How To Map Dowse


Written by Nigel Percy


Map Dowsing

The video shows you how to map dowse. If you prefer, you can read the transcript below.

Map dowsing is one of the ways in which dowsing can be used.

With map dowsing, you can search for or locate objects on the far side of the globe without leaving the comfort of your own armchair. It's a surprisingly effective technique of dowsing.

Don't get stuck on what a map has to be. A map can be of pretty much anything at all. So, you can use printed maps, like the sort you use to hike with, or larger scale maps such as road atlases, or even hand-drawn maps of your house and yard.

It all depends on what you are looking for and what sort of scale works best for you.

Often, map dowsing is just the first step to reduce a possible area down to more manageable proportions. After zooming in on a location, it might be necessary to then actually visit the place on foot to refine the exact spot.

To dowse over a map, you can use one of two main methods, depending on the circumstances, and what you're looking for.

For both methods, in fact, for all dowsing you do, you have to be focused clearly on the question as you work. That might take a little practice at first, but keeping focus, keeping your emotions out of it, are both vital things for success.

How to Map Dowse: Two Methods

The first method is the straight-edge method.

Here you use a straight-edge and move it slowly up one side of the map all the while keeping the target clearly in mind. Once you have a response, you then draw a line from the edge of the map extending across. A response is when your dowsing tool (or whatever deviceless dowsing technique you are using) shows a ‘yes' in answer to the question. In this case, the question is about the location of the target on the map. After you've drawn the line, all you know right now is that the object of your search is somewhere along that line.
Use the exact same technique on the next edge of the map and do the same. Where the lines cross should be where the object is. You can, of course, do this for each of the four edges of the map if you wish.

The second method is the quadrant method.

Here you are simply dividing the map into smaller and smaller segments until you have located the right area. To do this, divide the map into 4 parts. Dowse which one of the four the target is in. Take that quadrant and subdivide it into 4 more parts. Dowse which one of those it is in and continue subdividing and dowsing until you have a narrow enough area to search.

Map dowsing can be very useful. You can use it for a wide range of possible targets. For example, dowsers have used maps to locate oil and water wells. They have also used them to locate missing persons and pets as well as looking for buried or lost treasure or for locating areas of archeological interest. More mundane uses of map dowsing include finding your lost keys in the house or which area of the park you lost your glove in.

Map dowsing can be immensely useful, but you do need to practice, and not all targets are equally easily accessible. Some people and pets don't want to be found, and some treasure has been very well hidden. But, other than that, go ahead and experiment with map dowsing for yourself.

Do you have a map-dowsing story to share? Let us know in the comments section below.


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    Yes, I do map dowsing and have been doing it for 41 years . Living in England at the time my first job was to dowse a large ranch in tumble weed country in Mexico and it took several years to get the result. I do direct map dowsing plotting all of the major aquifers. Then at a glance you can see all of the intersection and where to drill for best results. It takes some time to learn frothing, to accurately predict the quality and the quantity is hardest of these. I have over 2,000 wells drilled and try to use map dowsing on all commercial jobs to get the best results. Another interesting well I dowsed was in Tanzania and frothed it with in two feet. My largest tested well yielded 100,000 g/ hr for a milk and cheese factory. I have just written a book on map dowsing following many articles on every aspect of the subject.
    Kind regards,
    Simon stone

    • Nigel Percy

      Thanks for the information. You might like to define ‘frothing’ for readers who are not as skilled as yourself.

  2. Noel

    Hi there,
    Can I ask a question to clear something up? If a map is printed on both sides does this interfere with your dowsing? I have a goldfield map but it is obviously a larger area and is printed on both sides of the one page. I am just new to dowsing and interested in whether or not the presence of gold gems etc on both parts of the map can counteract each other or give you a incorrect yes or no answer.
    Do you need a one sided map?

    • Nigel Percy

      Sorry for the delay in answering.
      When I was little more than a beginner dowser, I wanted to try map dowsing for myself. Being in England at the time, I used one of the Ordnance Survey maps of part of the coastline. I was interested in map dowsing locations of old castles, as an exercise. Because those maps are very big, I folded it in half and put newspaper over the exposed side and then began dowsing, pressing my pencil hard into the map whenever I got a hit so that I would see it when I took off the newspaper.
      I worked my way along and found a few hits. Taking the newspaper off, I examined the hits and found that none of them coincided with any castle. However, upon turning the map over, I found that I had accurately marked various old castles on that side of the map.
      Now, it could be said that I was being influenced by what was on the other side, but I now think it was because I was not accurate enough in my focus and/or my question. If I had been more specific about which side of the map I wanted to dowse over, I dare say I would have had different results.
      In your case, I would suggest dowsing each side – making sure you are consciously aware of which side you are dowsing! – and then go back and re-check each hit to make sure it is on the side you are looking at. Do this until you are more confident on your ability to focus and have precise questions.
      Hope that helps!!

  3. Noel

    Thank you for you observations.
    I recently purchased your book about asking the right question on Kindle and have noticed your new book about the Dowsing State which I am looking forward to reading also.
    To quote an old nugget “Never despise the day of small beginnings”
    Appreciate your feedback and will let you know what happens over the next few months


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