What is Dowsing?

Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals or ores, gemstones, oilgravesites, and many other objects and materials without the use of scientific apparatus.


Dowsing in general is also known as divining, doodle-bugging (oil, water), water witching or dowsing. There are many ways of dowsing from using your fingers or body to using various tools such as a diving rod, L-rods,Y-rods, pendulum, or bobbers.  There are probably others in family lines or other history, but they all pretty much do the same thing.  The idea is to pick up the energy of an object or from a source.

People have been diving for centuries and in fact the practice is alive and well today.  I have even seen the power, water and electric people divining to find the lines underground.  There are professional services available just by Googling or checking your local phone book.

So let’s look at a few of the various tools and ways of dowsing:

Finger dowsing is a form of muscle testing that uses the body without any other tools, through a series of movements and different levels of pressure to discover an answer.  I personally, finger dowse as my main divining source.  I speak with Spirit; locate things, whatever I need through finger dowsing.  If you ever see me and my fingers are going fast in what appears to be some secret language, I am probably dowsing and conversing with spirit to seek answers on a situation.  Feel free to come over and ask me about it, I am happy to explain.

Y- rods / diving rods / Witching rods are a Y-shaped stick, traditionally Willow, but could be copper, or another wood.  The two arms of the Y are held loosely and the straight part is positioned in an upward placement.  You walk around an environment until the straight part moves down of its own accord to “point” out the location of your water source or other item you are looking for.  Water Witching as it is often known as is an old tradition and is used in many parts of the world.  It is still widely used today to locate underground water sources and to dig wells.

L-Rods are 2 L-shaped copper or metal rods with usually plastic coverings where you hold them so they can swing freely.  You walk around a property holding them and when the rods cross over, creating an, “X” that is where your source is.  I always have problems with these; one of them always immediately turns toward me and stays pointing at me the whole time.  My energy is disruptive to their process so I don’t use them.

Bobbers are a long metal rod with a handle on one end and a spiral on the other.  They bob or swing in various directions when you are at your located item.

Pendulums are a weight on a string of some type that you program and work with to locate things or energies.  The pendulum can swing in circles, up, down, side to side, any number of ways, the directions dependent on the user as well as the programming.

This is a basic rundown of dowsing and the various tools.  With all forms of divination, the key is to be grounded, clear in your energy and intent, focus on purpose, and allow the energy to flow in the partnership between you and your tool.  Try it, it’s pretty cool.

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