Caldwell County Wicca Study Group

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Many ladies “use” a needle on a thread to ask the sex of an unborn child; on a building site you will often see men using bits of bent wire to locate pipes and cables; and for centuries farmers have used forked sticks to decide where to drill a well. They are all dowsing.
Pendulum dowsing is a useful skill and just about anyone can learn it. Basic dowsing gives a yes/no response to questions asked. Once you become proficient at this you may dowse in other ways.
A pendulum is a simple tool used for communicating and gaining guidance from the spiritual world. This is one of the easiest methods of divination and is ten times more secure and accurate than a Ouija board. When used for divination the pendulum acts as an antenna that amplifies signals or energy vibrations emanating from a spiritual guide or the Divine energies you've called upon. These vibrations focus their attention on the pendulum and cause it to move in specific directions, giving you answers and guidance to the questions you put to the tool.
Pendulums are used as a tool for finding and evaluating information, for helping to make choices, for scanning the energy body to guide you in energy work and crystal healing, and for divination. Divining with pendulums is called dowsing. Pendulums are one tool for dowsing, several kinds of L rods, bobbers and y-rods are also used for dowsing. The most familiar use for dowsing is probably locating water or mineral deposits with the aid of a dowsing tool. Pendulums are a very useful tool when used with respect. They respond to energy and have the effect of magnifying the vibrations of subtle energy so that they can be more easily noticed.

The pendulum is not a fortune telling device. While they can help you find answers to questions it cannot predict the future because the future is not absolutely set in advance but changes constantly.

A beginner should not expect to be able to be a 'Master Dowser' immediately - but if you invest your time and effort there is no reason why you cannot improve your skills and abilities. It is as simple as learning to ride a bicycle.

It is very important not to become over dependent on them, If you find yourself dowsing to decide between the turkey or the Blt at lunch then you are over doing. The pendulum is a tool, not something that takes the place of mind and will. People who become over dependent on them will often lose their pendulums frequently. After one has used a pendulum for a while they may discover that they can feel the movement patterns of the energy on the palm of their hand so that they can do the readings without the pendulum.

As we develop our dowsing abilities, we can expand our programs and add additional signals (including pointing) rather like adding new programs to a computer. And like the operator of a computer, we can choose which program to use at any time, or change the tool in hand - similar to using a screen, a printer, or a loud speaker for the output device.
You can ask questions about anything; however you are likely to become less accurate when questions have too much personal importance for you. If you ask 'Does so & so love me?' your conscious mind will have an opinion and will most likely influence the answer. Likewise dowsing lottery numbers, you'll probably be pretty keen to win & so will lack the detachment needed to dowse with accuracy. There is also an ethical question mark over using dowsing for personal gain- I'll let you square this one with your own conscience!
Some people are gifted with clairvoyance and other 'sixth-sense' abilities - but most of us do not have such skills. Yes, we can develop our connection by using Dowsing - also known as 'Intuition Technology' to access our Intuition 'On Demand'.
Humans can be likened to a radio transceiver, with the intuitive part of our 'mind-brain team' linked to the 'Force for Good'. It is switched ON because we are alive. But even if a radio is switched ON and tuned to a clear station, we do not hear any message without a loudspeaker.
In Dowsing, we train our nervous-muscular system to be like wires that connect the intuitive part of our 'mind-brain team' to a tool that indicates the nature of the message - to a Dowsing tool, that signals YES or NO.
When we learn to dowse one of the things that we learn is how to program the tool to respond to our answers with one movement that indicates "yes" and another movement that indicates "no". Some Dowsers program their pendulums to swing up and down to mean "yes" and side to side to mean "no". By using this method we can find the answer to virtually any question we have, as long as we have permission to ask it.


Trust your intuition. The key to the right choice of a pendulum, and subsequent success lies in your feelings more so than the intellectual selection of the tool. Have faith, believe that you can dowse. Believe that the pendulum you choose will work for you is of extreme importance. So when you choose your pendulum chose one that is pleasing, that is attractive to you, and that feels right for you.
A Pendulum can be made from a paper-clip on a piece of cotton thread, a brass weight on a string, or a cannon ball on a chain - if you are strong enough to lift it! Some people use key tags or a crystal on a metal chain. A glass bead, about 3/8 inch (1 cm) diameter - spherical or pear-shaped) suspended by about 15 inches (40 cm) of braided thread (e.g. a shoe lace) is a good compromise. The pendulum hangs, about 3"-6" at the end of a string, you ask a question that has a yes / no answer and it moves to respond to the question that was asked.
Many dowsers prefer to use a quartz crystal pendulum. Others like hematite for its grounding quality which they feel helps keep readings clear. For the purpose of practice, begin by selecting a stone or metal pendulum that you are intuitively drawn to. Whatever kind of pendulum you decide to use, it is very important that before you begin dowsing you spend a few minutes tuning in to the pendulum and your higher consciousness.


First bond together with your Pendulum as a team, and specify that the "Love of Truth" communications channel always be used in your Dowsing - so hold your Pendulum in your hand, and say:
I, (your name), the owner of this Pendulum, declare that all answers shall always be given in the Love of Truth when using this Pendulum or any other Dowsing tool; I promise to use my Pendulum only for Good.
Next request the Force for Good, acting with Love of Truth, to help you by being your "Gate Keeper", to ensure that all your Dowsing is done in love and that the answers the best available and are true, that they apply to the present time, and that they are within your range of understanding.
I ask the Force for Good to Guard all my Dowsing, to obtain only answers given in Love of Truth, given from all available sources, and given in terms of the present time and locations that I understand as a human being on this earth.
You should be in a state of prayer when using your Pendulum. This means being really sincere and honest, concentrating on what you are saying and thinking - and thinking only good thoughts.
You may also find that taking a ` Pranic Breath ' helps your Dowsing: place your conscious awareness at the top of your nose / between your eyes; breathe deeply, feeling the breath with your conscious awareness; exhale, moving your conscious awareness straight back into your head. You may feel yourself expand, and your ` mind chatter ' will usually lessen.
Because using your Pendulum is such a serious business it presents a problem; if you use your Pendulum only for serious matters then how do you get the practice that you need to learn (and to teach others) to become proficient?
The answer lies in asking The System for permission to practice - like guessing the cards in a pack, telling dates of coins, or finding non- essential things. But if you ask permission to practice and then use the results for personal gain (like having an unfair advantage to win at cards) you may be penalized.

Pendulums, especially those of stone or crystal should be cleared with intention or some other clearing method and be dedicated / programmed to give neutral readings. You also tune into and set the intention for the particular kind of reading system you will follow. Uncleared pendulums might lose some accuracy. Clearing these and crystal balls is more about removing influences from previous work than about clearing the crystal itself.


A long string is more sensitive to small muscular movements but takes a longer time to complete a movement than does a short string. When starting to dowse you may find a long string best, changing to a shorter length as you become more skilled and your muscle system becomes used to Dowsing.
Since your Pendulum is being used by YOU, you should choose a length that responds best to YOUR mind and body - instead of the length that you used to start. This is called ' tuning ' your Pendulum.
The most accurate way is to hold the string between your thumb and first finger of your hand, and slowly let the string out. If you find this difficult, wrap the string around a pencil first; but be sure to hold the string (on the pencil) between your thumb and first finger.
Start with about 2 inches (5 cm) of string between your finger and the pendulum weight. Place your other elbow against the side of your body, with the hand in front of you, palm upwards, pointing across your body; let your Pendulum swing gently along the line of your hand.
Let the string out a little at a time, and soon your Pendulum will start to make a circle; continue to let out the string slowly, and your Pendulum will go back to swinging again; let out more string until your Pendulum starts making a circle again - note, that this circle is much larger than the first circle; you have found the correct place to hold the string of your Pendulum!
If you are very sensitive, your Pendulum may make very large circles all the time when using this length; if this is so, then use the shorter length - when your Pendulum first started to make a circle. Mark this as the “holding point” by making a simple slip knot in the string.


Your Pendulum is a tool; by itself it has no magic abilities! All it does is enable you to get information from the intuitive side of your brain without a lot of interference from the rational side of your brain - and amplifies that input. As with all tools, it is best to take good care of your Pendulum so that it is clean and in good condition when needed.
The "YES" and "NO" directions may change depending on your body cycles (and those of any person that you are asking about). So it is good practice to check the directions each time you Dowse, and each time you ask about any other person. So ask ` Show me the signal for "YES" whenever you Dowse.
The next step is to make sure that The System agrees to the use of the signals you have declared in your programs. So hold your Pendulum and declare:
My Dowsing must always be guarded by The Force for Good, and obtain answers in Love of Truth from all available sources.
You must always tell the truth, got from all available sources.
"YES" or "NO" signals may only be given if the question is a good, clear question, permitted to be asked by me, and if the true answer is known.
Otherwise you must stay still or give a "WAITING" signal. This is VERY important, so ask The System if it understands!


The next key to Dowsing is to make certain that your mind fully understands the signals to be used. A computer is just a piece of furniture without a program - and in the same way your Dowsing needs to be programmed. You can have different programs for different tools and various jobs, and can change the programming at any time, like using different computer programs.