An anonymous Pagan spoke at the Meet-Up Workshop on Saturday, January 16, 2010. She pulled an amethyst pendulum out of a small velvety-looking pouch. Suspending it from her index and middle finger, she demonstrated how to use it for divination purposes.
“Show me yes,” she said. The pendulum swung to and fro.
“Show me no.” The motion of pendulum traced a small circle in the air.
“Can you answer some questions for us today?” Back and forth, the pendulum indicated a yes answer.
The presenter paused to address her audience. Sometimes the pendulum does not want to talk. Sometimes the pendulum will answer questions, but cannot answer questions on a certain matter. If the pendulum does not move when a question is asked, understand that the pendulum is intentionally remaining silent — pleading the fifth, if you will.
How do you pick the pendulum you should use?
People should choose the pendulum that feels right. You will know which one is yours. If you’re not sure or can’t tell, then the right pendulum is still out there. Many people pick up the pendulum that appeals to them and try it. Sometimes the color and shape are beautiful but the connection between person and object does not exist. Aesthetics and price are only a part of the equation. If the pendulum does not respond to your questions, then it is of no use to you — no matter how beautiful or costly.
Can you make your own?
Certainly. The picture shown at the right and the picture below are examples of hand-crafted pendulum. One is an acorn and the other is has a metal spiral twisted around it. They were created with modeling clay purchased at a local hobby shop and baked in a typical kitchen oven.
Do they need to be made of anything in particular?
No. In a pinch, any small object with a little bit of weight to it that can be suspended from a string or chain can be a working pendulum. The material is a matter of personal preference and practical limits. While solid gold may be desired, it is certainly beyond the budgets of many Pagans. At the time of publication, Whole Life Books had pendulums made of amethyst, rose quarts, metal, and wood in stock. They also had some that open like small lockets. Prices started at $9.98. Typically, you can expect to spend in the $20.00 range.
How do you use it?
Hold the string or chain of the pendulum between your index finger and middle finger. Some people will tell you to hold it between your index finger and thumb. The workshop presenter prefers her approach because it helps her minimize her own motions.
Bend your elbow and rest it on a steady surface. Again, this is to help minimize your own motion.
Proceed as the presented did above. She suggested starting with questions that you already know the answer to, just to get a feel for the pendulum. Once the connection between you and the pendulum is established, start asking questions that you do not already know the answer to.
Remember, this is a very brief introduction. Give it a try. Have fun.
For more info:
To learn more about the weekend workshop in which this information was presented, please read the article called Meet-Ups meet for weekend workshop.
Pendulums may be purchased locally at Ancient Mysteries and Whole Life Books.