In the worlds of witchcraft, one of the most
widespread acts of magick that ancient peoples have developed is that of dowsing.
Dowsing, also known as divining, is the act of using non-empirical or magickal
methods to locate a hidden or unknown object. Arguably the most famous of these
is dowsing for hidden water, often known as waterwitching.
Waterwitching is a simple enough skill to
learn, but a very hard skill to master. There are many different methods that
vary between cultures and traditions; the most popular method of waterwitching
is the Y-rod method, where a Y-shaped stick of hazel wood is supported
in the hands and will rotate impressively when you pass over a source of water.
However, other methods are also used, such as the pendulum method, or my
own personal favourite, the L-rod method, which is what I will be
What tools do I need to learn the L-rod
The most basic tool in the L-rod method of
waterwitching is, of course, the rod itself. An L-rod is simply a long piece of
moderately thick metal wire or thin solid metal tubing, bent into an L-shape.
They’re used in pairs to locate water, and it’s best if the two rods are as
close to identical as you can get them! The rods themselves can be constructed
from a wide variety of items; personally, I often use a wire coat-hanger that
I’ve bent into shape, then snapped off into two L-shaped rods using
bolt-cutters. However, it’s also perfectly possible to use things like paperclips
or bobby pins, which I’ve also used to great success in the past, and I’ve even
heard of people making them out of the copper stripped from copper wires! I’ve
never tried this method, but it’s certainly intriguing!
Other tools that can be used include thin
tubes of bamboo, or biro pens with the ink-tube removed to make a hollow
cylinder. These can be used as “holders” for your rods, making it
easier to swing them. The method requires that the rods have full freedom to
move as they desire, and so using a rod holder to separate them from your hands
can prevent your skin making them “stick” - a very useful thing for a
Where did waterwitching come from?
The actual methods of waterwitching, no
matter their derivations, are notoriously difficult to learn from words alone.
Waterwitching is a very ancient art, that certainly predates written language
and might even predate the Neolithic era, during which humans stopped being
hunter-gatherers. It is one of the oldest forms of magick known to exist, and
ancient cave paintings from over 8,000 years ago demonstrate people using early
forms of dowsing and divining, including waterwitching. As such, they are
mostly learnt by physically learning from a teacher, and so whilst I can try to
help you with a guide and instructional booklet, I cannot teach you everything
you need to know. Find a teacher, ask them to give you advice on becoming a
waterwitcher, and learn from them!
How can I do it?
To answer that question, first I recommend
you get a few glasses of water! You’ll want to practice by seeing the water
beneath you, and watching how the rods move as they pass over it. Later, you’ll
be able to use this to identify when you are passing over water that you cannot
Take the L-rods in your hands, one in each.
Hold your hands, thumbs skyward, very, very loosely gripping the short arm of
the L-rods. You want the rod’s long arm to project out in front of you, and it
should be so loosely held that it can swing almost as freely as it wants to. If
you need a little hand here, try using one of the holders I recommended to
reduce friction. Keep one hand about an inch higher than the other, because you
want to make sure the rods can swing over/under each other if they need to.
Bring your hands together, so that the long
arms of the rods are about half a long arm’s length away from each other. The
rods should be swinging fairly freely now, but tilt your hands just a tiny bit
so that they hang roughly straight ahead of you. This is their “resting”
position, and it’s what they look like when you’re NOT standing over water.
Now, move your hands together until the rods
are over one of the glasses of water. As the rods swing over it, you’ll notice
that they begin to swing together, crossing over to form an “X” shape
as they do so directly over the water! Well done, you’ve “found” the
water! Do this over a few other glasses until you get the hang of it, and then
go out into your street or garden and start looking for places where the rods
keep crossing in a line. This is a water mains pipeline, and it’s a great
example of one of the things that can be targeted by dowsing!
This is a really fun skill to teach kids, and
if you use the paperclip rods method you can give all your kids their own
dowsing rods, then bury jars of water in a sand pit or sandbox and have a race
for “who can find the most water in one minute” for example. I’ve had
hours of fun watching my baby nieces and nephews running around looking for
water, and because the paperclips are so thin they’ll bend if they trip over,
so they’re safer than coat hangers for little hands (though do make sure
everyone wears safety glasses!)
Blessed be to all my wonderful followers, and
Actor Jack in a musical theatre production of Davey's book..? Maybe..? Xxxxxx
Tah dah! This went in an… interesting direction. Everything I know about auditioning for musicals comes from Smash. So sorry about that :’)
As soon as Jack walked into the casting room, Davey’s
suddenly found himself paying attention. After seeing person after person,
almost identical auditions, he’d been so close to falling asleep. It wasn’t
necessary a reflection of the quality of the men auditioning but he knew he
didn’t get much of a say in who eventually got cast in the role. He was there
to suggest, to watch, and to leave the important details to the professionals.
But then he looked up and found Jack stood in the middle of the room, cocky
when everyone else had been nervous. He’d have noticed him even if he hadn’t
met him before. But he had. The night before. And that morning.