Are Pendulums Safe?

Are pendulums safe?

Pendulum dowsing can be a powerful and healing way to find clarity and make decisions. However, some people are still reluctant to this spiritual practice.

If you’re considering using a pendulum in your daily life, you’ll be pleased to know that they are safe to use. However, there are a few important things you need to keep in mind before you start using them if you want to get the answers you need and protect yourself against negative energies at the same time.

Using a pendulum safely requires preparation, practice, an open mind, and spiritual alignment. Here’s what you need to know.

How Pendulum Dowsing Works

A pendulum acts as a receiver and transmitter and there are several ways that you can use it in your daily life:

  • Asking questions to help you make decisions
  • Cleansing your home
  • Healing
  • Finding lost objects

Dowsing relies on energy and intuition to create wide circular movements or a separate directional swing that indicates a specific answer.

Some sceptics believe that when the bob moves, it’s because your hand is moving. However, this isn’t always the case. By keeping an open mind, centring your energy and maintaining faith, pendulum dowsing is one of the best ways to receive guidance from your own intuition and spiritual guides.

Staying Safe While Using A Pendulum

A pendulum, like any spiritual tool, needs to be used correctly for you to stay protected against negative earthbound spirits.

However, it should be noted that dowsing is not like using a Ouija board. Along with connecting with your spirit guides and angels, pendulums channel answers from your higher self.

Once you receive higher guidance, it’s channelled into your subconscious mind, which is what makes the bob move. These movements are what you then see with your conscious mind.

Before you use a pendulum though, it’s important to get into the right headspace. You can’t be tired, agitated, or emotionally invested in specific answers.

It also really helps to protect yourself before you delve into a session. You can do this by enclosing yourself in a protective circle using candles and sea salt and saying a prayer to your angels or any higher power you believe in. Be sure to cleanse your pendulum and charge it in the sun once you’re done to ensure no stagnant energies have attached to it – more on this in the next section.

How To Use A Pendulum To Answer Yes/No Questions

Here are the steps you would need to follow to use your pendulum correctly to receive as much insight as possible.

Connect to your pendulum

You want to be in the right headspace before you start using your pendulum. You also want to clear your divination tools of any stagnant energy. You can do this by charging it in the sun for a day.

Next, you want to charge your pendulum with your own energy. Before you do, find a calm and quiet space where you can relax and focus. Lighting some candles and incense and playing soft music can help with this.

Hold your pendulum in your hands, take a few deep breaths and sit quietly with it for about 10 minutes. You can even say a prayer or ask for your spirit guides to bless it.

Program your pendulum

Now that you’re ready to start dowsing, place both feet on the floor and grasp the chain of the pendulum between your thumb and index finger. There should be some space between your fingers and the pendulum’s stone. You can now program your pendulum’s answers.

Arch your wrist so that the bob is dangling lightly in front of you. Next, show the pendulum what a specific answer would look like.

For example, side-to-side swings would indicate ‘no’, back and forward swings would indicate ‘yes’ and a clockwise circle would be ‘maybe’. You should demonstrate and explain these movements out loud to the spirit realm.

Verify your answers

Test whether the pendulum has understood your instructions by asking some obvious questions that you already know the answer to. You can ask for clarity on your name or even confirm the day of the week.

If your bob is not moving in the ways you would expect, try programming it again. Once you receive the correct answers, you can move on to the next step.

Connect the source of your answers

Once you’ve programmed your pendulum, you want to establish where it should get its answers from. The point of this is to make sure you’re not just getting answers from your subconscious mind and excluding your higher self and spirit guides.

To program your pendulum’s source, say “I call in my higher self to answer my questions truthfully in a way that’s aligned with the highest and greatest good for all concerned”.

Feel free to change this wording in a way that resonates with you.

Ask your questions

You should now be ready to start asking questions. One best practice is to not make your questions multifaceted – your pendulum can only answer one question at a time.

It’s also important to not be too emotionally invested in a specific answer as it can impact the outcome.

The best two solutions to being too emotionally invested to get a correct answer from your pendulum are either to wait to ask your questions until you’re in a less emotional space, or ask a friend to do the reading for you. They won’t have the emotional connection to the question like you do.” – Ash (Moon of Gemini)

Choosing Your Pendulum

There is a wide variety of pendulums available for dowsing, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the answers you’re searching for.

  • Crystal pendulum: This is one of the most popular choices, mostly because crystals are associated with clarity and a higher power.
  • Rose quartz pendulum: Rose quartz is linked to calmness and, because you need a clear calm mind to channel answers, it’s an ideal stone.
  • Amethyst pendulum: This particular stone has strong connections to the spiritual realm, providing you with that extra charge of energy.
  • Wooden pendulum: Wood has become a popular choice for dowsing because they don’t accumulate other energies like crystals do.
  • Brass pendulum. If you want to mainly want to dowse for healing, brass comes highly recommended.

There is no right or wrong answer about which pendulum to use. It’s about choosing one that feels right to you. You can even choose to work with more than one type of pendulum if you want to.


What questions can I ask my pendulum?

You can ask your pendulum any questions you like, provided the question is clear and only about one thing. For example, you can’t ask your pendulum whether you should cut your hair and dye it purple. If your question has too many elements to it, the answer will be unclear and confusing.

You can also incorporate other objects such as maps into your questions if you’re searching for an object or animal. Holding the bob over a map can guide you to a specific location.

What can prevent my pendulum from working correctly?

It is possible for your pendulum to not work correctly. To start, make sure that you’ve programmed it correctly and remember which movements indicate specific answers.

If you still feel like your pendulum is acting up, check your mental space. If you’re feeling overly emotional, tired or agitated, it could affect your energy, which will impact your dowsing session. It also helps to not ask questions too close to devices with high frequencies or electrical charges.

Lastly, make sure that you’re phrasing your questions correctly and are keeping a clear, open mind.

Are pendulum readings accurate?

Pendulum readings have the potential to be accurate. Approach them with a clear mind and concentration, and tap into your intuition or higher consciousness.


In closing, asking the pendulum questions is a great way to get some clarity when you’re feeling confused and lost. And, if you take the time to cleanse and charge your divination tools, and ensure you’re connecting to your higher self and spirit guides, it can be a safe and accurate tool to use. Many people opt to wear their pendulum or carry it with them to benefit from its metaphysical properties.


Sam Ashford
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Hey, I'm Sam Ashford! I'm a ghost-hunting expert, writer and founder of SpiritShack. My mission is to help people like yourself learn about spirituality and how to hunt ghosts!