For millennia, and still today, people dowse to find water, when wanting to put in a well... appropriately also called water witching. In modern times, they have been used to locate deposits of metals and gemstones, Earth ley lines, and even tunnels and weapons by the US marines in Vietnam!
In Wicca, we use this divination tool to access Divine guidance. That's what divination means!
Here is some basic information to get you started.
There are two parts to it: a pendulum pendant and something string-like to hang it on.
It's necessary for the string or chain to be very fluid and flexible, or it won't work properly.
You can use practically any materials to make one, but it's always best to use something that is meaningful or beautiful to you.
Many people like to use a crystal that is threaded on a string or chain. Others use a favourite necklace. (This is handy, because it's always with you when you need it!) But any gemstone or river rock, a ring, even a carpenter's plumb bob will do just fine for most people.
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If you find that you have difficulty getting clear answers, though, you might want to go with a standard crystal pendulum pendant, because crystal has properties that aid psychic divination.
There really are infinite possibilities, and lots of room for fun and beautiful and meaningful choices. Take a look at some great options. (Links open in new window.)
Okay, so what do you do now?
This enables it to give you better readings. There won't be stray energies cluttering up its energy field, perhaps leading to wrong answers or confusing signals.
Find out how in this article, then come back to continue.
Now you're ready to ask it some questions!
Go to part 2 of this article: How to Use Them.
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