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The Ultimate Guide to Pendulums

The Ultimate Guide to Pendulums

In the movies, pendulums are powerful tools psychiatrists use to send their patients into a deep hypnotic state. However, these tools have many more uses in individual spiritual practices. Technically, a pendulum is a weight hung from a fixed point to swing freely in a back-and-forth motion. Pendulums can be used as a divination tool that aids in aligning with your high self, psychic decision-making, and spiritual wisdom. However, no matter your basis of reference for pendulums, their magic rests in their ability to bring subconscious energy to conscious awareness. Below you will find four easy steps to help you establish an effective pendulum practice!

1. Cleanse Your Pendulum

Like our crystals and other spiritual tools, we want to cleanse the pendulum before we use it in a formal ritual. Part of the cleansing process is aligning the pendulum's energy to your energy so you can establish the best communication. Most pendulums will be made of crystal or stone, so they absorb the energies that exist around them in the world. Some of the most popular types of cleansing that offer the best results are sound vibration, moon bathing, or visualizing a cleansing white light around your pendulum. After you've cleared any negative or stagnant energies, it's time to connect with your pendulum.

2. Build a Connection With Your Pendulum

Before you start asking questions to your pendulum, you must first decide what a “yes” and “no” answer will look like. Follow these simple steps:

1. Hold your pendulum up by your hand, allowing it to hang freely.

2. Start asking questions with easy “yes” or “no” answers such as “My name is _________.” The pendulum will start to move in either a vertical, horizontal, or circular motion (pay attention to a clockwise or counter-clockwise movement as well).

3. Note the movements carefully as you establish your “yes” and “no” answers.

3. Ask Questions and Thank Your Pendulum

After you've deciphered your answer code with your pendulum, calm your body and mind. When you feel ready to continue, hang your pendulum freely and ask the question aloud or in your mind. Any questions spanning love, work, relationships, health, etc., are fair game for your pendulum to answer. Be sure to accept the pendulum's response and resist the urge to shift how you ask your question to attain the results you want—remember, your pendulum isn't concerned with what you want, only what you need. Your pendulum will answer with wisdom and honesty from your guides.

4. Other Uses for Your Pendulum

Some use their pendulum with a board. You can either purchase these already made, or you can also make your own with pre-made answers such as “yes,” “no,” and “maybe” in different areas of the map. With this practice, you will note the moment of your pendulum toward whichever answer.

In addition to asking questions, pendulums can also check the health of your chakras. For example, you can hang the pendulum over different chakras on the body and establish movements that indicate “healthy,” “stagnant,” and “over-active.”

Lastly, many use their pendulums with other divination tools such as Tarot and Oracle cards. The pendulum, in this case, can be used as a supplemental tool to dig deeper into particular cards or spreads to illuminate an action.

Pendulums come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; however, their use remains the same: a powerful divination tool that helps you achieve more out of your spiritual practice.

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