Chapter 7: What Are Dowsing Rods?

Written by Maggie Percy

Dowsing Rods Have Special Uses

What are dowsing rods? Rods are a type of dowsing tool that indicate the answers to your dowsing question. There are different types of rods which are named for their shapes. L-rods look like a letter ‘L', and Y-rods look like a ‘Y'.

There is no magic in a dowsing tool. It is merely a gauge. You don't even need a tool to dowse. However, each tool has its strengths and thus can enhance your dowsing experience. Most dowsers have a preference for a particular tool, usually reflecting their favorite dowsing application.

Pendulums, discussed in the previous chapter, are the most popular dowsing tool at this time, mostly because the favorite applications of dowsers relate to health and other topics referred to as ‘spiritual dowsing', which means, dowsing about energies and other subjects that aren't purely physical. This type of dowsing is usually done indoors while seated. Rods, on the other hand, lend themselves best to dowsing outdoors, trekking about the earth looking for underground water, minerals or buried services.

Dowsing Rods Are Named For Their Shape

Y-rods are most often used by water dowsers. Historically, the tool was made from a branch cut fresh from a tree, often a willow or other water-loving species. The moisture in the rod allowed it to bend easily during the dowsing process. Modern Y-rods are made with plastic. You can make a simple Y-rod with two lengths of round plastic stock, securing one pair of the ends tightly together to form the Y.

L-rods are usually made with metal. You can take a metal coat hanger, cut and unfold it and shape an L. Then, if you choose to make a sleeve for the handle end, you can take a straw and cut it to fit, then bend the end of the metal to hold it in place. The sleeve provides a handle for you that allows the rod to move freely. Sleeves make your L-rod more sensitive, and some people like that, while others prefer the rod to respond more slowly. It is personal preference. Try both ways and see which is best for you.

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You Have To Hold Them Right

Old dowsing toolsThe diagram shows how you hold a Y-rod. It is necessary to put it in tension, which then allows it to flip up or down to indicate “yes” or “no”. Down is usually “yes”, but it doesn't matter which is which, as long as you know your “yes” and “no”.It's best to hold the rod with your palms facing upward.

You need to be cautious when first using a Y-rod, as it is possible to hit yourself in the face with it if you are not careful. It's funny to watch someone learning to hold the Y-rod with proper tension, focus carefully on a dowsing question, then walk along the earth waiting for a response. It takes practice for sure, but it's really fun when you master it. It's also dead accurate.

The L-rod can be used for all the same applications. L-rods need to be held by the handle (the short side), with the long side tipped just below horizontal. If you tip up a bit, the rods fall to your side, and if you tip down too much, they swing together in the middle. You need to find that sweet spot where they are both balanced just below horizontal and pointed straight ahead. “Yes” is usually the rod turning inward; “no” is usually the rod turning outward, towards your shoulder.

If you only use one rod, it is a bit easier. It's personal preference whether you use one or two. There's a lot of laughter when you are first learning to use rods, because it does require you to do a few things at once, all of which are new to you. But it does get a lot easier with practice.

As you learned in previous chapters, there is much more to dowsing than just getting a yes/no answer with a tool. It's important to get proper training so that you are actually dowsing and can become accurate. Tool use is probably the most fun part of learning to dowse, but be sure you also learn all about asking the right question, getting into a dowsing state and dowsing ethics.

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Although you do not need a tool to dowse, rods can be very useful. When walking on uneven ground, especially during breezy weather, rods are a great tool. They are most commonly used when dowsing outdoors for things like water, minerals and buried services. They excel when you are doing archaeological dowsing, looking for things such as post holes or burials that are not apparent above ground. We use rods all the time when dowsing environmental energies either for space clearing or just to get a feel for what is going on energetically on a property. You can also use an L-rod to follow the path of an underground cable or to point in the direction of something you are seeking.

There is so much to dowsing beyond just tool use. You are getting a glimpse of how many ways a person can use dowsing to explore the wonders of life. Click on the links below to discover more about dowsing.


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