How to Use a Pendulum

A Beginner’s Guide To Use A Pendulum

guide to use a Pendulum

There are many tools that you can use to grow spiritually but none are quite as effective and easily accessible as a pendulum. But if you have never used one before, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

In this article, we are going to be looking at the guide to use a pendulum and what benefits you might gain from doing this.

What Is A Pendulum?


A pendulum is an item that is often used to aid your spiritual growth or to promote inner healing. When we talk about a pendulum, we are referring to an object that is attached to the end of a chain or string and has the ability to swing back and forth, side to side and around in a circle.

When you hear the word pendulum, this is not an image that might first spring to mind since, in the Western world, we have become accustomed to thinking of a pendulum as a component of a clock or even one of those clicking desk toys. However, in a spiritual sense, a pendulum is rather different.

A pendulum can be made from various different materials but the most common are usually crystals – this is likely owing to their healing powers and renowned vibrational frequencies. However, there are pendulums that can be made from glass, metal, or wood – provided it has the ability to swing freely on the chain, your options are limitless.

In contrast to the popular use of crystals, there is a strong belief among some people that wood is the best material for a pendulum thanks to its ability to promote clarity.

How Do Pendulums Work?


There are many ways in which the pendulum can work and depend on your current spiritual situation, you may use the pendulum in one of these many ways. Before you begin using your pendulum, it is important to know how the process is going to work, so let’s take a look at this in a little more detail.

Pendulums are used for a process that is called dowsing which is a single part of a larger concept known as divination. For many people, dowsing is associated with locating water, and whilst this is true when we talk about dowsing in a spiritual sense, we are referring to locating energy. In turn, this will allow you to connect to higher spiritual energies and vibrations as well as remove any energetic blockages.

Since the removal of energetic blockages is so prominent with the use of s pendulum they are also frequently used as a way of balancing the chakras – the spirals of energy which are located along the spine and up to the crown of each and every one of us. To do this, the pendulum must be able to pick up on even the smallest vibrations and as a result, will clear away blockages that allow your body, mind, and spirit to become more aligned.

When we use a pendulum, we often ask a series of questions that allow us to receive a deep spiritual awareness and guidance from those in the spirit world or other subtle energies. However, many people also believe that when you ask questions in a pendulum session, it is your higher consciousness that is providing you with the answers – that’s pretty deep!

If you have been experiencing a lot of emotional or physical pain, this can be very distressing but using a pendulum is a great way to combat this. However, owing to the variety of uses of the pendulum, before you begin your session, it is important that you make a clear decision on whether it will be geared towards healing or gaining awareness.

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Guide To Use A Pendulum


There is a specific technique that will enable you to get the most out of your pendulum sessions so it is important that you follow this each time you enter into this practice. There are some people who prefer to opt for intense ritualistic practice and whilst there is nothing wrong with this, it can sometimes work well to take part in a simple process that yields excellent results.

Stage One

Before you begin working with your pendulum, it is important that you center yourself to ensure that you are fully focused and in the present moment. Not doing this step can mean the difference between a successful session and one that does not provide you with the outcome that you would expect.

Many people find that taking part in a breathing exercise is the best way to become centered and present. A great and simple example of this would be taking deep breaths in and relaxing on your long, slow exhale. As you breathe out, you can also visualize all your stress leaving your body along with the air.

If you prefer something with more of a ritual, there is the option to burn incense or light candles whilst you focus yourself. You might also make use of essential oils or listen to some calming music.

The most important thing is that you can successfully relax so how you do this is largely down to personal preference.

Stage Two

The next thing that you need to do is to find a connection to your pendulum. There are many ways in which this can be achieved, one of the most popular is to simply be with the pendulum – sit with it and see if a natural connection will develop. You’ll be surprised how easy this is.

You can hold the pendulum in your hand and close your eyes whilst taking some more deep breaths to further relax you. Next, you should take a really good look at the pendulum and find a deep respect for it – after all, it is going to serve you in a positive way.

Some people like to hold the pendulum close to their heart as a symbol of a growing and deep connection but how you do this is, once again down to your preference.

Stage Three

As you use your pendulum, your body will give off subtle signals in relation to the answers you need. In simple terms, this means that your body will respond in a certain way if the answer is yes and another if the answer is no. It is important to remember that a pendulum can only provide you with answers to yes or no questions and cannot give a detailed explanation or answer.

In order to figure out how your body will respond to each answer, you should hold your pendulum about six inches above the palm of the hand. You can now start to ask questions that require a yes or no answer. But to begin with, you should ask questions that you already know the answer to, this will give you a good idea of how your body reacts.

Stage Four

Now comes the really interesting part – you can start to ask questions. There is no right or wrong here so feel free to ask anything that is on your mind and see what answers the pendulum gives you.

Other Variations

Whilst the method that we have described above is a popular choice, there are, of course, other ways that you can use your pendulum. In many cases, people will allow the pendulum to swing whilst assigning an answer to each motion. For example, you might assign ‘yes’ to the circular motion of the pendulum and ‘no’ to the back and forth motion.

As you ask your questions, you can watch how the pendulum swings and take your answers from this.

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Top Tips For Using A Pendulum


No pendulum session will be the same but there are some things you can do to ensure that you have consistent results and get the most out of the practice. Let’s take a look at some great pendulum tips.

  • Cleanse your pendulum regularly to release any built-up energy. This can be done by soaking it in sea salt or water. You may also do this by simply visualizing the energy leaving the pendulum.
  • Be prepared to ask questions to expand on the answers you have received. Since you are only asking yes or no questions, you might need to go a little further to get complete clarity.
  • When selecting a pendulum, take your time to touch and interact with a variety of pendulums to find the one that feels just right.
  • Always have a notebook to hand to record any important information from your session.



A pendulum can be made from a variety of materials such as wood, crystal, or metal and hangs on a chain or string. When choosing your pendulum, you should be sure that you feel a connection to it as this can help immensely during your sessions.

Pendulums can be used for both healing and answering questions but it is important to properly prepare for each session by relaxing your mind and centering yourself in the present moment.

Once you have done this you can ask your pendulum questions and gain a deeper understanding whilst making a profound connection with your higher self.


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