Pendulums and Dowsing Tools

This is a wonderful little video talking about pendulums and dowsing tools from Calling Corners New Age Boutique in Truro, Nova Scotia.

If you’re looking for a new pendulum before the conference this October please stop by the shop to find that special pendulum.

The Basics of Dowsing

The Basics of Dowsing
by Joanne Gallant-Chilton


The definition of dowsing varies for each of us. I think of dowsing as energy that comes from the subconscious. A calm mind, a loving heart and the use of simple dowsing tools gives us access to a wealth of information that we may not have otherwise known. Through our own stillness, focus and dowsing tools we can access optimal health, locate objects, find water, minerals and locate power spots on our property. ( more on dowsing for power spots in another blog post ) In addition, we are able to change energetic frequencies from being detrimental to beneficial. The list of benefits and possibilities through the use of dowsing are endless. Anyone can learn to dowse; one only needs to have an open mind and clear intentions.

In Susan Collins book, Bridge Matter And Spirit With Dowsing, the author describes dowsing quite accurately and elegantly. “Dowsing is the detection and transformation of energy with simple tools and the power of heart and thought. Simply put, dowsing enables the conscious mind to connect with the subconscious mind which is itself capable of detecting very subtle energy changes.”  In Dale W. Olson’s book, The Pendulum Bridge to Infinite Knowing, Dale states that “Dowsing is the art of using a tool ( such as pendulum, or dowsing rod) to access the Intuition and gather information not directly available to the rational thinking part of our conscious mind.”

The history of Dowsing is thought to date back 8,000 years. Ancient artworks in China and Egypt to the North African Tassili caves, murals of pre-historic art depict images of tribespeople with forked sticks that appear to be dowsing. Could it be true that tribespeople used these tools to navigate through life during times when survival was crucial? Dowsing may have been used to locate water and land suitable and beneficial for their families and future generations. In the middle ages, dowsing or divining was very much a taboo subject and seen as occult. It was best during that time period to keep such a practice hidden. Luckily, today we need not worry anymore about being burned at the stake or tortured for using these tools.

At this point I will share a little of my personal journey into dowsing. Many years ago a friend offered a short intro on how to use a pendulum. After witnessing movement right away in my pendulum, I became both excited and afraid. Needless to say at the time, fear and lack of understanding won and I did not pick up a pendulum for a long period of time. Several years later an invitation to visit Charles Hubbard’s farm, in Nova Scotia became yet another introduction to dowsing, this time using L-rods made from a coat hanger. I had no idea at the time just how much this visit would change my life.

The moment I held the L-Rods in my hands, they moved from one side to other. I doubted myself, thinking perhaps it was the wind or my shaky hands that made them move. I decided to shift my attention to being calm by walking slowly and deliberately around the yard. As a result, I was able to establish my yes and no with the rods. Spending the day with Charles Hubbard opened a door to many new ways of gardening and using dowsing was one of those ways. With Charles’s encouragement that same year I attended The Atlantic Dowsers Conference. This proved to be another amazing turning point in my life. It was there I met many like-minded people who used dowsing as a tool to connect with energy.

In the days to follow my morning ritual included a 30-40 min meditation to clear and calm my mind in preparation for my dowsing practice. I still used the same yes and no communication with my L-Rods but began using charts and other communication methods with my pendulum. This meditation practice gave me time to take note of any thoughts, images and messages I received during meditation and through dowsing.

As I continued to practice and gather more information, I also attended a workshop with Joey Korn at his place in Augusta, Georgia. This workshop gave me the opportunity to learn more about dowsing and the blessing process he uses. He describes the process of changing energy by simply blessing the person or object. Joey states, “Any detrimental subtle energy that we find with dowsing can be made beneficial with a blessing. It’s all about intent.” This blessing process can be accurately measured by trying the experiment below with a glass of water. Remember to keep the blessing simple.

Some tips for dowsing:

1. Almost anything can be used for dowsing. Fingers, arms and the swaying of your body while in a meditative state all are connections to our higher self. Pendulums, bobbers, L-Rods, forked sticks and a simple needle and thread can also do the trick. I have a small collection of pendulums and L-Rods. The choice I make to use certain tools over others depends on the day and time as to what feels right in my hands.

2. Establish a yes and no with your pendulum or dowsing rods and stick with it using the chart I have drawn below. Eventually, you may wish to use advanced charts and other forms of communication but for now keep it simple. My yes is up and down as though i’m nodding my head yes, my no is back and forth the same as the motion of my head when answering no. If you feel the response to your question is not accurate the pendulum will shift to the word on the chart to rephrase your question. You may wish to make up your own charts as you progress in dowsing but for beginners this is a start. The black point in the centre of the chart is a resting point for your pendulum where you begin.

3. I can’t stress enough the importance of taking a few moments to clear your thoughts and quiet the mind. This facilitates your ability to focus on the question and receive accurate answers.

4. Always ask permission before you begin to dowse. The question most often used is, “May I, should I and can I dowse at this point and time.” This is important. We may have days when we are tired and not feeling our best. This will affect our ability to dowse and obtain answers to questions. If you receive a no it only means not right now. Try again later when you are feeling more focused and physically rested.

5. Questions. The best way to form your question is to keep the question simple and to the point. It could be helpful to write the question out first on a piece of paper to make sure it is exactly clear and to the point.

6. Always use your dowsing practice for the good of all. I am a firm believer of what we give out we get back. Light attracts light, darkness attracts darkness. Never use this gift to harm anyone. Dowsing is not a game of magic. Our purpose is to create harmony and wellbeing.

Dowsing Pendulum

Water Blessing

There are many blessings online for water you may wish to look up or make up your own blessing.

For example:

Start with a tall glass of water and a pair of L-Rods. Set the glass of water on the table or kitchen counter.
– Take a few moments to centre yourself and with your rods pointing in search position ( both pointing ahead ) ask for permission to dowse the glass of water and wait for the answer.
– Step back about 4 to 5 ft from the water on the counter. At this point you might begin by “asking” the rods to open when you reach the energy field of the glass of water.
move forward slowly take notice where the rods open.
– Hold the glass of water, and with sincere intent say the following blessing or the blessing of your choice:

Dear Divine, Great Spirit or God, please bless this water and fill it with love, healing, gratitude and light so that it energizes me and anyone who drinks this water. Amen

After the water blessing step back again 4-5 ft and repeat the same question as above. Wait for the rods to respond. They may open immediately. If there is enough space in your kitchen to walk backwards continue to do so slowly to observe the energy field of the glass of water. Notice if the energy field has expanded further than it did in the beginning.

I hope this article has given you some insight into basic information about dowsing. Below you will find some helpful links, books and information on dowsing. Please check the Atlantic Dowsing Society website often for group meetings, events and resources. Don’t forget to like us on facebook and subscribe to our blog.

Pendulum Dowsing Chart
Dowsing books and other resources:
The Essential Dowsing Guide, Dennis Wheatley
Dowsing, A Path to Enlightenment by Joey Korn
Spiritual Dowsing, Tools for Exploring the intangible Realms, by Sig Lonegren
Bridge Matter And Spirit With Dowsing, A practical guide to using dowsing to bring balance to your life, by Susan Collins
The Pendulum, Bridge to Infinite Knowing, Beginning Through Advanced Instruction, by Dale W.Olson
The Pendulum Charts, Volume 1 by Dale W. Olson
Dowsing beyond Duality, by David & Erina Cowan
Sacred Stewardship, Regaining our spiritual partnership with the food we eat, by Charles Hubbard and Malki’el McCamis

My personal best on youtube for getting set up in dowsing, clearing and programming your pendulum.
David Cowan – Intro into Spiritual dowsing #1, #2, #3. This is a 3 part video I highly recommend.

Also, a very informative website that I’ve come to love is,, Kathy Wilson is Past President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, co-founder and CEO of Healing Nexus. This website has a list of ongoing events on dowsing with internationally known dowsers.

A letter to Robin offers a wealth of information and charts on dowsing in various languages.

Calling all Dowsers, Summer News 2015, Atlantic Dowsers Society

Greetings to all Dowsers within reach of this newsletter.

Exciting times, Exciting experiences, Exciting adventures. Excitement seems to be the emotion that Dowsers are reporting all over the Maritimes and more and more people are beginning to pursue their hidden desire to explore this ancient skill. Times are changing and we are discovering that we are not alone in our quest to learn and we seek out those of like mind. Small groups are being formed in numerous Communities where we meet to exchange ideas and to learn about how this phenomenon can influence and aid us in our daily lives. We are beginning to rediscover those things that we already know, those things that early mankind knew in the beginning but have been programmed to forget over the centuries.

We now have an important tool to aid our quest, “desire”, desire to learn. The Atlantic Dowsers Society was formed to help all those with this desire. We too have valuable tools to assist us in our personal growth and development. We have our web site,, which contains a wealth of information, links to useful sites, and interesting sources for news; we have our Facebook page, searchable on Facebook, which is a great opportunity to express opinions and share ideas; and we have our Twitter account, @atlanticdowsers, another opportunity to interact.  We are now also on Youtube as “Atlantic Dowsers Society” with all 6 of Charles Hubbard videos.   Finally we have the event of the year, our annual assembly, our Fall Gathering 2015.

This year’s Fall Gathering will be held at the Tatamagouche Centre, Tatamagouche, NS, from Friday afternoon, the 30th of October until Sunday noon, the 1st of November. The venue is beautiful, on the shores of a lake with grassed spaces, the class rooms are comfortable and spacious, the sleeping quarters are clean, and the food is great. This is a wonderful event and is designed to bring together Dowsers and those with an interest in Dowsing for the purpose of learning and sharing. This event will provide something for the Novice as well as the most Proficient, exploring a broad range of applications from the most basic for those who have never dowsed to the most practiced. We will explore applications that can only be limited by one’s imagination, and we will show you how to gain that confidence that you desire so you can use this wonderful tool to enhance your daily life. The great thing about this gathering is that everyone has something to share, even if you don’t think you do, and we all have room to learn. Together we have each other and together we shall become so much better equipped to deal with our daily frustrations.

This year’s event will consist of a number of short presentations and chat room sessions (including one on the Lecher antenna) that are very interactive friendly. We invite any who would like to make a presentation pertaining to Dowsing, for the chat rooms, to contact our Web Site Administrator. Please see the attached Fall Gathering brochure/registration form, which will also be available on the ADS website for you to share with friends.

On behalf of the Steering Committee for the Atlantic Dowsers Society, we extend an invitation to all of you and any of your interested friends to attend this most exciting and informative gathering. We feel your time will be well spent and you will walk away with a new perspective on life and a great assortment of new friends.

A wonderful night

Had a wonderful night at Angel Hall last night where I was invited to speak on Dowsing in general. There were about 35 people present, all of varying degrees of proficiency as dowsers. This is a most productive venue as people have the opportunity to share experiences and techniques. This is how we learn and knowledge should be freely shared. I can say that last night I learned as much as I imparted.
Cheers and
“I am Fermanagh”.

Awakening to Divining by Kathleen Kevany

Some people are introduced to dowsing through looking for water or “divining or witching” for water. But as I have come to learn it is so much more than that. I was introduced some years ago to divining and our human ability to recognize and utilize subtle energies to better understand and interact with what is within and all around us. But I attended my first dowsing conference in the Fall of 2014, it was with the very hospitable and inspiring Atlantic Dowsers Society (ADS). The ADS holds an annual conference and already is planning the October 2015 conference in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

What I learned at this first conference with dowsers is their generous spirit of sharing with newbies and their genuine commitment to the art and science of dowsing. Dowsing, they would tell me, is simply our right to tap into energy that is accessible to anyone who is willing and attentive to harness it. I was not a quick convert. Years ago I had read the superb book by David Hawkins, Power vs Force. This book educated me more about the practice of “muscle testing” and the manner in which we can find answers to important questions through the energies revealed in our bodies. Dowsing or divining is the same. When we go into an Alpha state we are then able to tap into higher consciousness and universal energies for answers within and around us. I am not writing to explain the science or the art of the practice of dowsing. I am totally unqualified. But I am happy to share the power of trust in higher consciousness.

I teach at a university and I research about factors that meditate well-being. I introduce my students to the art and science of mindfulness and meditation as one of many possible pathways for mindful practice. I have found the science compelling for practicing mindfulness, as I suspect it would be for practicing divining. By developing a regular practice of meditation, practitioners have found improvements in a number of areas. Regular spiritual practice, like meditation can serve to increase attentiveness and awareness and strengthen higher cognitive functions and increase compassion for self and others.[1] That is a lot of good from rather small efforts.

I recommend being mindful but I also strive to practice it more consistently and regularly myself. I am learning about the value of dowsing and divining. And I too can see the merit of this spiritual practice. I am open to the learning and discoveries ahead.

Contact:  Kathleen Kevany
[1] Kass, J. 2007 Spiritual maturation: A developmental resource for resilience, well-being, and peace. Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice, 12, Summer 2007

Free dowsing charts for personal use

Here are some free dowsing charts for personal use “only”, please print and use. I have used these charts many times to get a more detailed answer to questions. I’ve included a link from here to the site to check out the other charts that’s available. Every month there are free charts to download and print. The one for this month on the site is on Gluten Intolerance/allergies. The website is free dowsing charts.

Here’s another great site for free downloads on dowsing charts and booklets. The site is Letter to Robin.

Happy dowsing!!

Atlantic Dowsers Society Annual Convention

We’re just at the start of revealing who will be presenting this year at Atlantic Dowsers Society Convention. I must say we have quite a full weekend lined up. Here is a taste of who will be presenting. I have been to a workshop of Alicja Aratyn last year in Mahone Bay, NS and she does know her stuff. She is very knowledgeable in many aspects of dowsing and energy healing and is a wonderful teacher.  Please read about the workshop and Alicja Aratyn below.  More information regarding other presenters soon to follow.

Program for full day workshop on Saturday, October, 25, 2014 

Dowsing – Science or Magik? Presented by Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M. Eng.

  1. What dowsing is – from physics and meta-physics point of view
  2. Types of dowsing – mental vs. intuitive
  3. Brief history of dowsing – from Atlantis to North America
  4. Sacred Geometry and dowsing – evolution of shapes
  5. Healing vs. other pendulums
  6. How to… exercises to establish proper habits and increase our dowsing skill
  7. Understanding what to do and how to do it properly when we dowse
  8. Questions – how to phrase them correctly.

This day will be based on Power Point Presentation. Many Kirlian photographies will be presented to enhance understanding of material.

Many exercises will help to anchor newly learnt skill.

Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M. Eng.


Alicja Aratyn will change your life forever as she has for thousands of others around the world.

Over last 20 years she teaches, leads and inspires as well as heals and consults to help people bring their lives to the next level of awareness.  As a natural born healer she shares her gift generously.

Many difficulties in her personal life before and after immigrating to Canada in 1991 led her to creation of Alicja Centre of Well-Being based in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Despite her professional training in Environmental Engineering form Poland, she dedicated her life to Metaphysics and Esotherism.  As all good teachers do, she started with transforming her own life, so now she bases her classes and one-on-one practice not only on Ancient Egyptian School of Vibrations but mostly on her first-hand experience with many alternative modalities.

In Seminars Alicja uses the newest Accelerated Learning Techniques, which allow people to increase retention of knowledge. Her classes are always well attended due to unique composition of knowledge, wisdom and sense of humor.

Alicja is a past V-ce President of Canadian Society of Dowsers, CSD Ambassador and for years Presenter on American Society of Dowsers. She is also a member of prestigious Toronto Press Club.

Alicja Centre of Well-Being offers the largest on the net variety of Metaphysical tools.

To learn more about Alicja’s private sessions and seminars, visit: & or call: (905) 848-1233.

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An Introduction to Shamanism Winter 2014

For anyone interested in learning about Shamanism there is a Level 1, 4 day course on Shamanism in Sackville, NB starting Sunday-January 19, February 9, March 2, March 30 from 10:00am-4pm.  For more information or to register, please email: Marilyn Walker, PhD

Marilyn Walker spoke at ADS Fall gathering 2013 and she’s extremely qualified and knowledgeable.

To view the workshop schedule and description please click on the pdf below.

Shamanism Level 1 NB Wi 2014