How To Use A Pendulum For Divination

How to use a pendulum for divination

Picture a tool so simple, yet so powerful, that it unlocks the secrets of the universe with a mere swing. Pendulums bridge the gap between the known and the unknown.

While this practice may seem complicated, we’ve figured out just how to make this ritual less daunting. All you need to do is find out which pendulum works for you and learn how to harness your energy.

This article will unveil hidden truths and unlock the potential of pendulum divination. Let’s figure out how to use a pendulum for divination together.

Understanding Pendulum Divination

A pendulum is a small, weighted object dangling from a string or chain.

On the other hand, divination is the art of seeking knowledge and insights through supernatural or mystical means, it often involves having to interoperate signs or symbols. When it comes to dowsing, a pendulum serves to provide answers to questions.

As you hold the cord, it responds to your body’s energy and your subconscious thoughts. The subtle swinging movements it makes hold the answers to your questions. This interaction (known as the ideomotor effect) was discovered in 1852 by William Benjamin Carpenter. It’s essentially a response triggered by your subconscious mind, revealing what you may already know deep within.

How To Use A Pendulum For Divination

Although it might seem like a very straightforward task to just start practising pendulum dowsing, it isn’t. There are a few things you need to prepare to connect to your divination tool before you start asking it questions.

How to do a pendulum reading

Creating the right environment is important for a successful pendulum session. You need to ensure that there is a clear and peaceful environment to receive natural energies. Follow these steps to prepare for the most purposeful experience:

  1. Find a quiet spot: This helps to maintain focus when turning to your inner self. Choose a peaceful and quiet area where you won’t be disturbed.
  2. Clear your thoughts: Try a deep-breathing exercise or quick meditation to clear your mind of clutter. Relaxation is key to unlocking your intuition.
  3. Hold your pendulum properly: The grip you have on your chain or cord is very important. Do not just dangle it from your index finger. Rather hold it between your index finger and thumb, and keep your hand steady.
  4. Choose the right time: Consider the swinging with your energy cycles, or which phase the moon is in. Some people prefer to use it during a particular time of the moon phase for a better spiritual connection.
  5. Cleanse it: Ensure your pendulum does not have any negative energy attached to it. Some methods for cleansing include placing it under running water, smudging it with burning white sage or exposing it to sunlight.
  6. Charging it up: Infuse your it with your own energy. Hold it in your hands and picture a white light around it and coming from it. This helps to transfer your intention into the pendulum. A crystal bob can also be charged in the sunlight or moonlight.
  7. Have clear intentions: Say what your purpose is for the session. If you’re seeking answers to specific questions or even general guidance, having a clear intention helps focus the energy.
  8. Establish what yes or no answers are: Asking complicated questions, find out what the signals for “yes,” “no,” and “maybe.” This guarantees a reliable and consistent communication method.
  9. Ground yourself: Picture roots growing from your body into the earth, grounding you to the present moment. Grounding will make sure there is stability during your session.
  10. Trust your gut: While divination provides guidance, trust your intuitive feelings and inner knowing. Your intuition acts as a bridge between the physical world and the spiritual insights channelled through the pendulum.
  11. Start the session: With a calm spirit, remain open and ask simple questions you know the answers to. This will establish a connection between your energy and the pendulum’s responses. It will also help test the accuracy of your dowsing tools.
  12. Finish up with gratitude: Once the reading is complete, express gratitude for the guidance received. Whether the insights are affirmative or challenging, gratitude helps maintain a positive connection.

What Types Of Pendulums Are There?

Finding one that works for you is the trick to using a pendulum for divination. The stone moves with your personalised journey, resonating with individual energies.

Begin by considering the material: crystals like Rose Quartz for love, Amethyst for spiritual connection, or Clear Quartz for versatile energy amplification. The shape of the bob matters; some prefer the symmetry of a crystal point, while others resonate with a rounded shape.

Beyond aesthetics, each pendulum carries distinct energies and vibrations. The owner’s connection with the material is crucial; if you’re drawn to a specific crystal, it likely aligns with your personal energy. Trust your instincts and spirit guides; the right one will feel like an energetic match.

When you explore various options, hold them in your hand, and let your rational and intuitive sides guide you towards the pendulum that harmonises with your unique energy.

Here are a few different types of pendulums to choose from:

  • Crystal
  • Metal
  • Multi-metal
  • Wooden
  • Chakra
  • Egyptian
  • Pendulums with a chamber
  • Personalised or handmade

Building Confidence

Embarking on the journey of pendulum divination can have many challenges, especially if you’re a beginner who might battle with scepticism and self-doubt. Scepticism is a normal side effect of exploring and venturing into new practices often triggers questioning. Instead of resisting it, embrace it with curiosity, and allow for it to coexist with your journey.

To build confidence in your journey, start simply. Don’t overcomplicate things. Ask uncomplicated questions that you already have the answers to, and gradually progress to more detailed questions. This approach will nurture your growing sense of assurance in your readings.

Remember, confidence in pendulum divination is acquired over time. Allow yourself the grace to learn, adapt, and trust the process.


Are there other tools that can be used with pendulums?

You can enhance your pendulum divination skills with tools such as pendulum boards or charts for dowsing. These provide you with the opportunity to get more than just a yes or no answer. For example, the chart itself has different answers on it. As you use these advanced methods, remember that having an open mindset is key to unlocking the full potential of your readings.

Can you use a pendulum to connect with spirits?

A pendulum is typically used for divination; however, you could use it to contact spirits or entities from a different realm. Just be careful of making contact with negative entities when engaging in these activities, as they can be quite hard to shake.

Johanna Petroff, a psychic practitioner, says: “The most essential thing when using a pendulum is to let the source speak and not to force it into giving you the answers you want.”

Can you let someone else use your pendulum?

You can let someone else use your pendulum, although it is not recommended. This is a bad form of spiritual hygiene. It means that your pendulum will not only carry your energy but your friend’s energy as well. It might interfere with how well your own swings and how it acts afterwards.

What is the best pendulum to use?

It all depends on your preference. Perhaps crystal pendulums will work for you, or perhaps a wooden one might harness your power better. Whichever pendulum you are most comfortable with is all that matters.


When figuring out how to use a pendulum for divination, the key is to always be true to yourself and take into account if you are open to receiving the answers of your pendulum.

When you understand how to use a pendulum for divination by picking the type that suits you best, this tool becomes a gateway, connecting our world to the unseen.


Sam Ashford
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