Pendulum work is a form of dowsing (AKA divining) and is one of the oldest divination skills known to man. It is simple yet remarkably effective. In this article, I will be teaching you everything you need to know about how to use a pendulum.
What is a Pendulum?
Often, pendulums are made from brass, crystal or wood, (it is best not to use conductors such as copper or aluminium) and suspended from a piece of cord, string or chain. Whether they are professionally crafted or homemade, it does not matter, as long as it’s symmetrical, as not distort the swing, and heavy enough to oscillate.
The pendulum is a tool to communicate with spirit via your higher self and your guides. Ultimately, you are Connecting with the Universal Consciousness – to retrieve information that already exists in the Universe.
But don’t think dowsing is a woo-woo pursuit, this technique is used by:
- Water Companies to detect leaks in pipe works.
- Oil companies to locate new reserves of oil and other mineral deposits.
- Chicken farmers – to determine the sex of a chick.
What’s more, you can use this technique in everyday situations – to retrieve missing items, receive guidance, check the health of the chakras, discover what foods are right for you and more.
How to use a pendulum
You must cleanse your pendulum & charge it – click here to read more about cleansing crystals.
Like everything: you must develop a relationship with your pendulum and practice with so that it gives you accurate responses. You cannot expect to pick it up the first time and start immediately working with you. Therefore, dedicate time to build up your connection.
Holding your Pendulum
Whilst holding your pendulum, it’s essential to be aware that the length of the chain is neither too short – so that it cannot oscillate – or too long, which prevents it recentring and becoming still. You’re looking for around 8 to 10 centimetres of chain length. Here are some conventional methods to grip the chain or string:
- People sometimes ‘pinch’ the chain between the thumb and forefinger of their dominant hand.
- You can wrap the chain over the centre part of the middle finger and press the chain firmly with the thumb.
But find a grip that suits you, there is no hard and fast rule!
Training your pendulum
For starters, you’ll need to train your pendulum to indicate ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Silly Question’ & ‘Searching’.
To do so, cleanse your pendulum, hold it correctly, as outlined above, and ground yourself (if you’re unsure how, click here). Make sure that your pendulum is still, then ask out loud: “Please show me a ‘Yes’ answer”. Hopefully, it should swing in a direction (back and forth, left and right, diagonally) or in a circle (clockwise and anticlockwise).
Nothing happening? Don’t worry! Be patient and try again. If it’s still not working for you, can try again at another time.
“Your pendulum should shift from one apparent motion to another.”
However, if it does move, ask it to stop, and make the request the answer again: i.e. “Please show me a ‘Yes'”. By repeating the process, you’re building up a consistent response system.
After you have a clear, ‘Yes’ response, duplicate the process with ‘No’. The pendulum must indicate a different direction to the ‘Yes’, otherwise, repeat the intention until you do.
Thirdly, ask for ‘Searching’: this will tell you that the pendulum is looking for the answer, solution or object you have requested it to find.
Afterwards, request a ‘Silly Question’ response; this might seem a bit daft, but it is actually very helpful! You might receive this answer to a future question for several reasons: the pendulum might not be cooperating with you (in which case you need to continue working with it); it has already answered the issue; you already know the answer, or it doesn’t think the question is useful or helpful.
Finally, once you have your four different directions, ask your pendulum to move from one answer to another. For example, ask it to show you ‘Yes’, then ask it ‘Searching’, and ‘No’. Your pendulum should shift from one apparent motion to another.
Is it not? No problem, repeat the previous steps. As I said at the beginning of this article, this takes practice and patience.
(NB. Each time you want to work with your pendulum, check these four responses as they can change).
Once you’re happy with the above and have developed a good rapport with your pendulum, you can start exploring working with pendulum maps, like the one below.
You can print it out or draw it out on a piece of paper.
Hover the point over the middle point and ask it to go along the ‘Ready for a question’ axis. If it successfully responds, do the same with the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.
Using a map differs from the four questions technique outlined above because you are programming the pendulum to respond to your command, as opposed to asking it to show you. When you’ve mastered this, you can start looking into more advanced maps; there are lots of brilliant ones out there – you can do an image search.
What to use your pendulum for:
- Write a vitamins and minerals list/flowers remedies, hold the pendulum over each and ask “Do I need to take the following mineral, for my highest good?” You must include ‘for my highest good’ in this instance.
- Looking for a new home – use the pendulum over a map to find the best areas to look.
- Chakras and healing – this is somewhat advanced, so I teach this in person rather than through written instructions.
- Best and most useful is to track down objects that you have mislaid: stand in each doorway and dowse as to whether the object is in that room or not. As soon as you know the specific room it’s in, walk around with the pendulum in ‘Search’ mode until it switches to ‘yes’.
How to ask Questions
Never expect any divination tool to tell you what to do. For example, do not ask:
❌ “Should I move? ” But rather…
✅ “Does it serve my highest good if I stay where I am living for the next six months?” or “Does it serve my highest good if I move within the next six months?”
Use Outlook A / Outlook B scenarios. In addition, use phrases such as “Instead of,” “In Preference to” or “Rather than.”
You will move ahead more quickly if you follow a few rules:
- Never use the pendulum frivolously: If you can make the decision yourself, without using a divination tool, leave it in its bag.
- Do not ask the same question twice at the same session as this implies doubt. It’s best if you trust the answers you’re given.
- Never ‘show off’ your abilities with the pendulum.
- Ask someone else to work the pendulum if you are emotionally involved in the outcome.
- Use the pendulum for good purposes only.
- As well as this, do not let other people use your divination tools.
Be experimental and enjoy developing a connection with your pendulum; this means using it often and always with respect. Also, I advise safely keeping it tucked away, traditionally wrapped in black or purple silk, but a dedicated box would do well.
Over time, if you have very sensitive hand chakras, you might be able to dispense with your dowsing kit altogether!
If you’re interested in learning more about intuitive tools, then why not look out for the chance to join one of my upcoming Intuitive Development Circles or Masterclasses. Find out more here.
My name is Fiongal Greenlaw. I am the founder of The Wellness Foundry, London.
Several years ago, my health hit crisis point because of the constant pressure I was putting on myself. So I began a journey to find a solution to my condition:
I discovered many incredible practices, and my relief was so great, that I was driven to share these treatments with others. Since then I feel as though I have aligned with my life’s purpose: to help others on their journey.