I did a short over-50s course on dowsing and crystals about ten years ago. Never done any dowsing before,but it's dead easy and great fun.
We tried medical dowsing,where we managed to identify peoples' wonky knees and previously-broken fingers,dowsing for underground water courses, and most surprisingly,identifying where people's treasured possessions were located from a rough sketch of their home - I managed to locate my partner's favourite photo and she found my most powerful stone,out of a big collection. I don't do much dowsing now,but I get better results using a pendulum rather than dowsing rods. It doesn't have to be a real pendulum,a paper-clip on a piece of string works just as well. The most powerful places I've dowsed,where the pendulum practically flew out of my hand,are the obvious ones,Stonehenge and the Chalice Well gardens at Glastonbury. Does anyone else share this interest ? Or are you interested in stones and crystals ?
My husband used to do dowsing and i bought him a lovely amethyst pendulum..but he also used twigs i think he was fairly good at it.. A few of us are interested in crystals i have a large collection myself and a genuine crystal ball as well .I can feel energy in crystals when i hold them and love them but have stopped collecting them now as i feel quite guilty thinking that i am robbing the earth.
I haven't a clue how that is done, but it sounds fascinating. I have a couple of nice crystals in a box somewhere. I am interested in stones. Just bought a nice jasper pendant that somehow I felt I needed. There are a couple of people that do dowsing for water in my area.
We used to practise i would hide something then my husband find it with his dowsing sticks..Its quite good fun to have a experiment..The Jaspar sounds lovely..I am drooling.. Their are some fact sheets on Dowsing Here at this link they look quite interesting. www.britishdowsers.org/learning/dowsing_fact_sheets.shtml
Dowsing, or divining as it is sometimes called, refers to the ability to detect energy vibrations from underground water, geopathic stress, metals and metal ores or other objects.
Most commonly, detection is made through the movement or vibrations of a Y-shaped twig, a pair of L-shaped rods, or sometimes a pendulum. The traditional divining rod (dowsing rod) was made from a hazel bush, using two forks off its main stem shaped like the letter “Y”. The two forks were held in the fists with the fingers uppermost, with the tail pointing forwards and downward. The illustration from an old book, shows a rather thick twig. It is normal to use a much thinner and more flexible hazel fork.
Perhaps the best source of information on Dowsing is in a book by Tom Graves. Dowsing by Tom Graves was originally published in 1980 and copies are still available today. It is concise, easy to read and full of practitcal information.
Dowsing: Techniques and Applications was published back in 1976 as a mass-market paperback by Granada Publishing and has become one of the dowsing classics It certainly led a major dowsing revival when it was first published, as it was perhaps the first book to open up the field to anyone, in a highly practical, easily-understood way. It was the test-case for Tom's MA thesis on design for skills-education.
Both books are usually available through Amazon or on eBay. Search on the words "Tom Graves Dowsing" The books were translated and printed in many languages, including French and German - again try Amazon or eBay to find a copy.
Tom Graves' web site
There is also a fascinating page on the internet, complete with illustrations and practival advice on making and using copper rods for divining as well as how to use a pendulum. See: www.tomgraves.eu/oa_uc17 The site has a lot of contant and is currently being rebuilt, so you need to search around a bit to find what you want.
How to make a pair of L-rods
There are hundreds of ways to dowse. The most popular way is using L-rods. These are simply bent wires, which can be pointed in the direction of the area of interest. You can make a simple set of L-rods by getting two metal coat hangers and cutting off the long wires at the bottoms. Bend one end of each at about four inches into a 90 degree L shape.
The small end is the handle and the long end is the pointer. Take a plastic soda straw and cut it in half. Place one piece over the smaller end of each L-rod. (You can also use the empty barrel of a ballpoint pen) This will be the sleeve of the handle, which enables the L-rod to swivel freely without being affected by the muscles or electrical conductivity of the hand. Hold a L-rod in each hand, pointing toward the object to be measured. Be sure the L-rod is horizontal to the ground. (Source:www.mystical-www.co.uk/dowsing.htm)
Records show that the traditional method of dowsing uses a flexible green forked stick, often hazel or willow. The forked parts of the Y shaped stick are grasped, one in each hand, palms up, usually with the thumbs pointing away from the body in opposite directions and the elbows tightly against the body. The forked portions are spread apart, with the main stem pointing out from the dowser's body.
The dowser attempts to keep the stick parallel with the ground, and as he walks about, it is believed that subtle influences from water, metal, oil or any other substance will cause the stem of the stick to either rise or depress from the horizontal position.
How does dowsing work?
One explanation put forward is that the dowsing rod may serve as a sort of "amplifer" of ESP or magnetic impulses. This is supported by the fact that Dutch psychic M. B. Dykshoorn often uses a divining rod to supplement his clairvoyance. Another theory is that different substances give off specific vibrations to which a dowser is physically sensitive, making his muscles twitch so that, unconsciously, he turns the rod. The study of the effects of different substances and their vibration is termed radiesthesia, and its proponents consider it a science that can be used in medical diagnosis.
Skeptics dismiss the whole subject as a sham. They say that a dowser's successes are due to an understanding of geology, a surveying of the lie of the land, vegetation, and so on. The record of the many dowsers who have repeatedly succeeded where geologists have failed suggests that this is not the whole story. (source)
Animals in arid areas can sense water underground. They dig for water and find it – this is a common occurence in the wild. We humans have lost this natural instinct – without help. The help we need to amplify the signals so that we can identify them, comes from dowsing rods or a pendulum. (source)
A more scientific explanation: The divining rods are charged with static electricity from the dowser's own body. This static electricity can be seen quite adequately with a simple millivolt meter. This voltage is measured between the hands of the dowser. The amount of voltage will vary depending on the person. A good dowser will have a high reading, "above 100 mv" while a poor dowser may read as low as,"0 mv.". For males the right hand is usually a negative polarity, and the left hand is positive in polarity. These polarities are usually reversed in females.
The divining rod charged positively will rotate in the dowsers hand to line up parallel to a negatively charged object being dowsed. A divining rod charged negatively will remain perpendicular to a negatively charged object being dowsed. This is because like charges repel, while unlike charges attract. Thus both bent divining rods are not required for dowsing. When two divining rods are used, and they are seen to cross, one of the rods is being moved to line up parallel with the charged object being dowsed. The other rod is moving to line up parallel to the first rod. A second reason for the two rods crossing is that of dowsing over an alternating current source, such as a pipeline or buried cable. these are usually buried shallow and are conducting ground currents as the path of least resistance. Extract from: www.connect.ab.ca/~tylosky/ Using a pendulum for dowsing and other purposes
I've had a go at dowsing with a hazel twig, it's really weird feeling the twig actually twisting as you hold it. Crystals are beautiful,has anyone seen a film showing a cave made of enormous quartz crystals,I'll see if I can find it again.
Thats a fab video i think i saw a article on it in newspaper..I love crystals and minerals and those huge pieces of quartz make me wish i had a large chunk in my home.The colours in crystals are lovely and i am not so keen on tumbled stones but have many of them in a dish.I like the raw chunks .