A divination device. Small pendulums are often used in
dowsing, radiesthesia, and related divination systems instead
of divining-rods. Questions can be put, and the clockwise or
anticlockwise rotation of the pendulum gives an answer, rather
like the raps in Spiritualist séances.
In earlier forms of pendulum divination, a wedding ring was
suspended on a silk thread. Today, practitioners of radiesthesia
obtain a number of subtle indications from the nature of the oscillations
of the pendulum, which is used for water divining,
discovery of metals, indications of health and medical remedies,
and even discovery of missing persons.
Bird, Christopher. The Diving Hand The 500 Year-Old Mystery
of Dowsing. New York E. P. Dutton, 1979.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Pendulums
De France, Henry. The Elements of Dowsing. London G. Bell,
Hitching, Francis. Pendulum The Psi Connection. London
Fontana, 1977.
Letbridge, T. C. The Power of the Pendulum. London Routledge
& Kegan Paul, 1976.
Nielsen, Greg, and J. Polansky. Pendulum Power A Mystery
You Can See, a Power You Can Feel. New York Destiny Books,
Wethered, V. D. A Radiesthetic Approach to Health and Homeopathy,
or Health and the Pendulum. London British Society of
Dowsers, 1950.

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