We all have questions. Life is a series of questions. While sometimes it may seem as if there are no answers, if we allow time and a period of reflection for ourselves, the answers do come. The use of a pendulum and pendulum card are tools to help focus your innate ability to sense the culmination of our world’s energies. Here’s how.

Collect a pendulum and pendulum card, along with any other energetic tools, talismans, or amulets which you find helpful in supporting your intuition. You can improvise by making a pendulum with a ring suspended from a string. You can also create a simple divination card of your own using collage, painting, or sketching. Doing a quick search online for pendulum/divination cards will spark some ideas.

Have a specific question ready. Write it down. The most common questions humans have asked with the assistance of a pendulum include: Where are my lost keys, phone, ring, wallet? Am I having a boy or a girl? What’s the best date for my event? Questions may be as serious or light as you wish.

Set up an area for your ritual. Perhaps light a candle or incense. Be still. Close your eyes and relax your heart. Follow your breath for a short time as you center your mind upon the question.

When you feel settled and ready, open your eyes, take up your pendulum and hold the end of the chain between your thumb and center finger. Some like to use their non-dominant hand for divination. Others swear by use of the dominant hand. Follow your intuition. The choice is yours. With the crystal hanging from the chain, hold it about an inch above the lower edge or center of your pendulum card and close your eyes again for a moment. Breathe and repeat your question. Open your eyes and continue a steady breath and steady hand as you watch your pendulum.

Be open to the answer you may receive. Your pendulum will swing or circle on its own. This is a natural result of energy both within you and around you. You may feel the energy focused in your fingertips or hand. The place over which your pendulum swings or circles most denotes all or part of your answer. Create your pendulum card with simple yes and no response areas, or include letters, numbers, phases of the moon, months, and more!

• Under what moon will I meet someone special or new?
• On what date should I start a project, travel, take a retreat?
• What might be the initials of my next lover, spouse, friend?
• In what month will my circumstances change?

If your pendulum doesn’t swing or circle much or not at all, perhaps rephrase your question to make it more specific. Above all, approach your pendulum divination ritual with ease. You don’t have to use the pendulum card. You may wish to divine a tarot card by letting it swing over a spread of cards face down, with a question in mind. Or hold your pendulum over a map, calendar, a personally created collage, or your own self-designed pendulum card containing all sorts of possibilities.

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