What is a Pendulum?
The Pendulum is one of the most commonly used tools in modern witchcraft practice. The pendulum is a very simple tool and one that lets the user tune in to their intuitive powers. The pendulum acts as a receiver and transmitter of information, and moves in different ways in response to questions.
What is it used for?
In it's most basic form it is usually used for answering simple questions. The pendulum responds better to questions where there are ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. When you’re starting out and practising, try asking simple questions, like,’ Is today Monday?’, ‘Is my Dad's name James?’ or ‘Do I live in the UK?’. This will help you get a better grip of how your pendulum responds and help you gain more confidence in using it.
Pendulums and maps can also be used to find things. This was often seen in the TV series "Charmed" when a group of Witches used to find missing people by holding the pendulum over a map and see what part of the map the pendulum seemed to be drawn too. I should note that in the series mentioned above the pendulum had a dramatic tendency to fly out of the Witches had and stick to the map, whereas in real life this often tends not to happen.
Types of Pendulum
Pendulums come in many different forms and can be made from different materials, but the most common types are those made from crystals.
Alternatively, you can try to make your own pendulum by using string and trying a heavy object on the end (mind you, not too heavy!) One easy DIY pendulum can be made by using the string of a tea bag and tying a simple glass bead on the end.
Where does the information come from?
The Pendulum is generally considered to work on the "ideomotor response" principle (much like the Ouija Board). It is impossible for a person to remain completely still, therefore ever person even when trying to remain still will move a tiny amount. These tiny movements may not be very noticeable but are still strong enough to affect something you are dangling from a chain.
Although we know it is in fact the person moving the pendulum, this doesn't not mean they are doing it intentionally as involuntary movements are controlled by the unconscious mind.
The unconscious mind is responsible for controlling all the functions of the body we don't consciously think about, such as heart beat.
Psychic ability and more specifically channelling is said to come from the unconscious mind, in fact many magical practitioners say it is the unconscious mind which is responsible for our magic. If this is in fact true then it is safe to assume the tiny movements which control which way the pendulum swings could becoming from another source.
Many believe that spirits control the pendulum through you and through your hand. Others believe that it is not spirits which give the information but that humans are picking up the information from some kind of other worldly database or library which contains all knowledge (Akashic records).
How to use the Pendulum
Step one: Center yourself. You can do this by simply breathing with the intention of letting the stress out.
Step two: Connect to the pendulum. Sit with your pendulum. Find a comfortable place for you to sit and begin to relax as much and you can. Hold the pendulum in your hand. Take a look at it. Respect it.
Step three: Establish a connection and identify your "Yes" and "No." You need to learn what your body's "yes" and "no" responses are. To establish this quickly, hold the pendulum 6 - 8 inches above the palm of your hand. Begin to ask simple yes/no questions that you know the answers to and see what the responses are. I like to say "My name is..." Take note of what happens for each response.
Step four: Ask your questions. This is the easy part, but you must keep in mind that the pendulum can only answer simple yes/no questions. If you ask something that isn't directly a yes or no, your answer won't be clear.
Buying Your First Pendulum
If you don't want to make your own pendulum then buy one, at the end of the day it's just a tool and the real magic comes from you.
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Where Did Psycards Come from?
The Psycards System was created in the 1980’s by Nick Hobson and Maggie Kneen. It was much influenced by Carl Gustav Jung, the great psychotherapist, by fairy stories and the arts of the Celts. Within Psycards are 40 cards. The images mirror the human heart. The Body, Home, Mother, and Father evoke symbols that are meaningful for all people round the world. Unconscious promptings remind an individual what aspects of the psyche should develop. There are 5 pointer cards (Inquirer, Yes, No, Now Never) helps guide a person to make an important decision.
Psycards are for divination and self development. There are three books written about Psycards.
Can You Use Psycards With Tarot Cards?
The short answer is Yes, there are a number of professional Tarot readers who combine tarot with Psycards for readings and there are also others who use Psycards for specific parts of readings instead of using the tarot, for example if the tarot reading highlights the client will have to make a choice then a psycard deck may be used to give a mini reading within the general reading to highlight the what may happen is a certain choice is made.
This can be done without having to reuse and reshuffle any of the tarot cards or detract from that specific reading.
Can You "Read For Yourself?
Yes, Psycards are actually really helpful when trying to decide which path to take. Many readers find the imagery useful when using cartomancy for making decisions.