There is a certain art to working with a pendulum, and if done properly, a well attuned pendulum can reveal a great deal of information to its user about the cycles of their own energy or that of another person or various other scenarios. How does a pendulum work?
A pendulum is a simple instrument consisting of a weight suspended on the end of a chain or cord that is intentionally dowsed (immersed) into various electromagnetic fields to read energy flow or used as a divinatory implement to receive guided information.
Pendulums have been used for many decades for a wide variety of purposes including locating water or other underground resources, to locate infection or illness in a patient’s body by doctors of antiquity, and all the way through the modern day to its application in practices such as reading the chakras, receiving information about the future, diagnosing the quality of food or drink, and more.
The way a pendulum works is simple physics. The chain must be held at the far opposite end of the weight and the user must maintain a steady hand and arm as not to affect the movement pattern the pendulum begins to follow. The object acting as the weight will be ‘dowsed’ into some field of energy to be read (a chakra, a body area, a location above the ground surface, etc). By immersing it in said energy the weight will then begin to move with the energy pattern held within the field it is being dowsed in. This will clearly indicate the way energy is moving and provide the user information about the dynamics at hand.
Types of Pendulums
Pendulums can be crafted from a wide variety of materials. The cord component can be thread or metal chain and the pendulum component can be crystals that are raw or cut, metal, or wood. Different materials of course carry different energies and express different qualities and are therefore each most effective for different things. The important thing is that the pendulum be attuned to its user specifically so that it will be reflective of his or her individual consciousness.
Selecting a Pendulum
When you are selecting a pendulum you will most likely end up in a metaphysical or spiritual shop as they are unlikely to be sold in too many other places. They can also be purchased all across the web in different shops, or you could even make your own if you are a handy person.
As will choosing crystals, the only real guide you need is your instincts and intuition. You will probably be drawn to a specific one or a few and by testing that one or few out you can get a feel for how a particular piece resonates with you. Do so by raising your arm with your elbow slightly bent and held slightly higher than the level of your hand, then suspend the pendulum by the full length of the chain between your thumb and pointer finger. This can be done with whichever hand is your dominant hand. The most common way to test a pendulum would be to ask it a yes or no question that you know the answer to.
For instance “Am I a woman?” If the pendulum is swinging clockwise this would indicate yes and if you are a woman this would make the pendulum correct. If the pendulum rotates counterclockwise this would indicate no and if you are a woman this would make the pendulum incorrect.
You could also test how the pendulum feels by asking it if it is the pendulum for you and seeing which way it swings. Understand, however, that if the pendulum has been handled by many people, you may need to attune it to yourself after purchase in order to attain very clear results. Therefore, if you feel very drawn to a particular piece, but the ‘yes or no’ question test is not giving test is not giving you clear information, you should still follow your gut and natural preference.
Programming Your Pendulum
You can and should program your pendulum to your personal energy and intentions. You can cleanse the piece as you would a crystal if it is indeed made of crystal, being careful not to damage any metal components (in other words, you might be careful about exposing it to salt water which is a traditional way to cleanse stones). A safe and effective way to cleanse random energies away would be to smudge your pendulum with sage/cedar/copal or some other herbal smoke.
After your pendulum feels well cleansed you can now program it to yourself. Hold the pendulum in your palm and put your intention for working with it into it with your thoughts or out loud. For instance, your intention might be: “This pendulum will be used to reveal to me my own highest truth” or “with this pendulum I will be connected to light, clarity, and guidance”. Abracadabra. That’s all you need to do and you are ready to go.
Reading Energy With Your Pendulum
Here are a few ways to put your pendulum to good use, but use your imagination for other ways a pendulum may help you attune yourself to the energies in and around yourself.
Chakras- reading chakras with a pendulum will generally require a partner because it will be difficult to see what the pendulum is doing if you are lying down to read your own. You will simply need to have your partner lie down on their back with hands and legs uncrossed. As indicated above, the pendulum should be suspended about an inch directly above the skin in the location of the chakra center being read. With a still hand wait until the pendulum beings to naturally swing and allow it to do so for a minute or so before making a reading, noting the way it may stop, reverse, or alternate in any way. As you go through each of the 7 chakras, you can write down the results to be charted over time and analyzed afterwards. A very basic way to interpret this data would be that chakras spinning clockwise are metabolizing new energy while those spinning counterclockwise are not metabolizing new energy at this time. If the rotation of spin is very large or fast, the center is probably processing much energy while if it is small or slow or barely moving, it is not processing much energy.
Asking Questions– as mentioned above you may wish to work with your pendulum in receiving answers to your questions or guidance about various topics. You would use the pendulum in the same way and simply ask a yes or no question, taking clockwise as yes and counterclockwise as no, unless you have programmed it otherwise.
Art of Pendulum Use
Ultimately the use of a pendulum, like any tool or instrument, is intended to help expand your awareness and precision. A pendulum cannot tell you anything you don’t already know at a core level. Rather, it is a wonderful instrument used to help you become more acquainted with your ability to feel, sense, and understand the subtle ways energies move in and through you.