Types of Dowsing Pendulums


Written by Nigel Percy


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Types of Dowsing Pendulums

Pendulums are a very popular dowsing tool and are easily purchased or made. The reason for them being so popular is because they are so easy to carry and use. Because of that popularity, there are a number of questions which are frequently asked about them. For example, people always want to know which is the best pendulum for them to use. Or, they want to know about the different types of pendulums.

If you consider that a pendulum is nothing more than a weight at the end of a chain or string of some kind which allows it to swing freely, then the only two important aspects to consider are the weight of it and the material it is made out of.

Those two things by themselves mean that it is impossible to answer the question as to which is the best dowsing pendulum to use because what feels right for one person will not feel comfortable for another. If one person likes a brass pendulum, another dowser might prefer one made of wood or a small crystal.

Generally, when starting out, those new to dowsing tend to prefer light-weight pendulums made of crystal or wood. Heavier pendulums made of brass in various shapes are also popular.

So let's take a quick look at the various types of pendulums available.

First are the light-weight varieties made of crystal, precious or semi-precious stones. They can be quite fancy, but if you're not careful, they can be damaged through use.

Next are the wooden ones. These are often carved into interesting shapes, such as an acorn shape. These tend to be lightweight as well, but also more durable.

Following them, we have the ones made of brass or other types of metal. These come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are amongst the heaviest pendulums around. They are very popular. Again, they are very durable.

What is often confusing for newcomers to dowsing is that they hear that certain shapes of pendulums are better for certain types of dowsing.

That is not true. A pendulum, as was said earlier, is nothing more than a weight on a cord. When it moves, it moves because the dowser's reaction causes it to move. Doesn't matter whether it's a really heavy one in an intricate shape or a nut on a length of dental floss; it's the dowser who makes it move.

A pendulum, by itself, does nothing. Remember that.

Also if you believe that a particular pendulum works best for certain types of dowsing, then your belief will be strong enough to make it true for you. That does not mean that it is true for anyone else.

Basically, a pendulum is just a tool and nothing more. So make sure you find one that you like, for whatever reason, and dowse with it!

Happy dowsing!

Do you have a favorite type of dowsing pendulum? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Kelsey J Duncan

    Thankyou once again for your information, Because of your info, I have altered my Dowsing Pendulum.
    My Dowsing Tool is made from an Amethyst Crystal wrapped in 0.75mm Wire, a Length of Hemp String and a 50mm long Thin Branch of Gum Tree. As I said, I altered my tool by changing the length of string from 200mm to 100mm. It made my tool more responsive to my inner energy and it moves quicker.
    I have also tried Dowsing without a tool. I just close my eyes and raise my hand. I feel the energy come into my hand and my fingers tingle. I worked out that my Thumb = Yes, my Little = No and my Middle Finger = More info required or not at this time. It is very cool! Thanks again.

    • Nigel Percy

      This is excellent to hear! It’s always good to hear from someone who is actively trying to improve their dowsing and is willing to experiment. I am particularly impressed with the use of your fingers as a way of gauging the response. Never heard of it before. If it works, it works.
      Keep up the great work!

  2. Sherryl

    I’ve got several different types of Jasper pendulums. They are large and on the heavy side, I prefer pendulums that are heavy. For some reason I just don’t like the lighter ones. I feel I get a better reading from the heavier ones. All of them are on chains with a metal circle at the. For now the Jasper is my favorite.

    • Maggie Percy

      A red jasper one is the one that exploded on me after I had been using it for a while. Most of your pendulums made of crytal or gemstones require clearing now and then. I was thinking of red jasper as a kind of rock, but it is used in jewelry sometimes, and I think it accumulated energies and that eventually it broke along a crack or plane of weakness. So you might want to clear it of accumulated energies now and then.Just use intention and/or any crystal clearing method.


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