A pendulum can be a very useful tool for divination work and for healing. I’m going to give you the basics in using a pendulum to get you started. Any reading can be done without tools but the purpose of using one is to help you to focus which provides more concentrated energy to work with. When using a tool, you need to know how you are acquiring the information brought forth by that tool. Behind every psychic tool, there is an energy working to bring the information that you seek to your awareness. It isn’t magick – it is energy. Energy comes in many shapes, sizes, strengths, and intelligence. Know that your pendulum does not move just because – unless you do that on purpose – it is moving because there is a spiritual energy assisting you whether you realize it or not. A pendulum can be very useful for many things.
A pendulum is a weighted object which is suspended on a string, chain or another type of material that can make it easy to swing. You can pretty much use anything for a pendulum but you can also buy a pendulum just about anywhere like Amazon, metaphysical stores and other places online. I would like to suggest that you use a gemstone pendulum as this type of object is something that will carry and build on your own energy. It will also ‘get used’ to working with you and will produce better and better results over time as it retains a sort of ‘memory’.
There are all types of gemstones so you might want to keep that in mind when choosing your pendulum. I suggest that you start off by using a clear quartz pendulum as this is a type of ‘all purpose’ crystal. It is very versatile and you can use it for anything and everything. If you choose a more defined crystal such as a rose quartz – that would be great to use in questions concerning love or if you choose blue lace agate, this would be great to use when you are working with kindness, peace and wisdom. You can use specialized crystals if you do a certain type of work with your pendulum, but clear quartz is great to use for any type of question or circumstance.
It is also very beneficial if you can hold the pendulum to see if you can resonate with it before you purchase it. It is very important that you find your crystal pendulum appealing and that the energy meshes with yours. You will be forming a type of bond with this spiritual instrument.
You do not need to use a crystal, but they tend to work best and grow with you. You could put a ring from your jewelry collection on a piece of yarn and use that if the ring has a bit of weight to it. You just want to be sure that it swings easily. Using doubled up sewing thread of embroidery yarn is better. Try to avoid materials such as leather or a hard cord as these can sometimes limit your pendulum's swing. You don’t want your string to be too long as this will make it harder to use and it will take more energy to swing the pendulum. The same thing goes for the string being too short. Approximately 7 or 8 inches would be a good place to start and you can adjust it to your liking as you go on.
You can use your pendulum to get answers about your life, to help you to make decisions, to do readings for yourself or others, to aid in healing sessions, to make spirit communication, to use for experiment sessions and to even aid in finding lost items.
Pendulums do not move on their own as it is an inanimate object but rather they are helped along by energy. Whose energy is moving the pendulum? It is a combination of your own energy and the energy of whatever entity you enlist to assist you. You can call on your spirit guide, an angel, a master teacher or even your higher self among others. Your energy creates the intention to perform the action of the pendulum reading and in forming the question as well as receiving the answer. The entity assisting you has access to information that they can provide and they will combine their energy with yours in order to make the pendulum move in response to your question. It is very important that you stay focused during the entire process because you act as both a sender to your assistant, and a receiver to get the answers from your assistant.
There are dangers that come with using a pendulum – or any divination tool. Even if you do not use tools and you just depend solely on your abilities, you still face dangers. Everyone has an aura and from that aura, you produce a beacon of light that shines into the astral like a lighthouse tower spotlight. All spiritual and astral beings are capable of reading that beacon. If you leave yourself unprotected, then your beacon is wide open and inviting to all entities, both good and evil. There are different layers of energy that entities dwell on. Lower level entities tend to be anywhere from malevolent to extremely angry and can be quite dangerous. The higher the level – which means the energy on that level vibrates at a faster rate, the higher the evolution of the entity that will see your beacon. You can and always should raise your own energy level before participating in any kind of psychic or paranormal endeavor, as well as employ a variety of psychic protection and shielding.
Demonic beings are another story in themselves. They are more than capable of seeing and deciphering your beacon, and even when using your intention and protection, they can get around a lot of that if they really have a reason to do so. They are extremely intelligent beings and even though they dwell on lower realms, they do not necessarily have a low energy vibration. If you are new at practicing psychic abilities, or if you are lax at utilizing protection, then you make a very tempting target. Just like a burglar, they would rather go for the unlocked easy entry than the one that is locked and guarded by a huge mean dog with lots of sharp teeth. However, with some burglars, even the dog and locked door will not deter them if they know you have something that valuable that they want to get their hands on. Demonic beings act the same way. It all depends on what they are after and what they see as the prize. Each has different capabilities, motivations and personalities. The good news is that demonic beings usually do not want to play with you unless you may be easy prey, but they need an invitation to possess you. They do not need one to harass you however. Keep in mind that demonic entities will not just come after you – many times they go after the ones you love instead in order to get to you, wear you down and win you over – kind of like a hostile takeover.
I just wanted to mention the demonic beings because not only are they very real, but they can come through when practicing or engaged in any psychic or paranormal activity – although very, very rare. There are a lot of variables that go into what you are doing, that will attract what entities come to you. Like attracts like - this is very true of energy. Your mood, your words, the people around you, the atmosphere you are in, your demeanor, your intention, your client, your experiment, energy level – these all play a part in what energy comes to you and what counter measures you should take before partaking in your spiritual work. Sometimes, it is better to just skip it until conditions are better.
The best pendulums to use are crystals and then metals. They both hold energy so they are the best choices. All elements have elemental spirits that govern over them. With a crystal, a nature spirit such as an earth spirit, will usually be present with that crystal. This is another reason I prefer to use crystals. It is also the reason why it is best if you can hold your crystal pendulum before you purchase it in order to see if your energies compliment or repel each other.
Before you set up and use your pendulum, always make sure that you cleanse it to remove any negative energy that may be trapped inside the crystal or held within your metal. Even if you use a pendulum that is made of heavy plastic or glass, you still want to cleanse it, as energy can stay around any object. Cleansing the pendulum and then charging it will produce the best results and give you the most accurate readings. There are many methods of cleansing and charging. One simple method of cleansing to get your started would be to run the item under cold water until you feel all of the negative energy is gone and then ask an angel to transmute that negative force into love or healing energy. You can use a singing bowl to cleanse your pendulum as well. Charging your pendulum is as easy as putting it in the moonlight overnight or even for a few hours. You can also charge it by drawing in energy of high vibration from the universe. Your pendulum should be cleansed after each use and charged when you feel the energy getting low, depending on how often you use it. I would charge it often if you are just starting out.
Another thing that would really help to increase the accuracy of your readings and ‘bond’ with your divine instrument is to ask the elemental spirit that watches over your pendulum to assist you with your readings. This is best achieved utilizing meditation. Always be respectful to this nature spirit and thank them every time you use it and benefit from their help. It is also a good idea to get to know this nature spirit by psychically communicating during meditation sessions to get to know how to resonate with each other. It would be considered bad etiquette and bad manners as well as rude to ignore the nature spirit of your pendulum as they can also affect how well your pendulum works. They can override your spirit guide as they are the ones who ‘rule’ over the pendulum.
The simple pendulum board is a good example; however, you should allow your guide or assisting entity to pick the directional response.
You don’t need anything fancy to do a basic pendulum reading. Some people like to have, or better yet, make a pendulum board, but that is totally not necessary. Pendulums have limited use with only yes/no answers - but the information you get from them can and does prompt your psychic abilities to continue getting further valuable information. A pendulum board can be made out of a piece of cardboard for easy re-use or you can just use a piece of plain paper. Ask your spirit assistant and your nature spirit to give you their preferences and then make the board accordingly. What I mean by this is to ask them which direction the pendulum will swing when the answer is a yes. Then mark that direction with the word yes. Do the same for no. Usually, the pendulum will move in a circle if an answer is a maybe or is uncertain. The pendulum can also move in a different diagonal direction. There are reasons why spirit will not reveal answers to questions and that has to do with the person you are reading for – even if it is for yourself. If the information will interfere with a life lesson or something that needs to occur, the information will not be revealed.
You don’t even need a board to do this work at all. Simply ask spirit which way is yes, no, and maybe. Honestly, using maybe serves no purpose. Just ask again another time. Now you can begin the session. Remember, at this point, you should already have a cleansed and charged instrument, your psychic protection and shield should be strong, your spirit guide or other entity should be called upon and your nature spirit should be ready. It sounds like a lot but once you get it all together, it will only take a few minutes to get everything in place and it is well worth it – especially for your own safety and the safety of those you care about.
Pendulum energy circuit and stabilization
The best way to go about asking your question and waiting for the response is to wrap the string of the pendulum around your finger one time and then place your fingers with the pendulum hanging up to your third eye. This will create a direct line circuit for your divine connection. Keep your elbow on the table or surface you are using in order to prevent moving the pendulum yourself. The combination of keeping your elbow on a firm surface and your fingers resting on your third eye, keeps you from accidentally swinging the pendulum without realizing that you may be doing so. Adding your other arm will also help to make the connection a complete circuit as well as adding stabilization to your reading. The connection you make with this method also makes it easier for your spirit guide or other entity to use the energy circuit and give you stronger swings. Place the pendulum in the center of your board or if you are not using a board, just hang the pendulum where it is comfortable for you and proceed with your question. After you get your response, stop the pendulum from swinging and center it again. You can then move on to your next question. The picture above shows this very effective energy circuit positioning.
If you find that your pendulum does not want to answer a question or the answer is inconsistent, try wording the question differently. It is a good idea to keep a pendulum journal in order to write down your personal questions and responses as well as anything you may take note of such as any symbols, colors, scents, pictures and such - that come into your mind during a session. You may want to take notes as to how your pendulum behaves because the entity you are working with will have preferences. Keep in mind that it is more difficult for your guide to come through and use your energy than it is for you to hold the pendulum and focus, so you want to be accepting of their preferences. A journal is another tool you can use to record your experiences and then look back to see similarities and discover ways your guide is trying to communicate with not only you and your tool, but grow your psychic abilities as well.
Something else that I have to say – PLEASE, always know what entity is helping you with your readings no matter what kind you are doing. You can ask Archangel Michael – the warrior angel – to keep all negative energies and entities away from coming to you. Once you gain the attention of a negative spirit or energy, it is very difficult to get rid of it, so play it safe and don’t take chances. Use your protection tools always – even in meditation! Some entities find loopholes or weaknesses in your protection so knowing what entity you are working with is a must. Also, working constantly and consistently with that one trusted entity will make your readings stronger and stronger, but until you know who you are working with - you must be extremely careful.
When your session is completed, formally close it by stating that you are finished asking questions and properly thank your spirit guide and nature spirit for their help. Ask Archangel Michael to escort all entities that may have come through during your session back to where they came from. Cleanse your pendulum right away, especially if you feel that any negative energy was present or if your pendulum was not as responsive as it usually is or should be.
Once you are finished cleansing your pendulum, you can put it safely away in any kind of protective container. That container should be cleansed of negative energy as well by passing it through sage smoke a few times or using a crystal such as black obsidian. There are many different ways to cleanse and purify. Whatever container you choose to house your pendulum in, do not use it for anything but that purpose – to store this important tool. It is also a good idea to not let anyone else handle your pendulum as their energy will imprint on it and it can throw off your readings. Remember that your pendulum stores your energy and this is a good thing because it makes it more powerful each time you use it. This is why it is very important to only use your pendulum when your spirits are high, when your mood is elevated and you are happy and thinking clearly.
Never use any psychic tool or ability – or even participate in any paranormal endeavor under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Don’t engage in psychic or paranormal activities if you are overtired, run down, sick or depressed as these energies will become absorbed by your pendulum. Not only that, but your energy signature will be significantly lowered therefore making your psychic protection and shield very weak. Your chances of becoming a target to negative energies and entities will become higher and so are your chances at an encounter that you will not want to experience.
If your thing is healing – you can place your pendulum over a person or animal to ask where issues are located. If the person is not present, you can use a picture of them and ask questions about the possible issues.
Once you gain experience, you can advance your readings by adding numbers to your pendulum board and/or letters but you need to be very careful as this is similar to a Ouija board and if you were to make your own board, there are ways to make it safer.
If you can think of a way to use your pendulum, then it is totally possible to use it for that purpose. Pendulums are not bad or evil. It is the intention behind them and the way the diviner approaches and conducts the session that can make the experience good or evil. Knowledge is power and protection so don't go into a new psychic or paranormal endeavor without your sword and shield.
With any new psychic undertaking, it takes time, patience and practice to build your skill so keep working at it, but never take short-cuts on the psychic precautions. Nothing is set in stone when it comes to how you use your pendulum. I can give you a way to start, but as you gain experience and a relationship with the entity that helps you with your readings, you will form your own way to best utilize your divine tool.
Enjoy your pendulum and have fun!
I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.