Working with Pendulums
I got my first pendulum several years ago, before I actually knew what it was or what to do with it. I was in a gemstone shop and saw them hanging there, and felt pulled towards them. While I really didn't know much about them, I was intrigued and wound up selecting a rose quartz one to bring home with me. The amazing thing was that I knew what to do with it naturally and found myself using it in the shop following my intuition. I decided to bring one home with me that day and then proceeded to sign up for a class on pendulums at Sacred Mists. I all but fell over when in the first lessons I was instructed to handle the pendulum the way I had done naturally in the shop. The pendulum is definitely the divination tool that I am the most comfortable with. My collection has now expanded to include several different pendulums, one for medium work, one for tarot, one for healing, and one for my everyday use. They always seem to find me. :))))
Pendulums are an amazing divination tool. The trick to them is to try to clear your mind before you do it and will want to ground and center before picking one up. They come in all different shapes sizes and colors and materials. When choosing a pendulum to work with, you want to select one that feels comfortable for you. I started out with a rose quartz pendulum and currently I work with a rainbow moonstone one, among many others. Once you find one that you want to use you can start with basic questions.
1. Show me yes (swings in a clockwise circle)
2. Show me know (swings back and forth from left to right)
3. Show me I don't know or unclear (swings in a circle counter clockwise)
4. Show me maybe. (swings back and forth from top to bottom)
While I find most people use this method of interpretation, it is not uncommon to have it vary, and thus some of you may find your get different results. Go with what feels right to you always. :)) Whenever I start a session with my pendulum I start with the four questions above. Make sure you always ask for permission to work with it before beginning any session. This is important, because your guides know you best, and if they feel you should not be using divination on that day, they will let you know at this point by telling you no. If this happens, honor their request, and give it a day before trying again. It always makes me laugh when this happens, as they know me better than I do, and after receiving my no, I usually will understand why immediately. As for the accuracy of a pendulum, for me it has had me convinced because I will disagree with it at times and then it winds up being right. :) I always love proof and I believe my guides like that.
Not only are pendulums wonderful for divination but they also can be helpful to use in healing. They can help to indicate issues with chakras, help you to find where an illness originates etc. The more you work with it the more it can do for you.
I've also found that empaths and highly sensitive people seem to have a natural affinity for pendulums. I've seen a lot of people try them and either have no luck at all, or it take quite some time for them to get results so don't get discouraged. With empaths the biggest trick is just to clear your mind. It's easier to start with questions that are not personal to you as well until you get the swing of it. When emotions get involved it can be difficult to get it to read correctly, your energy can mix with the divine energy and wind up with a mixed reading. If you've never tried one I definitely recommend picking one up! :))))
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