Quick Pendulum Dowsing Instructions

I give a complete set of dowsing instructions in my Intuitive Awakening Course. But if you would like the quick (and free!) version, below is a set of instructions for pendulum dowsing that some readers might find useful.

I have been working with a pendulum for a few years now and I love it. Pendulum dowsing is a great way to get answers and guidance from spirit because it is so specific.  You can get specific yes/no answers or even percentages.

But there is more to pendulum dowsing than simply whipping out a pendulum and letting it swing.  That’s why I’ve provided these dowsing instructions – I get lots of people telling me they don’t bother with dowsing because they get contradictory answers all the time. That might be because you didn’t program your pendulum properly.

To do it properly and to get accurate answers, use the following instructions:

1. Choose the Right Pendulum

I’ve got some tips for choosing the right pendulum here.

2. Clear the Pendulum

Once you have found your pendulum, you will need to clear it.  This means you remove any unwanted energetic residues which are still present in the pendulum.  All objects absorb energy from their environment and the chances are you do not know where your pendulum was made or where it has been.

Here’s how you do this: place the pendulum in a pot plant overnight and make sure it is covered with soil.  You could also put the pendulum outside in the soil.  Alternatively, you can run the pendulum under hot water and then under cold water alternately, and visualize the pendulum becoming clearer energetically as you do this.  Keep running it under water until you get the sense it is clear again.

3. Program the Pendulum

Next, you will need to attune your pendulum to your Higher self.  This ensures that the answers that come through your pendulum come from your Higher self and not your subconscious mind or emotional body.  We want answers to come from your Higher self because it sees much further than your subconscious mind or emotional body.

Do the following:

1. Take three deep breaths.

2. Then call on an Archangel or an Ascended Master, and ask them to be present. Then say the following:

“I ask that this pendulum relay answers from my Higher self/spirit at all times, unless I request otherwise.  I also ask that all information be in truth and accuracy and 100% aligned with my highest good and the highest good of all.”

3. Now hold your pendulum out.  Just relax your hand and ask the pendulum, “Show me a yes” and just allow the pendulum to swing.  It may swing from forwards and backwards or side to side.  It may go in a clockwise circle or in a counter-clockwise circle.  When you see what your pendulum does in response to a ‘yes’, write it down and say “Thank you” aloud.

Next ask the pendulum, “Show me a no”. Observe what the pendulum does in response.  It will move in a different way compared to when you asked for a ‘yes’.  When you write down what it does, say “Thank you”.

Now ask the pendulum, “Show me a ‘maybe’/’undecided” and observe what the pendulum does in response. Once you have your ‘maybe’, say “Thank you”.

Now your pendulum is ready to use!

How does Pendulum Dowsing Work?

This set of instructions wouldn’t be complete without an understanding of how dowsing actually works.  You might be wondering why we have to call on an Archangel or even involve your Higher self.  When you begin by connecting your pendulum to your Higher self, what happens is that the answers go from your Higher self, to your unconscious mind (which makes tiny movements in your wrist and hand to make the pendulum swing) and then to your conscious mind, when it sees which way the pendulum is swinging.  So, when you use a pendulum, you are moving it unconsciously.  Spirits do not move the pendulum for you.  It is a spiritual thing (in that it comes from the spirit in you), but not a ‘paranormal’ thing, like a ouija board (which I don’t recommend you use, by the way!)

So, those are the dowsing instructions (short version), to start you off if you’re a beginner. As I mentioned, there is also a longer and more complete version in my Intuitive Awakening Course (with suggested questions to ask.)

PS. Just a note that if you are going to dowse with a pendulum, I also recommend learning a technique for clearing and repelling earthbound spirits, as these spirits can sometimes come through pendulums. There is a reliable method provided for doing this, in my book, The Empath’s Toolkit.

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  1. Solongo

    I just started working with a book on dowsing and while my conscious mind is trying its hardest to sabotage my beginning dowsing practice; your article came in a great time to reinforce my belief in dowsing and push me to go further with the dowsing with patience and disciplined practice. Thank you!

    The hardest part for me is to trust the answers I get and trying not to ask the question over and over for validation. Also I found that when I am tired or emotionally unstable the answers do not make sense; so i am learning to wait for a time where I am relaxed to practice my dowsing.

  2. Lindsay

    This couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I just ordered my very first pendulum and can’t wait for it to arrive so I can start using it! Thanks for the info! Now I know where to come to learn how to use it! 🙂

  3. Patti Foy

    Hi Anna,
    Yes, I’m one of those who abandoned the pendulum because I could never feel confident with it… it was a little too unreliable. So cool of you to give us all these steps in a nutshell. I think I will give it another shot. Thanks!

  4. Paul

    I gave up using my pendulum about a year ago after a lot of frustration. I have had much more success just by tuning in to intuition directly, or by using muscle testing.

    I’m convinced that it’s not the pendulum that’s the problem though but my own limiting beliefs. I used to have problems with muscle testing too, but now I’m an awesome muscle tester.

    Great write up though.


  5. Anna

    Paul – I remember you having issues with the pendulum. I have always been interested in whether muscle testing could be used reliably to access the Akashic records, especially as I’m writing my own professional intuitive course and I know some people have trouble with the pendulum. Do you have any experiences with muscle testing in the AR?

  6. Patricia fry

    What does it mean when it goes in big circles?

  7. Raj Wadia

    Thank you

  8. Michelle

    Hi. Can my pendulum be a simple Rose quartz crystal on a simple satin band? It feels right to me. Partly because it’s so simple looking and rose quartz a powerful crystal.
    Thank you

  9. Tami

    I bought my pendulum 4 months ago still learning and still practicing. I came up in your website and I can’t wait to start getting the courses in my email. Because I still have a lot to learn. Tyvm.

  10. Jim Crossman

    You should also check that the pendulum also responds the same way as it has before. Not every time but after a few weeks ask yes/no questions – you may find as I did that it has suddenly reversed and a previous “no” action actually now means a ” yes”!
    I’ve no idea why this happens but after reading about it I tested myself and everything had reversed.
    Obviously this can have consequences other than the ones you were expecting!

  11. Allison M

    I am so glad I found your website! I haven’t used my pendulum in years, and am so excited to cleanse and reprogram it before use. You had just the answer to my question. I look forward to coming back and updating with a comment or two! Thank you!

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