This ancient art of divination relies on pendulums to foretell the future. The word is derived from the Greek words pallein, meeting to sway, and manteia, meaning prophecy.

A pendulum consists of an item suspended from a thread. Through history, people have used rings, plumb bobs, crystals, and other items. As the diviner held a string, the pendulum was free to move.

Pallomancers would first determine the question they wanted to ask, and specifying which direction means what. For example, if the pendulum swings left to right, the answer is yes; if it swings up and down, the answer is no. It is important to only ask yes or no questions.

To make your own pendulum, choose a lightweight bob (less than one ounce). The string should be six to 12 inches long. If you prefer, a necklace with a single charm or crystal is also effective.

To use your pendulum, find a comfortable location. Be seated and allow your mind and body to relax. Most practitioners prefer to rest their elbow on the table, because it is more comfortable than holding your arm extended horizontally while using your pendulum. Psychic powers are not necessary, as your spirit guide will work through you.

Pendulums move in many directions. These can be straight lines, circles (clockwise or counterclockwise), or elliptical shapes. Some pendulums have even been recorded bobbing up and down, indicating a strong response (usually in the affirmative).

When deciding on your question, make sure it can be answered with a yes or no. Determine the direction that will be used for each response. Hold the pendulum in one hand, and use the other hand to steady it. Then release the end and watch it swing.

Speak to the pendulum, asking it to show you what a “yes” response looks like. Observe the direction it chooses. Ask again what a “no” response looks like, and observe again. Once you know the pattern, you may begin to ask your questions.

The faster the pendulum moves, the more vehement the response. If the answer is unknown, or if you’re guiding spirit needs more information, the pendulum may swing diagonally or not at all.

If the pendulum motion or circle size increases, the energy is increasing as well. There will be changes in your life, and they are linked to the question that you were asking. You can get additional information by asking more questions.

A word of caution – you should ask each question only once. Repeated questions will not change the response.

Pendulum Wall Clock
Courtesy Wikipedia.