⛤Okay, so I have been wanting to put out a post about pendulums based on how I was taught to use them by my aunt, a long-time pendulum diviner and dowser. This post is based solely on our traditions and beliefs. I am NOT telling anyone that this is the one and only way to work with pendulums. Please do what works for you. If these methods suit you, fantastic! If not, it’s okay. Alright, buckle your seat belts ‘cause here we go.
⛤So, you want to use a pendulum. Cool! First you have to get one. There are several ways to obtain a pendulum. You can buy one from a specialty shop (many new age and crystal shops sell them). You can buy one online from places like Etsy, Ebay, and other places. You can even make one. All you need is a string or chain and something to hang from it. It can be as simple as a needle stuck in a cork hanging from some thread (as my great grandmother did). You can also use a piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or a lanyard as a pendulum. Find, make or buy one that is suitable for you.
⛤Now that you have a pendulum, it’s time to clear/charge it. A very important step when using a pendulum is to cleanse it, especially if you bought one. A pendulum in a store, even an online store, has been touched by many people. People have probably touched it to look at it, shop employees have probably touched it when they were putting out to be bought. The seller from an online shop has certainly touched it. All of these people touching the pendulum that you just bought have left residual energies on it. These energies can affect the accuracy of the pendulum. So, you have to cleanse it. I recommend you cleanse your pendulum the same way you do any of your magickal tools. If it’s made from a crystal, you can cleanse it the same way you cleanse your crystals. If you don’t know how to cleanse your pendulum, I was taught to start with a prayer/incantation/chant. Write one that explains your intention just like you would to write a spell. Be specific in your writing. If you want to work with your spirit guides, say that. If you want to work with your higher self, say that. Be specific in the kind of spirits you want to work with. Do you want to work with ancestors? Spirit animals? Etc. If you want to work spirits aligned with light, be specific on the type of light. Anyway, after you have your prayer/incantation/chant written down, you can begin to cleanse your pendulum. The cleansing ritual/ceremony/process can be a elaborate as you deem fit. When I cleansed mine, I didn’t go very elaborate, but if you need to go for it. There are several ways you can use to cleanse your pendulum. 1st, smoke cleansing. Just as you would use sage to cleanse a room, you can use it to cleanse your pendulum. Light a bundle of dried sage, or sage incense. Pass your pendulum through the smoke and say your prayer/incantation/chant. Do this for as long as you think is necessary. 2nd, visualization. Hold your pendulum in your hand and visualize it being surrounded by a brilliant white light. Focus on the residual energies being driven away and cleansed from your pendulum. Say your prayer/incantation/chant while you do your visualization. I used this method to cleanse my pendulum. I visualized putting the pendulum in a stream of white light and letting the light flow over it like water, cleansing away the residual energies. 3rd, if your pendulum is made of crystal, any crystal cleansing techniques will work to cleanse it (i.e. burying it, putting it in running water, burying in salt, putting it with cleansing crystals, such as clear quartz and selenite, etc.). If you made your pendulum, you might not have to worry so much about cleansing and charging it because you made it and it’s already aligned with your energy. However, if you bought your pendulum, after you have cleansed it you need to charge it with your energy. You can do this by carrying it around with you in your pocket and asking small, mundane questions. (I’ll explain this more later)
⛤Now you have a cleansed and charged pendulum. What’s next? Well, you need to program it. By programming, I mean you need to establish how your pendulum will work for you. This includes deciding how you want your pendulum to move based on certain responses to your questions. Now, I have seen many posts and read several books that say that you are supposed to ask the pendulum to show you how it will move for yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, etc. I was taught that you shouldn’t do this because it opens you up for potentially dangerous situations and it sets the precedent that the pendulum or the spirits communicating through the pendulum are in control. I was taught that this is potentially dangerous. I was also taught that this is your experience on this plane of existence. Because of that, you should be in control and do what you are comfortable with. The pendulum is a tool and the spirits communicating through it are guides that can only offer advice. Anyway, you should be the one who decides how the pendulum will move according to the different responses. My pendulum moves in a clockwise circle for “yes”, a counter-clockwise circle for “no”, back and forward for “maybe”, side to side for “I don’t know”, and it stays still for “please rephrase the question.” You can program your pendulum however makes you feel comfortable and however you will remember the meaning of the movements best. After all, what’s the point in asking a question if you can’t understand the answer?
Going back to charging the pendulum. Programming it actually goes into charging it. The more you use your pendulum, the more it becomes aligned to your energy. When you first start using your pendulum, begin by asking it mundane questions. Start with things that don’t have a significant impact on your life, such as what should a I eat for dessert, what color shoes should I wear, should I buy this thing. Simple stuff like that gets you used to your pendulum and it helps you remember your programming for it better. It also helps your pendulum become aligned with your energy and makes the responses more accurate.
⛤Using a pendulum is a great way to get advice on decisions you’re indecisive about. It’s also a wonderful tool for communicating with your spirit guides and companions.
⛥As you get more accustomed to using your pendulum, you can do other things with it. You can create charts to help you get more in depth information. For example, you can make a time table to help organize your tasks for the day. You can make a list of activities to do and when you are bored or don’t know what to do next, ask your pendulum. My aunt did this a lot with her kids. They would want to go outside to play and she would want them to do homework. She would dowse (ask her pendulum) on it and whatever the pendulum said is usually* what they did. Additionally, you can use your pendulum for spirit work. You can make a letter board (like a ouija board) and communicate with spirits. You can also use pendulum for Reiki work, using it to find blockages in the chakras. The list goes on and on.
I put an * next to “usually” in my little anecdote because as I said earlier, this is your experience on this plane of existence. Your pendulum and the spirits communicating through it can only offer advice. You have the ability to either listen to what your pendulum advises or not. That being said, in my experience the pendulum is usually right.
⛤Anyway, I know that was a super long winded post about pendulums. I hope you find the information useful. If using pendulums is something you want to do, go for it! I absolutely LOVE mine and I am so happy I had someone in my life who could teach me about them!
Thank you and blessed be,
Anne Sage 🌻🌼
⛤Also: a good exercise to do with pendulums is to have two, one in each hand, and see if you can get them both to move in harmony with each other. This will show any weak energy flow in your body. It’s a good way to help build up that flow and make it stronger. I, personally, have to work on this with my right hand because it is significantly weaker than my left.
💐Morning Glory is a plant that can be used in binding rituals and attraction rituals- note the heart-shaped leaves and let your witchy intiuition guide you~
💐Morning Glory can also be used for luck, success, and reportedly for rituals involving transformation and insight, including to the spirit world.
💐 Its not unheard of to plant morning glory and moon flower next to eachother, and has been suggested that the two combined give a space a sense of balance.
💀 Be Aware- morning glory is reported toxic. Use with caution.
💀 Be Aware- this vine grows like mad. It can take over a garden if not properly trimmed, and may choke out other plants.
~~ as always, research before using any plants youre unfamiliar with~~
Amid the hustle and bustle of the kitchen at Marcel’s, a fine dining restaurant in Washington, D.C., one member of the staff is immune to the noise. It’s David Uzzell, the 28-year-old saucier responsible for such delicacies as pan-seared foie gras or mushroom mornay sauce.
Uzzell is a deaf chef — a rarity in the vast majority of restaurant kitchens. When chef and owner Robert Wiedmaier needs to get Uzzell’s attention while expediting during dinner service, he pokes him in the shoulder.
“David gets poked a lot,” says Wiedmaier. “There might be a dent in his shoulder from my finger by now.”
It’s not all poking, according to Uzzell. “We’ve come up with some workarounds,” he says — or writes, using one of the many notepads that are permanently kept at his station to help with more lengthy communications. Having completely lost his hearing by the time he was a year old, Uzzell is used to having to figure out how to communicate to a hearing audience.
“I’ve never seen somebody text so fast,” says Wiedmaier.
Photo: Kristen Hartke for NPR Caption: David Uzzell at work in the kitchen at Marcel’s. Uzzell has a written list of daily tasks from chef and owner Robert Wiedmaier at his station, and his ever-present notepad and pencil on the shelf above serves as communication tools for more specific instructions.
lets get personal: send me a number 1: 6 of the songs you listen to most? 2: If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be? 3: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17. 4: What do you think about most? 5: What does your latest text message from someone else say? 6: Do you sleep with or without clothes on? 7: What’s your strangest talent? 8: Girls… (finish the sentence); Boys… (finish the sentence) 9: Ever had a poem or song written about you? 10: When is the last time you played the air guitar? 11: Do you have any strange phobias? 12: Ever stuck a foreign object up your nose? 13: What’s your religion? 14: If you are outside, what are you most likely doing? 15: Do you prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it? 16: Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band? 17: What was the last lie you told? 18: Do you believe in karma? 19: What does your URL mean? 20: What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength? 21: Who is your celebrity crush? 22: Have you ever gone skinny dipping? 23: How do you vent your anger? 24: Do you have a collection of anything? 25: Do you prefer talking on the phone or video chatting online? 26: Are you happy with the person you’ve become? 27: What’s a sound you hate; sound you love? 28: What’s your biggest “what if”? 29: Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens? 30: Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm. 31: Smell the air. What do you smell? 32: What’s the worst place you have ever been to? 33: Choose: East Coast or West Coast? 34: Most attractive singer of your opposite gender? 35: To you, what is the meaning of life? 36: Define Art. 37: Do you believe in luck? 38: What’s the weather like right now? 39: What time is it? 40: Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed? 41: What was the last book you read? 42: Do you like the smell of gasoline? 43: Do you have any nicknames? 44: What was the last film you saw? 45: What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had? 46: Have you ever caught a butterfly? 47: Do you have any obsessions right now? 48: What’s your sexual orientation? 49: Ever had a rumour spread about you? 50: Do you believe in magic? 51: Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong? 52: What is your astrological sign? 53: Do you save money or spend it? 54: What’s the last thing you purchased? 55: Love or lust? 56: In a relationship? 57: How many relationships have you had? 58: Can you touch your nose with your tongue? 59: Where were you yesterday? 60: Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you? 61: Are you wearing socks right now? 62: What’s your favourite animal? 63: What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you? 64: Where is your best friend? 65: Give me your top 5 favourite blogs on Tumblr. 66: What is your heritage? 67: What were you doing last night at 12AM? 68: What do you think is Satan’s last name? 69: Biggest turn ons? 70: Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend? 71: You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do? 72: You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid? 73: You can only have one of these things; trust or love. 74: What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it? 75: What are the last four digits in your cell phone number? 76: In your opinion, what makes a great relationship? 77: How can I win your heart? 78: Can insanity bring on more creativity? 79: What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far? 80: What size shoes do you wear? 81: What would you want to be written on your tombstone? 82: What is your favourite word? 83: Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word; heart. 84: What is a saying you say a lot? 85: What’s the last song you listened to? 86: Basic question; what’s your favourite colour/colours? 87: What is your current desktop picture? 88: If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be? 89: What would be a question you’d be afraid to tell the truth on? 90: Turn offs? 91: You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power? 92: where are your parents from? 93: You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be? 94: You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who would it be? 95: You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go? 96: Do you have any relatives in jail? 97: Have you ever thrown up in the car? 98: Ever been on a plane? 99: If the whole world were listening to you right now, what would you say