How To Use a Pendulum

Pendulum Swings Respond to Your Questions

Amethyst Pendulum Used in Healing
Amethyst Pendulum Used in Healing. DAM GAULT/SPL / Getty Images

Pendulums are often used as tools for spiritual healing and inner growth. Pendulums are objects attached at the end of a string or metal chain. When suspended from a stationary position the pendulum will swing back and forth or in a circular motion.

Pendulums are made from a variety of materials including crystals, wood, glass, and metals. There is a general consensus within the healing community that using a wooden pendulum on a thread is the preferred option for receiving the most clarity.

This is because both crystals, gemstones, and metals tend to absorb energies and these energies could cloud or influence information. If you are using a crystal pendulum choose a method of cleansing or clearing your crystal prior to your divination session, be it for healing or dowsing for answers.

Holistic healers will use a pendulum for measuring energy fields or as a dowsing tool for divination purposes.

  1. Choose A Pendulum:
    Allow a pendulum to choose you. If you like the way it looks or feels, it is meant for you.
     
  2. Cleanse Your Pendulum:
    You may cleanse it by holding it under running cold tap water, soaking it in sea salt, or setting a mental intention to free it of 'picked up energies.'
     
  3. Understand the Directional Swings of Your Pendulum:
    Pendulums swing in vertical straight lines, horizontal straight lines, and in circular movements.
     
  4. Define the Directional Swings of Your Pendulum:
    Assign each directional swing a "response" by first asking the pendulum to show you what certain responses look like. Ask: What does a NO look like? What does a YES look like?... and so on.
    • Pendulum Response Examples:
      • vertical swing signifies NO
      • horizontal swing signifies YES
      • circular movement signifies NEUTRAL
  1. Prepare Your Questions:
    A question should be one that can be answered with a positive, negative or neutral response.
    • Good Example Question:
      Will I be offered the job I interviewed for this morning?

      Poor Example Question:
      Will my pregnant cousin deliver a boy or girl?
  2. Set Your Intention:
    It is imperative that you precede your question session with a prayerful request or statement.
    • Example Intention:
      It is my intention to receive truthful answers which will serve the good of all concerned.
  1. Ask Your Questions:
    Be prepared to ask several questions in order to receive enough information to aid you in your quest for answers.
     
  2. Between Questions:
    Make sure to completely stop any pendulum motion between questions to clear any lingering energies that pertain to the previous question.

Tips:

  1. Accept information only if your instincts assure you it is accurate.
  2. Keep a notebook handy to write down your questions and your pendulum's response.
  3. Each pendulum may have a different response. Likewise, each person must establish their own directional swings before using a pendulum.
  4. Make sure that the pendulums have been cleared of any negative energies before and after each use.

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