Dowsing is the process of using a tool such as a pendulum or rod to discover things
that cannot be discovered using our everyday senses. It is a term, which in the past
has been associated primarily with the finding of water sources. Modern dowsers
dowse for oil & gas, minerals, water, lost objects, lost people with perhaps one of the
most common uses today being the use of a pendulum to determine one's state of
health and whether particular medicines, supplements, etc should be taken.
A dowsing tool is nothing more than a communication device. In and of itself it has no
power and no ability to move. Although no one knows how or why dowsing works, it
seems that the movement of the pendulum or rod(s) is controlled through or by your
subconscious (or something of that nature). Most experienced dowsers use all the
basis dowsing tools. These are the pendulum, L-rods, Y-rod and the Bobber with the
first two being easily made from materials on hand. Any object hung from a piece of
string is a pendulum and a old wire coat hanger can be cut and bent into a L-rod. The
tool chosen is usually just the most convenient one for the job at hand. As dowsing
devices come in all sizes, shapes and materials, it is important only that you choose a
tool that you're comfortable with for all instruments work equally well for experienced
In fact, it is important not to impose any beliefs on yourself that a particular tool is better
than another. If your favourite crystal pendulum isn't available, a washer hung on a
piece of fishing line will work just as well!
Learning to Dowse
Dowsing is a skill that anyone can learn. It does take practice but then what worthwhile
goal is ever reached without effort? Before you can practice you do need to discover
what the movement of the pendulum or rod(s) mean. To simplify matters I will
concentrate on using a pendulum. The various rods are employed most often for
Most dowsing can be accomplished by three movements: one for a YES/POSITIVE
answer, another for NO/NEGATIVE, and a third for MAYBE/NEUTRAL (or a Rephrase
the Question) response. Experienced dowsers may also count the number of swings or
turns to determine depth of an item being searched for; rely on the movement of the
instrument to determine the length of a particular treatment they're doing; etc.
The first step is determining what YOUR responses mean. Your responses may vary
from another person's but that is fine - what works for you is all that counts!
Take your pendulum and hold the string or chain between your thumb and first
finger, about 2 « to 3 inches from the weight at the end.
Sit quietly for a few moments to centre and ground yourself. If you find that you
are out-of-sorts in some way wait until another time when you are more relaxed.
While slowly swinging the pendulum vertically back and forth, mentally (or out
loud) ask the pendulum to show you your YES movement by swinging in a
circular direction. This will be clockwise or counter-clockwise.
If there is little or irregular movement it might be beneficial to hold the pendulum
over your right knee. Repeat the question "Please show me what my YES
Repeat for a NO response (over the left knee if necessary).
Ask for your MAYBE response. Oftentimes it will be a back-and-forth swing at a
45 degree angle. It should be something quite different from the circular
Now you practice, practice, and practice some more! You should start by asking
questions that you know the answers to. For example, is my name Mary? Then you
can move on to asking questions where the answer can be verified, such as "Are there
any messages on my answering machine?" If you get a YES response, ask "Is there one message?" "More than one message?" "Are there two messages?" And so on.
There are a number of charts available commercially or you can make your own. Feel
free to print out the following chart. You can add numbers 0 to 100 (in increments of
10) for a percentage chart or mark the names of various remedies (Bach Flower,
homeopathic) to see which ones you should take. Anything at all can be marked on the
chart. Hold your pendulum at the centre of the bottom line and slowly swing it back-and-
forth horizontally. Then ask a question such as "What is the percentage of likelihood
that it will rain today?" The pendulum will slowly move to a diagonal back-and-forth
swing over the correct figure.
Check with Dowsing societies in your area for information on dowsing schools, books,
annual conventions, etc. Joining a group of like-minded people to practice and fine-
tune your dowsing is an excellent idea.
Diane Marcotte lives in Ontario, Canada and was a banker for 38 years until she decided to leave banking and devote her time to her mail-order bookstore, her website The Healing Spectrum (www.thehealingspectrum.com) and to her interest in all things spiritual. She began dowsing about 4 or 5 years ago after taking a dowsing course that included a week-end of field work.
Diane is presently developing an on-line dowsing course that will be offered through her website and she hopes to teach dowsing this fall at local colleges in the Toronto area.