How To Use Dowsing Rods

I worked for the water company in the ’70s and was sent out to locate a water line that was buried under a driveway. We were amazed when the owner, an old-timer came out of his house and located the waterline with 2 copper L shaped rods that were bent in a 90-degree angle called Dowsing Rods. Apparently, this is an old practice that has been used for years. How Do You Use Dowsing Rods? 

  • Relax your shoulders
  • Hold a pair of dowsing rods parallel in front of you
  • Walk over the area of search
  • Focus & visualize on the object
  • When you find it, rods will cross over in front of you.
  • If you pass over the spot-rods will separate, uncrossing

The phenomenon is called the Ideomotor Effect and it’s the same technique used that makes the glass on an Ouija board move. It is the effect that you can make your muscles move something sub-consciously even when you are not moving it voluntarily.


Divining Rod Theory


Back-up 500 years and people thought so, people actually thought it was witchcraft. Just as in the Ouija board the person or persons that are participating in the game or the exercise are sub-consciously moving the piece or as in the Dowsing Rods themselves.

This ideomotor movement is done without being aware it’s being done. If people expect that something is going to happen then something will happen. It’s really depending on who you ask the power of suggestion or thought that makes the object move.

 Non-believers think in those terms there must be a reason, believers don’t. Some people think that a reason that Dowsers are successful looking for water, is that there is groundwater anywhere and everywhere especially in England.

Here places like England where the phenomenon is practiced by Water Well Contractors and businesses that will use this method or even prefer this method over newer technologies.

There are a lot of situations when working for the Water, Engineering and Building Companies that Water Dowsing can be a useful tool for locating water lines and groundwater that can be used by homeowners replacing or adding a Wells to their property. Digging to repair or build something without hitting and breaking water lines is really important knowledge too.

Well, water drilling and testing is big business on rural properties where Well water is routinely used by Builders and Homeowners. Testing helps determine the productivity of Wells and groundwater for recharging future Wells. Drilling for Wells has been going on for thousands of years and the process contains a little of the old and a lot of the new.


What Do Dowsing Rods Detect


Scientist, Hydrologist and Geologist use new scientific equipment and information that has been developed to increase the worlds data on groundwater and it’s importance. Their opinion of Dowsing is skeptical.
“Case histories and demonstrations of dowsers may seem convincing, but when dowsing is exposed to scientific examination, it presents a very different picture. The natural explanation of “successful” water dowsing is that in many areas underground water is so prevalent close to the land surface that it would be hard to drill a well and not find water. In a region of adequate rainfall and favorable geology, it is difficult not to drill and find water!”

Hydrologist and Scientist using images from outer space are able to locate groundwater accurately and to determine the depth, quantity, and quality of the water, several techniques must be used, and a target area must be thoroughly tested and studied to identify hydrologic and geologic features important to the planning and management of the resource.

The landscape may offer clues to the hydrologist about the occurrence of shallow groundwater. Conditions for large quantities of shallow groundwater are more favorable under valleys than under hills. In some regions–in parts of the arid Southwest, for example–the presence of “water-loving” plants, such as cottonwoods or willows, indicates groundwater at shallow to moderate depth. Willow wood is the preferred stick used for the Dowsing rod made of wood. 


Do Dowsing Rods Actually Work?


Utility workers looking for water lines or anything buried in the ground like manholes that are cast iron are usually found by metal detectors, dopplers, or ultrasound to locate and measure water resources underground. If Well drillers can’t find productive Wells they might call a guy that uses a broken coat hanger to find water before paying a huge cost Hydrologist charge to test the property scientific equipment. There is the minimum equipment to the professional like PQWT-TC150 Portable Multi-Function Full Automatic Mapping with one Button Underground Water Detector, 150M

I have seen this myself when I was younger and the old-timer found the water line that we couldn’t find with this old school type of spooky magical process that worked. According to critics, every properly conducted scientific test of water Dowsing has produced no evidence that it actually works. You will be just as likely to find water if you walked out into a big field and picked a spot and started digging.


Do Dowsing Rods Work for Gold?

Dowsing is not limited to finding water. Many dowsers believe the same methods can be used to locate oil, mineral deposits, buried utility lines, septic tanks, graves, Missing People, lost jewelry, vitamins, foods, and other objects. Some believe that they can hold their tools over a map to locate objects below the ground at locations that are thousands of miles away.

Dowsing for anything uses the same process but the suggestion in the Dowser’s mind can determine what the result will be. You need to develop a question and focus on what your intention and desire are. You can ask a question of how deep the gold is in the ground How deep or the quantity. Framing a specific question is better than a vague one.

Dowsing is Dowsing no matter what the target is. If you ask the question is their Gold in the ground there may be. There may be a gram of Gold in the ground. Lost animals like cats and dogs are hard to find this way because they will continue to move while you are pinpointing the area it is in. The better question would be “is my cat still alive” The question is just as important as the procedure.

When you pose a question and focus on it, a powerful connection can be made. It doesn’t matter if you use an expensive device or a coat hanger. You may not need a device at all to be successful. The method is the connection between the Dowser and the earth to manifest what the desired outcome and result will be.

The American Society of Dowsers is a nonprofit corporation founded in Vermont in 1961 to disseminate knowledge of dowsing (water witching, the discovery of lost articles or persons, and related para-psychological phenomena), development of its skills, and recognition for its achievements.

The American Society of Dowsers has been in business for more than 60 years and has hundreds of Charter members. They are very interested in the credibility of Dowsing. They will find Professional Dowsers near your area and answer any question about the age-old profession.

I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as a type of superstition. According to my conviction, this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.
– Albert Einstein

Since I don’t do this myself, I tried to find the best proof of Evidence on YouTube and this just killed it. It’s a great video on the subject of Witching or Dowsing I’ve seen. Enjoy! Jim

Jim has been in Water/Wastewater Treatment along with Water Filtration as a Consulting-Operator for over 30 years and has written over 20 articles on Water Scarcity. 


Author/Editor, MyWaterEarth&Sky

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