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How to Make your own Pendulum

You can make your own pendulum by attaching a plumb bob, a key or a ring onto the end of a length of cord or string or alternatively buy one of the many long crystal quartz, rounded or pointed at one end that contains the living energies of the earth.


The string is held between the thumb and forefinger and it should be between 27 cm (9 inches) and 120 cm (40 inches) long, although to start with the string should be fairly short. If you are dowsing over a chart or a map then 15 - 20 cm is probably about right. Any excess string can be wrapped around your index finger.

Charging your crystal or pendulum with power

Place your crystal or pendulum in a small plant pot and cover with earth for one hour. Remove from the pot and run the crystal under water for one minute to remove any excess soil, then place the crystal into a bowl of clear spring water into which you have dissolved a few grains of sea salt and leave for at least four hours. When you're ready to remove it place on a piece of cotton or silk material and leave in the sunlight to dry. At dusk, light a pure white candle and pass your pendulum through the flames seven times, calling upon the four elements, earth, fire, air and water to charge your crystal. Leave the candle burning in a safe place near to the crystal so that the light falls onto it and when the candle is burned through place your pendulum into a dark silk or small black velvet bag until you're ready to use it.

What is pendulum dowsing used for?

People use pendulum dowsing for many things, here are a few ideas:

  • Finding natural underground substances such as water, oil or gold.
  • To help you to make decisions in life.
  • For finding things or people
  • For locating earth energies
  • For health purposes
  • For psychic phenomena
How to use your pendulum

The easiest method is to hold the end of your string or chain on which your pendulum hangs and ask a series of questions in your mind to which you already know the answer. For example you could ask, 'Is my name . . (whatever your name is) and notice which direction the pendulum swings.


There are five typical movements that the pendulum uses, these are:

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