Using Pendulums for Divination

One of my favorite ways to tap into my higher self is using a pendulum. You can use a pendulum to seek answers to topics, from simple everyday questions to deeper questions that you need some guidance with. Anything from “where should I eat lunch” to “which path should I take for my next direction in life” can be given a little dose of clarity with a pendulum.

The first step in working with a pendulum is spending time with your chosen pendulum and getting comfortable with it. Once you’ve developed a relationship with your pendulum you’ll be able to rely on it for big and small questions.

A pendulum is simply a small weight at the end of a string or a chain, and they can be made from a variety of materials, such as bone, glass or stone.

When you hold a pendulum, it may seem like it’s moving by magic, but it’s actually you! This response has been the subject of many studies, and it’s called the ideometor phenomenon. The odeometer phenomenon is when your body has an automatic muscular response that is often minuscule so it’s undetectable by the human eye.

The theory behind pendulums, is that they allow you to tap into your higher self, so you pendulum is responding to your subconscious undetectable movements.

Using Your Pendulum

In order to use your pendulum, you first need to determine how your pendulum answers “yes”, “no”, and “unclear”. To do this, sit or stand upright, and hold the end of your pendulum chain in your hand, letting your pendulum free float. Now ask your pendulum (out loud or in your mind) “show me a yes response”.

The pendulum should now being to move in the same way over and over again. This could be clockwise, counterclockwise, diagonal, up to down, down to up, left to right, or right to left.

Make a note of how the pendulum moves for a yes. Now ask the pendulum to show you a no response. Again make a note of the movement, and repeat the process for an unclear response.

You should now have three distinct movements for “yes”, “no”, and “unclear”. For example, one of my pendulums swings up and down for ‘yes’, left to right for ‘no’ and clockwise for ‘unclear’.

These movements can differ from pendulum to pendulum so it’s a good idea to connect with your pendulum this way for each pendulum you plan to use. You may also want to ‘check in’ periodically with your pendulum to make sure that the response movements haven’t changed.

Some Keys for Pendulum Question

It’s best to stick to questions that can be answered with a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’.  Nothing open ended, but ask clear, distinct question.

Avoid asking your pendulum questions if you already have a strong emotions towards an answer. Since the pendulum is responding to your body, your emotions could very well sway the response.

Pendulums are great for everyday, simple check-ins when you don’t have the time or space to consult a tarot or oracle card. I keep a pendulum in my purse for this very reason!

Using a Pendulum Mat

You can also use a pendulum mat, like this moon phase mat, to decipher your pendulum. The pendulum will swing towards the answer on the mat. When I’m working with the mat, I like to walk the pendulum through the answers first, purposely swinging the pendulum towards each answer, and saying out loud, ‘this is yes’, ‘this is no’ and so on, as I’m swinging the pendulum towards those. This just helps me clarify where are the answers are so I know that the pendulum and I are on the same page.

The pendulum is my favorite everyday divination tool! I’d love to hear how you use yours, just let me know in the comments!




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