Psychic readings can take many forms and psychics have a variety of tools at their disposal. Rune stones, Tarot cards and scrying glasses are just some of those that allow the reader to access their unconscious and tap into the vibrations generated by the subconscious mind of the querent. Readings can be as complex as you like, but there is one form of psychic communication that most readers are familiar with, because they will most likely have used it as the starting block from which to build their skills - the use of the pendulum.
Why use a pendulum?
Pendulum readings are clear and precise. With the questioner asking questions that can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’, there is no room for the luxury of interpretation. Most psychics begin with pendulum readings, as they require little or no training or experience yet can reap surprising results. The pendulum stone itself can be made from virtually any stone or crystal, although it tends to have some association for the reader. To give greater accuracy, many of these stones are cut in geometric shapes or are smoothed down to a conical shape. The pendulum is suspended at one end, by a piece of string, a thread or even a chain and questions are then asked of it.
However, despite its rudimentary attraction, pendulum readings are not quite as simple as they sound. In essence, the pendulum acts as an amplifier for the reader’s subconscious. As the subconscious mind generates energies, these travel along the string and cause the stone to circle in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. Usually clockwise is taken to mean ‘yes’, while anticlockwise denotes a negative response.
However, there are more sophisticated methods of response. Some readers build up ‘answer boards,’ much like Ouija boards, over which the pendulum is held. Taking the stone closer to a particular answer will generate a particular response, allowing a deeper method of communication.
Using a pendulum
Pendulum readings are perfect for those wanting to test their abilities. Pendulums are discreet, convenient and can be carried virtually anywhere – particularly if they are worn as jewellery. If you think you would like to try it for yourself, then there are a few things you might like to consider.
Acquiring your pendulum
On a practical level, the stone you choose should have some weight to it - enough that it can swing freely, but not so much that it becomes a chore to hold it up. Stones and crystals come in a variety of shapes, and the simple rule is to choose the one that appeals to you most. Some crystals are attributed with particular properties, so you may want to research which stones possess the ones that are most applicable to you, or even just plump for your birthstone. However, intuition is a huge part of choosing your pendulum. If the stone that catches your attention flies in the face of all the rules, then that is the one you should have. After all, the stone is going to be used as a conduit for your subconscious and it may be that your subconscious is letting you know which crystal it feels more at home with. You’ll also need something to hang it from. Without a chain or string, your pendulum is nothing more than a stone.
Cleansing psychic energies
While your new pendulum has been sat on a shop shelf, it has gathered more than just a layer of dust! During its time, it will have absorbed a variety of energies, perhaps from arguments, attempted thefts or even reconciliations. So before you begin a reading you will have to cleanse your pendulum of all the energies therein, so that they don’t contaminate any psychic links you make in the future. There are various ways to cleanse a crystal of psychic residue, but the generally-practiced ones are:
● placing the crystal in a dish of sea salt overnight
● burying the crystal under the roots of a plant and leaving it there for at least 48 hours
● washing it under hot and then cold water, at least three times
Once you are satisfied that your pendulum is clean, you need to ‘program’ it. This is merely the process of ensuring that you are linked to your stone and that it will work for you. All you need do is sit somewhere quiet, sit with the pendulum in your hands and visualise your subconscious as a bright white light that pours into the stone. In addition to linking it to your psyche, you are also imbuing it with a psychic shield that will prevent any rogue negative energy from interfering with any readings you carry out. Once you have done this, suspend the pendulum by its chain and ask it to show you the sign for ‘yes.’ Do this a few times to check for consistency and then ask it to show you the sign for ‘no’. While most people report clockwise as meaning yes and anticlockwise as meaning the opposite, your pendulum will respond to you, so it may work the other way round or even come up with a few permutations of its own!
Getting into the swing of things
Conducting psychic readings with a pendulum does take a little practice, but you’ll soon get into the swing of things. During a reading, try to relax as much as possible and keep your mind focussed on the stone. You may want to use a friend to practice with or you may want to test yourself. As you get more used to the process, you will learn everything from the best way to hold your pendulum to the state of mind in which you get the best results. You may find it useful to take the time to cleanse your stone both before and after a reading; cleansing is a good habit to get into, as it will ensure that the answers your pendulum provides are not the result of energy clinging on from previous sessions. Once you are familiar with the basics, you might want to extend your repertoire and use your pendulum in other readings, such as those involving Tarot cards.