For All the Swingers…

When we think of a pendulum,
our mind often goes to the stage hypnotist.

“Keep your eyes on the

Opalite Tigers Eye Pendulum

For those who are more spiritually inclined, we see a crystal on a chain which can be used for finding answers.

Or even a Grandfather Clock.

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A pendulum is a small weight on a string or chain. That’s it. It can be any weight, and it can be any sort of string or chain. Normally they are small. The weight is normally an object about 1/2 inch by 1 inch in size. The chain or string is usually about 8 inches long.

Pendulum, derived from the Latin word “pendulus,” means “hanging” because the weight hangs.

It typically hangs vertically. When the pendulum is held from the top of the string and the weight set in motion,  it will swing back and forth across the mid-point where it is held.  The motion is regular, consistent and repeating.

When a pendulum is set in motion, gravity causes a restoring force that will accelerate it toward the center point, resulting in a back and forth swinging motion. Pendulums were used in many historic scientific applications.

It is the first direct visual evidence that demonstrates the rotation of the earth that isn’t based on observing the stars circle in the sky. Almost every major science museum has a pendulum that you can see in motion.

It is the first direct visual evidence that demonstrates the rotation of the earth that isn’t based on observing the stars circle in the sky. Almost every major science museum has a pendulum that you can see in motion.


The pendulum has been used for thousands of years.

In ancient China it was used to deter and chase away evil spirits, and to determine where they came from. One of the first known pendulum uses was in about A.D. 100 when a Chinese scientist, Zhang Heng, used it to detect distant earthquakes in a device called a seismograph.

The ancient Egyptians used a pendulum to determine the best places to grow their crops. In Roman times, people were condemned to death for using the pendulum.

In Europe early scientists and doctors would use pendulums to locate infections and weak areas of the body. It is said that during WWII, a pendulum was used by Colonel Kenneth Merrylees to locate deeply buried bombs. South African miners used pendulums to help them locate precious minerals in the earth.

Pendulums are used to regulate the movement of clocks because the interval of time for each complete oscillation, called the period is constant. The Italian scientist Galileo first noted (c. 1583) the constancy of a pendulum’s period by comparing the movement of a swinging lamp in a Pisa cathedral with his pulse rate. The Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens invented a clock controlled by the motion of a pendulum in 1656. The priority of invention of the pendulum clock has been ascribed to Galileo by some authorities and to Huygens by others, but Huygens solved the essential problem of making the period of a pendulum truly constant by devising a pivot that caused the suspended body, or bob, to swing along the arc of a cycloid rather than that of a circle.

In the early part of the 20th century, the pendulum was popular when it was marketed as a way to determine the gender of an unborn child. The pendulum is suspended over the palm of a pregnant woman. If the pendulum moves in a circular directions, the unborn child will be a girl. If the pendulum moves in a straight line, the child will be a boy.

Perhaps the most famous pendulum is Foucault’s pendulum, a device which showed the effect of the Earth’s rotation. He also made an early measurement of the speed of light, discovered eddy currents, and although he didn’t invent it, is credited with naming the gyroscope. The Foucault crater on the Moon is named after him.

 Dowsing, also known as divining, this is the ancient practice of holding twigs or metal rods that move in response to hidden objects. This began to be used in the early part of the nineteenth century. Today pendulums have many applications, including measuring local gravity and helping guide ships and aircrafts.


As we know, everything in the Universe is made up of energy. This includes people, places, objects or anything else. Most people can’t feel or sense these energies, but some sensitive people can.  The pendulum works as an antenna, in a sense, to pick up some of these vibrations.

The official “scientific” explanation of dowsing, or using the pendulum, is that the pendulum reacts to and amplifies your subconscious mind.  The pendulum will react to your subconscious, to very small nerve reactions in your fingers in response to a question poised.
Different nerve reactions will be detected depending on what your subconscious mind knows.

The pendulum enables us to tap into our subconscious minds whenever we wish. The subconscious mind can access the universal mind that knows the answers to everything. The pendulum accesses our subconscious minds which in turn tap into the universal mind, and the pendulum gives us the answers. Thus, we can ask the pendulum any question at all, and receive an answer from the universal mind. The best results occur when there is a genuine need for the answer.

A pendulum is not moved by some spirit, or by magic, it is moved by your mind, just the part you can’t normally communicate with very well.  It is pretty amazing that such an object can help us get in touch with a part of our own conscious mind we don’t know very well.

It is because of this ability, that pendulums can be used for so many things. Balancing one’, as pendulums tend to pick up on subtle vibrations to clear the body and balance mind, body, and spirit.

The pendulum can help relieve both physical and emotional pain. In order to do this with a crystal pendulum it is important to cleanse the crystal beforehand. We don’t want to transfer any old or negative energies to the new session. For healing or chakra work, you hold
it over each chakra in turn and interpret its motion.

 For spirit communication, you ask questions and interpret the pendulum’s motion. Some alternative health experts compare pendulum dowsing to the bridge between your logical and intuitive minds.

For the swinging of the pendulum to provide answers, you must first ask a question, and know how to interpret the results.

For example, Let’s say you lost your keys. Well, probably you actually know where you left your keys. You were there at the time. However, your conscious mind was doing something else. It didn’t register where you were when you put them down. Your subconscious mind however wasn’t busy and it knows. Now you want your conscious mind to know, so you can go get them.

So out comes the pendulum. You need it to have your subconscious mind tell you where the keys are.

Pendulum movements

A pendulum can only move in about four directions: back and forth towards and away from you; left and right, in a circle counterclockwise, or swinging in a clockwise circle.

So how can it say “Your keys are in the garage”?

So how can it say
“Your keys are in the garage”?

Let the pendulum swing as it will
until it settles down motionless. Just watch it and think about it coming to rest.

When it is just hanging down, motionless, think of the word “YES.”

Ask yourself some questions in which the answer is a resounding “YES.”

Am I alive?

Am I smart?

The pendulum will eventually begin to move.

Keep working the “YES” in your mind.

You are looking for a consistent result in the movement when you mean “YES.” Now this can take some folks a few minutes and it can take a day or two for others.

 We also need to know how the pendulum reacts to a “NO”. Follow the same approach. But this time think about the word “NO” Ask questions that have “NO” as the answer. Be patient. Eventually the pendulum will move in a consistent manner different than when you think of “YES.”

the days of ancient Egypt, the Pendulum was a tool used by Oracles and
Masters of Mystery.

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