I have seem a number of discussions on the pendulum here and in other places. Some hold the pendulum to be unreliable and prone to influence by the operator, others have used is successfully and hold it in high regard as a reliable and simple method of getting accurate answers to mainly yes and no questions. I fall into the latter category.
I have been using the pendulum for over 15 years as my primary form of divination and it has been extremely accurate. I am writing this quick and easy tutorial to help others, dispel some perceived negatives and to present a system of dowsing with the pendulum that I have been using with great success.
So what is the best pendulum? I don’t think there is such a thing. Any weighted object suspended by a string or chain will do. For many years I used my pentagram necklace for pendulum dowsing, I always had it with me so it was handy, and it was attuned to me by constant contact. Since these days I no longer wear a necklace, or any jewellery for that matter, I purchased a new silver pendulum.
As any new magical item might contain unwanted influences or vibrations form the previous hands it has passed through, a thorough cleansing is always a good idea. The method I use on everything I haven’t personally made myself is to bury it in salt, pure uniodised and the finer the powder the better, for a full Luna cycle (if it is something that can corrode put it in a ziplock bag), no ritual is required just bury it in salt for 28 days and let the salt absorb the influences within the item. I have a large stainless bowl full of salt I use for this purpose. The best way to tell if you need to replace the salt due to it having absorbed too much from previously cleansed items is to taste it, it will taste off if it is loaded with a lot of what it has been absorbing, this is particularly noticeable if you use natron rather than salt, that shit will just taste fucking nasty after a while, salt will too but it is a bit more subtle.
Next it should be linked to the user, you. I do this by blooding it once a day for 3 consecutive days, a pin prick drop of blood smeared on the weighted part of the pendulum is all that is needed, no ritual is required. After 3 days of blooding it it is good to go. I dipped mine in clear liquid resin once the blood had dried on the third day to seal the blood in and because the blood over the silver looked awesome and I didn’t want it to ware off. Bear in mind that if you blood your pendulum you should not let others touch it at all, and more importantly keep it safe. It is linked to you and if it got into the wrong hands you can be severely fucked with magically.
Now it is my belief that you need to program the pendulum (you are actually programming your subconscious mind, not the pendulum) for yes and no, don’t ask it ‘show me yes’, ‘show me no’ or any shit like that. Swing it manually how you want it to show yes and tell it ‘this is yes’, do the same for no (this is the basic program), and also ‘ready for question’ which I will discuss below.
‘Ready for Question’ is a specific swing, usually to rhw right between yes and no, that you manually start in order to indicate that you are about to begin a pendulum session and is always the starting point. This is programmed the same way as the yes and no. Remember that when programming or questioning you should speak out loud.
It is also a good idea to employ a dowsing chart for your dowsing sessions, this can be as simple as a cross indicating yes and no, or as complex as you like, to fit your purpose.
Very thorough programming methods and a shitload of extra information can be found at the below link, I suggest that if you are interested in exploring this in a deeper way you download all the PDFs and read them before proceeding, it shouldn’t take more than about an hour and you will have a good foundation and a tried and true method for getting the most out of your pendulum:
Good luck and enjoy, I hope this helps anyone interested in this method of divination.