Pendulums 101

How pendulums choose you.

Pendulums have been used throughout time for a variety of purposes including bringing clarity to the beholder, finding water, checking Chakras and understanding health related issues. Pendulums can be as simple as a cotton string with a paperclip or as elaborate as precious gems and a gold chain. The art of using a pendulum is something that anyone can learn and master, and have fun experimenting with. One of the most commonly used tools for divination and dowsing is a pendulum.

Divination – The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means. Divination (from Latin divinare, which means “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”.

Dowsing – A technique for searching for underground water, minerals, lay lines or anything invisible, by observing the motions of a pointer or changes in direction of a pendulum.

What is a Pendulum?
A pendulum is a symmetrical, weighted object that is hung from a single chain or cord. It’s never made of a magnetic substance, but is often a crystal. It’s also possible to use objects such as a favorite trinket, a bead, a metal ball or even a key. The pendulum is a very simple tool and one that lets the user tune in to their intuitive powers. The pendulum acts as a receiver and transmitter of information, and moves in different ways in response to our questions.


Pendulums & Personal Belief Systems
Personal belief systems vary among individuals using pendulums as a tool in finding answers to the questions they are asking and its effectiveness. Here are a few examples:

This view is widely accepted amongst the scientific community. A pendulum is known to amplify slight movements of the hands caused by a phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect

Ideomotor Effect – People’s subconscious minds may influence their bodies without consciously deciding to take action

Ideomotor effect means a pendulum works by amplifying the minuscule movements within the user to create a swing. These movements are a physical response to the subtle energy changes in the body.

Muscle movements caused by subconscious mental activity – make anything held in the hands move. It looks and feels as if the movements are involuntary. The same phenomenon has been shown to lie behind movements of objects on an Ouija board.

The pendulum lets the user tune in to their intuitive powers and sixth sense. The pendulum acts as a form of receiver and transmitter, from your higher guidance, guardian angels and spiritual teachers.

Some people describe the way a pendulum works as being like bringing together the rational and intuitive sides of you (the left and right sides of your brain). When these two elements are brought together, you’re able to make decisions using all the sources, rather than just one of them.

Our chakras have a corresponding auric field, which is easier to perceive intuitively than with our human senses. They are part of our subtle energy system that protects us and guides us on our journey here.

The front side relates to our day-to-day realities or conscious self and the backside relates to our unconscious or extended realities.

We all hold programs or ways of being that we’ve been taught by our family, society, and teachers and these create our perceived reality.

A pendulum responds to our own vibrational truth and if we use our pendulum with a clear open mind it will give us our true answers void of the programs and beliefs we hold on to.

If you find yourself attracted to a particular color or shape that also may be the perfect match.

How Pendulums Choose You
Our personal vibration attracts or dissuades pendulums that match our frequencies. Different crystals or metals work better with our vibration so this is a fun way to believe pendulums find us instead of vice versa.

The best way to choose a pendulum is to hold the end of its chain or string with your right hand then open your left palm below. I use my left because it has the closest connection to my heart. If the pendulum is correct for you, it should present a slight movement either in a circle, or you may feel a slight vibration or some sort of sign or indication it is correct for you. If you find yourself attracted to a particular color or shape that also may be the perfect match.

Clearing Your Pendulum
Before you start using a pendulum, it’s advisable to cleanse it first and charge it with your own energy. The easiest way to cleanse your pendulum for dowsing is to put it on a windowsill in direct sunlight for a day, so it catches the rays of the sun.

The Element of Water is also a great way to cleanse your pendulum. I’ve used a crystal bowl filled with spring water for 24 hours then gently dried it.

Trees have a wonderful Guardian vibration that link Heaven and Earth. 

People who are gardeners and resonate with the Earth Element can bury their pendulums for a day then gently wipe it off after retrieving them. I employ the Earth Element to clear new crystals I purchase, burying them beside a tree to purify them. Trees have a wonderful Guardian vibration that link Heaven and Earth. Just be sure to mark the area you’ve buried them.

Charging Your Pendulum
To charge it with your energy, hold the pendulum in your hands, closing your hands around it. Then spend a short time (5 to 15 minutes will be fine) sitting quietly, with your eyes closed, focusing your energy on your pendulum. If you’d like to, you can say a prayer or ask your spirit guides or guardian angels for their support and guidance when using the pendulum. Once your pendulum is cleansed and charged, it’s a good idea to keep it somewhere safe. Many people like to wrap their pendulums in silk or pop them in a small velvet bag for safekeeping.

Pendulum Dowsing

  1. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
  2. With either hand, tap your thymus gland on the top of your breastbone Lightly tap it for 10-15 minutes to temporarily balance the energies of the body which helps increase the accuracy of dowsing. This procedure is known as “tapping in”. Our thymus gland is linked to our 8th Chakra or Shamanic Chakra, which is ½ to 1” above our head.
  3. With the pendulum in one hand, set it swinging in a forward-backward movement.
  4. Cover your naval with your other hand (this links you directly into the center of your subtle energy system in your body or Hara center)
  5. Close your eyes.
  6. Focus on the statement “what is my yes response.”
  7. After a short while, open your eyes and note how the pendulum is moving.
  8. Repeat steps 2 through 5.
  9. Focus on the statement “what is my no response”.
  10. After a short while, open your eyes and note how the pendulum is moving.

Sometimes they can change over time and, if someone else uses or inspects your pendulum, you may need to do it again to reconnect it with your energy.

Any one can use a pendulum, but the main criteria is that you need to start with an open mind..

How To Get Started
Anyone can use a pendulum, but the main criteria is that you need to start with an open mind and put any doubts to one side.

The string, chain or cord of the pendulum should be held between your thumb and forefinger in whichever hand feels most comfortable. Some pendulums have a small metal loop or ring at the top of the chain, which can make it easy to hold.

Ideally the pendulum chain shouldn’t be too long, especially when you’re first getting started, so if it seems too long or of you’ve got excess string or chord, then you can wrap it lightly around your index finger.

When you’re ready to start, sit with your pendulum held between the thumb and forefinger of one hand and run your other hand down the length of the pendulum chain or cord, bringing your hand to rest with the bottom tip of the pendulum in your upturned palm.

The pendulum should now be completely still and you can move the hand away from the bottom of the pendulum. As you move it away, the pendulum will probably start moving. This is perfectly normal.

Try and be as relaxed as possible (the more relaxed your are, the better your flow of energy will be) and sit watching the pendulum whilst it moves or you can close your eyes and open them after a period of time for your answer.

Ask your pendulum out loud or to yourself in your mind, a “yes” or “no” question. As the pendulum moves, you gain answers in response to questions – it is best suited to use to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions.

A pendulum will follow your eyes and your thoughts – if you let it.

Pendulum Practice
Because everything is energy, a pendulum will follow your eyes and your thoughts – if you let it. When using a pendulum to determine a yes/no response, your thoughts must be in a neutral mode, and your eyes not focused on the pendulum; rather they should be looking past it. If you focus your eyes directly, and watch it closely, it will swing whichever way you will it to, and the divination will not be accurate.

General Points To Keep In Mind

  • If you have too much of an emotional investment in a specific possible outcome, accurate answers are unlikely.
  • The questions posed need to have a “yes” or “no” as a possible answer.
  • If you ask a series of questions but seem to be getting nowhere, re-phrase your question. Precise questions work best.


A pendulum is a great way to help you decide if something is good or bad for you whether it be a prescription, food or a help you decide the truth of a personal situation.

But I believe our lives are shaped by the choices we make everyday. A pendulum can be a great way to get to the truth on your journey of life and enjoy the ride!