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Magickal Musings From Infinite Flame

May 19, 2010
Define "wicked".....


A Good Time Was Had By All..

I want to thank everyone who came out to Gibraltar last weekend, especially those who braved the storms on Friday and the winds on Saturday. The power went out for a few minutes Saturday morning, which added some excitement to the day. Too much excitement for one little girl who was scared of dark so I let her hold my mini flashlight until lights started coming on again. Couldn’t give it to her, my Mom gave us all those mini flashlights for Christmas and since I started carrying it in my purse, I have found it comes in handy. Once again, Mom was right.

And speaking of Mom, Sunday was a blast as many people were there with their mothers (mine was on her way to Florida with my Dad, their timeshare always starts on Mother’s Day weekend ). I did not do as well financially, making a smaller profit than usual, but I really enjoyed talking with several people about stones, the U.P., pendulums, Michigan’s weather, and other stuff. I chatted with many of the vendors, all of us complaining about how slow it was (which is a favorite pastime of vendors... complaining... hee hee ). We all made a profit at the end of the weekend so the show was a success. If you go to these shows, don’t be shy about talking to us vendors, some of us can be pretty amusing (whether we mean to be or not). And if we don’t have what you are looking for, we can probably tell you who does or where to find it.

Saturday at Gibraltar is a long day, the show is from 10am to 8pm, so to keep myself from being bored I always bring something to work on. This past weekend I brought my pendulum supplies and during the day I created 6 new pendulums. I have just added them to the Pendulum Page 2 on the site. A reader who was next to me at the show is interested in one of them so that one is on hold until the show in June. I have put it on the site in case she changes her mind and to show it off : ) (as this is an old newsletter, the pendulums have sold. You can check out the pendulums I have available now here Pendulums)

Working with Pendulums

So I guess the topic for this newsletter should be pendulums. I am always asked at shows what they are and how they are used. Many times I ask if they have seen the show Charmed , as they used a pendulum to find demons. I always tell them that being a TV show, they have to overdo stuff and if you purchase a pendulum and use it to find someone with a map, your pendulum will most likely not jump to the spot like it did on the show. But then again, maybe it will : )

Let me say first that I am not an expert on pendulums. I had never used one until about 5 years ago while at a show in the U.P.. A lady made jewelry and pendulums and at the show she made one with a small hematite point enhanced with silver beads with a smoky quartz and hematite star at the other end. Smoky quartz and hematite are two of my favorite stones and as soon as I saw it, I knew it was mine. I then realized I wanted to make pendulums too. I have never really researched the history or uses, just let my intuition guide me. For this newsletter, however, I am checking some sources to be sure my facts are right. Along the way, I am learning new stuff myself.

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My first pendulum, made by a lady in the U.P.

The act of using a pendulum is called dowsing, which is new to me as I always said it was scrying, either term works. Anything can be used as a dowsing pendulum, all you need is a weight on the end of a string or chain (no, you need a pretty, fancy one like the ones I make..hee hee ). Several sources say the string should be around 12 inches long. (This eases my mind as lately I was wondering if my pendulums were too long, but according to this several of mine are short). You should hold one end of the pendulum between your thumb and forefinger.

Some people will tell you that a pendulum will swing clockwise for yes and counterclock wise for no. This is not always true. I always tell people to work with the pendulum to let it tell you what is yes and what is no. I have three pendulums and they have different yes’s and no’s. One of mine swings in a circle for yes, the wider the circle the more positive the yes, and stays still when the answer is no. Another swings in a circle for yes (either direction) and swings back and forth for no. The third I haven’t asked many questions of but it responds to me well, I can make it swing...go still...and swing in a different direction all with just my thoughts. Cool.

First you need to find a pendulum. You can use just about anything you can suspend on a string. Early pendulums were just a ring belonging to the questioner strung on a string. Some like to use a necklace they wear a lot, usually a stone pendant. Others, like me, use something that has been made with the purpose of being used as a pendulum. If you want to purchase a pendulum, shop with the intention of finding your pendulum. It may take some time but the perfect one for you will show up and you will just know it is yours. If you find it in a shop, hold it and see how it reacts to you. I’ve seen people visually fall in love with a pendulum but it wouldn’t work with them, it just wasn’t theirs. If you find it online, you cannot try it out but if it is yours, you will still be drawn to it.

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One of the first pendulums I made. I decided to keep it when it didn't sell.

Once you have your pendulum you can start working with it. My advice is to hold it with one hand over your other hand. Which hand to use? Some would say hold in your dominate hand and others will say use the other. I say try both and see what feels right, what gets the best response. The reason I suggest holding it over your other hand is so your energy is above and below it as you attune it to you. Make sure the pendulum is still and start asking it yes/no questions. Be sure to ask questions you already know and mix it up. Things like “Is my name (give your real name)?” then ask “Is my name (give a false name )?”. You can make statements too but if your main goal is to use the pendulum to answer questions then that works best. Pay attention to the pendulum’s reactions, which way it swings for each answer. Does it swing? As I said, one of mine stays still when the answer is no. You may need to do this exercise a few times before you get consistency depending on how used to using your psychic abilities you are.

Once you know how to read your pendulum, you can start using it for many things. Besides asking it questions, you can use it to aid in decision making . Hold the pendulum over the choices (you can write them on paper) and go with the yes response. All choices are no? There might be an option you missed. You can use your pendulum to find things on a map. Lost an item in your house? Draw a floor plan and ask your pendulum where it is a you move it slowly over the plan. Use it to pick stocks, sports teams, lotto numbers, just about anything . You can use it to find pretty much anything anywhere, I’ve read that pendulums have been used to find water, gold, underground pipes, during the Vietnam war some U.S. marines were taught to use a pendulum to locate underground mines and tunnels. (source: The uses are endless.

Some healers use pendulums to check the health of a patient. Pendulums are used to balance and attune the chakras. They can detect problem areas in the body. I have read that using a magnetite or lodestone as a pendulum can heal imbalances in the energy field. Hold it over the body and when it encounters electromagnetic stress in the energy level of the person it will rotate. Hold it still until the rotation stops and the imbalance will be removed. I am looking for decent sized lodestones to create this type of pendulum.

Pendulum Care

Pendulums are very powerful tools and should be treated as such. When not in use, keep your pendulum in a nice bag or pouch, in a box, special drawer, or if you want to have it out for display have a special place for it. Some might argue that a divinary tool should not be left out for all to see and touch but if you like to have your things where you can admire them and have easy access to them, as long as your pendulum is happy (it works properly for you every time ) go ahead and display it. I have known a few people who carry their pendulum with them all the time in their pocket. This is a great way to bond with your pendulum, energy-wise. Just be sure to take it out of the pocket at the end of the day, pendulums do not like washing machines and they hate the dryer.

Which brings us to cleaning your pendulum. First lets look at the materials it is made of. Many points are made of natural stone and these can be cleaned with a damp cloth or run under water (with a few exceptions, some stones like selenite react with water, check the properties of your stone). Same with wood points, a damp cloth to remove dust, and maybe a drop of furniture polish or oil to shine it up.

If your pendulum point is metal, you can use a polishing cloth to bring back the shine but be sure the cloth is meant to be used with that metal. There are many sources online that will tell you the best way to clean a particular metal without damaging it. As for the chain, many pendulums have a base metal chain that can be run under water and not damaged if it is dried right away. I have put sterling silver chains on many of my hand-crafted pendulums and they will tarnish. If your pendulum has sterling silver on it, do not leave it out on display or you will be cleaning it often. Keep it in a pouch or invest in a tarnish-resistant plastic bag (sold at jewelry supply stores) or there is even a type of cloth made for wrapping sterling silver so it doesn’t tarnish that could be made into a pouch for it.

This brings up a very important point.....when you purchase your pendulum, find out what it is made of. What is the point: stone, crystal, glass, metal, wood? What exactly is the stone, metal, or type of wood? What kind of metal is the chain? What is the other end made of? Many stores and vendors purchase pendulums to resell in bulk that are mass produced with no labeling. Many of these use base metal chains with a bead at one end and can be cleaned with water (depending on the point). If you have one of these and want to know what the stone is, bring it with you to a rock show or a holistic show and look for similar stones for sale or ask around. I have ID-ed many stones at shows and are happy to do so if you bring one to me.

Of course, I have to mention that if you purchase one of my pendulums, I include a card telling you what stone or crystal was used, what metal the chain is, and what material the item at the other end is. If you purchase any hand-made pendulum, the person selling it should be able to tell you what materials were used to make it. Should....I have spoken with many who sell hand-made items that have no idea what material was used so you may not be able to find out from the seller.

Now that your pendulum is cleaned, it is time to cleanse. After I create a pendulum, I clean it up to make it shine and then I cleanse not only my energy but any energy the items may have picked up. I do it with incense or a sage bundle. Of the four element materials used in cleansing (salt, water, fire, smoke ), smoke is the one that will not react with any materials used in creating a pendulum. I light the incense and then hold the pendulum in the smoke, either speaking or thinking something like "I cleanse this pendulum of all energies from those who have had contact with it and bring it back to its natural state ." I also hold the bag I will put the pendulum in over the smoke and allow the smoke to go inside too. Once both the bag and the pendulum are cleansed, I put it in the bag and it stays like that until displayed at a show. I re-cleanse the pendulums after a few shows depending on how often they were handled. I still recommend the purchaser cleanse the pendulum before working with it to remove any other energies.

When you cleanse your personal pendulum is up to you. Some never cleanse it as they keep it in it pouch when not in use and do not allow anyone else to touch it. Some cleanse it after every use. The best indicator that a pendulum, or any magickal tool, needs to be cleansed is how it’s energy feels. You know your tools and you know their energy when you touch them. If something feels off or less strong, especially if it stops working as well or stops working at all, then it is time to cleanse it.

You can charge you pendulum with moonlight or sunlight too. Many people leave their pendulums and other tools in the light of the full moon overnight. This adds wonderful energy to your divinary tools. I mentioned sunlight as if your pendulum has a sunstone, citrine, carnelian, or any other stone associated with sun, you can put it in the noon hour sun to recharge those stones. This is especially powerful on the Summer Solstice. I wouldn’t leave it in the sunlight all day as your pendulum will get very hot, not good for some materials.

For the record, I have three pendulums. The first one I mentioned above that I purchased. The second was one that I had made to sell and after two years when it didn’t sell I decided to keep it as I really liked it. It has an ocean jasper sphere with metal as the point and a labradorite sun pendant with a pentacle on the back. The third I created with a hematite bird I got from Roxane at Mystical Resources (I really miss that store). I was so inspired by this bird that as soon as I got home, I pulled out my pendulum making supplies and found a hematite point to go with it. After trying several chains, I found a piece of leather cord and put that on it. My intention was to sell it but it responded so well to me that I kept it. ( I have a hematite bat that I intend to make another leather pendulum with to sell. I did and it sold)Yes, I have three pendulums and guess what.....I rarely use them! After writing this, I am wondering why. I have a wonderful tool that I am not putting to use. I am one of those people who have a hard time making decisions so really I should have one on me at all times! My boyfriend has said maybe I should bring one when we go to a restaurant to speed things up when ordering. I am going to put the first one I bought in my purse with the intent of using it more, that pendulum is small and travel size.

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Hematite & leather pendulum

So no herb or oil this time. There was a lot to cover about pendulums and this newsletter is long enough. I’ll add pics of my pendulums when I put this online in the archives. So until next time......

~~~~Rhiannon Rose @--^--

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Healing with Crystals and Chakra Energies Sue and Simon Lilly
I add this source only because I found some of the history here. The fact that they sell pendulums does not bother me. What does bother me is that they claim theirs is superior to all others. I do not believe any pendulum is the only one that works as I have seen proof of not only mine but those created by others work just as well as this site claims theirs does. Their site does offer some pretty interesting pendulum facts.

Song Quote:

"I bought me an illusion and I put it on the wall
I let it fill my head with dreams and I had to have it all
But oh the taste is never so sweet as what you believe it is....."

"You can use your illusion
let it take you where it may
We live and learn and then sometimes its best to walk away
Me I'm just here hangin' on
It's my only place to stay at least
For now anyway
I've worked too hard for my illusions just to throw them all away..."

"You know I tried to wake you
I mean how long can it take you
To open up your eyes and turn the page"

From the song Locomotive
written by Slash and Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion II

Just something going through my head.......

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