How To Use A Pendulum: A Beginner’s Guide

pendulum readingThere is great strength in knowledge. Those who seek knowledge externally are praised for their intelligence and intellect. Similarly, shouldn’t those who intentionally seek out knowledge internally be revered as carriers of truth and immense bodies of wisdom?

In some parts of the world, inner peace and knowing is seen as a positive attribute and even an integral part to a happy and healthy life. But western culture has never focused heavily on these ideals. The goal of modern western societies has always been to find more of an external happiness and success. As such, those who yearn for inner purpose and guidance are often left feeling aimless.

But even in the midst of this fast-paced, tech-driven era, there are ways to recenter and find genuine grounding in the present moment and in yourself. An excellent and simple tool that can help you achieve a new level of inner enlightenment? The pendulum.

What Is a Pendulum?

From a scientific standpoint, the pendulum is a weighted object suspended in air from some form of pivot. The suspension is what allows it to swing freely below. Historically, the pendulum has had many uses:

  • As a seismometer to detect earthquakes
  • As a time measuring device
  • As a source of power and energy
  • As a measurement of gravity
  • As a divination tool for metaphysical questions
  • As a spiritual guide to everyday matters

Intentional research of the phenomenon took off in the 1600s when Galileo took interest in the rhythmic energy the device contained. Over time, the pendulum has been used as an incredibly accurate timekeeping tool. It can be seen both in households as decor and in tech labs. In its very essence, the pendulum exemplifies the inner workings of physics but also metaphysics.

As a metaphysical tool, the pendulum allows practitioners to get in touch with the energy of the cosmos. However, it is a tool for everyday guidance as well. Pendulums of all sorts have been utilized over time to capture the energetic truths that humans can only sense on a gut level. By removing logic from the equation and allowing the brain intelligence to silence for a while, pendulum use creates space for the body to connect with and express universal and personal truths.

If you don’t fully understand the ‘how’ of pendulum self-guidance, don’t fret! You can still harness the immense power these small objects possess by following a few key steps.

How To Use A Pendulum For Guidance

If you are ready to tap into that inner guidance and find some peace in yourself, this is a great way to begin. Pendulums have the potential to help quiet a restless mind. It can promote inner peace that can help ground you in truth and self-knowledge. When you are centered and feeling self-possessed, a world of opportunity opens up before you. With your pendulum, this is all possible. Let’s begin!

Create a space for and allow your mind to be at ease.

pendulum dowsingOne of the key aspects of utilizing a pendulum for guidance is arriving at a space free of judgement. In this space, you must be ready to listen. Even if you are skeptical, try to acknowledge the restless mind and then let critical thoughts melt away. If you are open and receptive, there are endless amounts of insight you can garner.

Some folks find it helpful to light candles or burn incense to create a restful external environment. Peaceful, non-lyrical music can be played as well. While inner peace can be found anywhere, promoting a peaceful and positive physical space can help in the search for inner knowledge.

Position yourself and your pendulum.

Find a comfortable position that will allow the pendulum the freedom to swing as it feels called to. A standard practice is to sit on a surface, like the end of the bed or a chair, with your feet planted on the floor. This promotes a sense of physical stability from which your pendulum can gain energy.

Next, hold your pendulum’s fob between your thumb and finger. Allow it to gently hang naturally towards the ground, letting gravity do all the work. You can also grasp along the chain somewhere, as long as the device has room to sway on its own.

It can be helpful to steady your arm on a table or ledge to prevent too much physical shaking. However, trust that a little physical movement on your part will not shape the outcome of the meditation.

Set the signals.

Once you have found a comfortable position, you can program your pendulum’s form of communication. Pendulums give straightforward answers, essentially providing an affirmative “yes,” a negative “no,” or sometimes even a “maybe.” In order to understand which direction signifies which answer, you’ll need to choose.

Some folks prefer to allow the pendulum to choose its own compass of affirmation. Others would rather dictate it for themselves. A good way to ask your pendulum which direction holds what meaning is to state a series of known truths and untruths about yourself. Here is an example:

  • Say “My name is ____.”
  • Repeat this to yourself, silently or aloud.
  • If your pendulum begins to sway front to back, like a head nod “yes,” then this is your affirmative pendulum sign.
  • Then state a known untruth about yourself. If your pendulum sways the opposite direction, side to side, then this becomes your established “no.”

Some pendulums will swing in circles, counterclockwise and clockwise. No two devices will respond quite the same. As such, you want to take the time to check in with whatever pendulum you are using and center truth alignments anew.

It is also paramount that you dedicate a few moments to tap into the source of information and guidance. You don’t want to limit your knowledge to the physical or logical form. Extend an energetic hand up to the higher self. A brief moment of third eye meditation can be helpful here.

Ask the pendulum your questions.

crystal pendulumWith pendulum practices, guidance can be sought in the form of statements or yes/no answer questions. If you are stating a possible truth, your pendulum will either affirm or negate the statement. If you choose to ask a yes/no questions, the different directions signify that set of answers.

Avoid seeking opinion-based answers. The pendulum taps into universal and inner truths, so the idea of opinion is relatively insignificant.

Additionally, it can be beneficial to cut out words like “should” or “supposed to” from your vocabulary during use. The pendulum guides, but it will not dictate what you should or should not do. It is the voice of cosmic truth, not an extension of personal or social bias.

Be receptive to the answers.

Patience is a key aspect of pendulum meditation. After asking a question, your pendulum will move on its own, but the pace of movement varies.

Some questions will receive almost immediate and extremely active affirmation. Others will take more time to gradually reach a place of accurate dictation. Try not to focus on what you think or want the answer to be. Instead, allow it is be what it is without judgement. If you are looking for a specific answer, chances are you won’t get the maximum benefit of the exercise.

Clear the energy after use.

After you have a session with your pendulum, intentionally grasp the stone or base of the pendulum in your free hand. Take a moment for energetic gratitude for yourself and the guiding force around you. While the pendulum is merely the receptacle through which truth is brought to light, it is a precious object that should be treated with respect. Wear it on a chain around your neck or keep it in a sacred, safe place when not in use.

Final Thoughts

There is much to be gained in seeking guidance from a higher power. With pendulum practices and meditation, that higher power is simply an extension of your energetic self. Tap into the cosmic truths that are already inside of you through this helpful, ancient tool. You’ll be amazed what peace and immense grounding a pendulum practice can foster within you.