Dowsing-How to Dowse

Otto Elder Von Graeve- with Dowsing Rod


Dowsing, and How to Dowse


As far as we know, at least 3000 years, and perhaps beyond, people have used divination to solve human problems and to reimagine their situations. Dowsing fits neatly into solving inexplicable problems.  When we think of dowsing, we usually think of finding water under the earth’s surface. Dowsing has been used to map out answers to other questions as well as to search for water.  How does this work?

Dowsing, and the art of dowsing comes from practice and the use of some sort of tool or rod. In the Appalachian mountains, dowsing is called “water witching.” In times past, searching for water was accomplished through the use of a stick that had a fork in it or a “Y” shape. The two points of the “Y” were held while walking and the single point of the “Y” would swing up or down when a ley line, or water pathway passed at the same spot underneath the earth.

Dowsing rods or “L” rods are used today to dowse for water. The dowser first asks the question, “What is Yes?” and “What is No?” With patience, the rods will move in a direction to reveal what “Yes and No” looks like. When the water line or aquifer under the earth is present, the rods will move and cross each other, or whatever “Yes” is for the dowser doing the work. People also use pendulums to dowse. This can be a simple tool made from a stone and a string attached. Once again, a “Yes” or “No” is established, and then a question is posed. Any kind of tool may be used to dowse. The art is in developing the relationship with the body and the invisible forces, or magnetic forces in the environment.


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