Sunday, 29 April 2012


My main working pendulum is, to my eyes, a rather unprepossessing thing.  You get all kinds of incredible shapes and colours in pendulums, but this one is very simple and a rather dull, grey-blue colour.  However, when I got it I literally tried every pendulum at the stall.  I asked each one if it wanted to come home with me, and all the rest said no.  A couple gave me "you're not asking the right question" responses - turned out they wanted to be gifted to my fellow coven members :)  But none of the beautiful, elegant pendulums wanted to come home with me :(  Finally, the stall holder picked out this little grey pendulum, a bit dusty from having been sat in stock for a while, and suggested I try it.  Straight away, huge yes!  So, I put my eye for beauty on hold, and bought this little gem.

It was at my first ever Tarot Conference, back in 2006, and I had such a great time.  For anyone who's thought about attending a Tarot Conference, but maybe feels nervous or shy, just go!  Really!!  Anyhow, since then this pendulum and I have been great friends.

I really love this pendulum!  It saw me starting to douse again, after more than twenty years.  My mother originally taught me, back when I was about seven years old!  That, and how to read coffee grounds.  Her tarot decks stayed firmly in their silk wrappings, though.  I guess she felt they were a little delicate for a child to be let loose on, or perhaps simply that she kept them very personal.

So, getting this pendulum was a way for me to reconnect with that positive part of my childhood, when my mother started teaching me witchcraft.  And it was also the continuation of my path, which I had strongly rekindled with tarot and a coven from 2001.

I use it, as many have said, for "yes-no" answers, though it sometimes says "maybe" or "you're asking the wrong question ;D  And I use it sometimes if I'm unsure whether a particular card in a tarot spread should be read in its light or shadow aspect.  I've also used it to dowse for the sex of babies, or other binary(ish) questions.  I'd love to hear how others use a pendulum, and what that pendulum is like...

I also spoke about pendulums in a Video Response to TipToeChick's Show and Tell, as well as talking about my other most-used magickal items.  If you'd like to see what those were, take a look here.

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