Below is an explanation of how we dowse charts using a pendulum. If you would like to know more about dowsing, we highly recommend reading a "Letter To Robin" by Walt Woods. He also has another article he wrote called the "Companion To Letter To Robin" which explains dowsing further. Both can be read at the following site:


First you will need an indicator of some sort. A pendulum is perfect for dowsing charts because it is compact and flexible. You can have a fancy pendulum or a simple bolt nut on a string, either will work since it is an extension of yourself. It is very helpful to have the pendulum come to a long point at the bottom because it makes it easier to see what letter or number it is locking to on a chart. The pendulum does not have any power in itself. Basically it is the power moving through you that moves the pendulum. There are other things to be known about this process, but these instructions will hopefully get you started so you can find out for yourself.

These are some of the pendulums we use. The brass ones on the left are called "Dancing Pendulums", handmade by dowser Joe Smith.  Both of us use these the most, so we ordered a second pendulum for both of us in case we lost the first.
John's are the larger versions. Here is the url to the Toronto Dowsers that tell more about Joe and his Dancing Pendulums. Scroll to the bottom of the page and there will be a link for ordering.
Otherwise you can email Joe at
Put Dancing Pendulums in the subject area of your email post to him.

The stepped pendulum on the far right we got from a man who also made L-rods where the top of the rod is made in the same stepped formation and rotated on ball bearings where it was connected to the handle. We ordered both the pendulum and the L-rod years ago from an ad in the back of a magazine. We do not remember the man's name, so if anyone knows the maker of this pendulum we will put a email address in here or an url to his website if available.

The black and the white pendulums are made by Bruce Copen. Both of these have screw in tops and an empty cavity inside that you can put things in. John put a couple of Quartz crystals inside his. (Shown below)
Here is the url to the Copen website. Scroll down on his website page and you will see the pictures and info of all the pendulums they carry.

Another dowsing friend of ours, Chris Gozdzik, carries a variety of very different pendulums. Here is the url to his Divining Minds website:

Here are some of the beautiful energetic stone pendulums hand-made by Georgia Henzler. If you are looking for a particular stone configuration perhaps she can make a custom pendulum for you. You can contact her at

Holding the Pendulum
When you pick your pendulum up, holding the string or chain between your thumb and forefinger about two to three inches from the top of the pendulum, deliberately get it moving in a back and forth motion in front of you. To simply hold the pendulum and wait for it to move on its own takes a tremendous amount of energy. You want to get it moving first so you have more energy to get answers. Some dowsers call this initial back and forth movement as the Ready position - you are ready to start.

Pendulum Indications
The next thing you need to know is how your pendulum will react for a Yes and No answer. For some Yes indications the pendulum might circle clockwise, another is for the pendulum to circle once then continue to swing in a back and forth movement. For No it might circle in a counter-clockwise motion, or swing sideways from left to right. Or you may get something totally different. While your pendulum is swinging back and forth in the Ready position you can ask what its indication will be for a Yes answer and see what it does. Then ask what it will do for a No answer. If nothing happens you can try holding the positive end of a normal flashlight battery under the pendulum, then turn the battery upside down so its negative end is up. If still there is no reaction you can pick what you want the pendulum to do for each Yes and No answer. Get the pendulum moving in the way you want it to answer, for example get it circling in a clockwise movement for Yes, and say "I want this movement to be the indicator for all Yes answers." Do that several times to program it in. Then get your pendulum moving how you want it to for a No answer, for example counter-clockwise, and say "I want this movement to be the indicator for all No answers". Do that several times. To test it out pick up your pendulum, get it swinging in the Ready position and say "Show me a Yes", then "Show me a No" and see if the pendulum will move in the way you want it to do. Sometimes it will take several days of practice as your neuropathways become established.

Be open to other ways you can have your pendulum tell you things that might be helpful. My Yes and No are a clockwise and counter-clockwise circling. I have a movement that is a sideways swing that tells me the question given is "part right", which means part of it is right. So I ask questions to narrow down what the "part right" is, then ask more questions in that "part right" direction to get more information. John has a programed diagonal swing that means "part right" or "maybe".

Asking Questions
Probably the biggest errors made while dowsing are the words used when asking a question. You know what you want to ask, but sometimes the words used in the actual question might not be the ones to use. The questions are taken quite literally - not what you think, but what you say. Ask only one question at a time and make it as simple as possible. If you get a wrong answer look at the words you used in your question. I had to look some words up in a dictionary to see what they really meant and saw that what I thought they meant was not the same as the true definition.

Here is another example of thinking one thing and saying something different, which caused wrong answers to be given, at least as far as to what you might be thinking. A woman was throwing a coin up in the air and dowsing to see what side was up after it fell to the floor. She was having great success at doing this until a few days later. She could not understand why now the answers were wrong. It appears that she started out asking the right question, but then started asking the wrong one without knowing it. When she wrote us she explained what she was doing with the coin toss, but said the answers were wrong when she asked which side the coin fell on. I knew what she meant, she knew what she meant, which was what side was up when the coin fell. But to ask which side the coin fell on would have been just the opposite - literally it would be the side the coin fell on, which would be the side facing down - it fell on that side.

Exercises For Using Charts
There are different styles of charts - many use the half circle/flat bottom appearance that looks like a protractor. I found it was faster to dowse words when the letters were close together so I chose block formations in my chart. The most important thing about making your own charts is to make them comfortable for you to dowse from and make them the most energy efficient way you can. The less energy used moving from one symbol to the next gives you more energy for asking questions and getting answers. I print mine out on 5x8 card stock which is more durable than paper. Here is what one of my earlier Alphabet Charts looked like. Now I have more of the black box quick buttons which would be more applicable to what I dowse for now. I kept the black box quick buttons to a minimum to avoid confusion. You can always add any quick buttons to your charts that you think are necessary for your own situations.

I made my charts in ArcSoft by clicking on File, then New. A box pops up asking for a size and I put in
1000 pixels for height and 1600 pixels for width at 200 dpi. This gives you a 5x8 work area. A blank photo plate will pop up and then I would put in text. Usually I save as a bit map on my computer because it does not degrade like jpegs do. This makes it easier to make changes and I don't have to redo everything just to have it undone the second I close the program!

When using charts there are only two movements your pendulum will be making. Initially from the Ready position it will continue to swing but gradually turn to point in a certain direction as it swings. When it looks like it has stopped turning but is still swinging towards a direction you slowly move your hand holding the pendulum in the direction it is swinging towards.

When the pendulum is directly over the letter, number or box it will "lock" onto the correct item by circling clockwise. So you have the straight swing for the direction to move towards and the circling that shows you what item is chosen.

After the pendulum has circled for a short time over an item (letter, number, etc.) it will start to swing towards the next direction. When it has stabilized swinging towards a certain direction again move your hand holding the pendulum in that direction until it starts to circle over an item.

This will be quite tedious at first but becomes much faster as you do it. A good exercise is to spread out different coins or objects on a table and start by holding the pendulum swinging in the Ready position in front of the objects. Ask "Show me where the penny is" (or whatever object is there), wait for the pendulum to swing towards the object, move your hand in the direction it is swinging towards and as it gets directly over the object it should start to circle. Still holding it over that object, ask to be shown where the next object is and wait for the pendulum to start swinging and turn towards it. If nothing appears to be happening, deliberately go through the motions of swinging towards and circling over the object requested with the pendulum to program those motions in.

John does this differently. He holds his pendulum off to the side of the chart and asks his pendulum to swing towards the  correct symbol. Then he uses his pointing finger to scan the chart in the direction the pendulum is swinging towards. His pendulum will circle briefly when his finger is over the correct symbol, and then confirm it with his Yes indication. John has his pendulum programed differently from mine.

Working With Charts
It is easier to see what the pendulum is circling over if you put the chart as close to you as possible. I hold my chart so it is almost touching my stomach so I can look straight down at it.

Start your pendulum in the Ready position on either side of the chart, in front of it or on the vertical black line between the alphabet letters and the numbers. Follow the directions given in Exercises For Using Charts. When a word is finished my pendulum will turn towards the outside of the chart. I will move it there and the pendulum will swing there a few times, then turn in again swinging towards a direction for the beginning of the next word. If it is finished the pendulum will not turn in for the next direction but will remain swinging outside the chart.

The boxes with words are a quick way for your pendulum self to tell you what is going on without having to spell the words out. It will swing towards a box and as you move your hand holding the pendulum in the direction it is swinging, the pendulum will circle over the box it wants you to know about. When you make your own charts feel free to put whatever you feel to be most important in those boxes.

Sometimes when talking with those unseen the unseen party will abbreviate certain words.
Once I got "I'd rather be looking for REP!"
Not knowing what that was I asked what it meant and got Real Exciting Phenomena!

If you think you are getting gobbledygook, hold your pendulum over the Interference box and ask if you are getting interference right now. If the answer is No, ask for a better answer to your question. If the answer is Yes, many times it is better to put the pendulum down and try again later when you have more energy. If you are tired it is better to not be dowsing.

Another thing to try if your pendulum seems to be stalling giving you answers is to ask if the words used in your question were right or if the question itself was right. If you get a No, change the words or change the question.

Regardless of what you get by dowsing be prepared not to believe any of it until it can be confirmed. Put the information gained on the back burner and let it stew awhile until more can be revealed. It is a good idea to write down what you get, along with the date and question asked, because the exact words can be forgotten rather quickly.

Don't take it too seriously. Try to have fun with it.
Many times you never know what you will find out until shortly before it is confirmed!

Date created: September 16, 2006
John and Jan Young
Copyright 2009