Pendulums are tools used for spiritual healing and inner growth. A pendulum is typically a symmetrical weighted object. It can simply be a stone, crystal or object that is often hung by a cord, string or some kind of line where it can dangle from your finger where you are not humanly impacting the direction of the movement. When held in a stationary position, the pendulum will swing — either back and forth or in a circular motion. Pendulums pick up on your body's vibrations and connect you with source energy. They help you tune into divine guidance and can be used in divination.
In this article, we’ll explore how to use a pendulum, how do pendulums work, how to make a pendulum, and how to use a pendulum board.
The History of Pendulums
Pendulums have been used for thousands of years for the purpose of enhancing and validating our intuition and instinctive thoughts. The magical key to using this method comes from being calm, tuning into your true energetic essence and interpreting the pendulum swing. Records date back to Ancient Egypt and Rome with this intriguing tool. Pendulums were also discovered to keep time with clocks, starting back in the 17th century. In the past, pendulums were used by witches, those who are metaphysically oriented, explorers, mathematicians, and scientists.
How Does a Pendulum Work?
It is the synergy between your energy and questions combined with holding the pendulum steady and controlled that creates a tool full of higher wisdom. In this way, the pendulum moves as it is guided, instead of you moving it with your wrist, hand or arm to imitate divine guided movement. I do not like to just grab at the top and let it hang straight down from my fingers. I prefer to let the ‘string’ hang over my finger and then down. This allows more intentional energy movement, versus accidental. I rest my elbow on a desk, table, or stable surfaces as I hold my pendulum prior to asking my important questions.
What is a Pendulum Used For?
You can utilize this tool in a variety of ways, depending on your need and abilities. They are often used to find answers or to assist in decision-making, as well as geographic dowsing, to aid in locating sources of underground water, metal and more. As you may imagine, there were many who would doubt and criticize this fascinating tool as invalid or manipulative from the very beginning. This simple, yet complex tool continues to be relied on today and used by a wide variety of people, because… it works.
The key is finding and connecting with the best pendulum(s) for you and learning how to prepare them and use this magnificent tool successfully. In addition, you can also use the intuitive powers of using a pendulum for:
- Healing Methodologies
- Cleansing and removing toxic or negative energies from an area
- Locating lost objects, even animals
- To identify water or ley lines (dowsing rods are often used for this, in a manner like a pendulum.)
How to Choose and Prepare Your Pendulum
There is no right or wrong way to choose a pendulum. This is much like entering a crystal shop, with so many choices. Or even buying your favorite new pair of jeans. At first, it may be a bit overwhelming, yet as you are open, and try things, you will be drawn to certain crystals and easily walk right past others. You will just know. The same thing happens with Pendulums. Your pendulum may just choose you, lol! Make the choice that is best for you. Some to consider are a Selenite pendulum for clarity, Healing Pendulums-Reiki oriented, Wooden for reliability, Amethyst for connecting with Divine. Metal Om for direct answers, Clear Quartz for amplifying and finding answers, and the list goes on…
How to Make a Pendulum
The enchanting part of using a pendulum begins when you combine its simple elements with the energetic field you hold and the higher self and intuitive wisdom that you possess.
A DIY pendulum is simple to start with. Get a long enough piece of string and run it though a paperclip or the small opening of a flat metal washer (from a hardware store). Ta da, you have the basic concept of a pendulum.
If you want to get more fancy, fashion your pendulum from a diverse selection of items like crystals, wooden tokens, glass, and metal beads. Some of the most energetically powerful pendulums are handmade. You want to enhance a spirit's ability to transmit their messages to you, so it must move smoothly and be capable of storing energy.
How to Use a Pendulum for the First Time
The best way to start with a new pendulum is to learn, connect and prepare your tool. Be hands-on. Begin by cleansing it. You need to prepare it prior to your first use. Depending on your preferences and what your pendulum is made of, investigate cleansing protocols with moon light, sage, selenite plate or visualizing a shower of clean, high vibrational love and light.
Set your Intention. For example, that you want clear answers from your pendulum. Spend time holding your pendulum and getting familiar with it. I always start with “Show Me a ‘Yes’”, and “Show Me a ‘No’ as I learn my pendulums swing. Once you get reliable movement to those foundational questions. You can also experiment with “Show Me a ‘Maybe’”, or something along the lines of “Additional Info is Needed”.
When you are ready to use your pendulum, start with simple Yes/No Questions. I will ask things like, is my Name Izzy? and see how the pendulum moves. As you are discerning a ‘Yes’ movement, try a variety of clear questions. Then ask a silly question like, Is my hair zebra striped? Is today in the month of January? When you know those questions are false and expect a ‘No’ movement. Establish a pattern of movement that you understand and can trust.
How To Use a Pendulum in Daily Life
Growing up, I was exposed to mystery, illusion, magic-8 balls and others forms of fantasy that usually ended up being either sleight of hand or some form of ‘pretend’. My heart always believed there was truth hidden in there somewhere. It took until I was an adult, before I was first introduced to using a pendulum professionally.
I was working with a seasoned mentor and her team of talented and skilled light-workers. While interacting with them, I learned to discern what worked for me and how to teach others about this powerful tool. This was a fascinating process. I now use one of my favorite pendulums, daily, for personal or professional reasons. If you are looking for options to magnify your confidence with your inner wisdom, consider learning to use a pendulum.
Once you have gained more confidence and mastery in this area, you can kick it up a notch, if you’d like. Your physical body can behave as a pendulum, too. If you are in a situation where you do not have a pendulum on hand, this is very useful.
Start slowly, and gently in a safe environment to experiment and learn with this ability. With dedicated practice, you can learn to rely on your literal body movement, just like your trusted pendulum. Remember, this is all about trusting yourself and your inner wisdom.
What is Pendulum Dowsing?
Geographic dowsing is used to locate water, minerals, or other items. A dowsing rod is commonly used for this purpose. The rod has similar tendencies to using a pendulum. Yet the term dowsing, can cover broader topics, as well. Dowsing is the art of tuning into your sixth sense to listen and trust your inner wisdom. Another way to think of this is utilizing your own personal GPS system. Some people grew up learning this art with their families. Yet, many did not. I find that by adding a pendulum to my tool kit, in addition to my other abilities, I can often discern answers faster and with more increased clarity.
Pendulum Yes or No
Ask questions that are answerable with either a positive or negative response. For example, "Will I be offered the job I interviewed for this morning?" A poor example is, "Will my wife deliver a boy or girl?" That's a question that's best left to an online psychic reading. Be prepared to ask several questions to receive enough information to compile a thorough answer.
What is a Pendulum Board?
A pendulum board is an additional tool to access information in a new way that can bring increased clarity and speed when working with a pendulum. It is often a small and usually round board with words such as ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Unclear’ or ‘Rephrase’ or ‘Maybe’. You can purchase pre-made boards or create your own with your artistic abilities or print them out. If you are curious, give it a try.
How To Use a Pendulum Board
Now that you have practiced with your pendulum, you can investigate if using a pendulum board will help you. Again, this can be a purchased board or one you create, A basic board will have a ‘Yes’ in two locations, for example top and bottom (or North and South on a compass) of the chart. While a ‘No’ will be positioned on both sides (i.e., East and West on a compass).
Hold your pendulum steady in the center of the chart by resting your elbow on a surface. Notice that there is often a circle or object indicating the center of the chart. Ask your simple yes/no question. For example, Is the sky blue today? And depending on your weather, you will know what to expect? We will say, it is a YES, also ask a question that is clearly a NO. Do I live in Spain, when you clearly live in the USA. Please choose appropriate questions for your situation. Once you have established consistent answers when working with a pendulum, you can ask deeper questions for yourself and maybe even help a friend.
The Beauty of a Pendulum
I love experimenting with pendulums inside and out in nature, personally and professionally. The beauty of a pendulum is all about leaning into a deeper level of trust, faith, and belief - with an open mind and an open heart. Your spirit guides and higher self are here to help you if you allow them to, and a pendulum is a valuable tool for tuning into their guidance.
Enjoy this journey!