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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

Types of Dowsing Pendulums

(Transcript of video is below, if you prefer to read)

Types of Dowsing Pendulums

Hi, this is Nigel from discovering dowsing answering your questions about dowsing.

Dowsing pendulums

Pendulums are a very popular dowsing tool and are easily purchased or made. The reason for them being so popular is because they are so easy to carry and use. Because of that popularity there are a number of questions which are frequently asked about them. For example, people always want to know which is the best pendulum for them to use. Or, they want to know about the different types of pendulums.

If you consider that a pendulum is nothing more than a weight at the end of a chain or string of some kind which allows it to swing freely, then the only two important aspects to consider are the weight of it and the material it is made out of.

Those two things by themselves mean that it is impossible to answer the question as to which is the best dowsing pendulum to use because what feels right for one person will not feel comfortable for another. If one person likes a brass pendulum, another dowser might prefer one made of wood or a small crystal.

 

Generally, when starting out, those new to dowsing tend to prefer light-weight pendulums made of crystal or wood. Heavier pendulums made of brass in various shapes are also popular.

So let’s take a quick look at the various types of pendulums available.

First are the light-weight varieties made of crystal, precious or semi-precious stones. They can be quite fancy, but if you’re not careful, they can be damaged through use.

Next are the wooden ones. These are often carved into interesting shapes, such as an acorn shape. These tend to be lightweight as well, but also more durable.

Following them we have the ones made of brass or other types of metal. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are amongst the heaviest pendulums around. They are very popular. Again, they are very durable.

What is often confusing for newcomers to dowsing is that they hear that certain shapes of pendulums are better for certain types of dowsing.

That is not true. A pendulum, as was said earlier, is nothing more than a weight on a cord. When it moves, it moves because the dowser’s reaction causes it to move. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a really heavy one in an intricate shape or a nut on a length of dental floss, it’s the dowser who makes it move.

A pendulum, by itself, does nothing. Remember that.

Also if you believe that a particular pendulum works best for certain types of dowsing, then your belief will be strong enough to make it true for you. That does not mean that it is true for anyone else.

Basically, a pendulum is just a tool and nothing more. So make sure you find one that you like, for whatever reason, and dowse with it!

Happy dowsing!

Do you have a favorite type of dowsing pendulum? Let us know in the comments section below.

How to Use a Pendulum

The pendulum is the most popular tool of dowsers. Spiritual dowsers and healers love to use a crystal on a chain or a handmade dowsing pendulum in their work. Even though it's easy to use, there are things you should know about how to use this dowsing tool.

Beginners often will hold the pendulum wrong, inhibiting its ability to move freely. Sometimes they leave the chain too long, making it painfully slow to get the answer. It's easy to learn how to hold a pendulum for best dowsing results.

You can use a pendant on a chain or a metal nut on a bit of dental floss as an impromptu pendulum. Anything that has weight and is on the end of a length of flexible material will work. (Long ago, Nigel tells me he and some friends used a garden gnome on a length of rope to dowse. I think alcohol may have been involved…:)

Watch this video as Nigel demonstrates the most effective way to hold and use this popular dowsing tool. Then give it a try yourself and leave your comments in the section below.

How to Use a Pendulum

Have you been holding your pendulum right? Does it move too slow or too fast? This video will show you how you affect the motion of the pendulum by how you hold it.

It's so important to be comfortable with your dowsing tool and to know that you are handling it the best way.

Give it a try!