Be prepared for change

It's Not Always The Same

The thing about dowsing is that, once you've got things sorted, you have a tool you like, you know how to ask good questions and you know what movements correspond to which answer, suddenly, things change!

The normal ‘yes' response changes. Or you get a new ‘no' response. Or, even worse, you get an entirely new movement and you have no idea why. (You can check out some ideas about what to do about new pendulum movements here and here.)

Change is good!

The point is that these things happen as a matter of course. If you get stuck in doing one thing in the same way all the time, then you tend to get comfortable. When one or more of these changes happen to you (and it will!), don't get upset. Instead look at it as another piece of information and see how you can incorporate it into your dowsing.

Sure, you could spend a lot of time and effort trying to figure out they ‘why' of it all. And you might even get an idea. But it won't change the fact that you've had a change happen to you.

Live with it, learn to like it and wait for the next thing….

What's the strangest change you've had happen to your dowsing? And what did you learn from it? Let us know in the comments section below

Unruly Dowsing Pendulum?

All Of A Sudden…

So there you are, dangling your pendulum (on a short chain!) and wheeeee! All of a sudden there's a new pendulum movement. Instead of going back and forth (or whatever your usual movement is), it takes off in a different direction.

This happens.

It happens a lot to pretty much every dowser at one time or another. And most dowsers don’t do anything about it.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, ‘Many dowsers trip over the problem, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.'

Yet the answer to the problem is, literally, in your hands.

What to do with new pendulum movements

If your pendulum does something strange, then you have the option to ask a question as to why.

If you have only ever had yes and no responses, then it might be that you’ve just discovered a ‘stupid question’ response. Or it might be a ‘not now’ or a ‘wrong time’ or even a ‘no answer’ response.

Whenever this happens to you, it is presenting to you the perfect opportunity to extend your dowsing, to make it better, richer, more nuanced, more skillful.

All you have to do is ask the right question!

You’ve got nothing better to do, have you? After all, you’re sitting there with the pendulum in your hand. Don’t waste time. Ask right away. It might only be a response which happens once a month or once in a lifetime. But ask! Ask simple yes/no questions and you will learn more about your dowsing doing that than pretty much anything else.

So, if it’s happened to you, start by asking, ‘Is that movement to give me more information than just a simple yes or no?’ And then see where you go from there?

Seize the moment and grow as a dowser because of it.

What new pendulum movements have you experienced and what did they eventually mean for you? Let us know in the comments section below

Three Pendulum Problems

Problems, Problems, Problems!

Three problems with pendulums.

The first problem with pendulums is that most beginner dowsers want them to move. By themselves.

The problem is, they won’t.

You have to get use to the idea that you, the dowser, makes the pendulum move.

It’s the nature of dowsing; the physics, if you like.

The other problems with pendulums

The other two problems come together, quite often. First, the chain or string or whatever is usually too long. Second, the beginner dowser quite often starts off by holding the pendulum quite still, hanging straight down.

Nope and nope.

The longer the chain, the slower the response. And the less the pendulum moves before you ask your question, the longer it will take to show you any response.

Get the pendulum to move to begin with and then let it change direction according to the answer. Don't just sit there looking at it. If nothing else, your arm will tire and you'll get strange looks from people.

So, in order to get a response which doesn’t tire you out and which is obvious (and quick!), is to have the pendulum on a short chain and have it moving before you ask your question.

How short and moving in what direction is up to you to decide. But, as a rule of thumb (or should that be ‘rule of pendulum’?), any chain longer than three inches is too long and any movement which is less than an inch in diameter (whichever the movement is), is too little.

The rest is up to you to discover.

After all, dowsing is for those who want to question and explore, isn’t it? :-)

What's the biggest problem you've had with pendulums? Is it mentioned here or is it something else entirely? Let us know and maybe we can help you. Post the details in the comments section below

The Problem With Using A Pendulum

The Popular Tool

In recent decades, using a pendulum for dowsing has surpassed water dowsing with a Y-rod or forked branch as the hottest trend in dowsing. But there is a problem. As popular as pendulum dowsing is, people aren't really dowsing that much.

I believe one reason is the tool itself. A pendulum is a cool tool. Pendulums come in all kinds of lovely materials and designs. You can get really attached to using a pendulum.

The problem with your attachment to your pendulum is you become convinced you can't dowse without it. You may even have special pendulums for certain dowsing tasks.

Unless you carry your pendulum with you (and the right one at that), you won't feel prepared to dowse all the time. But even if you start carrying your pendulum with you everywhere, you have a much bigger challenge to overcome.

Using a pendulum can hold you back

Pendulum dowsing isn't sweeping the country in part because of the pendulum itself. If you are a dowser, you probably have friends and family who do not believe in dowsing. Some may even be strongly opposed to it. Others maybe just mock you every time they see you using a pendulum. Maybe your spouse won't consider any suggestions you make if they come from pendulum dowsing.

Every time you start using a pendulum in front of anyone, either in public or in private with doubting family, you are put under stress. You may be mocked or rejected for your belief in dowsing. So, because you don't like conflict, and because you can't really explain your belief in dowsing or persuade others to accept it, you find it easier not to get your pendulum out. So you dowse less often than you would like.

There is a solution! Quit using a pendulum. It's just a tool. Dowsing without a tool is just as effective and has the benefit of not being visible in many cases. There are more ways to dowse devicelessly than you can imagine. And it's easy. Just try them and find one that works for you.

You can use your eyelids to blink dowse or rub your finger and thumb together to get answers. When you dowse using a deviceless method, your dowsing becomes invisible. You can get immediate answers to questions without pulling out a tool that causes people to sigh or roll their eyes. Find out what method of deviceless dowsing works best for you.

What are your thoughts about the ideas raised in this article? Is using a pendulum for dowsing holding you back? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

Is Pendulum Dowsing a Psychic Activity?

It's Popular, But Is It Psychic?

Pendulum dowsing is rapidly becoming the most popular form of dowsing. Dowsing is a way of getting answers to questions you cannot get rationally.

But what is going on when you dowse with a pendulum? Is the pendulum talking to you? Are you accessing the Akashic records? Are you using a latent psychic ability? How and why does pendulum dowsing work?

The simple truth of pendulum dowsing

The truth is that a pendulum is just a tool for amplifying the tiny responses you get when you are dowsing. It makes it easier to tell ‘yes' from ‘no'.

There is no magic in the pendulum itself, and it is not providing the answers. No one knows exactly where the answers are coming from when you are pendulum dowsing, but it is widely believed that your intuitive senses are able to access information that the rational mind cannot. It is as if there is a ‘field' out there which holds all information, and you access it using dowsing. Some might call that the Akashic Records.

Some even regard dowsing as an inward, rather than an outward, journey. They think that all the answers lie within us. There is no one consensus on how dowsing works.

As to psychic abilities, we believe that there are many latent intuitive sensing abilities in all humans. Our culture does not respect or revere the use of intuition. But the intuitive senses expand your ability to enjoy success and happiness in life, and it appears they are associated with the right brain and the heart.

Anyone can learn to dowse, and training improves your results. So while dowsing is often listed as a psychic ability, we do not feel that classification is useful in helping people to understand it is a natural ability.

Pendulum dowsing is usually the first type of dowsing which beginners are exposed to. But, in fact, you can dowse without using a pendulum or any other tool. You can use your body to get the answers. But people find the pendulum convenient and fun to use. (Here's a book showing you the simple ways in which you can become proficient at pendulum dowsing.)

One final word about pendulum dowsing. You can spend a lot of money on fancy pendulums. Maybe you already have. But, anything that is a weight on a string or piece of chain may be used as a pendulum. Really, anything!

Pendulum dowsing is a popular way to dowse. How do you regard it? Psychic or natural? Let us know what you think in the comments section below

Pendulum movements

It's An Old Question

One of the questions we keep getting asked has to do with the dowser's pendulum movements.

Typically, the question is something along the lines of, ‘I asked a question but the pendulum moved in a different way. What does that mean?' This supposes that when you use your pendulum, it tends to move one way for a ‘Yes' and another way for a ‘No'. And then, suddenly, there's a new movement!

Of course, the first question you are going to ask is, ‘What does it mean?' But the SECOND you thing you should do is not a complaint aimed at the universe in general, but a question, a dowsing question, aimed at your dowsing skill in particular.

Pendulum movements: Possible reasons

It should be something along the lines of , ‘Does this new movement mean X?', where ‘X' could be any one of the following:

  • Wrong question
  • Poor question
  • Don't know
  • No answer at this time
  • You don't have the ability to deal with this information now
  • You need to rest, not dowse
  • You're not in a dowsing state
  • Interference
  • Other


I'll give brief explanations of the ones I've listed above to help you understand the variety of possible ways in which you could be getting useful information.

Wrong question might mean that, for what you are dowsing about, the question actually doesn't make much sense, even though it is a well-constructed one.

Poor question probably means that the question is inadequate for what you are trying to discover.

Don't know means exactly that.

No answer now means the answer is simply not accessible now, but it might be available later on. You can dowse that as well!

You don't have the ability…. means that your present level of understanding of the topic being dowsed about is insufficient for you to be able to understand the answer.

You need to rest, not dowse, is your own body's way of telling you that you've done enough right now and it's time to step back and re-group before doing anything else.

You're not in a dowsing state means just that.

Interference could be from a variety of things. From geopathic stress affecting you, to other, more complex issues, perhaps involving other people or other forms of consciousness. This would probably be just the starting point for more dowsing to uncover the issue and deal with it. If you get ‘Other', then that's also the start of a whole chain of dowsing to find out what is going on. But at least, you'll be on the road to finding out why your pendulum has made a new and strange movement.

Has this happened to you, suddenly the pendulum movements changed? What did you do? Why not help others and share your experiences in the comments section below?

Learn Pendulum Dowsing Here

The Popular Tool

If you don't know much about dowsing, or you've never dowsed before, or you've never taken a class, the chances are you will start out to learn pendulum dowsing. It's the most popular tool of all and comes in so many shapes and sizes and with different weights and with gems and semi-precious stones that it's hard to know where to start. Plus, of course, there are those which are made out of plain metal or just wood.

So, if you want to learn pendulum dowsing, where do you begin? What's the best pendulum to use? How do you hold it? Will it work?

These are all normal questions which beginners have when they start to learn pendulum dowsing. And they are all good ones, and they all have pretty much the same answer (except for that last question!). The answer to the other questions is, ‘Whatever works for you'. And for that last question, about whether it will work for you, that will be answered as soon as the pendulum moves.

Learn pendulum dowsing: The basics

Probably the most important thing to learn is that you don't have a great long string to the pendulum. Keep it short (about a couple of inches). Way too many dowsers start out with a great long length of string or chain dangling from their finger and then spend ages waiting for anything to happen. So the second thing is, pinch the string or chain between the finger and thumb, don't hang it over the index finger.

And finally, the third thing is to keep the pendulum moving! Don't have it dangling and still, make it move so that it can change quickly to a yes or a no.

All of these points are demonstrated clearly in this video about pendulum dowsing.

One of the simplest pendulums you can make (and one of the nicest in terms of response) is a three-quarter inch nut on the end of some dental floss. Sounds strange? Try it and you'll see for yourself. It's a great way (and very cheap) to learn pendulum dowsing.

Did you learn pendulum dowsing first of all? What were your first experiences like? Did it work for you from the very start? Share your story 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!

Dowsing Pendulum

The Dowsing Pendulum

One question which people tend to ask at first is, ‘What is a dowsing pendulum?' It's a good question. And the answer appears below, as well as in the video itself.

But first we should tell you something that's equally important. In truth, there is not really one type of dowsing pendulum. Any sort of pendulum which you can comfortably hold could be considered a dowsing pendulum. The assumption is that there is a type of pendulum which is best suited for dowsing. You may well discover many places selling pendulums and advertising them as being the best for a particular area of dowsing or for a particular type of dowsing.

You may even speak with dowsers who will tell you something similar, that a dowsing pendulum has to be of a certain kind.

Pendulums for dowsing come in all sorts of shapes and sizes (as well as prices!!).  The reason for that is that the pendulum is the most commonly used dowsing tool.

It stands to reason that there is going to be a whole slew of dowsing pendulums for sale, because there's such a demand.

I'll let you into a secret. Ready? Here goes. One of the best pendulums I've used is a three-quarter inch nut on dental floss. How about that for cheap and easy?

And the reason I can say that about a dowsing pendulum is because the answer to the question at the top of this page is as follows.

The best pendulum for dowsing is the one you like the most.

So, repeat after me; ‘What is a dowsing pendulum?' Answer: ‘Which ever one you like because that is the one which responds best to you.' You're not going to like a dowsing pendulum if it feels clunky and slow. Once you've learned about the various pendulums, you can begin to use yours to effect!

Watch this short video where Nigel gives an introduction to dowsing pendulums and the various types of them. It will help you get off on the right foot with this great tool.

What is your favorite dowsing pendulum? A really, really cheap one or one made of precious stones? Why not share your preference with others in the comments section below?

Dowsing Misconceptions Can Hold You Back

Common Dowsing Misconceptions

Do you have any of these beliefs about dowsing?

  • The pendulum (or tool) is what gives you answers
  • Dowsing is a healing method
  • You have to do certain rituals if you want accurate dowsing answers

You probably expect me to say that all of the above are wrong. Well, the bad news is just the opposite. If you believe those things to be true, then they are true—for you. But they are common dowsing misconceptions, and if you believe them, and they are your ‘truth', then more than likely, they are blocking you from becoming the great dowser you can be.

The Tool

I wish I had a dollar for every person I have ever heard say, “The pendulum told me….” It is an unfortunate belief if you think that your tool has all the answers. A piano doesn't produce music any better than the person playing it. A tool is a tool. It can only give answers that are as accurate as you are. The tool indicates answers, but it is not the source of them.

Time and again, people speak in ways that gives their power away. Giving your power to the tool will not enhance your dowsing ability. Take your power back and speak and act knowing that YOU are the one getting the answers, not the tool. That will also inspire you to find ways to improve your technique, much as the pianist practices his or her craft to hone skill.


A common collection of dowsing misconceptions are about whether dowsing is a healing method. It certainly is not. Dowsing is a way of getting answers to questions. That is all dowsing is. Too often, we hear people, even veteran dowsers, suggest that one can use dowsing to heal or change a situation. Not really. Dowsing is a way of finding out causes of problems, and it can help you pick the best solutions. Dowsing never changes anything.

So why do people think of dowsing as a technique to create change? They confuse the use of intention with dowsing. Intention is what is causing the change when they spin their pendulum and clear energies, not the act of dowsing. Often, they use the spinning pendulum to indicate when the process is complete, but it is not dowsing that is transforming the situation. Intention is. This confusion leads people to think of dowsing as a healing technique rather than a tool for getting answers to any kind of question. Like the first misconception, that will lead to sloppy thinking that takes the place of actually practicing your craft and learning new ways to dowse better.

Dowsing Rituals

Many dowsers have rituals they feel they must perform to get a good dowsing response. One of the more common is the “Can I, May I, Should I” question. One of the strangest I have ever heard (at least to me) was the insistence that accurate answers can only be had if you face the direction of your specific planet. (?) And it wasn't always a known planet, and wasn't obvious what planet you should use. And if you had to dowse to find out ‘your' planet, how could you get an accurate answer, since you wouldn't know which direction your planet was in so you could face the right way when asking?

Rituals are meant to help you focus your intention, but as in some religions, they often lose their original meaning and then just become a routine you follow blindly, as if the ritual does the work. And since you have no intention behind the routines, they are pretty useless and become more of a drag than a help. Dowsing ‘un-consciously' is not going to help you become a better dowser. Learning proper technique, improving your dowsing questions and finding new applications will help you be the best dowser you can be.

Dowsing misconceptions come in many shapes and forms, but the three that hold dowsers back the most are: thinking the tool gives the answers; thinking dowsing does things it does not; and thinking that specific rituals are vital to getting accurate dowsing answers.

These beliefs block progress by giving your power away and by making you think of dowsing as something outside of yourself that isn't really a natural skill you have to learn about or practice. Truly excellent dowsers are those who study, practice and hone their dowsing, knowing that although it seems magical, dowsing is a natural ability like any other. Thus, education and practice are required for the best performance.

What other dowsing misconceptions have you come across? Share them in the comments below.