How to use divining rods

Dowsing and divining have been a part of the skills I have acquired on my journey over the past twenty-five years. Using them is a matter of understanding their value and the energy they carry.

Dowsing and divining have been a part of the skills I have acquired on my journey over the past twenty-five years. Using them is a matter of understanding their value and the energy they carry.

What is Divining? Divining, also called dowsing or radiesthesia, can be used for finding things and answering questions. Everyone can divine. It is a skill that can be honed and perfected. Divining with parallel metal rods (L-rods) uses the movement of the rods to divine an answer.

According to some users of divining rods, brass or copper are good conductors of energy and allow the rod to attune to magnetic fields emanated by the target without the earth’s magnetic field interfering. Copper is considered a mineral of energy and mental agility and can aid psychic abilities. Copper is an excellent conductor of energy, from electricity to the mystical subtle energies emanating from higher planes. The handles of the rods are often encased in a material, such as decorative beads, which will allow the L-rods to swing freely, while also providing a constant electrical impedance, to prevent the dowser’s own conductivity from interfering with the dowsing process.

How does divining work?

There are many different theories about the mechanism of dowsing. There may be explanations on the physical, emotional, spiritual, electromagnetic, biochemical and many other levels, which explain the same thing in different terms. One explanation is that it is a simple process that connects the rational, intellectual part of ourselves with the intuitive, wise part or Higher Self. It is like a doorway between the mind and the spirit, using the body as a threshold. Dowsing works by sending the unconscious knowledge into the arm muscles, making the L-rods move together or away from each other.

We can use dowsing rods to detect energy patterns in nature, such as the different frequencies or patterns of subtle energy given off by different substances, the Earth energies of different places or electromagnetic fields and Geopathic Stress so we can observe the different effects they have on us. Where ley lines cross are points of power. 

How to divine with L-Rods

  1. Pick up and hold the L-rods straight out in front of you in a comfortable position. It is important to relax and hold the rods loosely, as gripping them too tightly will prevent the rods from swinging and rotating freely inside the handles. Hold the L-rods at least 6 inches apart, but no wider than shoulder width apart. You may wish to hold your elbows in next to your body for more support. Keep your grip loose and the rods parallel to the floor. Point the rods slightly down at a five-degree angle.
  2. Now, relax and take a deep breath. Begin by talking to the rods as if you are talking to your spiritual guides. The first thing you need to do is establish what a “yes” answer looks like by saying, “Show me a yes”. Most people get the L-rods to cross, but if the rods want to be wide open for yes, it’s OK. Just make sure you always get the same response for a yes answer. Once the L-rods are programmed for a “yes,” you are ready to program them for a “no.” Repeat the exercise with, “Show me a no.” Your intent expressed in the yes/no question will cause the rods to respond with an answer.
  3. I always ask for permission to dowse. “May I dowse for the good of the universe and everything within it?”, then wait for a ‘yes’ sign. This takes away any power/ego trips that some may use to the detriment of others. If dowsing for or with others, ask their permission.
  4. Calm and centre yourself and, standing comfortably with your rods in their neutral position, state what your target is, or what you wish to search for, e.g. earth energies, ley lines, or even a lost item. For example, ask of the rods, ‘please show me positive earth energy lines.
  5. Walk forwards at a slow but steady pace. When you reach the first target your rods may either split apart or cross over, depending on what you have determined to be the “yes” or “here it is” response. Sometimes both rods might swing to the right or the left, indicating the new direction you should follow. Continue dowsing to find your target.

More information on Dowsing or Divining with Rods can be discovered by contacting the British Society of Dowsers