The Power of Pendulums
Understanding This Powerful Divination Tool
What is a Pendulum?
A pendulum is a weight that’s suspended by a line from a fixed point in a way that allows it to swing freely. The name “pendulum” comes from the Latin pendulus, which means hanging down. But the important thing about a pendulum is not that it hangs. It’s that it moves.
The Movement of the Pendulum
Humanity has been fascinated by the way pendulums move since the dawn of time. It was in the early seventeenth century that Galileo Galilei investigated the regular motion of pendulums, and how that motion can be used to mark the passage of time. To this day, many fine timepieces rely on the motion of pendulums to maintain their accuracy. This is a monumental achievement – but it’s not the only contribution pendulums have made to the way we understand and appreciate the universe we live in.
In 1851, Jean Bernard Léon Foucault hung a pendulum from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris. It was 220 feet from the pivot point to where the pendulum’s tip brushed against a floor of wet sand. When the pendulum was set in motion, it took a little more than a day for a 360 degree design to appear – a pattern that proved the rotation of the Earth, independently of any celestial observations. As fond as we are of stargazing and all things celestial, we still think that’s really cool!
Pendulums & Folk Magic
Pendulums are widely used in folk magic, up until the present day and in some very surprising places. Dowsing is the art of looking for water, minerals, or other buried items using a pen- dulum, dowsing rods, or other device.
Homesteaders often walked their lands, pendulum in hand, looking for the best location to dig a well. When oil prospectors do this, it’s often called doodlebugging. And soldiers all around the world have been known to use pendulums to help them detect land mines, unexploded ordinance and tunnels.
While scientists have not been able to confirm that the pendulum’s results were any better than chance, the fact remains that when people need answers to tough questions, they turn to pendulums. A once very common folk magic practice – occasionally still seen today! – is to create a pendulum by hanging a wedding ring from a string and letting it swing over a pregnant Mama’s belly to predict the gender of the baby.
Using Pendulums Today
The pendulum can be thought of as an extension of your intuition. Believe it or not, you already know the answer to many of the questions that occupy your mind. The knowledge you seek resides within your subconscious – that portion of our mind that understands many things but communicates obliquely. The pendulum converts the knowledge of the subconscious into physical motion, making these insights much easier to access and under- stand.
A pendulum is a very personal tool. Be prepared to spend some time with it, as the pendulum begins to align with your vibrations. Pendulums can best give you two possible responses – a Yes or a No.
-hold the pendulum from the top end, with the chain of the pendulum falling loosely past your fingers, and the pendulum point hanging freely at the bottom of its chain.
-Then say “Pendulum, please show me Yes.”
-Give the pendulum time to respond, and take notice of the direction of its swing. Don’t worry if the swing is only subtle to begin with.
-Once you’re confident on how the pendulum shows you Yes,
- repeat the process, asking the pendulum to show you No.
An amethyst pendulum with a Moon design. The Moon is a powerful symbol for intuition. Photo: Deva Designs Getting Started (continued) Check the Yes/No responses every time you use your pendulum. Be aware that the pendulum’s Yes/No responses can change over the course of time. This is a result of your growth and development. As your subconscious changes, the messages it sends out via the pendulum will also change. Asking Questions with the Pendulum It is best to ask the pendulum questions about situations where you have a choice you are trying to make, where you’re in con- trol, or about things your subconscious already knows. Remem- ber, these questions need to be Yes/No in nature, or when there are only 2 possible answers. For example, you could use your pendulum to: • Make a choice of any kind – Do I want to travel on vacation or stay home? • Figure out what is best to do – Should I keep the job I have or look for a new one? • Determine how you really feel about something – Do I want children in the near future? • Assess your capabilities – Can I accomplish the task I’ve set for myself? Pendulums can also be used to locate missing objects. This is great news if you lose your car keys or phone frequently. Simply ask the pendulum a series of Yes/No questions while retracing your steps. For example: • Did I leave the keys in the car? • Did I drop the keys in the driveway? • Are the keys in my coat pocket? Some pendulum users work with a map, accessing the power of their subconscious to locate water, oil, treasure, or even missing people or pets. Pendulum Precautions It’s important to remember that the pendulum is an extension of your own intuition. It’s not telling you anything you don’t already know. Your pendulum works because it’s in tune with your vibrations. For this reason, it’s a good idea to not let anyone else han- dle your pendulum. If someone does handle it, spend some time with it and re-establish the Yes/No response. Remember that the pendulum is there to help you make good decisions. It’s not the only tool you have at your disposal. In addition to your intuition, engage your rational mind, and pay attention to your common sense. This combination is very powerful. When Choosing A Pendulum A pendulum is a very personal divination tool. Everyone is different, so there’s no one sure route to finding “your” pendulum. Some people choose based on their personal affinity for a particular gemstone or symbol, while others like to try a few until they find the one that works best for them. If you’re in a pinch and making your own pendulum, here’s a few tips to keep in mind: The traditional length of a pendulum is 6-9”. However, you should feel free to adapt this tradition based on the materials you have on hand, as well as the size of your hand. As long as your cord is long enough to allow the pendulum to swing freely, it’s long enough. A pendulum can be made of any material. We’ve found that natural materials work best – that’s why we choose gemstones like clear quartz (seen at right), amethyst, smoky quartz, hematite, and rose quartz for our crystal pendulums – but you can use anything that has a bit of weight to it that you feel drawn to. You Hold Inner Wisdom Within You Work with intention. Using divination tools is easier when you focus on what you’d like to achieve. The role of a pendulum is to help you build your intuition and better understand what the future may hold. Keep looking forward, and you can’t go wrong. Blessings, Suzie Deva Designs Copyright © 2020 Deva Designs
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