I LOVE PENDULUMS! Handmade, homemade, wood, metal, glass, plastic, crystal --- cones, drops, points, faceted, Foucault, spirals and wands. I recall the first time pendulums entered my consciousness. I grew up in south Los Angeles and went to Horace Mann Jr. High. It was 1974 and there was a record shop near the corner of Western and Florence called Trippin'. I used to save my allowance to buy LP's once a month. One day, I walked in the door and there were pendulums hanging in a display on the counter. I was captivated by the beautiful colors and gentle swing. Perhaps they stirred memories of my early encounters with subtle energy.
In the 1960's, my family would pack into a Ford Fairlane and drive to Louisiana to visit Mom's family. My grandfather stood 6' 7" and was a man of African American and Native American descent. He was a bible-thumping, backwoods Baptist minister, farmer and energy worker. I don't believe I ever saw him smile. He died when I was very young but I remember two things about him; 1) he would send my sister and me up the red clay dirt road several times a day to purchase one cigarette at a time, and 2) he used a handmade pendulum of ginger root and a tattered piece of rope. He called her Queenie and used her to flush out truths about what us young 'uns were up to in his absence. Holding Queenie over each of our heads he'd bark, "Queenie, who broke that plate?" She was a soulless tattler and accurate every time!
I didn't make an immediate connection to Queenie when I first saw pendulums hanging from a display on the counter in a south Los Angeles record shop called Trippin'; it was 1973 or 1974. I used to save my .50 cents weekly allowance to buy LP's. One day I entered the store and there they were, brightly colored and swinging gently back and forth. I was deeply moved by their rhythmic sway. That's when I began my collection. I didn't know what they were or how to use them; I only knew I felt a connection.
In the 2000's, I became an energy worker and my relationship with pendulums deepened as I learned to dowse for healing and simple answers. Like Grandpa's Queenie, I find them to be accurate. There is a lot of confusion surrounding this very simple yet powerful method of accessing information from the higher mind.
Anyone can use a pendulum. No special gifts or abilities are required. It is a skill that develops with practice, but there are a few rules. A pendulum will respond to any yes/no, either/or multiple choice question. The key is to be clear in the way a question is phrased. Do not attempt to predict the future and refrain from asking frivolous questions or query what you already consciously know. It is perfectly acceptable to ask about love, wisdom, your journey, the timing of important events, authenticity, or life choices.
Depending on the nature of your questions and if time permits you can create a ritual around dowsing. Light a candle, say a prayer, call on your angels and guides and take notes. Sometimes a quick answer is needed (like finding your lost keys). Either way, with a few solid ground rules and a little guidance, you may grow to love pendulums, too!
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