How to Use a Pendulum for Divination
A pendulum can be made from a variety of materials including chain, cord, beads, gemstones, glass or any combination of several different items. It consists of a length of material that can be used to hold and suspend a weighted object. These objects must be able to move freely to work correctly.
Pendulums that are suitable for divination can be bought from many sources but it is also fairly simple to create your own. An advantage to making a pendulum is that it can be made to suit your own personal tastes and wishes. This could include using favourite colours and gemstones or using those that correspond well to divination and spirituality. The pendulum will also be charged with your personal energy and intent during the process of being made, linking and empowering it for you.
Do not worry about not having the creative skills or imagination to create a complicated or highly ornate pendulum as these purely cosmetic features are not necessary for it to be able to work well for you. As with all spiritual work and magic, your intentions and dedication to your workings are far more important and will determine your success.
A pendulum can be used in divination and can be especially useful in situations where there are emotions involved and you feel that your subconscious mind may be clouded from letting you see the truth. When using a pendulum it is important that you are not feeling any strong emotions or strongly wish for one outcome or another.
These strong emotions can have an influence on the pendulum and mean that you receive an incorrect answer. Clearing your mind and calming any emotions using techniques such as meditation and grounding can be very helpful. These will also allow you to focus readily on the divination task that you wish to carry out without the distractions of other thoughts and feelings creeping in.
When used on its own a pendulum can only give simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers based on the direction of its swing. The questions that you ask should be clear and require only one answer of yes or no. For example you cannot ask a pendulum a question such as ‘shall I use a quartz crystal or amethyst for healing?’ Even if one of these is the correct crystal for you at this time, the pendulum will be unable to give an accurate answer. To use a pendulum is this situation you would need to ask it whether you should use each of the crystal types individually and note the answer. In this instance, two questions should be used, for example:
‘Shall I use a quartz crystal for healing?’ and then if needed,
‘Shall I use an amethyst crystal for healing?’
Using a Pendulum for the First Time
Once you have your pendulum you can start by asking it simple questions that you already know the answers to. These could be questions such as ‘is my hair blonde?’, ‘is it Thursday today?’ or ‘do I have blue eyes?’. This will help you to get the feel for the pendulum and also determine what response it gives for each answer. Generally, swinging right to left indicates a no response and up and down means that the answer is yes though this is not always true of all pendulums.
To start out sit quietly where you will not be disturbed and hold the pendulum cord or chain so that the weighted end hangs down and can move freely. You can ask the pendulum to spin if desired and this is a nice way to signal the start of the divination but is not necessary, do whichever feels most comfortable for you. You may also find that the pendulum spins by itself. Clearly ask the pendulum a series of questions one at a time, asking only what you already know the answers too. This way you can easily determine how it will signal its answers to you in future.
A second method of determining how your particular pendulum will show its responses is to simply ask it, ‘how will you answer yes’ and ‘how will you answer no?’. You could also use a combination of both and start by asking how it will respond and then try asking questions you know the answers too to test you are correct. Carry out this process using whichever method feels right and most comfortable for you. As with all spiritual practice and work you should always feel comfortable and happy. Letting your instincts and gut feelings guide you is also likely to lead to the best results.
If you find that the pendulum swings in circles or stops this generally means that the answer to your question is uncertain or undecided at that moment or that you are not permitted to know the answer at this time. If you wish to go into this in more detail you can try questions such as:
Am I not permitted to know the answer to my last question?
Is the result/outcome of my last question undecided?
Will I be able to receive an answer to the last question at another time in the future?
Some people believe that the wider or more vigorously the pendulum swings, the more accurate the answer given is. When you have finished working with the pendulum you may like to thank it for its help and it should be stored safely and respectfully until you wish to use it again.
Questions & Answers
What type material do I use for the pendulum?
Essentially, anything that can be attached to a cord or again and will hang straight can be used. Gemstones are a common choice, for example, and beads or a pendant work well. You could also wire wrap a crystal point. I have also seen metal, wood and even shells used to make pendulums.
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