Problems, Problems, Problems!
Three problems with pendulums.
The first problem with pendulums is that most beginner dowsers want them to move. By themselves.
The problem is, they won't.
You have to get used to the idea that you, the dowser, make the pendulum move.
It's the nature of dowsing; the physics, if you like.
The other problems with pendulums
The other two problems come together, quite often. First, the chain or string or whatever is usually too long. Second, the beginner dowser quite often starts off by holding the pendulum quite still, hanging straight down.
Nope and nope.
The longer the chain, the slower the response. And the less the pendulum moves before you ask your question, the longer it will take to show you any response.
Get the pendulum to move to begin with and then let it change direction according to the answer. This is called the neutral swing. Read this post to find out more about it. Don't just sit there looking at your tool. If nothing else, your arm will tire and you'll get strange looks from people.
So, in order to get a response that doesn't tire you out and which is obvious (and quick!), be sure to have the pendulum on a short chain and have it moving before you ask your question.
How short and moving in what direction is up to you to decide. But, as a rule of thumb (or should that be ‘rule of pendulum?'), any chain longer than three inches is too long and any movement which is less than an inch in diameter (whichever the movement is), is too little.
The rest is up to you to discover.
After all, dowsing is for those who want to question and explore, isn't it? :-)
What's the biggest problem you've had with pendulums? Is it mentioned here or is it something else entirely? Let us know and maybe we can help you. Post the details in the comments section below.