This is an easy to use guide meant to show how to use Pendulums for Beginners. The pendulum is an informal system of divination that can be used by anyone.

How the tool works exactly is debatable: What we know is that tapping into our subconscious with relaxation and meditation helps us use pendulums to answer questions. Some pendulum diviners feel that they are actually communicating with spirits or guides, or that their answers come specifically from their deity.

Below I will go into some basic steps for beginners to learn to use pendulums, along with an exercise that will help you get an understanding. This is guide serves to teach Pendulums for Beginners.

But First, What is a Pendulum? A pendulum is a weighted object on the end of a string or chain. Some Wiccans feel that the best pendulums are made out of copper (copper is conductive which is more easy for energy to flow). Also sometimes certain crystals or gemstones may be used for the pendulum itself to intensify predictive readings. For now, lets start with string with any weighted object. If you can hold the top of the string and the bottom swings freely in all directions, you have a perfect pendulum. Traditionally, the length of string is 9 inches, although depending on the length of your forearm, you can adjust it to your personal preference. For practice, You can make a pendulum yourself quite easily – all you need is string, and an object to tie to the bottom of the string. Once you are ready, If you’d prefer to buy a ready-made pendulum, then most New Age and Wiccan bookshops will sell them, and you can also buy them online here at our store here


I would add to stay away from energy blockers. Energy needs to flow from your body, down your arm, out the tip of your finger, down the chain to the point of the pendulum. So anything that blocks energy, will interrupt this process and give bad readings. Now these items can be used to get the hang of how to hold, and how to get in meditative state.. But for actual readings, these items should be avoided.

Here are some things to avoid:



Non conductive Metals

Fake Crystals


Any Synthetics

All these items (and items like it) will not let energy flow, these items will not work well for pendulums. I know there are many stores that sell pendulum versions with some of this stuff, these are for practice only, for accurate readings I would avoid any energy blockers.

Items that will work well with Energy Flow:





Natural or Living Material (Hair, Plants, etc)

Any authentic crystal

Now that you have made your first pendulum, lets get prepared. Once you have your pendulum created and in hand the first thing we must do is find a comfortable sitting position. In most cases I personally use my meditation position, legs crossed Indian style with back straight up. It is important to find an area where you are in your comfort zone. You may choose outside sitting on the earth, or in your house comfortable sitting in the floor. Either way find your place and get comfortable.

Setting the mood. When reading pendulums it is important to clear your mind. So in this case we do what helps to get you in that state of mind. In some cases people will put on relaxing sounds of nature in the background, some will light candles or use incense. Me, I just like hearing nature, so the sounds of the birds and crickets are just fine for me. What ever relaxes you and helps you open your mind, this is what we recommend.

Now lets get started. While in position and clear mind, Lets visualize a flow of energy coming from the ground and channeling up to your feet then eventually channeling that energy out from your hand. Specifically the tip of your index finger and thumb. Visualize that energy flowing from you to the pendulum. To get started, we will hold our pendulum with the tip of our index finger and thumb. To be clear, we are holding the chain (or string) that holds the pendulum just a couple of inches down from opposite end of string. Let the excess string lay in the cup of your hand. Now extend your arm holding the pendulum out about a foot or so in front of your chest. Your hand should be just about lined up with center of your chest about a foot or 2 in front of it.

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Now, holding your pendulum chain (or string) with the tip of your index finger and thumb and the energy flowing to it, ask out loud (or silently, whichever is preferred) to show you your movement pattern. Give it a little time and your pendulum should be moving in a pattern, mine is a clockwise rotation. This is your movement pattern, and should be the same every time. Practice this, make sure to get a clear understanding of your movement pattern, you will need to identify it before you can identify anything else.

Now that you know your movement pattern, ask to show you your YES. The movements will eventually change, my yes and no pattern works like an x with yes being a movement like / and no being a movement like \. Now once you have got a good solid understanding of your yes, repeat these steps for your NO. I would recommend taking some time on all 3 of these so that you know your movement pattern, your YES and your NO. Always go back to movement pattern in between questions.

Once you have repeated this over and over we can move on with an exercise to help you understand your readings, before you move to actual questions.

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How to use my Pendulum Exercise: You can do this several ways, but what i recommend starting with is this. Take a deck of playing cards. Remove the Ace of diamonds, Ace of Hearts, and Ace of Spades. Now set the rest of the deck aside and let’s use these 3 cards. Take these 3 cards, mix them up without looking at the faces and place them face down in a triangle. Space the 3 cards out several inches apart. Now get in your position, clear your mind, visualize your energy flow and use your pendulum over each card. What we are looking for is the card that don’t belong, in this case it is the Ace of Spades. First, establish your movement pattern over your card… once you have this, then ask if this is the card that don’t belong. Make note of either the yes or no movement. Move on to the next card and repeat until you get a yes, once you have a solid yes flip the card over and you should have your Ace of Spades. It will take some time for this to work, you will have to get familiar, just keep practicing. Once you do get it, you will always pick the right card. This will teach you to read YES or NO questions.

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Another exercise is much like the one above. Only this time instead of moving our pendulum over each card, we will position it in the center of the triangle. Now we will ask to show us the card that doesn’t belong. Your pendulum will point to the card with a back and forth pattern. Whichever direction the pendulum swings the farthest, is your CARD. Practice, repeat. This will teach you to use charts (Letter charts are basically the same concept of a spirit board).

Once you have mastered these 2 exercises, you are ready to use your pendulum in every day readings. Please comment or post below and let us know how this worked for you. Remember, these are the techniques that work best for us. There is no one way, if you have other exercises for beginners, we would love to hear it.


Always be on the look out for bad readings. At times, your card exercise will come up with wrong answer every time. You can ask control questions “Is my name Jason?” and the answer be wrong. If this happens repeatedly, just stop and take a break. Come back in a half hour and start again. Pendulums can be blunt, they can be stubborn, they can be harsh, and they can be inaccurate if we aren’t fully in the state of mind that we need to be in when doing a pendulum reading.

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Thanks for checking out this Pendulums for Beginners guide. Once you have learned this part of the guide, please make sure to check out part 2. Pendulum Maps & Charts .

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