asking about it and find out for yourself.

Has something like this happened to you when dowsing? Did you find out why? Let us know in the comments section below.

7 replies
  1. Jorge Rivas
    Jorge Rivas says:

    Don’t understand #4. Does the term “connected” mean needing to be in contact with someone’s/something’s aura field or is this just a general term?

    Getting strange answers may also have to do with energy levels in a particular room, energy density, geopathic stress, negative vortices, etc. We have a certain room in our home where I get two or three good answers then, the pendulum gets “stuck” and I cannot get an answer to any question, even a simple one.

    All I’m getting about this is that the energy level in the room is affecting it.

    • Nigel Percy
      Nigel Percy says:

      Some people believe that they have to be connected to some other being or beings, such as angels or archangels or something similar. In those cases, they will also often have the belief that the pendulum’s movements are dictated, either partially or wholly, by such a connection, meaning that access to the answer is guarded in some fashion by the entity. It’s not a belief I subscribe to.
      You are also correct in that something in the environment can also have an effect on the pendulum’s movements. However, in many cases, this can be avoided by having a really precise question in mind and focusing tightly upon that. There will still be the odd case where there will be something else interfering, and that’s when you have to start your own questioning process to determine what it might be.

  2. Sarah
    Sarah says:

    What does it mean if the pendulum moves in all four directions? (creating a flower like shape from its movements?) It moves up and down, diagonally, then left to right, then down and up, then right to left, diagonally, and up and down again in elliptical motions. I don’t know what this means at all, but it happened as a response to “Should I abstain for mirrors for 1 month?”

    • Nigel Percy
      Nigel Percy says:

      I’m not sure whether that was a typo in the question you asked because I don’t understand it. However, as the last paragraph of the article points out, when something strange is happening, then that’s the time for you to start asking questions as to what it could mean. Use the suggestions as starting points in the investigation and see where the answers leads you. One other point to make is that you should have a clear goal in mind when you are asking a dowsing question such that the answer will help you. Without a clear goal, the answer might not be as useful as you might wish. I hope that gives you some pointers to follow.

    • Jackie
      Jackie says:


      I have been wanting to know that exact same thing! mIne will often do this when I am using it to pull oracle cards. It will create specific patterns like you mentioned. I thought maybe it was helping me make distinctions between different areas covered in the card reading. But I would love to know for certain.

      I also wonder if it is more a “spirit” being contact at this point? When it changes and does the elliptical movements and can go extremely fast, too. Hmm. Curious if I will find clarity on that. 🙂

      • Maggie Percy
        Maggie Percy says:

        Ideally, you don’t want to play in the astral realm. It’s like playing on the interstate or in a jungle. You aren’t trained to deal with spirits. They’re out there. They have (or should have) nothing to do with dowsing. Dowsing is not channeling. Channeling is talking to a particular advanced being. While technically you can use dowsing to communicate with your pet using yes/no questions, we don’t advise attempting to talk to random spirits. It is potentially dangerous. And if you are dowsing properly, spirits shouldn’t be trying to hijack the process.


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