Pendulums 101: How Do Pendulums Work?

Like other forms of divination, pendulums are another means of answering questions pertaining to your life. Unlike tarot cards or oracle cards, which have a broader meaning and are left to interpretation, pendulums are direct and work with pendulum boards to give you direct answers, similar to Lenormand cards. Direct answers will range from “yes” and “no” to even specific dates, depending on the extensiveness of the pendulum board.

What Are Pendulums?

Pendulums are typically made out of crystals or metals. They’re shaped into a point either through cutting the crystal or molding the metal. All pendulums look similar to pendants and are connected to a metal chain, identical to the one you’d find on a pocket watch.

The point is necessary, as it gives little room for misinterpretation when “dowsing”. Dowsing is the spiritual act of using a pendulum to ask a set of questions that you need direct answers to. Think similar to a Magic 8-Ball, but with as many or as few answers as you’d like.

How Do You Perform a Dowsing Ritual?

Dowsing involves more than just the pendulum in most instances. You’ll also need a pendulum board for the best-case scenario. Pendulum boards include the typical “yes” or “ no” answers, along with more specific answers such as spelling out words related to the question.

Performing a dowsing ritual starts with setting up your pendulum board. From there, you’ll want to hold out your arm with the pendulum pointed directly to the center of the board. Once the pendulum has stopped swinging from your movement, you’ll begin connecting with your pendulum by relaxing and feeling it as an extension of your own arm.

Once relaxed and connected, it’s time to start asking the questions. It’s best to start with simple “yes” or “no” questions first. Start with a broader query of the question and begin narrowing it down to your specific instance for the best results.

Tip: Keep a record of the question asked along with the answer. This can help with reflection and reconnecting with your pendulum down the road.

How Do You Connect To Pendulums?

To connect with your pendulum, you should first buy one that resonates with you. Looking for a design, length, and shape are all an important part of allowing yourself to connect with your pendulum. Finding a pendulum that you know will feel easy to let your energy flow through you and connect with the pendulum is essential.

When dowsing, your pendulum gravitates towards an answer based on your energies. The less intune the pendulum is with your energies, the less accurate the answer will be.

To properly perform a dowsing ritual, you’ll need to think and manifest the question you want to ask into the pendulum. From there, the pendulum will swing to the answer most aligned with your spiritual energy.

What Types of Pendulums Are There?

Pendulums can be split into two different categories. There are different types of pendulum materials and different types of pendulum shapes. The material of a pendulum matters much more than the shape of the pendulum.

When it comes to pendulums, the material it’s made out of can help resonate with your own energies and questions. Certain materials will work well for a wide variety of different questions and circumstances, such as clear quartz pendulums or metal pendulums. Other materials work well for specific questions, such as rose quartz for romantic-related questions.

Regardless of the type of pendulum you chose, it’s important to ensure you resonate with the pendulum. So even if you have a specific, career-oriented question, but find a gold-pointed pendulum calling out to you, it’s best to reach out to the one calling for you.

What Questions Do You Ask Pendulums?

Pendulums are excellent for answering directly, rather than leaving the answer open to interpretation like other forms of divination. In a simple manner, start with questions such as:

  • Am I on the right career path?
  • Have I met my soulmate?
  • Should I study ___ in college?
  • Should I meditate today?
  • Am I eating right?
  • Can I do more as a friend?

These are rather broad questions to start with. You’ll need to adjust your questions to be in a “yes” or “no” format if they are rather complex.


How do you tell if a pendulum is saying yes or no?

If you’re using a pendulum without a pendulum board, you’re going to need to set up the pendulum first by asking specific questions. These specific questions are “show me yes” and “show me no”. Make note of which direction the pendulum swings in. For instance, if you say “show me yes” and the pendulum swings vertically, every time you ask a question and the pendulum swings vertically, it’s telling you yes.

Pendulum boards take a lot of the guessing out of the job because they have yes and no written on them already. It’s still advised to ask the “show me” questions first and then align the pendulum board with what your pendulum is connected to.

Are pendulum boards required?

Pendulums are not required to perform a dowsing ritual. You can perform dowsing with only the directions of the pendulums you’ve memorized. Or you can create your own makeshift board using scraps of paper.

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