Pendulum Dowsing Charts

Written by Nigel Percy

(Transcript below if you prefer to read about pendulum dowsing charts)

Pendulum Dowsing Charts

The pendulum is the most popular dowsing tool. Because it is small and easy to use, various types of pendulum charts have been developed for use by dowsers.

A pendulum chart can be made for virtually any subject you can think of. Health, past lives, vitamins, beliefs, locations, therapies and diet are just some of the possible charts. One of the reasons for their popularity is that they have the range of possible answers displayed and it's simply a matter of dowsing which one is the answer for a particular question. Many newcomers to dowsing are attracted to charts for that very reason: seeing all the possible answers neatly spread out can give a sense of confidence and security.

But, any chart, no matter whether it is purchased or home-made, should always include ‘Other' as an answer. And that's because, no matter how detailed and precise you are when designing a chart, there is always going to be that one time when the answer is new or strange and does not appear on the chart in question.

Really, when we're speaking of pendulum charts, whether they are charts for health or charts for hand chakras, we're referring to a special way of displaying a list.

Everyone knows that a list is a set of items shown one below the other. A chart, on the other hand, can have those exact same items displayed in an arc. The arc is broken into the appropriate number of segments, each one containing one possible answer (not forgetting ‘Other', of course). The segments should be of equal width wherever possible. The reason for this layout is because the pendulum starts out being swung at the central base of the chart and moves to the segment of the chart containing the answer easily. It is not possible to have that same ease of movement with a straightforward list.

Some charts can be quite complicated, having a large number of small segments, or even be split into two or more pages of possible answers. Other charts can be quite small and may not even need to be laid out in an arc. For example, if you only had three possible answers, you could divide a circle up into four segments (remember the need for ‘Other') and have the pendulum swinging over the center of the circle.

Whether you choose to have a circle or an arc as the basis for any charts you might make is a purely personal preference and will not affect their efficiency in any way.

When using a chart, remember the following two things:

1. Always have a good, well-formed and precise question.

2. Have the pendulum swinging over the central base of the arc or the center of the circle as appropriate.

As for the pendulum itself, it's more useful to set it swinging in a circle, because then any movement in a straight line pointing to an answer is more immediately obvious. And, secondly, especially with smaller segments, it is useful to have a pendulum with a point on it, making it easier to see where exactly it is pointing to.

Happy dowsing!

Have you found a type of chart that really helps you, or have you got any tips for creating your own? Share them in the comments section below.


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  1. Sherryl

    Pendulum charts confuse me there are so many different types. I don?t see the use of them when I can just write the question and the answer down.

    • Nigel Percy

      The various charts can be used for specific purposes and help cover a wide range of possibilities. That wide range can be helpful in case you forget something when dowsing.

    • Maggie Percy

      When dowsing about something you are not an expert in, you can’t even guess what all the possible answers are. A chart can be helpful in that case. Most people use them for health questions when they don’t have the experience or education to know what all the possible answers can be. Another good time for charts is if you are seeking a therapy of some kind to resolve an issue. You may know a few therapies, but the one that works best might be one you aren’t familiar with, and a chart would show it. I don’t use charts much myself, but I have a very strong background in health and don’t really feel a need for them. Lists are just as good. They are like charts without the chart.

      • Sherryl

        I think that I just can’t find a chart that fit what I’m looking for. Making a list sounds good and less costly since I’m on a budget. I know I can make a chart but I can never make up my mind which kind of chart I want to make. Making a list is easier. Once I can decide on what to ask I can make list of possible answers.

        • Maggie Percy

          List dowsing is the same as chart dowsing without the chart. You can point at the items on the list and ask to get a ‘yes’ response when you are pointing at the item that fulfills your question’s goals best. The only problem is if you are asking about something you are not an expert at, you won’t know everything to put in the list. If that is the case, it is vital to have ‘other’ as an item on your list, and you will get ‘other’ if the answer is not on your list. Then you go from there. But if you aren’t an expert, that can become frustrating, which is why people buy charts for dowsing subjects they aren’t experts at. But you have to get good charts. And ‘other’ always should be an option on any list or chart.

          • Sherryl

            what if I’m looking for something that doesn’t have a chart?


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