I get a lot of requests for teaching Tarot and about half of my students give up at some point! "There's too much memorization" or "I just can't make that connection to the cards" comes up quite a bit. And I tell ALL of my students; if you don't have a pendulum.. GET ONE!! Out of all divination tools, the pendulum HAS to be one of the simplest! There's no memorization needed of any kind. Heck, there's not very much training involved to get started! By the time you finish reading this, you should be more than ready to start using a pendulum!
Pendulums can be made out of a variety of materials, in a quick pinch you can use a necklace... I've used a piece of floss and a paperclip at work once! They can be extremely elaborate with crystals and beads or just as simple! There is an old wives tale of predicting an unborn babies sex by making a pendulum with taking a piece of the mother's hair and her wedding ring and holding it over the belly to see which way it swings! Pendulums can be seen throughout history and many cultures. I won't bore you with history though.. there's plenty of articles out there on it!
Choosing a pendulum is like any other magickal item you would use. There are quite a few you can buy from the internet... And that's very well fine and good since you'll be "programming" it with your energy anyways! But with any tool you use, sometimes it really can be best to have it in hand when you buy it! And as always, making it yourself makes it that much more YOURS!
You'll need to decide what type of pendulum you'd like. If you're just starting out, a plain metal one might be best so that you can get a feel of not only how the pendulum's energy is, but also how yours merges with it. If you've worked with crystals, you may choose one that resonates well with you. I have a few pendulums that I use. My primary one is citrine. I feel it just gives more more mental clarity and helps me form my questions better! When my focus is geared more towards utilizing the healing capabilities a pendulum has, I will use my clear and rose quartz! If I am looking into spirituality matters, an amethyst pendulum. Pendulums can be used for a whole lot more than just asking questions, I'll get to that in a few!
Once you have your pendulum, you'll need to cleanse and program it. Cleansing it can be as simple as holding it under cold, running water. Also, with crystal pendulums, sea salt rubbed on beforehand will help any negativity to "bond" to the salt and be washed away with the water! **Make sure if you use salt, your crystals won't react! IF you choose a metal pendulum, DO NOT USE SALT!! It may turn it black and won't look very pretty!** You will then want to spend a moment with your pendulum in simple meditation.
1. Find a comfy spot to sit, hold your pendulum cupped in your hands. Take a few deep breaths and as you inhale, feel yourself filling with pure white energy. Feel it coming through the top of your head.. you may experience it as a waterfall, with the energy flowing quickly; or the energy may also travel a little slower. I've had people say sometimes the energy they pull in feels more like hot fudge! Warm and thick! Everyone is different and that's OK! .. the energy will travel through you and out your feet into the Earth. Now visualize the energy coming from the Earth, back through your feet and to your heart (more the center of your body, but visualizing the heart area gives the same intent). This is a "meeting point" for energy and how ALL energy is directed. Feel the energy flow through your arms, out your hands, and into the pendulum.
2. You may want to ask that it only be used with pure intent or say a little chant to infuse your energy in. JUST REMEMBER: There really is no RIGHT or WRONG way to charge magickal tools! It's all dependent that our energy and our intentions are positive and aligned with our Higher Selves. The power and magick is always within the person, NOT THE TOOLS!!!
3. Figure out how your pendulum "talks". First ask it to show you a "yes". After it starts to move, ask "Is this a yes?". Then repeat for a "no". Most, but NOT all, will swing back and forth for a yes; and side to side for a no. When a pendulum doesn't know, or when you may need to re-phrase your question it can swing erratically in a circle. I've also had people tell me a yes is shown to them as clockwise circling, no as counter-clockwise circling, and re-phrase is back and forth! Your spirit will know what is right for you. Pick a few yes and no "test" questions that you know the answers to such as your name and age. It is important that you never try to force an answer. You may try asking your questions in a different manner if the answer you're getting doesn't make sense.. but trying to get an answer that you just WANT.. WON'T WORK! If you don't want to know the truth, don't ask a pendulum!!
When you begin to phrase your questions, it can be really easy to think something like "Will I find love?". Well this can be tough, because what if you just LOVE that limited edition ice-cream that you happened to buy today?? Or "Should I buy this house?". You could buy the house, but it might have an endless amount of problems that you might not have thought about asking about and the inspector might have missed! It's really important to make sure you are phrasing your question properly to get the answer you're really looking for! The more detailed, the better! Vague questions usually produce the same in answers.
If you intend to use your pendulum for healing you can have the person in front of you or use a picture of them. You will need to make sure you have permission from them to perform the healing!!
Pendulums can be used for a number of things! Finding a lost item, finding the perfect job or place to live... there are many different techniques that can be used! The main purpose is connection to your Higher Self which will always give you guidance in the direction you need to grow! You will need to cleanse and "re-charge" your pendulum periodically. To have the absolute BEST results always, keep your pendulum in a pyramid. Like all magickal tools, your pendulum will love soaking up the rays of the Full Moon!
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