Otherkin Pendulum Readings
I have noticed this trend recently and am tired of it but am not experienced with magic enough to articulate why they are bad so I asked 74 aka tumblr user @makkthree to help explain this. Their words are below:
“On the new trend of pendulum readings to divine fictionkin identities for others:
The first thing you [the people reading this post] need to know, is that we are not claiming that divination is invalid, or entirely fraudulent. Divination is a large and varied field of expertise, using many different methods to discover information. Most people think of divination as ‘telling the future’ but you can also use it to discover things about the past, about the present (‘where did i leave my house key?’) And about yourself. Each intention with divination is generally better fulfilled by a different method. Some methods are suited for specific purposes, just as some people are better suited to certain forms of divination.
Pendulum readings, as an area of divination, also have certain things they are better suited to tell you than others. Pendulum readings are good for finding lost things, for making decisions, and for divining information about your past - such as kin identity.
But they are only really effective to the person doing the reading. Pendulums are controlled mainly by your subconscious. That’s not to say there is no magic involved in this form of divination, just that the magic pulls information from the recesses of your mind to influence the sway of the pendulum. In this way, pendulum readings are a wonderful tool in assisting with self-discovery, or personal dilemmas.
Being otherkin, being fictionkin, is a very personal thing. This is your identity, your past, your personal belief system. Being otherkin is all about self-discovery. Its about delving into the past, into your mind and spirit, to discover who you were, in an attempt to define who you are
So, you have pendulum reading, which is only truly effective on a personal scale and excels at self-discovery, and you have otherkin(ness?), which is a deeply personal form of self-discovery.
So what’s the problem?
The real issue with pendulum readings for kintypes is when you get into those blogs who perform these readings as a service. People send in asks, 'am i kin with natsu from ft or tanaka from hq?’ and get a response from the blog 'my pendulum says you are kin with both!’ or 'my pendulum says you are kin with tanaka, but not natsu’. And… that isn’t how it works. Pendulum readings are influenced by your subconscious. They draw on hidden or unacknowledged facts and opinions, they are affected by your feelings.
A pendulum cannot take into account your situation, your past, feelings, subconscious, etcetera, if you are not the one using it.
So how would a pendulum reading be effective to answer a question that is heavily personal, from a stranger, most likely sent on anonymous? The mod of such a blog cannot give accurate answers, and may inadvertently influence the results based on their opinion of the potential kintypes involved. Thats just the nature of pendulum readings.
Pendulum readings have their place. I personally used my pendulum often before it was lost in a fire, and it was enormously helpful to me. But telling others, telling strangers, who they are or who they were, is not the place of a pendulum reading.
In the end, being otherkin or fictionkin is a deeply personal journey, one of self-discovery, growth, and learning from the past. You may reunite with people you knew from a past life, or go your whole life without finding canonmates, but while those things are significant socially, your identity as otherkin is about you. At the end of the day, your canonmates that you may or may not have found have little to no bearing on who you are as a person - your identity does. You have to learn about yourself and your past to form a cohesive concept of who you are currently, and to make informed decisions about who you want to be in the future. Otherkin is many things, but at the end of the day, it is discovery, self-reflection, identity, and a journey. There are tools to help, but there are no convenient shortcuts, no matter how enticing they sound.”
All I would like to add is that I consider anyone who tries to tell someone that they are kin of someone/something in any context is toxic. Telling someone they remind you of something/someone or providing them validation that they requested is one thing, but telling someone “You are this person/thing you do not currently identify as because of x reason” is toxic. Even if you do claim to know using magic, that person has no way of knowing that you are not trying to manipulate them. Cut that shit out.
I would also like to link this article on the ideomotor phenomenon that explains why pendulum readings do not really work beyond questions aimed at the holder’s subconcious.