The Basics of Dowsing with Crystal Pendulums and Witching Rods.
Updated: Apr 16, 2022
Learn how to pick your dowsing instrument, channel energy, and find what you are looking for.
What is Dowsing?
In short, dowsing is the use of an instrument to gain information from an unseen source. It is a psychic form of telekinesis where the rational mind works with the intuitive 'mind' to move a pendulum or rod toward an object or desired answer.
As a human race, we have been dowsing for a very long time. Depicted on a wall in Tassilin-Ajjer Mountains, Algeria is a cave drawing from around 6000 of a man holding a forked stick searching for a subterranean pool. 
Dowsing is an ancient art of survival and has been passed down through the centuries to those seeking answers.
Dowsing Practitioners or Dowsers can detect the auric field of underground water or metal through their innate sixth sense. They can clear the emotional residue between divine guidance and themselves to receive a response by means of witching rods and pendulums.
You may be wondering where the information is being transmitted from? As I understand it, your conscious mind attempts to connect the subconscious or intuitive aspect of yourself. -And as we are multidimensional beings, our intuition has access to a greater, collective wealth of knowledge that may be called the high-self, your higher power, or your divinity.
For this practice to work, you must allow your awareness to merge with the collective awareness that exists beyond scientific knowledge. Your success is not incumbent on what you believe. To dowse, you simply need to give permission to a part of yourself you may not be familiar with and be open to the response.
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Why, Where, and How to Begin Dowsing.
The reasons for dowsing are endless. Witching rods and pendulums are used to locate underground resources such as water, precious gems, oil, and gold. Dowsing can be performed to locate above-ground objects, such as healing herbs, lost items- like car keys, and even missing persons. Pendulums may be spoken to directly to obtain guidance from a higher state of consciousness.
Where Do I Start?
First, you will need to pick your instrument. If your interest is in locating a physical object or substance, witching (dowsing) rods or pendulums can be used interchangeably. However, if your concern is finding answers regarding lifestyle changes or prophetic events, a pendulum is better suited to fulfilling that need.
A dowsing rod can be any forked rod that will dip downward when held over the intended target. The user holds both ends of the rods with slight tension, palms upward, and then carefully cover the terrain, alert to any downward movement of the rod.
Or, two L-shaped rods can be used (usually made of copper) held in each hand, which will cross into an X to indicate the location of the desired element. 
A conventional pendulum is a crystal or stone suspended from a chain or cord. The top of the cord should be held by your thumb, index finger, and middle finger, while the stone is free to swing and/or rotate when called upon. You may use any weighted object on a string and get the desired results as the appearance or nature of the pendulum has little to do with the information being channeled through it.
How Do I Dowse?
Dowsing is essentially allowing your instrument to transmit a direct answer to you. With rods or the pendulum, you will need to voice your intentions aloud. For example: "I am searching for water." Focus on the intended meaning of your words. If you want to dig a well, then you and your instrument are not concerned with dewdrops on the grass. Do not confuse the matter with unnecessary details.
Next, be receptive to movement. Trust the response. The forked rod will pull downward over the lost object, and the dowsing rods will cross- as if by magic at the exact moment and location where your attention needs to be.
With pendulum dowsing, detailed communication is required. Ask your intuition to show you what "Yes" looks like. The pendulum will either begin to swing toward and away from you as if nodding its head. Or it may turn in a clockwise circle. Give gratitude for the response by saying "Thank you," and allow the pendulum to return to center. Then ask your intuition to show you a "No" response. It may swing left to right as if shaking its head, no.
Or, it may spin in a counter-clockwise rotation. Once you've established yes and no responses, you may now begin to ask yes and no questions. You may also suspend your pendulum over a map asking questions or walking with it during field work, focusing on the outlined response system.
What if My Pendulum or Rods Don't Move?
It may be mandatory for you to unclog the transmission by removing entities, thought forms, and spirits that attempt to interfere. More often than not, it's our own subconscious thoughts that prevent the movement of your dowsing instrument. In which case, you simply need to give your intuition permission to receive answers. State aloud, "I realize this is new to us, but you have my permission to collect and deliver higher information to me now."
If that doesn't work, other forces may be preventing you from receiving the information. We are not alone in the universe. Vocalize your intention by stating, "I remove any and all permission that I have given, knowingly or unknowingly, to entities or passed over loved ones that do not hold in regard my highest good."
Your voice has power. Your words cast spells. When you learned to read and write, you were spelling. Those bad four-letter words are called curse words. Use the power of your words and their intended meaning to help you dowse with clarity and accuracy.
Further reading to consider: Why You Unintentionally Deflect Spiritual Help
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1. Eason, Cassandra. The Art of the Pendulum, Weiser Books LLC. 2005 PG. 12
2. The Association of Independent Readers & Rootworkers, www.readersandrootworkers.org Dowsing, Doodle bugging, and Water Witching. October 6, 2020