Why You Should Be Using a Pendulum

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Pendulums: What are they, Why would you use them, and how do you use them.
Pendulums are great for indecisive people!

Do you have a hard time making decisions? Maybe you overthink things too much and lose sight of what you really want, or maybe you can see both sides of something and can’t seem to choose one or the other.

I’m right there with ya, friend.

So when I first learned what pendulums were I was super excited. But the more I read about them, the more it seemed like they were a gimmick or a useless novelty.

Filled with doubt, I kept researching.

What is a pendulum?

Pendulums are super simple tools. Like, crazy simple. It’s just a weight attached to a string at a single point. That’s it.

They’ve been used for ages for all sorts of stuff, from answering questions to finding fresh water. Clocks and Newton’s Cradles are good examples of common pendulum uses, too!

Pendulums will help you make decisions from the heart.

Well, from the subconscious mind, but whatever. See, pendulums work by tapping into your subconscious knowledge and desires.

There’s the belief that spirits communicate with people through pendulums, or that pendulums are just used for witchcraft and magic. While they can be used for those sorts of things, they can also be used for more secular and practical purposes!

So there’s nothing inherently magical about using pendulums; using one for secular reasons won’t make you a witch or condemn you or anything like that.

How do pendulums work?

When you look at delicious food, you can’t help it when your mouth waters. When you get cold, you can’t help it when you get goosebumps. The human body has all kinds of subtle and uncontrollable impulses!

The subconscious mind has a mind of it’s own, but it doesn’t know anything that you don’t already know.

A similar, uncontrollable subconscious reaction happens when we think of different questions to ask the pendulum. When our subconscious mind automatically answers the questions we asked, it sends a bunch of imperceptible nerve impulses through our bodies and, ultimately, through our fingertips.

hese tiny impulses are strong enough to influence the way the pendulum swings.

For example, say I can’t decide if I want to name my newest plant baby Lucky or Dusty. Let’s ask the pendulum for help!

How to Use a Pendulum

It’s almost easier than flipping a coin. You just take the little bead/holder thing at the end on the chain and let your pendulum hang down naturally.

Hold it as lightly as you can without dropping it, and set your elbow on a table for stability. Then ask your pendulum to show you which movement means yes, and which means no. Be sure to let it come to a rest in-between questions though!

It’s good practice to “calibrate” your pendulum for the first couple of times that you use it. But what is calibrating, you ask? It’s just the process of asking your pendulum yo show you yes, no, and maybe even maybe!

You Make the Rules

Once you know your pendulum well enough, you can start asking more than just yes or no questions.

Instead of asking my pendulum which direction means yes for Lucky and which direction means yes for Dusty, I can just tell it which directions to go and watch what happens.

Swing left and right for Lucky, and forward and back for Dusty.

And the winner is…


See how easy that was?

Simple Tools, Simple Answers

Pendulums can’t give answers as in-depth as, say, Oracle or tarot cards can, so don’t expect all that. They’re good for yes/no questions, for this/that questions, and for finding the answers to things that you probably already know.

For example, say you’ve lost your phone. What’s the first thing people say to you when you lost something? Usually, they’ll ask where the last place you remember having it was and if you’ve retraced your steps, right?

And of course, if you could actually remember the last place you had your phone it wouldn’t be lost to begin with! Lucky for you, your subconscious mind probably remembers!

Finding Lost Objects With a Pendulum

“Okay Pendulum, swing forward and backward if my phone is in the house, swing side to side if it’s in my car.”

forward and backward

“Okay Pendulum, swing forward and backward if my phone is upstairs, swing side to side if it’s downstairs.”

side to side

“Okay Pendulum, is my phone lost in the couch?”

You could also draw up a floorplan of your house and hold the pendulum over it while asking where your phone might be. Then just go to wherever the pendulum moves to on the map!

Not artistic? Experiment! Instead of a map, just write room names in different squares on some paper and it should work just the same. But wait, whats that? You don’t have a pendulum?

I’ve got your back, babe!

Pendulums are so easy to make. Just tie something at the end of some string or a chain and you’ll have your very own pendulum. Or if you’ve got a necklace that’s only attached to the chain at one point, that’ll work too!

Don’t wanna make one?

You can get the same one that I use here:

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3 thoughts on “Why You Should Be Using a Pendulum

  1. I used to have a crystal or two suspended on chains, and I used them to do energy balancing. Seems to work really well. Thank you kindly. I very much support the use of crystals as they are non-threatening and very comfortable for those with something like PTSD or other similar issues, and they are noninvasive too, so yes, very good tools for healing.

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