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a pendulum is a form of dousing and has been used as a divination tool for millennia. The ancient Romans used pendulum
divination as described by the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellinus.
and is said to have used the following Roman method. A bowl was used made of a
composite of many metals, or electrum, an alloy of gold and silver. A ring was
attached by thread to a wand. The ring was probably a band of electrum with
occult characters engraved upon it. The twenty-four letters of the
Greek alphabet were engraved into the flange of the
basin. A laurel branch tripod probably supported the bowl. (Laurel was the
substance specified by the Enochian angels for the scrying table of John Dee.)
The simplest interpretation of the pendulum's
movement is in answering YES and NO questions. Simply hold the string or chain
of a pendulum as still as possible. Often people brace their elbow on a table to
steady it, since even one’s heartbeat can be read by its sensitivity. However,
since everyone tends to have their own magickal or psychic signature, there are
differing interpretations on how it answers questions. So, you should practice,
record your findings and discover if there is a particular way your pendulum
chooses to work.
The most basic movement of the pendulum is the
linear reading. Back and forth or North and South is a YES answer. And side to
side or East and West is a NO answer. Different movements between YES and NO are
often interpreted as an ambiguous answer like “Maybe” or “Possibly” or
“Not Likely.” In my Family Tradition, we were never allowed to accept an
ambiguous answer. Ambiguity in the answer means you’ve asked an ambiguous
question and you need to rephrase the question until you get a definitive
answer. You keeping working until you gain clarity or there is no purpose in the
exercise. It’s ALL ABOUT THE QUESTIONS.
Another movement is the circular reading. If the
pendulum swings Widdershins (counter-clockwise), it is a YES answer. If Deosil,
(clockwise) the answer is NO. If this seems backwards to Wiccan thinking…it is
because in group work the directions encircle the group, instead of being done
by one person. In circle, we follow the Wiccan attributions of Deosil
(attracting) and Widdershins (banishing). However, in my family tradition…all
magickal gestures were interpreted as actions that either draw energy toward you
or away from you. So, for a right -handed person, the above pendulum directions
would do this. And since right-handedness is dominate, this is largely true for
everyone. Yet, every so often, a left-hander might find that the movements and
answers reverse for them. Let it. Rules are guidelines to help you find your own
personal signature. Rules as to which hand to use are largely contrived. Use the
hand that gives you the most accurate answers.
Another interpretation is that either linear
direction (back and forth OR side to side in a straight line) means YES and any
circular direction (clockwise OR counter clockwise) means NO.
The method that Grandmother taught me was the after
dinner pendulum. She would remove one of her rings, usually one that is top
heavy, and suspend it from a silk thread or use a necklace with a weighted
pendant. She would hang the jewelry over a crystal water goblet just below the
lip. The answers came when the ring made bell-like chimes as it gently tapped
the side of the glass. A single tap indicates a YES, while two taps indicate NO.
As the digital age has infiltrated the “old
ways” there are dozens of pendulum charts that one can make and place under
their pendulum, from a simple cross for YES and NO to printed references for
very specific questions. I’m not sure this is better training to learn to ask
better questions. But experiment and see what your results are.
Most of the charts I’ve found are
fan-shaped charts with the words arched across the top. The pendulum follows the
direction of the spoke pointed to the word that is appropriate. Some charts are
numbered while others have specific words to aid decision making. Other charts
include charts that cover questions on colors, chakras, the elements, months,
days or weeks. There are health related charts for vitamin use or disease
diagnosis but I’d prefer to go to my doctor for those and not trust my health
to a divination form. You can make a pendulum chart for anything you are trying
to make a decision on, even if it’s what color to wear to work. You can also
make a number chart or percentage chart for timing questions. And thirteen year
old girls love to write several boys names on a chart and ask which one is
interested in them.
chart is like a Ouija board with the full alphabet on the chart. For me it’s
just easier to use a Ouija board. Mother used to do a form of divination using
only her eyes as the mechanism to pick out the letters. She called it Trick
Sight. I can do a bit of that, so I can’t use the alphabet pendulum charts
because my eyes move faster than the pendulum seeking out each letter.
I prefer the Yes and No practice of the pendulum because it helps grow a better witch by teaching him or her to ask good questions. Again, never accept an ambiguous answer. In our tradition, you’ve failed the exercise if you do not achieve some clarity.
2009 Ardriana Cahill
Cahill lives in Western USA and is a Hereditary Witch, den of Clan McCormick and
a Kell of Brighid since 1998.
Best wishes and Blessed Be
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Other things of interest:
Gods and Goddesses (Greek Mythology) / Esbats & Full Moons / Links to Personal Friends & Resources / Wicca/Witchcraft Resources / What's a spell? / Circle Casting and Sacred Space / Pentagram - Pentacle / Marks of a Witch / The Witches Power / The Witches Hat / An esoteric guide to visiting London / Satanism / Pow-wow / The Unitarian Universalist Association / Numerology: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / A history of the Malleus Maleficarum: includes: Pope Innocent VIII / The papal Bull / The Malleus Maleficarum / An extract from the Malleus Maleficarum / The letter of approbation / Johann Nider’s Formicarius / Jacob Sprenger / Heinrich Kramer / Stefano Infessura / Montague Summers / The Waldenses / The Albigenses / The Hussites / The Native American Sun Dance / Shielding (Occult and Psychic Protection) /
Sabbats and Festivals:
The Sabbats in History and Mythology / Samhain (October 31st) / Yule (December 21st) / Imbolc (February 2nd) / Ostara (March 21st) / Beltane (April 30th) / Litha (June 21st) / Lammas/Lughnasadh (August 1st) / Mabon (September 21st)
Rituals contributed by Crone:
Animals in Witchcraft (The Witches Familiar) / Antelope / Bats / Crow / Fox / Frog and Toads / Goat / Honeybee / Kangaroo / Lion / Owl / Phoenix / Rabbits and Hares / Raven / Robin Redbreast / Sheep / Spider / Squirrel / Swans / Wild Boar / Wolf / Serpent / Pig / Stag / Horse / Mouse / Cat
In Worship of Trees - Myths, Lore and the Celtic Tree Calendar. For descriptions and correspondences of the thirteen sacred trees of Wicca/Witchcraft see the following: Birch / Rowan / Ash / Alder / Willow / Hawthorn / Oak / Holly / Hazel / Vine / Ivy / Reed / Elder
Rocks and Stones:
Stones - History, Myths and Lore
Articles contributed by Patricia Jean Martin:
Apophyllite / Amber / Amethyst / Aquamarine / Aragonite / Aventurine / Black Tourmaline / Bloodstone / Calcite / Carnelian / Celestite / Citrine / Chrysanthemum Stone / Diamond / Emerald / Fluorite / Garnet / Hematite / Herkimer Diamond / Labradorite / Lapis Lazuli / Malachite / Moonstone / Obsidian / Opal / Pyrite / Quartz (Rock Crystal) / Rose Quartz / Ruby / Selenite / Seraphinite / Silver and Gold / Smoky Quartz / Sodalite / Sunstone / Thunderegg / Tree Agate / Zebra Marble
Wisdom and Inspiration:
Articles and Stories about Witchcraft:
Murdered by Witchcraft / The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / A Battleship, U-boat, and a Witch / The Troll-Tear (A story for Children) / Goody Hawkins - The Wise Goodwife / The Story of Jack-O-Lantern / The Murder of the Hammersmith Ghost / Josephine Gray (The Infamous Black Widow) / The Two Brothers - Light and Dark
Old Masters of Academia:
(Ancient, Past and Present)
(Departed Pagan Pioneers, Founders, Elders and Others)
Abramelin the Mage / Agrippa / Aidan A Kelly / Albertus Magnus - “Albert the Great” / Aleister Crowley - “The Great Beast” / Alex Sanders - “King of the Witches” / Alison Harlow / Amber K / Anna Franklin / Anodea Judith / Anton Szandor LaVey / Arnold Crowther / Arthur Edward Waite / Austin Osman Spare / Biddy Early / Bridget Cleary - The Fairy Witch of Clonmel / Carl " Llewellyn" Weschcke / Cecil Hugh Williamson / Charles Godfrey Leland / Charles Walton / Christina Oakley Harrington / Damh the Bard - "Dave Smith" / Dion Fortune / Dolores Aschroft-Nowicki / Doreen Valiente / Dorothy Morrison / Dr. John Dee & Edward Kelly / Dr. Leo Louis Martello / Edward Fitch / Eleanor Ray Bone - “Matriarch of British Witchcraft” / Eliphas Levi / Ernest Thompson Seton / Ernest Westlake / Fiona Horne / Friedrich von Spee / Francis Barrett / Gavin and Yvonne Frost and the School and Church of Wicca / Gerald B. Gardner - The father of contemporary Witchcraft / Gwydion Pendderwen / Hans Holzer / Helen Duncan / Herman Slater - Horrible Herman / Isaac Bonewits / Israel Regardie / James "Cunning" Murrell - The Master of Witches / Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone / Jessie Wicker Bell - “Lady Sheba” / Johannes Junius - "The Burgomaster of Bamberg" / John Belham-Payne / John George Hohman - "Pow-wow" / John Gerard / John Gordon Hargrave and the Kibbo Kith Kindred / John Michael Greer / John Score / Joseph John Campbell / Karl von Eckartshausen / Laurie Cabot - "the Official Witch of Salem" / Lewis Spence / Margaret Alice Murray / Margot Adler / Marie Laveau - " the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans" / Marion Weinstein / Matthew Hopkins - “The Witch-Finder General” / Max Ehrmann and the "Desiderata" / Monique Wilson / Montague Summers / Nicholas Culpeper / Nicholas Remy / M. R. Sellars / Mrs. Maud Grieve - "A Modern Herbal" / Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and Morning Glory / Old Dorothy Clutterbuck / Old George Pickingill / Paddy Slade / Pamela Colman-Smith / Paracelsus / Patricia Crowther / Patricia Monaghan / Patricia “Trish” Telesco / Philip Heselton / Raymond Buckland / Reginald Scot / Robert Cochrane / Robert ‘von Ranke’ Graves and the "The White Goddess" / Rosaleen Norton - “The Witch of Kings Cross” / Ross Nichols and the " Order of Bards, Ovates & Druids" (OBOD) / Rudolf Steiner / Sabrina Underwood - "The Ink Witch" / Scott Cunningham / Selena Fox - founder of "Circle Sanctuary" / Silver Ravenwolf / Sir Francis Dashwood / Sir James George Frazer and the " The Golden Bough" / S.L. MacGregor Mathers and the “Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn” / Starhawk / Stewart Farrar / Sybil Leek / Ted Andrews / The Mather Family - (includes: Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather ) / Thomas Ady / T. Thorn Coyle / Vera Chapman / Victor & Cora Anderson and the " Feri Tradition" / Vivianne Crowley / Walter Brown Gibson / William Butler Yeats / Zsuzsanna Budapest /
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