How To Make A Dowsing Pendulum

Written by Nigel Percy

How To Make A Dowsing Pendulum

Bear in mind that a pendulum is simply a weight at the end of a string or chain which is held so that it can swing freely. A dowsing pendulum, then, is nothing that special. The only thing special about it is how much you like it.

That's why you'll see dowsers prefer a wooden pendulum or a crystal pendulum or a brass pendulum. There is no one ‘right' pendulum for every dowser, only the dowsing pendulum which feels right when you use it.

Beginners will tend to start with lightweight pendulums, as they are getting used to the whole process and, often, dowsing is a slower activity for the newbie. That means that weight is an important consideration. So, small, crystal pendulums tend to be favored, as well as lightweight wooden ones.

As dowsers gain in ability and confidence, so they tend to use pendulums which are heavier. Brass is a very popular choice.

First, you need to decide what weight of pendulum you want, bearing in mind that you can change it for another one later on. This is not a choice you will have to stick with your entire life!

Second, you need to decide what you want to hold. Do you prefer the feel of a slim chain or thick thread or even leather? How the pendulum feels in your hand is important. If you don't like how it feels, you won't like to use it for dowsing.

Let's start with making a really simple pendulum, but one which is very responsive. It's also incredibly cheap! All you need is a three-quarter inch nut and some dental floss. That's it! Tie the dental floss to the nut and then cut the floss to slightly more than the length you are comfortable with.

A word of advice here. To dowse with a pendulum, you do not need a long chain or thread or whatever. In fact, having a long chain is not usually helpful. Have a shorter length. This will allow the pendulum to respond more quickly and you won't be waiting for ages to see any movement, as you would have to if you were using a very long chain.

I find the combination of dental floss and nut very responsive. However, you might want to change the size of the nut to find a weight which is more suitable for you. Likewise, if you don't like the dental floss idea, there are plenty of other materials you can use to suspend the nut from. Find one which suits you best.

Some people like making pendulums from crystals and semi-precious stones. Often, these will be wound with copper wire or similar to allow the thread or chain to be attached.

Bear in mind what was said earlier. You can make a pendulum out of anything at all, as long as it feels right in your hand. Nothing else matters. If you want (and can afford) to dowse with a very large diamond on a gold chain, go right ahead. It won't make you a better dowser than someone using a nut on dental floss.


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