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Pendulum

Quick and Simple Divination

Pendulums

A pendulum is one of the simplest and easiest forms of divination. It’s a simple matter of Yes/No questions being asked and answered using a weight attached to a string or chain.

Create Your Own

Select a crystal to use as your pendulum. Wrap it in a length of jeweler’s wire. When you’re done wrapping it, leave a loop at the top. Attach one end of the chain to the loop. You’ll want to make sure the chain isn’t too long, because you’ll probably be using it over a table or other surface. Generally, a chain between 10 – 14″ is perfect. Also, be sure to tuck in any sharp pieces of wire so you don’t jab yourself later.

Pendulum made of amethyst crystal
Pendulum over a compass rose
Pendulum compass map

Caring for your Tools

Cleansing, Charging and Calibrating

It’s a good idea to charge your pendulum, by placing it overnight in water or salt. Remember that some crystals will degrade in salt, so be sure to check before you do this. Another option is to leave it outside overnight in the moonlight.

To calibrate it simply means you’re checking it to see how it’s working. To do this, hold it by the free end of the chain so that the weighted end is loose. Make sure you keep it perfectly still. Ask a simple Yes/No question to which you already know the answer is Yes, such as “Am I female?” or “Do I live in California?”

Keep your eye on the pendulum, and when it starts moving, note whether it goes side to side, forwards to backward, or some other direction. This indicates your “Yes” direction.

Now, repeat the process, asking a question to which you know the answer is No. This will give you your “No” direction. It’s a good idea to do this a few times with different questions, so you can get a feel for how your pendulum responds to you. Some will swing horizontally or vertically, others swing in small or large circles, others don’t do a whole lot unless the answer is really important.

Once you’ve calibrated your pendulum and gotten to know it a bit, you can use it for some basic divination. However, it can take a little bit of practice to get comfortable.

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