Dowsing Tools


Written by Nigel Percy


Dowsing Tools

Dowsing tools come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with a wide range of price tags; from absolutely free to absolutely astronomical.

However, no matter what tool you use, they all do the same thing. That is, they react to and amplify your own body's reactions. Once you get that straight, then it really becomes a matter of finding which type of tool is best suited to your reactions.

Before we look at some dowsing tools, you should be aware that, actually, you don't need any tools to dowse with. And that's because dowsing is an entirely natural human ability whereby you can gain answers to questions which your rational, logical mind cannot provide.

But, as this video is about dowsing tools, let's take a look at some of them, beginning with the simplest and moving to the more complicated.

First, the simplest tool of all is a branch. It should be long enough to dip in front of you when you hold it. Depending on how your body reacts, the branch might move up and down or side to side or go in a circle to show you a ‘yes'. That's about as simple as it gets.

A more modern version is a bobber. This is smaller than the branch. They tend to be clunky and long and get bent easily, as they are usually made out of copper wire. But you can easily make smaller, more durable ones out of a length of speedometer cable stuck in a wooden handle. They operate the same way as the branch.

A more complicated version of the bobber is the aurameter, which is usually expensive and is supposed to be more sensitive in its responses. But it essentially does the same thing as the first two.

Next up in simplicity is the pendulum. Any weight at the end of a length of string or chain will do. Car keys, three-quarter-inch nuts, carved wood or turned metal; all will work. If a bobber sticks out in front of you, then a pendulum is exactly like a bobber, only the movements take place below your hand, instead of in front of it.

Common movements for ‘yes' are clockwise circles or to and fro movements. ‘No' is often shown as anti-clockwise or side to side.

An L-rod is probably the next one to look at. Again, you can spend vast amounts of money or make your own. It's your choice. Here, the tool is held above the hand, and the rod swings to the left or right according to your body's reactions. If using two rods, then having them cross in front of you is often a ‘yes'. When they move apart, that is a common ‘no' response.

Then we come to the Y-rod. This is sometimes seen as the ‘traditional' tool for dowsers because it's the one most often seen being used by water dowsers. And water dowsing is a public exhibition of dowsing more than any other type of dowsing. The point about the Y-rod is that it can be tricky to hold out in front of you correctly. Once you succeed, then the most usual ‘yes' response is a sharp movement down.

These are the main types of tools. They work by being held in front of you, or by being dangled from your hand, and they all show you what your body is sensing.

There are plenty of variations on these types, and some might be more appealing to you than others. Most dowsers have more than one type of tool and often have different versions of one type as well. So, you might have more than one pendulum as well as some L-rods.

No one tool is perfect. It all depends on your preferences and sensitivities.

Happy Dowsing!

Do you have a favorite dowsing tool? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Rainmanp7

    Coconut with water inside.
    Cup of water on palm face up.
    L rods
    Egg ,all eggs are different

    • Nigel Percy

      Interesting! But how do you use them (apart from the rods and pendulum of course)?


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