How To Dowse For Gold

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Written by Nigel Percy

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How to Dowse for Gold

Dowsing for gold is a popular application for this simple, natural skill. However, because dowsing is used in this instance for something of potentially great value, there is some confusion around it when there need not be.

Those who go dowsing for gold are often easy game for those who want to sell them expensive dowsing rods. Usually such rods are described as being of the correct length or have some special feature to help them tune in to gold more accurately.

What most people don't want to admit, however, is that dowsing for gold is no different from dowsing for your lost car keys or which item to order from a menu. But, because it's gold, that precious stuff which is so highly valued, a lot of people wrongly assume that they should be doing something special or different in order to find the stuff.

Not true!

Dowsing is dowsing, no matter what the target. And that means that the same basic principles for any type of dowsing should be followed when dowsing for gold.

That means that in order to find gold, you need to have a really precise question in mind and then you have to be in the right mental state of relaxed attention to allow the answer to come to you. It's never the tool which tells you. It's only your reaction, causing the tool to move, which is the essence of dowsing.

The question is the most important thing in all types of dowsing. It's no different in dowsing for gold. You'll presumably know what you are after, so really you're framing a question about the location or the depth or the overall quantity. Whatever is your primary goal, that's the question you have to form. Avoid the vague question like, ‘Is there gold here?' because there may well be but it might be one tiny grain six feet deep.

You can dowse for gold over a map and search for the most likely places to examine on foot. Again, you need a specific question. We map-dowsed for some clients who wanted to know which areas they should pan for gold in to produce sufficient quantities for them to feel successful. They followed our suggestions and had a successful season. Map dowsing is just another way of using this skill and we have a video on how you can map dowse. Click the link here.

The one thing to remember above all else is that no matter what you are using dowsing for; whether it's for gold, for oil, for your choice of vitamins, dowsing is the same. And, what the people who want to sell you expensive dowsing tools won't say is that you don't actually need any tools at all. Of course, if you like tools, then you can make your own and adjust it to be exactly as you want it to be.

Happy Dowsing!

Have you dowsed for gold? Successfully? What did you use and why?

 

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35 Comments

  1. Cindy Rai

    My step mom and dad showed me how to do this for GOLD. My question is this– why do I hit on some and She doesn’t ? There are times that we BOTH hit on it but I seem to hit more than she does and she has been doing it for a few years now. Thank you

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    • Nigel Percy

      I’m not sure there’s one simple reason for what you say. From what you say, you have actually dug up or found the gold? That’s the only way you’d know if either or both of you were correct.
      If you found it and she didn’t, then perhaps the geological formations were different from those where she is successful. Or, she could have simply lost focus when dowsing. Maybe you want to find it more than she does.
      It could also be that different types of gold are more difficult for one of you. Placer gold compared to gold bullion for example.
      But if you’re both as good as each other in general, then you must be doing very nicely with everything you’ve found. Keep up the good work!!

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    • Al

      Dowsing is a very individual thing. What may work for you may not work for me. It depends on the individuals sensitivity. I douse for many things such as minerals, water, aura, and spirits etc.

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      • Nigel Percy

        That’s what makes it so interesting!

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  2. chritacia

    there are so many methods of dowsing but the first thing you have to understand is that there hve to be an affinitive conection between you and your dowsing rods , coz this is why we always have different results from diferent people on the same area to be surveid ,

    you have to understand that when you dowse you ought to know what exactly you looking for

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    • Nigel Percy

      There are several points I’d like to address here. First, you don’t have to have a rod or tool of any kind to dowse. Also, the main reason for different results by different people at the same place is mainly due to the fact that few people have actually been taught how to dowse well. It has nothing to do with what your relationship is with the tool you use but a lot to do with how you have been taught to dowse (and so many haven’t been taught!).
      Also, to dowse accurately, every dowser needs to have a clear focus on the question. Without that it’s no more than lucky dip. Read our book, ‘The Dowsing State’ for more details.
      As for the ‘many methods’ of dowsing, that’s really more about different techniques. The only method is to have a clear focus, get in the right state of mind and know the answer when it appears. It is nothing more than a way of answering questions your rational mind cannot answer.

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  3. Brad Cox

    I don’t believe that there’s anything spiritual or intuitive involved with the type of dowsing I do. I’m mostly in search of buried coins, gold, other highly conductive metals. I use my own homemade copper wire L-shaped rods…and never have to utter a word when managing to get the rods to cross exactly above a target. Having plastic handles that allow the rods to swivel freely within them and outward horizontally balanced is key to me. My thoughts are more in line with Einstein’s when he stated that the rods are a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time. So, the rods act as an antenna that somehow amplify what our body energy field emits. I chose 10 gauge copper wire for my rods since copper is more highly conductive / receptive to electricity and possibly static electricity that the store bought brass ones or coat hangers. My rods have detected small metal targets 3 feet underground on a couple occasions…and I’ve had to draw a line that I really don’t care to dig more than a foot or two in the future unless there’s a chance that the object has value worth the effort and use of bigger shovels and post hold diggers to dig up. I may be a novice at this dowsing stuff. But I like to avoid any appearance of summoning demons or spirits to help with my searches. Getting the rods to cross directly over a quarter lying on the ground every single time is pretty fascinating…requiring no “divination” or sorcery at all.

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    • Nigel Percy

      Thanks for this interesting post, Brad. I’m with you in that dowsing is something entirely normal and human. There’s no need to bring anything else into it to make more than it is. Your use of rods is simple and direct and, most of all, effective. I wish you continued success.

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    • tom small

      Brad,

      I have been using the 10 ga. copper rods for years .. I used them to primarily trace electrical (under-ground wires) on high voltage transmission and substations to support my work as an engineer.

      But – I also used them to detect gold in the streams of Alaska .. Where there was gold I could detect .. small nuggets . not dust ..

      I have been on a quest to try and understand how and why “dowsing” works for me but not all I associate with ..

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      • Brad Cox

        Tom, there is a bit of technique involved with using the L-shaped rods…like not holding them away from your chest too far, wearing gloves can unintentionally touch the copper instead of staying on the plastic handles…keeping the rods from swiveling freely inside the handles, possibly wearing steel toe shoes might give false readings if your feet are too far in front of you, as well as “hot rocks” rocks containing a lot of iron…my rods will detect those…causing me to dig for targets I don’t want. I hope to be using my rods for finding gold too…once the local river level recedes enough to get my boat out there safely. I suspect I’ll still hit some other unwanted targets while in the water…where the heavy metals tend to collect…lots of magnetite in my local streams…pick a lot up when tossing a magnet out on a rope (magnet fishing). I wish I knew why the rods work. I accidentally left out the word “uncanny” when referring to Einstein’s quote in my previous post…its the uncanny reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors. I might theorize that it has something to do with the electromagnetism our bodies emit outward around us a certain distance…that somehow works like a compass needle…instead of pointing north…it points to metal. It is definitely “uncanny”. Crazy goofy Youtube gold prospector Jeff Williams posted on his channel “Ask Jeff Williams” 5 years ago of the use of copper wire dowsing rods being able to detect gold and silver. But they also detect aluminum bottle caps, iron nails, lead bird shot…maybe you’ve found some of these as well.

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        • tom small

          Brad – I enjoyed your comments – I don’t use gloves when using my L-shaped copper rods … The streams I used to Dowse for gold in Nome Alaska also had lots of magnetite (black sand). My time in Nome Ak. was years ago when the price of gold was maybe $ 40.00 / oz. (raw gold) — I would like to go back and try my skills and luck … Never found lead sinkers, pop cans, or loose metal … Just gold and black sand

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  4. Philip

    Hello. I have always been interested and amazed by this practice. How/where may I begin to learn dowsing? Do I need instruction from an expert?

    Thank you.

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    • Nigel Percy

      You can certainly learn a lot about dowsing by reading the many posts on this site. If you wish to become a dowser yourself, then I would suggest you ave a look at our dowsing course for sale. Going to an expert is not always feasible (time , location, cost etc), but is vastly helpful if you wish to become a water dowser where gaining field experience is most useful.
      Basically, anyone can learn to dowse, but to learn to dowse well takes time and practice and having the basics right from the get-go. That’s why we suggest our course.
      If you have further questions, I’ll be happy to respond.

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  5. Ian McIntosh

    I have been using l rods for 6yrs after reading an article in magazine triggered my interest.
    I doubted it could work.
    I was wrong, with much practice i perfected accuracy.
    I have been asked to find several items of lost gold jewelry by distraught owners, and was successful in all cases.
    In 1 case i pinpointed the item at 2km distant and used 1rod to beat the remaining earing of a pair at 11 beats, then let the rod sweep 180degrees lock on and got 11 beats, went 2ks in direction of point with two rods in front parralel, they crossed exactly above the item lost.
    You are wrong about a.lot of things in you article.
    It works for me, but only on non ferrous metals,.
    I have proven this many times when challenged to do so.
    Ian.

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    • Nigel Percy

      Well, good for you and thanks for sharing, although I am at a loss as to what you mean by referring to ‘beats’ when you are dowsing.

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  6. Logen Soriano

    This is in connection with the comment of Ian McIntosh, sir, did you asked a question in searching? What question did you asked? I am a newbie and want to try too in locating buried gold. Thanks in advance.

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  7. Danny

    Hi Guys im a dowser , some maybe 5 months ,can someone tell me what is the right question when u want to dowse for a gold ,like rings,coins stuff like that, i was trying to do the map dowsing and i had some targets on those maps , when i went outside at the actual locations , i found twice coins but not the gold ones, my question was : Is there buried gold coins or gold jewelry on this field, someone maybe can point me at the right direction ,where am i making the mistake ? Its a great blog cause we can share our experience.

    Thank you, kind regards

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    • Nigel Percy

      Briefly, focus and the dowsing state (explained in this post) are absolute musts, and, like most things, require some practice before they come naturally. As to the exact questions, I’m hopeful that some of the previous commenters will respond with how they go about this, although I can say that you might want to be sure that if there are coins in a field they are at a depth you can access. Also, map dowsing is one application which needs practice and errors there will throw you off.
      Other than that, you should keep practicing your dowsing on tangible, verifiable targets to increase your skill level (and hence your confidence). This article will help.

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      • Dan

        Thank you for responding i do appreciate . Basicaly when i practise at anything visible i got 95 to 98% of success that means in the house or on the field visible objects like empty cans .plastic bottles etc. But when i come to the dowsing for a gold objects i ask the question what i mentioned in the previous comment. It is leading me to coins and some metal objects in the ground. all targets are there 100% accurate never showed me a empty spot there is always something there.but the problem is
        Its not gold :) mostly it is metal or bronze . I dont get it whats the issue .i guess maybe i should change the question , either way this is something new and i can not describe that feeling it is really interesting and presence of some other energy sometimes.

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        • Nigel Percy

          Maybe holding a witness, a piece of pure gold (assuming you’re after pure gold), when dowsing might be of use here to ensure your focus is exact. It’s worth a try at least.

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          • Dan

            Yeah i believe so. Im gonna try all available options and to focus on only one specific target.Anyways i will share my experience here so it might help someone.

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  8. robert favreau

    Regardless of where I walk by just using a wooden divining rod that I broke off a tree branch I get a reading. I can be on top of the roof of my 1 and a half story house and still get a reading. I’m sure when in my yard I’m getting water vanes and when out on the street I’m picking up all utilities and when down by a lake I’m once again picking up water vanes. So to me depending on where I go would determine what I’m going to pick up but in my case I seem to pick up everything.

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    • Nigel Percy

      Well, if you’re that sensitive, the next step is to focus on what you want to find and learn how to hone the skill. Good luck!

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  9. Don

    I am very new to dowsing and I am in Zimbabwe. I am a gold ore deposit prospector. So I have a few gold claims that I was dowsing to look for the gold vein deposits. I used coat wire hangers I moulded into L shaped rods. After practising or observing my religious protocol before I commence dowsing, I then would ask specific questions like show me where there is a gold quartz vein with gold sample that I can crush and pan and see visibles gold tails. At 2 -3 metres from surface with vein features is acceptable within this area. Then then the wires would turn and point direction to where I must walk and go so I would follow then they cross or make strong revolutions spinning in my hand. So to confirm on other sites as well let’s say the depth, size, and possible grades of the gold vein and ask the wires to react with certain patterns to confirm certain answers. My only question is, at times I dowsed the same area and got different answers, let’s say belt at 9metres and the other day at 10 metres. What us your opinion about this practice? Am I doing it rightly? Are there any specific recommendations?

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    • Nigel Percy

      Your initial question sounds detailed but you don’t say whether you confirmed the result by panning. The fact that you got different answers for the same area points to the question not being precise enough because it could well be that there are results which match your criteria at those two depths.
      My recommendation would be to have a depth in the question below which you are not interested (too much work, too difficult, etc.) and then go ahead and pan for gold. I think also it’s about maintaining focus when dowsing, which is allowing the answer to come without prejudice or expectation. It’s entirely possible that you are losing that focus, dropping out of the dowsing state, and getting the different answers.
      The good thing is that you are using dowsing in a practical way where you can test and see your accuracy. That’s not something that a lot of people do with dowsing. That, in turn, means that you will be able to hone your skill because you’re doing one thing not many different things at once.
      Keep at it and keep working to confirm or deny your results and then look back at the question (to see if there was a problem with it) and be honest with yourself about your mental state when dowsing (did you lose focus at all?) and you will undoubtedly gain confidence and improve your accuracy.

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      • John nyamunda

        I am based in Zimbabwe and have been using dowsing to locate gold veins in particular. I have located quartz veins with my 16mm thick 100% copper L-roofs on my mine from as far as 500M distance. My main challenge lies on HOW DO I DETERMINE THE DEPTH LEVEL WHERE MINERILISATION WOULD BEGIN ON MY GOLD VEIN? This is the multimillion dollar question I have not managed to answer on all my targets/ veins. One one of my target that had the strongest signal i have dug up to 9 metres deep but still my vein has not started to show any gold ore/ sample in it. Iam determined to dig down up to 15 metres and see what happens. But kindly help me on how do i precisely determine the depth or point where mineralisation would begin. My whatssapp number +263712767437

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        • Maggie Percy

          I think that to answer this question properly, we would need to know the exact question you are using when dowsing. And that goes beyond the scope of a free answer to a post here.

          Your question must address every aspect of gold in terms of your goal, that is, what form the gold must be in, how abundant as a percent or whatever is used for determining it is worth digging up, how you intend to mine it and the overall cost effectiveness to make it worthwhile digging it up. Just finding gold in some form is not going to be enough to make it worth mining. I can think of several things that might be an issue in your question.

          This is the kind of in-depth coaching we do in our Discovering Dowsing online course. If you have that, please visit an appropriate course page online, like the one on finding things, and post some in depth information, and we will help you. We no longer do consulting for a fee, but we do help with coaching in our course, so that is the place for a specific application question such as this. You are using dowsing is a great way, and it can work, but you need to have excellent technique for it to pay off.

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  10. Tom Small

    Years ago I lived in Nome Alaska and I used Dowsing rods (copper L rods) to locate gold placer or loose gold. It worked OK but I had the same issue of trying to determine the depth and also concertation.

    I was able to locate the fine or loose gold at “bedrock” – and then would dig up the material and – then use a gold pan to separate the loose gravel (soil) from the gold .. it worked ok but never got rich ..

    I had better luck Dowsing for old coins – and yes I did find a few old gold coins –

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    • Maggie Percy

      Thanks for sharing this. We dowsed one time for clients who had a hobby of looking for gold in the wilderness of British Columbia. They found enough gold to be pleased with our dowsing. Obviously it more than paid for our consultation. But I am sure they did not get rich on it. I think you highlight an important aspect of this type of dowsing. While dowsing for water is a basic life need, dowsing for gold or treasure is not. Your energy will affect results. Most of us have issues about being rich, so that must be taken into account. Even the best dowser might not hit it rich, because his or her money or wealth energy was not in alignment with wealth.

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      • Khalid Bashir

        Hope you all are doing good. I’m from Balochistan, the largest and of course the richest province of Pakistan in terms of natural resources and treasures as articrafts of several civilazations have been found. It’s my hobby to look for possible treasures and especially gold mines near my locality. As I’m novice to dowsing, I want to make a L-shaped copper rod tool you all were discussing earlier and at the moment I can’t afford an expensive metal detector.
        Kindly assist me that with what guage and length of copper rod is best for dowsing. Moreover along with gold, it does help in finding buried silver or not? I’m looking forward to hear from you soon. Thanks

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        • Maggie Percy

          Dowsing can really help prospecting of any kind, because it’s all about getting answers. It can help you find anything. The tool is merely an indicator of your body’s response to the question, so the details of the tool are not the most important thing. Anything that can be held and bent can be an L-rod. A metal coat hanger, for example. Search the videos for how to make an L-rod if you haven’t seen that one yet. Map dowsing is another useful technique to study if you are prospecting or treasure hunting.

          But more important than the tool is your technique. You must dowse properly if you want good answers to your question. You must make an excellent question and get into a dowsing state. This site has plenty of information on all aspects of technique. Be sure to watch and read all of them and post questions as needed. Or, if you want more detailed help, get our online course, where you can get even more assistance from us in learning to dowse and use it for your application.

          Dowsing is successfully used for finding water, minerals, treasure and lost objects. One word of warning: treasure dowsing can be difficult if the treasure was hidden as opposed to just lost, and finding gold can be difficult if you have any issues about being wealthy. Even if you have perfect technique, those things can mess with your dowsing. So that’s a word of warning. But start with basis dowsing technique and go from there. Theoretically you can find anything with dowsing. Good luck!

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          • Khalid Bashir

            Hi Maggie!
            Thank you for your prompt response regarding to my questions. The prime essence of my question was to know the ultimate length of L- shaped rod and its thickness (Gauge). Moreover, I will start practicing at home to align my body energy with the rod to get maximum output. Anyways, once again thanks for your kind and detailed response.

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            • Maggie Percy

              My point was that it doesn’t matter what material or design your tool has. Thickness doesn’t matter except in terms of feeling comfortable in your hands. Length isn’t a big issue, though for most people, having the ‘handle’ part shorter than the other part, like the letter L, is what feels best. A ‘sleeve’ makes the rod more ‘sensitive’, but Nigel doesn’t care for that. I do like it. If you do the metal coat hanger, some plastic tubes like old Bic pens work as sleeves, if you want sleeves. As I said, I believe we have a video on making an L-rod on this site. I’ve seen rods of varying materials and thickness, but most are about the same length. You can experiment with what works best for you by making one out of a metal coat hanger and cutting and bending it and seeing what feels most responsive for you. The tool has no magic or power. It’s just an indicator, so try different ones and find what is best for you.

            • Khalid Bashir

              Hi Maggie!
              Thank you for the kind guidance. I will try different L shaped rods with different metals, guage and length.
              Looking forward to share the resilts soon. Thanks

            • Maggie Percy

              The important thing to remember is the tool doesn’t really matter. It isn’t doing the dowsing. You don’t need a tool to dowse. So it doesn’t matter what material or shape or design it is; what matters is that you practice proper dowsing technique. When dowsing outdoors, L-rods are less disturbed by wind and the motions of you moving or walking, so they can be useful. All they are is an L-shaped piece of material, usually metal, that is able to swing freely in your hands. Some people like sleeves; others don’t. The bit that points is usually significantly longer than the bit you hold; thus the name. Hold them pointing at slightly below the horizontal for balance. If you can get a solid yes/no response, you’re good.

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