How do pendulums work? It has been theorized in several different ways. Some people believe that a “universal energy” or “universal knowledge” which flows through everything supplies the answers to the questions. This energy being described as something akin to “The Force” in Star Wars, an energy, which is in all living things and generated by all living things thus being the “essence” of all things… it knows all things.
Others say that the “soul” or “spirit” of a person is that which actually guides the answers. That the person or persons doing the querying are immortal beings, and thus being timeless entities are all knowing and all seeing, that we only hide the answers from our physical bodies and conscious mind.
Some believe that deities show us the answers, when they are called upon. As they are super beings that have existed for millenniums, whether as creators or the created, that they have a unique perspective of events and actions due to their timelessness.
Still others say that time doesn’t exist as most people think of it, in a straight and seamless line, but it co-exists all together at the same instant and as such, since past, present and future are simultaneously occurring “now” all questions are answerable “now”.
Finally, some believe that loved ones or other spirits from the other side of the veil, the side of the non-living are working with the querist in order to provide answers to questions asked. Because on the other side of the veil lies the answers we all seek, the access to all knowledge, they are able to assist the querist.
Regardless of where the answers come from, it is important to note that the answers provided will depend upon the skills of the querist.
First, you need to find or create a pendulum. You can purchase one online, in local occult or many new age shops. If you choose to create your own, you may use any weighted item, such as a small crystal or stone of your choice, which has been altered to fit a chain. Attach it to a length of chain or ribbon, at least six to eight inches in length.
How to use a pendulum is easiest of all:
Take a comfortable seat at a table and lightly loop the chain (so that you are not pinching it between fingers) so that the loops around your palm and between fingers hold it on your hand comfortably without exerting any pressure. Allow it to dangle an inch or so above the surface of the table. Hold it steady so that there is no movement to the pendulum.
Speak to the pendulum, either in your mind or aloud, whichever is most comfortable for you and tell it to show you your “yes” response. Pay attention to the motion of the pendulum. Does it move from side to side, forward and back, in deosil circles, or widdershins circles? This will be how the pendulum will report an affirmative response.
Once you are certain of the affirmative response, using your mind or voice, tell the pendulum to stop. You may have to repeat the command more than once to stop the pendulum, completely, if it is a forceful answer.
Speak to the pendulum, again, with either in your mind or aloud and tell it to show you your “no” response. Again, note the movement of the pendulum, whether side to side, forward and back, in deosil or widdershins circles. This will be your negative response.
After you have asked the pendulum to stop and it has, the third time you will ask it to show you a “not now” or “maybe” response, which it will use to indicate that you are not ready to know that answer to the question you have asked or that the final result is not determined.
After you have determined the ways in which the pendulum will answer you, test it by making several simple statement both true and false to which you know the answers and can verify that you are reading the responses correctly.
Once you have done so, you are ready to use your pendulum. The hardest thing to remember is to ask questions in a way, which leaves no room for interpretation of the question.
For example, when Azrael and I had been married about a week, he asked it to help located pictures of my gorgeous familiar, Sinatra, to take to work and show a friend. We had just moved into together, so many of our belongings were still in boxes in every room so that he had no idea where they might be. He carefully made a map of the rooms in our new home and went to work. It advised him pictures were the living room. He created another map showing the location of all the existing boxes and items of furniture. It told him they were located in the armoire, which held our television. He searched in vain for photo albums or stacks of pictures. Finally, when I arrived home he told me of the dilemma and his frustration. I opened the bottom cabinet and immediately found the bag for my 35mm camera and handed it to him. I was always taking pictures so I knew that was what the pendulum was trying to tell him. The rest of the pictures were not inside the house, they were out in the trailer into the front yard waiting to be unloaded into our home.
Moral: Think the question through thoroughly and word it to leave no alternative interpretations. Whatever powers the pendulum, whether it is a universal energy, our spirits through our subconscious or time itself, it does seem to have a sense of humor on occasion.