Pendulums are versatile magical and spiritual tools that no practitioner should be without. Whether they are made of wood, metal, or crystals, you can use them to find energy blocks, get the answers to your most important questions, communicate with your ancestors and other spirits, and more. Though using a pendulum is simple, there is an art to it that requires practice. Here is how you can begin using pendulums to grow your magical practice:
Identifying Energy Blocks
Pendulums are useful for spotting energy blocks in the body. Blocked chakras affect the movement of the pendulum, allowing you to easily see what needs to be cleared. To do this, begin with a 7 chakra pendulum.
Make sure that the pendulum is properly cleansed before each use. You can do this with sunlight, moonlight, music, a singing bowl, or incense or sage smoke. Hold the pendulum over a table so it hangs straight down and can swing freely. Without moving the pendulum yourself, ask it to show you a clear energy center. When it starts to move, pay attention to the motion. Then, ask it to show you a blocked one. Note the motion.
When you have an idea of what to look for, you can hold the pendulum a few inches over the chakra points of a person's body, and see how it moves. If the motion corresponds to a clear energy center, you can move on to the next one. If it corresponds to a blocked one, you can begin clearing it, then re-test it with the pendulum to make sure it is cleared.
Divination and Spirit Communication
For this, you can work a few different ways. You can hold the pendulum over a table, ask it to show you the motions for "Yes" and "No," then ask your question and see how it responds. You can also use a pendulum grid, which is a piece of wood or fabric with pre-printed answers on it. Depending on where the pendulum swings, it will provide the answer to your question. You can also Hold the pendulum so it hangs inside of an empty glass, and ask it to show you "Yes" and "No." The number of times it taps on the side of the glass will provide the answer you seek.
You may wish to choose your pendulum depending on the type of questions you will be asking. Rose quartz pendulums are excellent for love queries, amethyst pendulums are great for questions regarding spirituality, and clear quartz or brass pendulums are good all-purpose tools.
It is a good idea to do some form of divination after any spell or ritual. This can give you a sense of what to expect from the results. Pendulums are ideal for this, as they respond very readily to the leftover energies built up during spellwork.
Pendulums can find areas of the body that need some extra healing energy. For healing, blue stones like lapis or turquoise can be very helpful.
As with detecting energy blocks, be sure to cleanse your pendulum before every use. Hold it so it hangs freely over a healthy part of the body first, and watch how it moves. This will give you a baseline. Then, slowly move it from one area of the body to another, and see if you notice any erratic or sluggish movements. If you do, this can indicate that those parts of the body are too stimulated or under-stimulated and in need of some energetic healing. After performing an energy healing, use the pendulum again to make sure that it worked.
Not sure if a space needs cleansing? A black tourmaline pendulum is great for this. The first time you use it, go into nature and hold it so it hangs freely. This will let you observe what the motion for a clear space looks like. Then, any time you think you might have to cleanse a room or other place, take the pendulum out. If it moves slowly or erratically, perform a room cleansing.
Pendulums are simple to learn, but take time to master. Each one is different and will respond to your touch and energy differently. Take time to work with your pendulums, and you will discover a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.