Pendulum Divination for Beginners
Today, in one of the intuitive groups I belong to on Facebook, we were practicing pendulum readings for each other and it inspired me to write this post. Using a pendulum is actually a pretty easy way to get answers to simple “yes” or “no” questions; you don’t really need any specific skills to use one.
People have been using pendulums for centuries for everything from daily guidance to finding objects and even medical diagnosis. They can be made from a variety of materials such as crystals, stone, metal, glass, or a combination of any of these. Typically they are pointed at the bottom, but they don’t have to be; as long as it can move freely, just about anything can be used as a pendulum. You’ll want to find whatever works best for you. The one I use the most is actually a clear quartz point pendant that I’ve attached to a length of chain, and then added a small round amethyst bead to the other end of the chain. The materials aren’t as important as your intention while using it.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find a pendulum that’s right for you, you can even make one using easy to find jewelry components. The next thing you’ll want to do is cleanse your pendulum – even if you’ve made your own, you still want to cleanse it because they could be holding on to residual energy from whoever handled the components before you received them.
Cleansing a pendulum is done in the same manner as any other divinatory or magical tool, but you’ll want to keep in mind that the materials yours is made from may be sensitive to certain methods. Probably the most universal method would be to use sage smudging; simply move all of the parts through the sage smoke a few times, until it feels right to you. If you’re sensitive to smoke, or are concerned about potential fire hazard, there are smudge sprays you can use that will accomplish the same thing. However, this, as well as salt water immersion, may not be the best option if any of your components can be potentially harmed by this method; some stones and metals can be damaged by water and/or salt. If you’re not sure, the safest bet is sage smoke smudging.
Now that you’ve cleansed your pendulum, you’ll want to calibrate it. This simply means asking a few questions that you know the answers to – such as your age or eye color – in order to determine what the correct “yes” or “no” response will be. Everyone is different, so you want to know what happens for you. Just remember there is no right or wrong type of response, some people get a back and forth response, some people have their pendulum move in circles, etc.
When holding your pendulum, you want to be sure you’re holding your arm out in front of you in a comfortable position. Hold on to the chain, or string, so that the pendulum can swing freely; you don’t want to hold the chain too far away or too close to the pendulum – depending on how long your actual piece is, about 2” – 4” is usually a good distance. Begin by holding it as still as you can, then ask your question, being as clear and specific as possible. For instance, you may have some difficulty getting an accurate answer if you ask “will I find a job soon?” You may want to ask, instead, “will I find a job within the next month?”
Some people like to say a prayer of intention before asking their question, and this is just fine. Something like “Divine source of love and light, please help me to get an accurate answer to my question”, or whatever works for you.
If you’re wanting to use your pendulum to get more specific answers besides “yes” or “no”, there are different charts that can be used that have specific words or even letters. These can easily be found online, or you can even make one yourself.
Whatever type of pendulum you use, or however it works for you, just remember that as with any other form if divination, the answers are not set in stone. So just have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously!