Tips for Choosing Your First Pendulum

tips for choosing your first pendulum

In case anyone is reading who doesn’t know, a pendulum is used for dowsing, which is a form of divination. Pendulum dowsing features in all of my online courses, and so I thought I would write an article about how to choose the right one for you.

Why I’m writing about this:

You may think buying a pendulum is pretty simple, however, there are different kinds of pendulum and it can be confusing to know which type to choose, in terms of size, shape and what the pendulum is made of. You can easily get it wrong and buy something that’s not quite right for you. Hopefully this article can save you some money so you buy something suitable the first time around.

OK, so here are my tips for choosing a pendulum:

1. It doesn’t matter where you buy your pendulum from

Most psychic development teachers will tell you to make sure to buy your pendulum in a metaphysical shop, that way you can test the pendulum out and make sure it swings for you. I used to recommend this, too. However, having bought some pendulums online myself, I now feel that it makes no difference.

As long as you clear and program your pendulum properly, it will swing for you and work OK.

Here’s an example of a pendulum that would work well for dowsing (this is an Etsy listing, although I have no affiliation to the seller.) Just an example!

Here are some pendulums I recently purchased from Amazon, and liked. Note that the items are now unavailable, so you can’t buy these, but this is to give you an example of the sort of pendulum I recommend for dowsing.

OK, onto my next tip for buying a pendulum:

2. Weight matters

Don’t buy a pendulum that is too heavy. In particular, I would say avoid the cheap, solid metal pendulums. I bought this one as an example, and it was too heavy for me.

The problem with a heavy, solid metal pendulum, is that when you’re new to dowsing, it may take too long to get swinging or its movements may be too small. Heavy pendulums tend to be less sensitive, especially for beginners.

For this reason, I’d recommend avoiding solid metal pendulums.

3. Don’t buy pendulums made of wood or plastic

Personally I think that wooden pendulums don’t swing that well, plus they can be really bulky and that can also affect how sensitive the pendulum is. Plastic doesn’t swing that well for me either. I’ve had better results from gemstone pendulums.

4. Don’t buy glass pendulums 

I’ve heard of people smashing their pendulum by dropping it on a tiled floor. You are probably going to drop your pendulum at some point, and so it helps to get one that is made of something pretty solid and durable. If you’re buying a gemstone pendulum, check how durable the gemstone is before buying, especially if you live in a place with tiled floors.

Mine is made out of nephrite (jade) which is one of the most durable gemstones out there. It is virtually unbreakable which is just as well, seeing as I’ve dropped it tons of times.

5. Shape doesn’t matter too much

Most pendulums out there are teardrop or hexagonal-shaped pendulums, which are both fine. You don’t need a chambered or caged pendulum for the kind of dowsing work I teach people to do.

Here are some places you can buy pendulums:

Here’s an example of a pendulum I found on Etsy that would be perfect for pendulum dowsing. (I have no affiliation with the seller – this is just to give you an example of something suitable.) is where I bought my fish hook pendulum.

These obviously have a bit more soul to them than the ones you can buy on Amazon. They are made of nephrite (pounamu) which is a gemstone which is sacred to the New Zealand Maoris. They are very durable and will last for many years if not a lifetime. However they are also very expensive plus you’d want one that weighed 20g or less, ideally. I like the fish hook shape for dowsing.

How I personally use dowsing

I love dowsing. It is probably the #1 way I get information from Spirit. I use pendulum dowsing when reading someone’s Akashic soul record. I also use it for myself, when I want very specific information from Spirit about next steps in my business or life, or to help me to achieve my goals. I also use pendulum dowsing when clearing a property, to find out which kinds of negative energies are present. And I teach all of this in my online courses:

Further reading:

PS. A common question I get asked is, “Do I need multiple pendulums for different uses?” For example, one for client work and one for personal questions.

Personally I use the same pendulum for everything, including client work and personal questions. I don’t see why you’d need two pendulums unless you really want to keep two pendulums for separate uses. But of course, it’s up to you.

Meet Anna

Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


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