Dowsing is best known for its ability to find water and other missing objects, rather like a psychic metal detector.  Dowsing is popularly portrayed as a forked stick, with the dowser holding the forked end of the stick, the other end of the stick being pulled downwards, upwards, or in another direction as the dowser walks over or near the sought-for object.   Dowsing also seems to be one of the most widely accepted forms of divination. (I have heard a story of one person, working for a local water company, who used dowsing rods instead of high-tech equipment to locate a broken waterpipe underground.)  Here, however, dowsing rods will be discussed.

The dowsing rods shown in this picture are made of copper pipe, end caps, and a bent piece of copper wire going through a hole in one end of the handle.  All of these pieces can be found in a hardware store, or dowsing rods can usually be purchased at your local magick shop.

General measurements for the ones shown in the picture are:
Copper pipe, 2 pieces:  145mm X 16mm
Copper end pieces, 4 pieces: sized to fit copper pipe
Copper wire, slightly thicker than coathanger: 18 inches; longer end is approx 12 inches
Punch hole in one end cap per dowsing rod and assemble as shown. (Don't punch a hole in the bottom end cap!)

There are many variations and ways one can manufacture these, this type seems to work well for me.

Before using, cleanse the rods by smudging (using incense), praying to your favorite diety, blessing them, or whatever method works best for you.  The idea is not to let anything harmful influence the rods.

Hold the dowsing rods about shoulder length apart, and do not grip tightly.  Relax your arms and just hold them as it feels appropriate.  Dowsing rods are usually used in pairs.  Using only one rod is possible, though not as effective.

As with a pendulum, dowsing rods can also be used to answer yes or no questions, but test to make sure which is which.  Ask "Show me Yes", and the rods should point in one way (mine tend to cross over each other, forming an X).  Do the same for "Show me No".  This test is also good to perform before searching for objects, to make sure the dowsing rods are responding to you.

To find something, just start walking.  Try a few times, perhaps with a bowl of water nearby, and walk past it with the intention of finding water. The rods may point towards it as you walk past, indiicating that you should change direction and walk in the direction the rods are pointing.  Work with them, with practice you should be able to interpret what they are trying to tell you.

After a while, the dowsing rods may stop indicating proper direction or swing randomly.  I have found that there is an excess of energy around the rods at this time, and they may need to be cleansed again or put away for another time.  Again, just do what feels appropriate.

Other fun things to do with dowsing rods:
Aura checking:  walk towards a person, the rods should swing outwards at the boundary of the aura.
Chakra checking: move the rods toward the chakra, an active chakra's energy should push the rods outwards; an inactive chakra may do nothing or pull the rods towards it.

Caution: be careful not to poke people in the eye! :)

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