Burning Questions? Use a Pendulum to Get answers!

I’ve Used This Form of Hocus-Pocus Dowsing for 30 Years. Love It. Depend on It. Here’s How!

No need for a fancy pendulum like this one. Use a metal washer tied to a string and go!

Dowsing: a technique for searching for underground water, minerals or anything invisible by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally with a forked stick) or the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences.

Dowsing a Meatloaf.

Recently I prepared meatloaf for dinner guests who enjoy eating red meat. Not having cooked meatloaf for decades, I followed a recipe closely, but it appeared the meatloaf was done cooking 15 minutes before the recipe indicated. No one cares for meatloaf either pink in the center or totally dried out, so I grabbed my kitchen pendulum and held it over the hot dish. Yes, the pendulum said, “Done!” AND the meatloaf was juicy and cooked through.

There are certainly more profound questions to ask a pendulum other than if a meatloaf’s done cooking, but before you ask any questions of it, you must establish a relationship with the dowsing tool.

Five easy steps to prepare to dowse:

1. Tie a metal washer or a ring to a piece of string cut to eight inches.

2. Hold the string, letting the object you’ve tied to it hang straight down and become still.

3. Breathe and get focused.

4. Ask the pendulum to give you a “yes.” The pendulum will sway either to and fro or side to side, or circle clockwise or counter clockwise.

5. Then ask it for a “no.” Establishing which way the pendulum sways or circles for you takes a little time and patience (and faith).

Now you’re ready to let the pendulum answer your questions.

A useful place to start with your pendulum is in your kitchen. Hold the dowsing tool over various foods or food supplements and ask if a particular food or vitamin has nutritional value for you. For me, the pendulum invariably suggests that coffee is not good; I drink it anyway. It recently advised me to take the herb turmeric, but that I don’t need Vitamin E at this time, which is handy to know because that vitamin is expensive. Same with CoQ-10 (also costly). The pendulum indicated I no longer need to take it as a supplement, but that I should continue with 4,000 IU of vitamin D-3 daily.

My pendulum also suggested I stay completely away from gluten, advice which I’m now following. That’s a hard one and I’ll let you know how the gluten-free diet goes! All answers from my pendulum could change completely when I re-ask the questions in a few weeks.

What other areas of questioning could you ask the pendulum?

Travel plans. Is it in my best interest to go here or there, or just stay home? IF I go to ____, will the outcome be good for all concerned?

Relationships. Should I pursue this friendship/romance. Is it in my best interest to continue to spend time with ____?

Work. Would it be in my best interest to change jobs or remain employed where I am?

Prescribed medications. Does this medication support my health? Is it necessary for my well-being?

Monetary expenditures. Should I buy ____, or hold on to my money?

De-cluttering. Is it in the best interest of the energy flow in my home to let go of this object or piece of clothing?

Sex of an unborn baby. Is she having a girl? A boy?

I’ve used my pendulum for gardening projects by asking if certain plants need more water, less water or fertilizer. I have a seven foot, unidentifiable tree that sprouted up last spring in an inconvenient spot in my yard. When I asked the pendulum if I could chop down the uninvited tree, it answered, “No, you cannot!” Tree saved by the pendulum against my wishes. I’m still wondering why!

Often just the line of questioning may enlighten since one asks only questions that can only be answered by yes and no. Gaining clarity on a personal issue may come through the series of questions asked, rather than by the swaying pendulum itself.

But there’s another way to use the pendulum after you have become proficient with yes and no questions. Draw a large semi-circle on a piece of paper and number one to ten along the entire curve. Then ask the pendulum your question such as, “On a scale of 1-10, how important is it that I do ____, or refrain from doing ____?” With practice, the tool will sway toward a number giving you a rating in importance on a scale of 1-10.

There are countless situations in which a pendulum may be useful. My personal passion for using one is obvious and an essential part of my life.

Some other helpful suggestions to consider if you decide to explore the use of a pendulum

Keep your questions of the pendulum edifying. For instance, don’t ask it if your next door neighbor is having an affair with the man across the street!

Don’t try to trick your pendulum. For example, don’t ask it if the sun is shining if it’s pouring rain.

Don’t keep asking the same question over and over once the pendulum has given you its answer. It may go squirrelly on you if you do.

Trust. The pendulum is a way for you to communicate with the part of you that already holds the answers within you and with cosmic consciousness (maybe they’re one in the same).

Respect the pendulum as an ancient tool of divination that speaks for your own intuition and supports your well-being.

Also–You don’t have to store your dowsing tool in a velvet pouch. You don’t have to purify it in salt water. And it’s okay to let others “touch” your pendulum.

What makes the pendulum move? I don’t know.

If you have questions or comments, post them below. Or, if you want more help, email me and we’ll schedule a few minutes for you to drop by my office.


  1. I am for Vitamin D3. How about 5000-6000 units for the winter, and then you can go back to 4000units? Ask your pendulum.
    sending you my love

  2. Greg Dunkel says:

    I love this as I too have used a pendulum for many years, 🙂 But I haven’t learned the circle and numbers. My pendulum always goes side to side for yes and counter clockwise for no!

    • Thanks, Greg for your comment re how the pendulum swings for you. I don’t use the half circle with the numbers much anymore, but it’s still a great additional technique for dowsing and very helpful in some situations! H.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I’m clutter-clearing, and it involves releasing hundreds of books. Books that are old friends, enchanting acquaintances, and whispering possibilities. Your post reminded me I could tap into my “knowing” with my pendulum. And doing so reminded me of the deep, internal peace that often accompanies “learning the truth” about something. A couple of practices I invoke when using my pendulum: stilling myself beforehand, and always thanking the pendulum (universe/Spirit/God) for partnership and dialogue . . . for supplying my answers. Usually with each answer, I send up a small prayer of thanks. Given the number of books I’m sorting through, there’ll be a whole lot of prayin’ goin’ on!

    • Elizabeth, I never thought of sending up a prayer of thanks for answers received via my pendulum. Great idea! Good luck with releasing books and all those prayers. Love and miss you! H.

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