A pendulum is a divination tool used in answering questions, making decisions, and receiving spiritual guidance. In this method of inquiry, the pendulum works as a transmitter from divine forces and a receiver of wisdom. The user then asks yes and no questions, which is the most direct way to inquire through this tool.
The use of a pendulum traces back to ancient Egypt and Rome. Evidence suggests it was used for dowsing or the method of locating ground water, gemstones, oil, gravesites, and buried metals or ores in the earth. The pendulum is held over and moved motionless across a map. Once it begins to swing or drop, the location is recorded.
It is also said that Galileo Galilei began the innovation of using pendulums for timekeeping in the 1600s. And in 1657, physicist and mathematician Christian Huygen built on Galileo’s findings to produce the standard timekeeping instrument.
In healthcare, holistic medical practitioners would use a pendulum to diagnose a patient’s medical condition, locate infections, and identify the appropriate course of treatment. This is done by holding the device over various parts of the patient’s body.
How do pendulums work?
They unite the left and right hemispheres of your brain. When both sides are in harmony, you can work up a viable solution based on knowledge from your intuitive and rational mind.
Pendulums help you cut through the noise; it clarifies your thought process so you can think clearly.
Spiritually, these tools increase your awareness and focus so you can connect effectively with your spirit guides and guardian angels.
When to use a pendulum
You can ask a pendulum some questions to have a clear understanding of anything related to life, love, career, finances, or health. You can consult your pendulum anytime you need to, given that you approach it as a spiritual practice. Use it to have some guidance on a problem or to obtain clarity over a difficult situation.
You can also use a pendulum to:
Cleanse and drive out negative energies from your space
Find lost objects
Find water lines
Whatever that query may be, remember the pendulum can only answer “yes” or “no” questions and not open-ended ones. You can always phrase an issue, question, or decision into a “yes” or “no” format to get a clear answer.
How to use a pendulum
Cleanse your pendulum. This step is important to purify the energies of your tool. Like your crystals, pendulums need some regular cleansing to keep them sharp and effective. Cleanse it using sage, under the bright full moon, or soaking it in sea salt. You can also give your pendulum a quick cleanse by holding it under running water.
Have a list of different questions around a particular topic, situation, or concern. This allows you to have a deeper insight into your query.
Learn what a “yes” and “no” movement looks like before asking a question. In other words, find out how your pendulum will reveal answers to you.
Consulting your pendulum is pretty much like meditating: you go in with an open mind and a positive attitude. Let the pendulum communicate with you without judgment.