Selecting a Pendulum: Understanding the Differences

Isis Egyptian Brass Pendulums - small, large, super
Selecting a pendulum for yourself. Pictured: small, large and super Isis brass pendulums

I’m often asked by customers to help them choose a pendulum. With several types and styles of pendulums available pendulum selection is often confusing.

Choosing a pendulum is a fun experience but for others, it’s a guessing game. So you’re wondering, are there any hard and fast rules when selecting a pendulum?

Not really. But then again, it depends on who you ask.


Basic Teardrop Brass Pendulum
Tear Drop Brass Pendulum


I recommend selecting a pendulum you are attracted to. Everyone is different, so for me to say you should only start off with a specific pendulum is limited.
That being said, I often recommend the Basic Teardrop or Basic Triangle. These pendulums are not too large or too small. They are nicely weighted, have good movement and are inexpensive.


Searcher “Clear” Pendulum with witness chamber


When I first started out, my first pendulum was the Clear-View Searcher with a large witness chamber. However, I never used the witness chamber and although the pendulum moved fine, I felt the desire to try another pendulum and see how it felt compared to the Searcher. I have used most of the pendulums I sell on my site and there are ones I like and others not so much. Since a pendulum is a tool you’ll work with often it’s important the pendulum “feels good” when you’re using it.

The weight of a pendulum can be a determining factor. Heavier pendulums will take more energy to move but once they get going they give strong feedback. Lighter pendulums are easier to move and give a quicker response time. I prefer a lighter pendulum because when I’m asking many questions I like how quickly the pendulum moves on its axis from yes to no. I find small and light pendulums are not heavy enough and I don’t feel connected to the dowsing tool.

The shape of a pendulum can affect how it moves when in use. Depending on how you hold your hand when dowsing, a pendulum may not move in perfect circles. I prefer nice circles and I find some pendulums don’t do that because of the way I hold it when dowsing. But that’s me and that may not be your own experience.

Mer-Isis Egyptian Brass Pendulum
Mer-Isis Brass Pendulums


Although pendulums may be designed with a specific purpose, (i.e. the Mer-Isis is often used for healing) any pendulum can be used for any purpose. It is like choosing a wand in the Harry Potter movies. You should look for a pendulum that matches your personality, is consistent in movement, and communicates reliable information.

Many dowsers own one or more pendulums. When choosing another pendulum I often suggest they use their current pendulum and query what other style of pendulum is a suitable addition to their collection. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I carry two or three pendulums in my pendulum pouch. If I am not happy with the results, I switch pendulums. Sometimes it is not the pendulum that is the problem, it’s me.

The key thing to remember is the quality and reliability of the information one receives; so I’m less attached to a specific type of pendulum. If another pendulum isn’t working the way it should, I am not afraid to substitute it for another that feels better.

Basic Triangle (large, small) and Teardrop brass pendulums


If you are new to dowsing, the Basic Teardrop or Basic Triangle are good starting pendulums. As your ability grows, there is a good chance you will want to try other pendulums. By experience you will find that certain pendulums will work better for different types of dowsing assignments. But are there hard and fast rules? I say go with your inner voice and let experience be your teacher.

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