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A pendulum is a good tool for use in divination and for getting general advice and answers. It can also be used for channeling. As any other tool used for divination, the pendulum acts as an extension of your subconscious mind.

It isn’t difficult to learn how to use a pendulum. A pendulum isn’t that expensive if you decide to buy one. You can actually make one yourself quite easily. The most important thing is that the string is properly attached so that the pendulum won’t move in a certain direction because of the construction.

Hold the string between your thumb and your index finger and make sure to support the elbow, for example on a table. Let the pendulum hang freely below the hand. Stabilise it, so that it stops swinging. Make sure that it stays still.


Now you can start to tune into it, by testing it a bit. Visualise that it will give you a ‘yes’, a ‘no’ and a ‘don’t know/maybe’. Make sure to start by asking questions you already know the answer to, to figure out how to recognize the answers for what they are.

Usually the pendulum answers ‘yes’ by going clockwise in a circle, ‘no’ by going counterclockwise in a circle and ‘don’t know/maybe’ by swinging in a straight line. It can also have a meaning if the straight line goes from the body or sideways in front of you. The pendulum can also swing in an ellipse and that can, for example, mean that the question isn’t yet ready to be answered. You’ll soon figure out how it works for you.

To see the movement more easily, you can hold the pendulum over a paper that you’ve drawn a circle on. You can also draw a cross over the circle. Let the center of the cross be in the center of the circle.

When you feel that the connection between you and pendulum works, you can start asking your questions. Remember never to ask questions that you don’t want to be answered! The pendulum may very well be wrong, but still. Ask straightforward and simple questions that the pendulum can answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to.

It’s preferable to ask the same question several times when it’s about important things, to get a more accurate answer. But you shouldn’t ask the same question more than once a day.

It’s also possible to dowse over maps to get tips on good travel destinations, places to move to, or if you wonder where a special person is. Dowse over different parts of the map and multiple maps to get guidance. Minimise the area for the intended destination, place of residence or location of a person by folding the map or covering the rest with blank sheets of paper.

Questions to ask when dowsing over a map could be:

  • Would I like to live in this area?
  • Is Jim within this area now?
  • Should I travel to this area?

The map should be as detailed as possible. For example, if you know that the person you seek is in a specific city, but not where, you use a city map.

It’s also possible to do dowsing over a photo or a drawing, for example, if you’re unsure if you should buy a specific house or not. The pendulum should then give a positive answer if it’s a good idea; that you’ll fell safe and calm there.

Another possibility would be to dowse over a drawing of your house if you’ve misplaced something. Then you could slowly exclude the areas where there’s no point in looking for it. The pendulum might actually lead you directly to the object you’re seeking.

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