What is Dowsing?
By: Sam Stevens
is definitely an intuitive art and one of the oldest forms of
divination in the world. Perhaps the oldest and most familiar image we
have a dowser is what is called a field or map dowser. This person
walks over a landscape using a Y shaped or forked stick (sometimes
called a doodlebug) to locate subterranean sources of water, oil or
even precious minerals. The stick vibrates, crosses or shakes when the
substance is found. Some dowsers will use two sticks held in one hand,
and when the sticks cross, it signifies that a subtle astral or
geopathic force has located the natural resource. This kind of dowsing
is also used to locate things such as buried treasure, lost persons,
missing jewelry and stray golf balls!
However, the kind of
dowsing we are concerned with in this article would be for the purposes
of divination. To do this you need to purchase or make what is called a
“bobber” or a “pendulum”. This is simply a pointed object made of
metal, crystal or wood that is attached to the end of a string or a
rope. Crystals make excellent pendulums. To diagnose disease, use a
rose quartz crystal. For general divination, a silver, lapis, wood or
hematite pendulum works well. A pendulum can be anything that appeals
to you, that is personal, feels like it conducts energy and can be hung
from a chain or string. For instance, I have a little silver acorn
charm that works perfectly as a pendulum. Some people use keys or
talismans or charms such as a crucifix or ankh. Pendulums can be bought
commercially online and in New Age or Occult Stores.
There are no strict rules around the practice of dowsing, however there are two methodologies behind the purpose of it.
first methodology involves using the pendulum to answer a yes or no
question. Some practitioners use a chart or a map, usually a square of
paper with a circle drawn on it with the words YES or NO written at the
four quarter points of the circle.
Sometimes, a direct answer
can be written on the four points of the paper as well. For instance if
the question is “Who does Bob love?” then you may have different
options such as “Me”, “His Wife”, “His Child” or “Nobody” written on
the four quarter points of the circle. The dowser holds the pendulum
over the center of the circle concentrates and sees which answer the
pendulum naturally sways towards.
There is also another direct
method of getting a yes or no answer. Hold the pendulum straight
between thumb and forefinger. Ask the question. If it sways to the
right, the answer is YES. If it sways to the left, the answer is NO. If
it goes in a clockwise circle, the answer is YES: a counterclockwise
circle – NO.
Healers, to scan a body for disease, also use
pendulums. The spinning in a counterclockwise circle is said to be an
astral message that something is wrong with that part of a body. Also
if the pendulum is just very active it can indicate an energy
disturbance in a chakra or an imbalance of some kind. There is an old
wives' tale too, that if a pendulum is held over the belly of a
pregnant woman, it is a boy if it swings to the right or clockwise and
a girl if it swings to the left or counterclockwise.
Before you start dowsing, you might want to say a little prayer, asking God or the powers that be for permission to dowse.
A Dowser’s Prayer:
Dear God/dess(Or Higher Power)
help me be centered and grounded so that I may become a clear channel
of your divine grace, direction and wisdom. Protect me from all
negative energies and influences while I open myself up to do they work
and guide me to finding the right answers for all those who come to me
for advice and help.
Amen & Blessed Be!