What is a Pendulum?
A pendulum is a small weight (bob) attached to a cord, lightweight chain or string. They can be as rudimentary as a small stone tied to a piece of string, or they can be beautiful handcrafted objects made of precious metal and crystal. Some have an extra component – a fob, that sits in your hand and prevents the pendulum from accidentally slipping through your fingers. You can also wear it as a pendant on a necklace chain.
Where to Purchase a Pendulum
You can buy pendulums online or at specialist New Age or ‘witchy’ stores. They range in price from a few dollars for a simple polished stone up to a $100 or more for a crafted pendulum.
What is a Pendulum Used For?
In previous times, dowsing pendulums were used to locate water, oil, metals and even burial sites. There is also a practice called Radiesthesia that uses them to diagnose disease by detecting fields of radiation (auras) in and around the body. These days they are mostly used as divination tools. They are used to provide answers to questions, spiritual guidance, and advice in mundane day-to-day matters.
How Does a Pendulum Work?
Pendulums work because they are aligned with your energy. Your sub-conscious or higher-self already knows the answers to most questions you ask. to access the information consciously, but deep within you, cells, your vibration, your connection to everything in the universe knows these things.
Charging Your Pendulum
Some diviners advise charging your pendulum before using it. You can do this by leaving it on a window ledge where the light of a waxing moon can reach it. Leave it until the full moon. Or bury it for a night or two so it can absorb energy from the Earth. Alternatively, you can sleep with it under your pillow so it becomes aligned with your vibration. A very simple way to cleanse and charge your pendulum is by holding it in a natural source of running water, such as a stream or even hanging it in the rain – make sure you dry it carefully. Choose the method that appeals to you.
Store your pendulum in soft fabric – a silk scarf or velvet cloth would be ideal. Keep it in a small bag or box. Better yet, wear it.
It’s a good idea to prepare a sacred space before divination. Create a relaxed atmosphere, lighting a candle and/or some incense. Make sure you won’t be interrupted and turn your cell phone off. Mentally or verbally state your intention to be connected to your subconscious, higher self, source energy, your guardian angel or spirit guide, whichever feels right to you. Visualize yourself bathed in a bright protective light.
How to Use a Pendulum
The best way to use a pendulum is to take it slowly and practice until you feel comfortable with it. If you dive in and hope for the best, you will simply confuse yourself and the pendulum will be consigned to a drawer.
Start with a simple yes/no exercise. You’ll only have to do this once. Sit comfortably and relax. Take a few deep breaths. Hold your pendulum steady in your dominant hand, stilling it with the other. When the bob is as still as it can be, say, “Show me Yes.” The bob will begin to move. Make a note if it is moving clockwise, anticlockwise or to east/west or north/south. When your pendulum moves like this in the future, the answer to your question is Yes. Now repeat the exercise for No. Try a few yes/no questions that you know the answers to just to get the feel of using the pendulum.
A useful addition is a pendulum board or chart. You can make this yourself or download and print one out. Here is a free printable pendulum chart.
You cannot over-use a pendulum. However, it’s possible to become confused, so keep a note of every question and response you receive. Sometimes subtle rephrasing of a question can make a great deal of difference. For example, you might ask the question, “Am I a worthy person?” Your self-belief may influence the pendulum to respond negatively. Change the wording to, “Does my higher self know that I am a worthy person?” You can test your results by asking questions in different ways. You will then build up an overall picture of the situation you are asking about. Keeping a pendulum journal to refer to is a good idea.
As you become more familiar with using the pendulum, you can introduce subtle variations – you’ll probably observe these in any case. Sometimes the answer will be a ‘Maybe’, or ‘Probably not’. The degree of the swing will indicate these. Again, using a chart can help a lot. Watch out for false results, though – your pendulum may not sync with the answers on the board so be prepared to do a lot of testing with questions you already know the answers to. In this way, you can determine if your chart is suitable or whether you need to create your own.
Using a Pendulum in Daily Life
Whenever you have to make a choice, use your pendulum. Ask, “Is xxxx right for me at this time?” You can apply it to food, clothes, lovers anything. Simply ask your question and observe your pendulum’s response.
Using a Pendulum with Tarot
There are several ways to use a pendulum with tarot cards. You could use it to choose your cards: spread the deck out, face down. Hold your pendulum above the cards, keeping it quite low. Slowly move your hand over the cards, when you get a distinct reaction, pick out that card. Repeat as necessary.
Another use is to determine a card’s meaning in the context of the reading. Often, it can be difficult to decide on a particular meaning, so ask your pendulum. For instance, “Does the Three of Cups mean I should go out with my best friends this weekend?”
A soul-card reading with a pendulum is a wonderful method to obtain some spiritual guidance. Lay out the Major Arcana in a semi-circle in front of you, face up. Ask the pendulum for advice and move it slowly over the cards. When you get a reaction over a card, move the card closer to you. Pick out at least five cards in the same way. Then ask your questions. You should receive some illuminating answers when you combine your intuition with your pendulum.