When A Wrong Dowsing Answer Is Right…

Written by Maggie Percy

When It All Goes Wrong

You've gotten a wrong dowsing answer before, right? What did you do?

You're thinking, “What could I do? I just got annoyed and moved on.” But that didn't help your dowsing skill improve. In fact, your negative reaction probably made you less likely to pick up a pendulum in the future.

Getting a wrong dowsing answer is the biggest single problem dowsers face. Yet most dowsers don't have a useful strategy for dealing with this issue. By ‘useful', I mean a way of turning ‘wrong' into ‘right'. And why would they? Most dowsers have had little or no training. They haven't read lots of books on dowsing. They haven't gone to lots of conferences or taken tons of workshops. Most don't give dowsing a second thought. Just pick up the pendulum and do it.

This isn't a criticism. It's just how it is. There aren't a lot of opportunities locally for most dowsers. There are some good books on dowsing, but reading is becoming a lost art. Only relatively recently has the internet become a good resource for dowsers.

So what can you do? By all means, take advantage of the internet and of this site. There's a huge amount of information available here which will help you overcome some of the basic reasons for wrong dowsing answers.

But you can also do something every day that we've done for years. It's a useful practice that will help you become more accurate in your dowsing very quickly. And that is: confirm your results.

When you dowse about something, find out whether you were correct. If you were, pat yourself on the back. If not, spend some time finding out why.

Avoiding the wrong dowsing answer

And here's an important point. You cannot know whether you were correct if you only dowse about things you cannot confirm.

So, assuming that doesn't describe you…

  • Was your dowsing question too short?
  • Was your dowsing question too vague?
  • Were you in a proper dowsing state?
  • Were you emotionally attached to getting a certain answer?
  • Did you take the time to create a detailed dowsing question with your goals in mind?
  • Did you carefully define your terms?

Another trick we've used is to try and find out how the answer you got was accurate, but not for the intended question.

Here's an example from my life: I'm a veteran dowser. But sometimes I slip up. I dowsed in 2009 that we would get approved for a home loan modification on our mortgage. We waited for over 18 months, and our application was denied.

I was floored. I felt certain we would be accepted. In 2013, our mortgage was sold to another company. That fall, they approached us and asked if we'd like to apply for a home loan modification. We did. We got it.

So I got the right answer, but it didn't occur to me to put ‘when' in the question. Big mistake. If I had spent some time examining the question, which I usually do, I might have guessed what went wrong. So my dowsing was accurate, but the information was not useful to me, because it was for the wrong time. A wrong answer can be right, but it's only useful if you figure out how.

What did you do when you got a wrong dowsing answer? How did you improve your dowsing? Let us know in the comments section below.


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  1. Margaret cumming

    Hi Peggy I recently received a pendulum as a gift from my reiki practioner & later that night I tried it..I was amazed at how accurate it was & I wrote everything down on paper. The next day I was so excited to use it again but it seemed slow & unsure & not as accurate as the night before & I went over the same questions as I had done the previous night but they weren?t the same answers & I asked it if had a message for me & it said yes & I said could you spell the words out & it said yes it could spell the messsge out for me & I got the words ?IT GOES GLOCK BUB? I asked if the message was correct & it said yes. I looked up this word GLOCK BUB & it came up with a picture of a gun. I couldn?t understand what this was telling me & so I thought this is not right so I thought it really must need cleansed so I cleansed it in sea salt overnight & I was reluctant to use it again but I did & I asked some questions & I said my name is Mary & it said yes…which is not correct ….my name is Margaret…2nd question I said I was born on January & it said yes & said I was born in 1973 which is not correct….I was born on March 1971. 3rd question I said how many children do I have & it said 2…which is not correct…I have 1 child…4th question I said when was my child born was it ?? I gave a couple of dates & it said 2002….which is not correct…my son was born in 2006. Do you have any suggestions or guidance on why I am receiving different answers ..I haven?t bought a book yet could you recommend anything…I am very grateful for your help . Much love Margaret xx

    • Maggie Percy

      Congratulations on getting your pendulum! It’s so exciting, isn’t it? I can remember buying a pendulum from my Reiki teacher in 1999, and my best friend and I played with the pendulums that evening back at the hotel. Keep that wonderful enthusiasm going.
      In order to become an accurate dowser, you need training in the skill of dowsing. First off, the tool does not give you the answer. It magnifies the answer your own body is giving you via your intuition. You don’t even need a tool to dowse. Check out the deviceless dowsing methods shown on this site and have some fun with them!
      I recommend our complete dowsing course which can be seen on this page if you want to become a good dowser: http://discoveringdowsing.com/dowsing-course. If you aren’t yet sure you want to invest in mastering the skill of dowsing, use the free resources on this site. The blog articles, the free videos and the free presentations will help you decide if dowsing is for you. Then get the course. That’s the best thing to do.
      Our books dive deeper into specific aspects of dowsing, but none of them is a course as such. You could start with The Practical Pendulum Series, Volumes 1-4, but still, you will need a complete course to really train yourself. Then get any of our books that dive into various applications and aspects of dowsing as needed.
      Dowsing is such fun, and it can really be a huge benefit to you, so I hope you do take the plunge and learn to dowse well. I’m sure you’ll love it! We look forward to hearing how it goes for you.

      • Litza Beers

        I never heard of a Pendulum, until one day watching a Paranormal history this woman has a Pendulum and she was showing it to her friend, both were sitting by the river, I fell in love.
        Yet, I never thought to buy one when I went to San Diego to visit my daughter when I saw in advertising of the Gypsy Store, immediately I saw a Pendulum, I felt connected to it. The next day I bought it, I been having a lot of fun when I decided
        to use in Missing children cases.
        Sadly, the answers are not accurate, after I do the downswing I go to the News to see if it’s accurate, so far they are not accurate. Other than that I have not problems. I lost two Pendulums, I decided to replace one, I got at Michaels, when I brought home it refused to work when I asking if it wants to go back to Michael’s store the Pendulum saying yes.
        So, I am taking back to Michaels, and I always going to get another the Rainbow Pendulum (I gave the name and it like it), now I am not sure since the other wants that I lost and I replace it didn’t work. Two of my Pendulums broke, I fixed and the broke again. Moreover, I was told they are done.
        So, it is true?
        Thank you,

  2. Doreen Panczyk

    Hi my name doreen.
    I’ve been using a pendulum for dowsing for about a year. At first it was my grandmother then my aunt and my dad was next which he has pasted 1 ur now.. The only one I talk to now is my grandmother she won’t let me talk to no one else she says I’m your guardian angel and I will only talk to you. Well now I find myself arguing with her a lot after the conversation I ask her before I get off if she is being honest with what we just talked about sometimes she says yes other times its no and tells me what she wasn’t honest about.. There are days where I’m confused or get of there crying some days are good. Do you have any suggestions I’m a little crazy at the moment with this thank you.

    • Maggie Percy

      While dowsing can be used to communicate with animals and others, it is not usually what we call ‘tangible target dowsing’, so it is not very useful in helping you become accurate. When you dowse things that cannot be proven right or wrong, that is ‘intangible target dowsing.’ We and other experts suggest that dowsers restrict their intangible target dowsing to 20% or less of their dowsing, because you cannot learn or grow when doing intangible target dowsing. It can be fun; it can even be useful. But it won’t teach you, because you don’t get real feedback about your accuracy. It can be frustrating, because you can’t be sure of any answer you get.

      I personally don’t think it is wise to spend a lot of time in communication with beings not on earth. Humans don’t in general belong on earth after they die. On rare occasions, one might linger to be a helper for a while, and maybe that is what your grandmother is doing. We have also seen rare occasions of humans not leaving until they pass on a message, which you could try to decipher using dowsing. In the long run, however, once a human passes, it is best for the spirit to leave the earth plane and move on. I wouldn’t encourage them to linger.

      I urge you to learn proper dowsing technique and start dowsing tangible targets. Our book “101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing” is free in ebook form and a good place to start. Good luck on expanding your dowsing.

      • Litza Beers


        I wanted to let you know your grandmother can’t be your Guardian Angel, the Guardian is assigning to you, before you were conceived, also Archangels and Angels.
        She may be your Spirit Guide, which usually, they are here to help not to cause conflicts.
        I would advise for you to see someone which can help you to find out if it’s your Spirit Guide, also they usually don’t
        say they are your Spirit Guide, as far as I know from researches, and studying, I am working in my abilities so I have to read a lot and do research. Facebook a site that calls “Medium and Psychic Development may be able to help you.”
        Also, Mrs. Percy is right, you can’t be disturbed and Spirit.

  3. Litza Meira Beers

    I am choking about this information. Well, I did one readying it came out ‘No’, I just found out that what happened was the night after I used Flower, my Pendulum, the other is Hope, which I am using for missing persons. Now, I am freak out if I sent the Police the wrong information. However, I did rechecked the question three or more times the answers where the same. My Pendulum I got it in San Diego, California while on vacation, I felt so connected to it that I broke my budget to get Flower, she is with me a lot, so I’d HOPE, which I got from Wish an application that sells products with decent prices.
    I loved both Flower and Hope, the other is constellation for my boyfriend and his Chakras .
    I did watching few videos related to Pendulum, how to clean and used.
    No one never said I have to reading a book, for me it isn’t a problem,
    Thank you, for this information.
    P:S: At least I was honest when I sent the videos, I told I didn’t know how accurate it was. The information was as take it or leave it. But I don’t wanted be personally involved.
    God blessed you all.

    • Maggie Percy

      Hi, Litza,
      I think it is natural when first pendulum dowsing to accumulate different pendulums and use them for different purposes. I did the same. Most people are taught to dowse with a pendulum, although we think it is wiser to teach deviceless methods first, so people don’t become to entranced with the tool and think it is giving them the answers.

      It is definitely necessary to get training in dowsing if one wants to become proficient. Only a rare person, a prodigy, can dowse well without training and practice, and most of us are normal folks.

      We urge you to learn proper dowsing technique and do at least 80% of your dowsing on tangible targets, meaning that you stand a chance of seeing if your answers are correct or not at some point. Also, we urge you to check out our posts and book on dowsing ethics. It is important to use the power of dowsing with respect and with permission. Just having good intentions is not enough, as you can overstep boundaries, which leads to karmic consequences.

      This site has tons of free information that will help you see good technique and the many applications of dowsing. Happy Dowsing!

      • Litza

        Well, actually gave the Pendulum a break, also analyze what I had done wrong. I founded out I can overload the Pendulum with question. I been using one of my Pendulum to help with missing children/persons, so I was asking too many questions and reading more than two missing persons. So, I worked on it, I told the Pendulum that I loved her very much, and we are working with Lost Soul and if she wants to continue doing these type of reading she says yes. Then I asked if she need cleaning and charging,indeed the Pendulum some time saying yes; then I asking for how long she wants in peace. My first Pendulum, Flower, using to helping me with the missing children. However, I been watching a show about Ashley Freeman and Ashley Bible, I asking Flower who took the girls? She said ‘EVIL’. Then when I asking if she wants to continue she said ‘NO’. Since then she doesn’t wanted to working with the missing person. So, I focus her to working on me, in my meditation, Chakras she was sooo happy. She was loudly.
        Now I got two more Pendulums, and now I know I need to programmed them.
        Thank you

        • Maggie Percy

          You are making the pendulum into a being and treating it as if the pendulum is what has the power to give you answers. You are projecting your own sense of overwhelm onto an inanimate object. This could not happen if you did as we suggest and learned to dowse first without a tool. Deviceless dowsing is more natural and helps you avoid all the misconceptions that come from a Harry Potter approach to dowsing. Dowsing is not magic, and a pendulum is not giving you the answer. It is a crutch to help newbies “see” their answer. That’s all.

          It is distressing to see you turn your pendulum into some kind of ‘person’ when that is not what dowsing is about.

          It is also very disturbing to see you dowsing without an understanding of the need for permission. If the missing person’s parents ask you to dowse location, do so, but only if you are an expert lost person dowser. Dowsing for lost objects and people leave all kinds of false thought form trails that confuse the situation for subsequent searchers. This is one reason lost treasure is so hard to find, because the person who hid it laid a trail of thought forms to hide it. Dowsing is unable in many cases to tell the difference between a false trail, a real trail and a thought form trail left by a searcher who went the wrong way with great hope of finding the lost person/treasure.

          Bottom line, for all who read this:
          1. You don’t need a tool to dowse
          2. The tool is not giving you the answers; they come from within you
          3. It is important to use ethical practices (see our book “Dowsing Ethics”)
          4. The only type of pendulum that requires ‘cleaning’ is a crystal pendulum, because crystals of some types require cleaning regularly. The pendulum does not in itself require cleaning.
          5. Programming a pendulum can be a useful tool, but it appears you are using the term in a way that is totally different from how we use it. I believe we do discuss programming a pendulum in some articles, but it is not necessary at all for you as a beginning dowser. Programming refers to intending to have a particular pendulum response equal ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and also for sort of ‘memorizing’ long questions in advance so you can then use a shorthand version later to ask them.

          I hope all newbies will understand that dowsing is in a sense a magical sort of activity, but it isn’t magic. It’s an amazing natural skill you can learn to use, but as a skill, it means it takes practice and proper technique, so you need to apply yourself to learning it. Our course is a big help. See the menu for the page with details.

  4. Nicole

    How do you effectively emotionally detach from the answer?

    • Maggie Percy

      This is an excellent question that does not have a simple or easy answer. Detachment is vital to accurate dowsing when you get to intermediate and advanced levels, because there especially, you tend to have an attachment to getting a particular answer. Health dowsing, for example, can be hard to do, because you are afraid of a ‘bad’ answer or an answer that means you need to see a doctor or spend money you do not have. Of course, the same is true if you are dowsing about a job that is really stressing you out or a relationship that is very toxic. You may be afraid to hear an answer, even one you know is right.

      It is natural to have this happen. All dowsers, if they hope to master dowsing, must learn detachment. It is impossible to teach detachment in a short article, and I have never seen anyone learn detachment in one go. You must commit and practice it. Use the search box on this site to find ‘detachment’ in articles and read them. Feel free to ask questions. Getting our course is the best way to learn proper dowsing technique, and detachment is a big part of that.

      For now, you need to learn to be aware of when you want a particular answer. Self-awareness is not that common, and it’s an important part of dowsing mastery. Knowing what you are afraid of, that you are afraid, that you are desiring a certain answer, is the first step in learning detachment. Then you have to learn to accept that knowing the true answer, whatever it is, is of benefit to you. Here’s a scary example: knowing your job or marriage is highly toxic and you need to make radical changes might not be what you want to hear, but once you know that, you can either choose to do something or not. You are not forced to take action, but knowing what is best for you is a good thing and allows you to then take the next step and the next step. The same is true with health–knowing you have a certain imbalance in your body might be scary, but once you know, you can take steps to heal it. Facing and releasing fear is a huge part of detachment. There are many steps to doing this, and it takes practice and time.

      One thing is to become aware of the use of fear by the media and detach yourself from news and drama and sensationalism of all kinds. Anything that manipulates you into being angry or afraid is counterproductive in life and very harmful to detachment. If you really want to master detachment, get our course, because we can continue to support you as you go through the lessons.

    • Litza Beers

      Thank you for the above advice, I was in a tunnel vision for a while. I am going to your site to learning more about dowsing
      I can’t believe I wrote to you a couple of times, lol.
      Indeed, I learned a lot since the last time, still not enough, so slow down with the use of the Pendulums.
      The reason, on Youtube it has a video teaching that itis how you should treat the Pendulum, it is important to connect with the Pendulum, like your best friend.
      Hence, the Pendulum I no longer use on the “Missing Persons”, It’s more easy through the picture and my intuition.
      Actually, I was able to connect with a missing young man, and I was able to tell his mother when he was coming home, and the other case sadly I know the young boy was dead, I was wrong related to how he passed away. For now, I step back then experiment and see how to help the “Missing Person”. The Reiki help me a lot and I even got my First Certification.
      Thank you so much for your advice.

  5. Bette

    Been wanting a mobile home but pendulum said no, it said I would buy a house. I asked where I would get $. It said lottery. I asked, this week, this day. It was wrong and I was so disappointed. I felt it lied to me. I said, did you lie to me, it said no. I don’t feel I can trust it now.

    • Maggie Percy

      Don’t feel bad! What you have experienced is very common among new dowsers, and it can make you give up on dowsing, which is a real shame. Because you’ve been misled to think something that isn’t true. You can discover the truth for free on our site. We have many wonderful videos and articles, plus presentations that will put you on the right path for free. But let me address the misconceptions that have led you astray, because they are very common, and everyone needs to learn about them.

      Misconception #1: Dowsing is like a ouija board. Just ask a question and get a correct answer. The truth is that dowsing is a natural skill anyone can learn, but you must use proper technique if you want correct answers. We teach proper technique, which is pretty straightforward, in our Discovering Dowsing Course. Anyone can learn it, but without it, you won’t get correct answers. Anyone CAN learn to dowse, but it’s not a psychic gift or magic wand. It’s a natural skill, and you need to learn a few simple techniques to make it pay.

      Misconception #2: The tool gives you answers. Wrong. The tool is just a way of amplifying your body’s response to the question so you can see it more easily. If you are using proper technique, a tool is like training wheels on a bike: a crutch that helps you learn to recognize what your intuition is telling you during the dowsing process. There is no magic in the tool, and it is NOT getting the answers. You don’t need a tool to dowse. We prefer to teach people to dowse without a tool, so they avoid this misconception. Register on our home page to get video trainings in three deviceless techniques for free. Dowsing is NOT channeling. You are looking within for the answers, not to the tool or some advanced Being.

      Misconception #3: Dowsing is a way to bypass rational thought. Some people want to dowse what their partner is thinking or feeling, or they want to use dowsing to ask about the future, as if they have no control over what they experience in life. Future dowsing is usually based on fear, and as such, usually wrong. Future dowsing is usually done when people are afraid of what’s going to happen, as if they cannot control outcomes, and they want reassurance that everything will be fine. When you dowse about the future that way, especially without proper technique and detachment, you always get reassurance, and it’s usually wrong. Future dowsing is risky, even for those who know proper technique and can be detached, because it’s usually done from fear. We advise you not to dowse the future and never dowse when fearful. But most of all, don’t approach dowsing like it’s a pschic peek into a future you cannot control. You can create your reality by focusing on what you want to create and using the Law of Attraction in the right way. Dowsing can help you when you have a choice to make that the brain cannot make well. Don’t use dowsing in place of proper communication. Don’t use dowsing instead of Google. You have a powerful rational mind. Use dowsing when it cannot help you, when you are creating a life experience and can’t figure out rationally what to do. Intuition and the rational mind are both powerful when used appropriately with skill. You spent years in school learning how to use your brain. Invest a bit of time learning to use your intuition and learning when it is appropriate to use either.

      This site has a ton of resources to help you. All for free. When you decide you want to learn the skill of dowsing, get our course. It’s the best, most comprehensive and best-priced on the internet. Plus we answer any questions you have about the course material and how to apply it. We think the world would be a happier place if everyone learned to dowse, and we hope you’ll join us and spread the word.

  6. Cynthia M Johnson

    I have a question. This last weekend I doused to find out if my boyfriend was going to come home from London. I doused to find out if he bought a plane ticket and it said he did on Saturday. I checked other days and it came up negative. Said he was going to be on a plane on Sunday and that I would meet him on Monday at the airport. The kicker is that we planned to meet at O’Hare but the pendulum said it was going to be at Milwaukee. I told him that maybe he should try Madison or Milwaukee for a lower airfare. I feel like my dowsing was accurate but is it was going to happen but didn’t because of weather delays? The nation was going through a lot of storms this last weekend.

    • Maggie Percy

      This is a great opportunity for me to address two things about dowsing that can lead to false answers.

      #1: Future dowsing is really a crap shoot. When dowsing the future, it is very hard to get consistently accurate answers. Most of the time, future dowsing is not done in a detached way, and that also is a problem. We discourage people from using dowsing as a divining method for those reasons. The only future dowsing I think is somewhat easier is when you form a question about how you’d feel about a choice in X days/months/years if you make a certain choice today. But even that can be dicey. So I wouldn’t dowse when or if someone is going to travel. I’d ask them.

      #2: Don’t dowse about things you can find out in other ways. Dowsing is not meant as a substitute for doing research or talking to someone. When you use dowsing to bypass or shortcut things like doing research online or communicating with a difficult person about a tough subject, you tend to get wrong answers. Dowsing is meant to be used for things you cannot answer rationally or through rational means. If you want to find the best price on a flight, that needs to be done online. If you research that way and then have a choice of days, and weather is a potential issue, it’s fine to dowse which flight is best for your goals. If you have already planned an itinerary, after the fact is not the time to second guess or dowse it. Before you buy the tickets is the right time. If you are wondering if the weather which has recently developed is going to affect his flight, you can use dowsing for that, but be careful about how you word the question. And that is also future dowsing…

      So try to avoid using dowsing for anything that can be done in normal ways, and try to avoid future dowsing. Both tend to lead to incorrect answers.

      • Cynthia M Johnson


        Two comments: The answers that I got were consistent over several days (never changed at all) and 2. He disconnected his phone bc he was going to return to the United States within days and so I am unable to contact him right now, unless he contacts me by email which was difficult bc he was in Manchester and his internet connection was unreliable at best. My answers were always consistent just not what I expected. I hope this clarifies my question which is could a dousing answer change on the basis of weather or something like that, the terrible storms at the airports on the east coast which I did not know about. I don’t watch the news anymore bc it’s depressing

        • Maggie Percy

          I don’t blame you for not watching the news. I don’t, either.

          This is still future dowsing, or divining the future, and that is a tricky proposition. You could call that dowsing application a specialty, and each dowsing specialty has its own pitfalls. With future dowsing, your concept of time is one of the challenges. Time is not what we think it is. It’s not linear. So when dowsing the future, you are acting like time is linear, when it is not. Your viewpoint can affect your answers. Your beliefs will affect your ability to be accurate on future dowsing.

          If you can get past the pitfalls, you can get correct answers if you ask a good dowsing question. If your question is clear and specific, I wouldn’t expect it to change for any reason. However, if you aren’t asking a complete question, for example, you don’t clearly state the time element, or if you change your question, the answer may change. Or if your level of detachment changes. So no, I don’t think you should get different answers to the same question even for future dowsing, if the question is accurate and complete and if you are able to dowse in a detached manner.

          I suggest you form a question with who, what, where, when, how and why and write it down when you feel it’s a good one. Then record your answer. Usually, it does NOT pay to ask the same question over and over. Try to do it right once and leave it at that. I always tell people not to dowse if they have any attachment to being ‘right’. That applies here.

          This is not an ideal situation in which to depend on dowsing. It sounds like a wrong answer could be costly in a number of ways. This will make detachment impossible, thus the temptation to dowse again and again. I would not advise anyone but the most veteran dowsers to rely on dowsing as their only tool in this situation. You’re probably better off having him call you when he lands and then go to wherever he is, rather than trying to use future dowsing to predict time and place of landing. Or bite the bullet and have him get a cab somewhere halfway to you.

          I wouldn’t jump in on the deep end like this if I were you, and my experience is that future dowsing is hard even for the best dowsers. But if you dowse, dowse one time, make sure your question is complete and you are detached. If you can’t achieve that, prepare to be wrong, but don’t be upset with yourself, because this is a very advanced situation and probably beyond most dowsers’ level of competence.

  7. Michelle

    Good morning. So, I’m confused, annoyed and frustrated. I have been practicing with my amethyst pendulum. I always start with questions I know the answers to and the pendulum is spot on. But when it comes to questions I don’t know the answers to, it gets confusing. I have applied for a job overseas. I have asked pendulum very specific questions, with regards to this job (will I get an interview? Will it be this month etc? The answer I got was yes and it would be this month. I felt really confident about the answer and I reached out to the company I applied to. I got an answer stating they weren’t even looking at applications until after Christmas. Why am I getting accurate answers to things I know, but getting the opposite to things I don’t know? I have been feeling so confident about the answers I was getting, and little signs here and there pointing to this job. I have even tried writing statements on paper and moving the pendulum over them. That just turned into a confusing mess! Help!!

    • Maggie Percy

      It’s wonderful that you are using dowsing in such a meaningful way! It is true that you can use dowsing to help guide you in career choices. Don’t get frustrated. If you do a few things to improve your technique, you will find it more fun and more rewarding to dowse.

      Career choices can really be helped by dowsing, but you need to be able to be detached, ask a very good question, get into a dowsing state and allow the answer to come through. Keeping a dowsing journal is very helpful during any serious dowsing project, as you can improve your technique by going back and examining ‘what went wrong’ and try to improve your technique, and thus, your accuracy. I have found a journal very helpful in learning to make better questions. You CAN master dowsing, but it’s a skill, not a psychic power. Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the journey.

      Don’t use dowsing for anything you can do rationally, such as asking the company directly. Avoid future dowsing unless you are skilled at that specialty, as your emotional attachment will mess up accuracy. I suggest you make a list of your career goals and then start dowsing about the value to you of a particular job based on those goals. Use a scale of 0-10 to give yourself more information, and apply for more than one job so you can see differences. Our course helps with these techniques. Finally, try to tune into your intuition in general and put aside prejudices, fear and wishes. Your intuition will guide you even if you don’t dowse, but you have to set aside fear and bias to hear your Inner Voice.

      You’ve made a big step by choosing to use dowsing to help you make good choices that will lead to happiness. Empowerment takes time, so be patient and persistent. We’re here to help.

      • michelle

        Thank you for responding. How do I improve my technique? I?ve read a lot of different articles about dousing. Of course each website seems to have their own technique…..which can be confusing.

        • Maggie Percy

          The fact that you ask this question shows you have made a commitment to learn to dowse well, and that is a huge step towards mastery. Too often, people give up if they don’t get the right answer all the time, and that’s a shame. Dowsing is simply a skill, and you can learn to do it well.

          If you get our Discovering Dowsing course, we will be here to answer any questions you have about the content and how to apply what you have learned. You can see a link in the menu above that will give you details.

          Using dowsing to make major life choices is great, and we’d love to help you gain the skill and confidence needed so you can use dowsing in more areas of your life.

  8. Michelle

    Here’s another question. Some sites say that pendulum dictates which way it moves for yes/no questions……others say don’t do that, that I need to dictate which way it moves. What way is right?

    • Maggie Percy

      This is a common question, and a good one. Technically, both are right.

      You can dictate (called programming) what you want your yes and no to be and then test it with your known questions.

      The alternative is just ask your questions and observe what yes and no are. Either way works, but programming is usually faster.

      I feel it is unfortunate that so much emphasis is put on a tool and on yes/no responses, as if that’s all dowsing is. It’s really cool to access that ability, but it isn’t the sum total of how to dowse. You don’t need a tool to dowse, but you do need to follow certain steps and do them right. Dowsing is fairly straightforward, but it is a skill and requires good technique.

  9. liz

    I’m frustrated because a friend who is very successful at the pendulum, did it for me and repeatedly it came up that I was never going to marry again. After 30 years single, I’m so so sad with this result. I desperately want to be married again. Is there any way to change our destiny and would the pendulum then give another response?

    • Maggie Percy

      First off, you need to understand that nothing any human does is 100%. Even the best dowser gets wrong answers sometimes. This is true of any human endeavor you can imagine.

      We all tend to go to psychics of some form to tell us our futures. But what you need to understand is that the future is malleable and up to you. Your choices and how you look at things will determine your future. If you want to marry again, you can. However, perhaps this situation is an opportunity.

      Instead of asking whether you will marry or not, why not think in depth about what kind of relationship you want to have. Think about the character traits you want in a partner and those that you bring to a relationship. What will your contribution be? And what has kept you single all these years? How about changing that? Do some kind of self-work to increase your love of yourself, to use your gifts, to become what you came here to be.

      In summary, dowsing the future is tricky. It is never good to dowse in fear, and most future dowsing is based on a fear of what might happen or what might not happen. You must be detached to dowse well. You have an attachment to a certain outcome, so dowsing about it is not a good idea, whether you are doing the dowsing or someone else is. Instead, look inward and start making a list of your perfect partner and start working on yourself to become the perfect partner. If you really want a partner, you will get one, but don’t you want more than that? Don’t you want happiness and fulfillment and love? Think big! And realize your power. Your power to create your life experience.

      • liz

        Maggie, that was really kind of you to answer in such a lengthy fashion. I am stressing about this so much, despite the fact that my friend has predicted my lack of future marriage with such accuracy. I guess I’m worried that you are trying to let me down and give me hope- I guess I’d do the same if someone had a bad “reading”. I’d want to reassure them.
        Have you personally giving a dousing prediction that was negative and seen the person you gave it to turn it around to a positive prediction later on?
        I have long searched for love so this is a heartfelt question to you.
        thanks again for your advice.

        • Maggie Percy

          Did you ever read fairy tales as a kid? Did you ever read things like the Iliad? When the oracle makes predictions, it’s always like about the Nasgul in Lord of the Rings. No man can kill them. And at the end in the final battle, the warrior facing the nasgul takes off HER helmet and say, “I am no man,” then kills the monster. The oracles, when accurate, always speak the truth, but the person listening hears what they expect to hear or they filter it through their own perception and beliefs, which in the ancient stories lead to all kinds of misconceptions. People don’t always understand the truth when they hear it.

          The second point is that no oracle is always correct. I can’t guarantee that the reading you got was accurate at all.

          The third point is that you have free will, so instead of asking what’s going to happen, it’s time for you to start figuring out how to make it happen. You’re not a victim here. It’s your life and your choice.

          In other words, we all start out interested in going to psychics, because we see ourselves as powerless and want to know the future. I have something hanging on my wall that says, “the best way to predict your future is to create it.” We are here to have a life experience, and the Law of Attraction says we can experience what we choose, but there are so many programs and beliefs that say we’re powerless victims. Those beliefs are all wrong, unless we choose to believe them.

          If you want to marry, you surely can find someone. But to me, marriage is not equal to love. Most marriages end in divorce, and marriage does not guarantee love. I read your post and believe that what you want is love, and that perhaps you may not marry, but you can still find love. Or perhaps you are wanting at some level to learn marriage does not equal love. It’s all about becoming conscious and clearly focusing on your true goal.

          I think like many of us, you have a heartfelt goal, which is being loved, and you THINK you know the way to get it, which is marriage. And instead of focusing on your goal, you are focusing on the WAY you believe is best to get it. Which to me is the mistake most people make, when thinking money will give them happiness. Money is a means, not an end. Love is the end you seek and what you should ask for in as much detail as possible. Focus only on that. How it comes to you is up to the Universe. I am not trying to let you down; I am trying to help you understand and learn about manifesting your goals.

  10. Ann

    Hi Maggie, I just have pendulum and learn how to use it. I write down the numbers and fold it. I try to ask pendulum what is the number. Almost I get wrong answer. Is it possible to prastise with that way?
    Thank you for your answer.

    • Maggie Percy

      I’m glad you are excited about learning to dowse. Don’t be discouraged about getting wrong answers. This is very common when starting out. Most people don’t realize that dowsing is a skill, and like any skill, you must learn proper technique to get the results you want. It’s not hard to learn, and you can learn a great deal for free here on our site. Here are some tips:
      1. Never ‘test’ dowse. Don’t dowse coin tosses, card suits or anything like that to ‘test’ yourself. Dowsing is meant to be used for things you need and want to know that your brain can’t discover. When you use it for things like tests or on things your brain can figure out, it won’t work well. So always dowse about things that matter at least a little bit. Our book “101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing” is free everywhere, and I recommend that as a starting point for what to dowse about.
      2. I recommend starting with deviceless dowsing. Not with a tool. If you join our list, we send you free three videos on how to do this. You can also read some articles here on the site. Deviceless dowsing is the best place to start.
      3. You need to be detached and in a dowsing state when dowsing. Dowsing requires an altered brain state that has been measured in experiments. There are articles about it on this site, and we wrote a book on it.
      4. Your dowsing question must be very good, or your answer may not be correct. There are articles on this subject on the site, and we wrote a book on that.

      I urge you to read and watch videos on this site to learn dowsing technique. Ask questions if you need help. The Comments section are on each page. Then, when you are sure you want to master dowsing, I urge you to get our Discovering Dowsing course. We have lots of free help on this site, but our course is the best way to learn. We also provide ongoing help with our course. You can learn to dowse, and we’re here to help. Good luck and enjoy the site. We look forward to helping you learn dowsing.

    • Sara Tammentie

      Hi! And thank you so much for this wonderful site giving information how to learn to dowse properly! Been reading these comments and I realise I have totally done this wrong the whole time…

      And I still do. I tried this paper technique where I wrote yes and no answers, folded them to hide the answer, and then asked the pedulum to show if the answer in the paper (under the pendulum) is correct. I used simple question to test this, I asked about my kids name. I got both yes and no (because I thought I need to test it twice to find out it really works properly). And it clearly didn’t. I wanted to test this paper technique just to prevent the answers depending for my attachment. I have a very strong willpower, and I know it affects the answers. But I also realise now I asked questions that are not to ask (for example about my relationship… and very much afraid of the answer).

      Can you please tell me what went wrong in this paper technique? Should the question be different then and not this that I already know (“Is my daughter’s name…?”). At this moment I feel very lost with pendulum since I clearly don’t understand how to use it, and also why and when to use it. I really think I need to start over from the point zero.

      With best regards,


      • Maggie Percy

        You’re right. Just relax and start from scratch. I suggest you go to this page (https://discoveringdowsing.com/category/learn-dowsing/) and first read The Dowsing Basics post. Then read The Best Way To Practice Dowsing. That is a start for giving you a strong foundation. I’m not sure if you have read the article on Blind Dowsing here: https://discoveringdowsing.com/blind-dowsing-tips/. Feel free to comment on any post or ask a question. You should also use the Search feature and read about detachment and the dowsing state as well as how to form a question.

        Dowsing is a simple skill, not a psychic talent, and that means you need to learn basic technique, but it isn’t all that hard. Our site will teach you the basics. If you Search for ‘exercise’, you get a few posts that are great for helping you practice: https://discoveringdowsing.com/?s=exercise. The pendulum is just a tool, and we suggest learning devicelss techniques, which you can get some videos about by joining our list. But Search as well, because we have other posts on that.

        Being detached and not ‘testing’ your dowsing are important. And Search for ‘polarity’ to see about how that can affect your answers. We look forward to your questions and comments on the above pages.

  11. Michelle Gasper

    Hello, So I asked my pendulum if my cousin (I gave her full name and said she was having the baby tomorrow) Is she having a boy? The pendulum gave me a no answer. By the way, I always ask my pendulum to show me what a yes and no answer looks like before I start. Then I asked if she was having a girl and it gave me a yes answer. Well, she had a boy! Ugh!! What did I do wrong?

    • Maggie Percy

      Don’t be discouraged that you got a wrong answer. Being able to know it was wrong will help you improve your dowsing. There are many possible reasons for a wrong answer. Most commonly, it is because the person hasn’t mastered (or maybe doesn’t know) the dowsing basics. You can learn a lot on our site about the skill of dowsing or take our course. The basics involve asking a good question, being in a dowsing state and being detached about the answer. Most likely, one of these is the issue. Perhaps in your question, you didn’t state you were asking about this pregnancy, or maybe you didn’t get into a dowsing state, or perhaps you prefer her having a girl.

      If you have taken our course and feel you are really good at the basics, then there is another cause. You may have had reversed polarity. Use the Search box on this site for articles about what that is and how to fix it. Reversed polarity will flip your answers. So I use a polarity check before every dowsing question. I ask if I was born in Washington DC in this life (I was). This is a much better thing to do than ask what your yes/no response is. If you get a ‘no’ to the question using the proper birthplace, your polarity is reversed. Fix it before dowsing.

      There are other things that cause wrong answers, and we discuss many on this site. See articles about ‘pitfalls’ in dowsing. Did your cousin give permission for you to dowse? Wrong answers are sometimes about ethics. Also, remember that dowsing is not 100% accurate. Even the best dowsers get wrong answers.

      In other words, there are many possible causes, but if you spend a lot of time at this site reading and asking questions and practicing dowsing, you will get better. A good dowser can be 95%+ accurate in her area of specialty. By that I mean in the particular area of dowsing she has spent the most time in mastering. We look forward to hearing from you in the future.

      • Michelle

        Thank you, Maggie!

        • Maggie Percy

          We look forward to answering any questions you post on our site. Happy Dowsing!

  12. Maryam

    I used pendulum for 6 month.
    I asked a questions about my ex boyfriend and every time answer me Yes
    My question are:
    will marry with him?
    Is he a my twin-flame?
    Is it a right person that I will happy with him?
    Does marry with him this year?
    All of answers are yes always
    But in a real life we separated near 6 month and I doubt.
    I asked a question about my cousin about she is pregnant or not and pendulum answer yes but she isn’t pregnant!!
    Is it possible all of answer is wrong?
    Please answer me thank you

    • Maggie Percy

      I’m sorry you are having some difficulties with dowsing. Don’t feel bad. This is common for newbies. You need to learn proper dowsing technique and dowsing ethics if you want to be accurate. First off, don’t dowse about anyone else without their verbal permission. You don’t want someone putting a tap on your phone or a bug in your bedroom, so don’t dowse without permission. Read the posts on this site about proper dowsing technique: asking a good question, detachment, the dowsing state, etc. You must master those steps for best results. Our Discovering Dowsing course is the best way to learn, once you decide you want to use dowsing accurately. Good luck!

      • Maryam

        Thank you so much for answering
        If somebody doesn’t believe about pendulum and he or she is apart of our life and we want to know better him or her what we do?
        Sometimes our brain make a mistake because our ego make a decision and it’s better we trust our higher self and ask him
        Is it possible we permit that our higher self?
        Sorry about my bad English
        This is a my second Language

        • Maggie Percy

          I’m so glad you asked this question. It is a sign that you are thinking deeply about dowsing, and we love to see that. There are two questions here. The first is, if someone you love doesn’t believe in dowsing, is it ethical to dowse about that person without telling him/her? The short answer is NO. Never dowse about someone without their permission. It is an invasion of privacy. If you know they would say NO to you, then you are obliged NOT to dowse. Even if you think they would say YES, you still have to ask them.

          Think of it this way. If someone you love came for a visit to your house, and they started throwing out your beer or cigarettes or junk food because they feel it is bad for your health, would you be happy? You would not. We each have the right to live as we wish undisturbed by others.

          Is there EVER a situation where it is ethical to dowse about someone without asking them first? Yes. You will see in our course and articles on this site that you have a right to dowse about a situation that has an effect on your life, but in that case, you are dowsing about a situation so you can make a good decision, not just to snoop. An example would be to dowse how accurate the mechanic is when he says you need a new alternator for your car. If you suspect a lie or inaccuracy or overstatement about something involving you paying money for a product or service, and you aren’t sure you really need it, it is ethical to dowse. But you aren’t dowsing is the person lying. You are dowsing if you really need that alternator. See the difference? That’s all you really have a right to ask about. His motivations and inner thoughts are none of your business.

          Another example is compatibility dowsing. It is ethical to dowse if someone is compatible for your goals for marriage, a partnership or friendship. That is not dowsing in an intrusive way. It is gauging their compatibility so you can choose wisely. Never dowse if your lover is cheating or if someone is lying. Dowsing is only for getting information you cannot get in another way. Talk to your lover. Ask a question. Don’t use dowsing instead of communicating. Dowsing is not always right, and you are much better off talking to him or her. Just imagine if you dowsed your lover was cheating, and you broke up, but your dowsing was wrong!

          The second question is about using your High Self to ask permission, if I understand you correctly. I did this once very early in my dowsing career. There is a post about it on this site, I think. I now feel it is unethical to ask if it’s OK with someone’s High Self to dowse or work on them in any way. I believe you get the answer you want to get when you do that. Ask the person directly.

          See this page for three articles about permission: https://discoveringdowsing.com/?s=permission

          Also, we have written a book called Dowsing Ethics that is very detailed and useful. Click the book image in the sidebar to go to Sixth Sense Books and see it.

          Thanks for asking this question, and your English is very good. I hope this helps.

          • Maryam

            Thank you so much.
            You answer me with details and it helps me a lot

            • Maggie Percy

              You’re welcome. Keep reading on the site and comment and question. We appreciate your interest and enthusiasm!

  13. Kim B

    I dowse as well as shamanic journey and practice. I confirm dowsing through journey or journey through dowsing. Sometimes it takes a little back and forth. Questions are KEY. I have to be specific to a time frame, a situation or person within that time frame, avoiding “should” or “can” as questions, referring to one’s specific body if asking about a person or animal or plant (mental body, emotional body, physical body, spiritual body). I also have fellow dowsers I trust who are not invested in my questions in any way. I state the questions and they dowse and tell me their results and I compare. My pendulum can be “hijacked”, so I must be vigilant on cleansing it and even more vigilant in the energetic space I set myself up in. Pendulums can be easily swayed if not properly connected to my energy. I also know it is never ok to ask about another human spirit without their permission, unless using mediumship to connect first to someone who has passed physically and see if it is ok. I would never trust the answers of invasive pendulum work; work without permission.

    • Maggie Percy

      It is wonderful to see people like you combining dowsing with other techniques. Dowsing is a great tool when working on yourself or working to help others. It gives you answers about root causes and helps you pick the best method for shifting energies. We have found the more tools you have in your kit, the better. Thanks for sharing how you have combined dowsing with shamanic techniques.

      Also, it is great to see someone using the ‘dowsing buddy’ system like we do. No one is 100% at any technique, so having backup for your dowsing can be a huge help in terms of accuracy. Well done!

      You have mentioned dowsing ethics and problems with your dowsing being hijacked. These are in our opinion just challenges we all face along the journey. Dowsing is so powerful, one needs to think about and apply ethical practices. We wrote a book called “Dowsing Ethics” that goes into depth on this subject. We believe that the only permission that is ethical is permission directly from the person herself. Think about it. Would you be happy to discover that someone you do not know has been doing work on you (trying to change you) without your permission, even if they tell you it’s ok, because your High Self or some other spirit said it was OK? I don’t think so. We all want to have informed consent. So we recommend you stick to true informed consent as your ethical guideline. In other words, ask the person directly. And respect a ‘no’.

      Lastly, shamanic journeying and soul retrieval and many other techniques like channeling and mediumship are potentially very dangerous, as they expose you to spiritual entities who are not always in alignment with your health and goals. We advise everyone to make sure they take proper training before going out on the astral plane; invest in courses and training. To learn about protection as it relates to dowsing (which will help avoid hijacking), read our book “Dowsing Pitfalls and Protection.” Our books are very inexpensive and can be seen at Sixth Sense Books, http://sixthsensebooks.com.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s wonderful to see people using dowsing in these ways!

  14. Kayk

    Hello this is a pretty long post but I’m hoping u can help me with something. I just started dosing I have two pendulum but I mostly just use one and I asked about things such as “will my ex and I get back together?” are we meant to be?” Will I have more kids Etc and my pendulum said yes to these questions.. Now I’m aware that since these are questions about the future things can change especially since a part of me is starting to feel I don’t want to reconcile anymore with my ex, but I’m wondering how accurate a pendulum is about past events. Here’s my situation. In 2018 my mother brother went missing he was 68 at the time, early this year around February 2020 my family found out he passed they were told he passed in August 2019 due to a heart attack and was cremated in Maryland (my uncle lived in North Carolina when he went missing)
    Anyway I wanted to know the actual date my uncle died so I asked my pendulum if he died in August 2019 and was told No this was shocking because my mother said he died in August of 2019, so I asked again and again my pendulum said No. So I changed my question to “was my uncle alive in August 2019?” and my pendulum said No, I then asked again and received the same answer, then I asked was he alive anytime in 2019 and received a yes. So I started to name months asking if he died this month etc and at March my pendulum said yes, I went through the rest of the months to be sure but it said No and said yes again when I asked if he died in March 2019. Then I started naming days of the week to narrow things down and my pendulum said yes when I asked if it was a Monday that he died, I did the same thing ran down the days of the week to be sure and Monday was the day my pendulum said yes, so I ran down the dates for Monday in March 2019 and was giving a date of March 11, 2019. I repeated the date and asked if my uncle died on March 11, 2019 and was told yes. I then asked if he died in Maryland and it said yes, I then ran down cities in Maryland and my pendulum said yes when I got to Silver Springs, I did the same thing ran down all the cities and received a No to every city except Silver Springs. I then took my second pendulum and asked did my uncle die on Monday March 11, 2019 in Silver Springs MD and that one said yes. I haven’t mentioned any of this to my mother the only thing I did was ask her was how do they know my uncle died in August 2019 and she said that’s what they were told. I trust my pendulum but I’m not sure how my family would feel about me telling them the date I was giving by my pendulum so I requested a death certificate using the information I received from the pendulum and I’m wanting to see if it’ll come, if I receive it then I’ll tell my mother. Sorry for the long post but my question is, how accurate are pendulum with past events that you have No experience with?
    Also before I asked anything about my uncle’s death I made sure to ask my pendulum yes or no questions about him to be sure my pendulum answered about the right person and my pendulum answered correctly.

    • Maggie Percy

      It’s really good that you are using dowsing! It is a valuable life hack, but there is one catch. You must be accurate in order to benefit. I can understand your wanting to know the answers to these questions, and it is true that dowsing can theoretically be used for that purpose. However, based on what you are saying, I suspect you are dowsing above your level of experience, and this is risky. Let me explain.
      Most people mistakenly think that a pendulum gives answers. A pendulum is just a tool, a way of amplifying the answers coming from your own body. You don’t need a tool to dowse. So when someone ‘asks their pendulum’ they are starting off on the wrong foot. The pendulum doesn’t have answers. You do. OK? And that is a good starting point.
      You must have good dowsing technique to get an accurate answer (because the answer comes through you). Another mistake we see is people think if they can get a yes/no answer, they can dowse accurately. This is incorrect.
      On this site, if you spend a little time, you can learn the basics of good dowsing technique and then practice them. All for free. You can learn about the dowsing state, detachment and how to ask a good question. You can download our book “101 Amazing Things You Can Do With Dowsing” for free and practice. If you do, you will become a good dowser. And we will answer your questions when you post them.
      I urge you to start slowly with simple, everyday things such as we talk about in our book. Don’t jump to hard or serious questions right away. Don’t do much intangible target dowsing. You build confidence by seeing success, but if you go to difficult topics right away, that can be self-sabotage.
      There’s no harm in what you did, and you might turn out to have been correct, but it is a topic I would not suggest a newbie dowse about. It’s too hard to be detached. And also, you need to understand the pendulum is not the source of answers.
      Have a look around the site, use the search box to find topics, and post questions as needed. Our Discovering Dowsing course gives you the most support, but you can learn a lot for free as you decide just how committed you are to learning dowsing. Welcome to the Dowsing Tribe! We look forward to supporting you on your journey.


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