How to Find Water with 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 water line with 2 copper L-shaped rods that were bent at a 90-degree angle called Dowsing Rods. The old-timer said the secret to finding water was to use the Dowsing Rods like this:

  • Relax your shoulders
  • Hold a pair of dowsing rods parallel in front of you
  • Walk over the area of search
  • Focus & visualize 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 subconsciously even when you are not moving it voluntarily.


How Do Dowsing Rods Move


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 subconsciously moving the piece or as in the Dowsing Rods themselves.


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  Water 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!”

Hydrologists and Scientists using images from outer space are able to locate groundwater accurately and 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 Dowsing rods made of wood.

Do Dowsing Rods Really Work Finding Water


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’s scientific equipment.

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 walk out into a big field and pick a spot and start digging.

Dowsing for Water With a Coconut


The Coconut is used along with an Egg in India to locate water on properties where none was thought to exist. The method is proven as a foolproof way to find a source and the direction of the groundwater charging the Well.

The coconut has to have milk inside. In India, Dowsers are commissioned by farmers and landowners to find groundwater. The job is considered very important because of the serious nature of the drought conditions in the Country.

The terms Water Divining and Water Witching are used by villages and towns across the Continent to describe the nature of the work. The Dowsers used Rods like they do here in America and England and also pendulums and wires. With the pendulum, the Dowser can actually give the depth at which the water can be found and the quality of what the water can be used for whether for irrigation or farming.

With the Coconut, you can identify the source of the underground water and thereby determine whether the water may or may not be contaminated. Underground rivers or streams and polluted drainage systems can actually be distinguished. Water Dowsers explain that the energy in their body creates a vibration that matches the earth’s vibrations.

The vibration of the body and earth creates a positive reaction that Scientist calls the Ideomotor Effect. So the phenomenon is brought back to the earth and magical ways that Science can’t understand. So they put a name on it and say it doesn’t really happen.

Water Dowsers explain that the energy in their body creates a vibration that matches the earth’s vibrations. The vibration of the body and earth creates a positive reaction that Scientists call the Ideomotor Effect. So the phenomenon is brought back to the earth and magical ways that Science can’t understand. For this reason, Scientists put a name on it and say it doesn’t really happen.

  • Lay the Coconut on its side in the palm of your hand directly in front of you.
  • Walk in the area Focus on the result in this case Water where you may want to use or near an existing Well that is already on the property.
  • The Coconut will shake and stand completely straight up in your hand when overtopping the area where the water source is the deepest.

The Egg will work the same way as the Coconut. You will lay the egg on its side and if you walk over the water source the Egg will stand straight up in the palm of your hand.


Dowsing With a Map


Map Dowsing is an advanced form of Dowsing that has a few techniques that can reach success. The map is a representation of the object or subject you are searching for. Archeological Dowsers can be searching for ancient burial grounds that they only read about and studied in books.

There are people who use Dowsing the body of a sick person to locate the source of sickness in their body. It all works the same way as Water Dowsing. It starts with the power of suggestion that translates into a result. Dowsers claim that you don’t have to physically be there to find what you are looking for.

You are on vacation and are looking to take a trip. You use a map to go somewhere you have never been before and really have not seen pictures of the place until now. You use a map to plan out the trip and hotel. When it’s all said and done it turns out just as you imagined it would be.

It might have been the best hotel experience you’ve ever had or maybe not. It might have been just ok, but the place and location were pretty close to what you imagined it would be. Just as if you had been there before.

When you dowse using a map, you are doing much the same thing. You don’t have to be there to find what you are looking for. You are tapping into your natural intuitive ability and asking questions about the object you wish to find. By practicing the art of Dowsing you can get the results to the questions you ask before actually searching for the answer.

Dowsing uses that same type of formula. If you imagine and specify a place or a thing you can plan and map it out to accomplish the desired result. It’s an answer to a question.

Dowsing with a Pendulum & Map


One Dowsing Technique that uses a Map also uses a Pendulum. Draw quadrants on the map or sketch the area where you are searching for some object or result. It looks like this:

  • Draw quadrants on your map or sketch
  • Take the drawing and divide that into four equal squares by drawing straight lines through the midpoint horizontally and vertically
  • Label each quadrant with a number or a letter.
  • Put yourself into a state of mind that will focus entirely on the result you want. The question needs to be specific.
  • Ask the Pendulum “is the item I seek in Quadrant A, Quadrant B, Quadrant C, or Quadrant D”
  • You should only get one yes answer. If you don’t get an answer yes, the object or item might not be on the map.
  • If you get a Yes then repeat the process by dividing that quadrant into four more parts but use numbers instead of letters like before. Repeat the process until you only have a smaller area to work with. Name the quadrants each time differently than before, so there is no confusion about the areas as you continue your quest to narrow down and pinpoint the area to locate what you are searching for. You may need to start with a larger map to ensure a worthwhile search success.


The Three Problems with Using a Pendulum

  • The Pendulum won’t move by itself. The Dowser has to make it move.
  • The chain or string that the Dowser is using is too long. The longer the chain the less of the response. The less the pendulum moves before you ask your question, the longer it will take to show you any response.
  • Get the Pendulum to move to begin with and then let it change direction according to the answer to the question.
  • The best way is to have it on a short chain and have it moving before you ask a question.
  • Any chain longer than 3 inches is too long.
  • Any movement that is 1 inch in diameter is too much


If your starting motion is a circular motion then a back-and-forth motion can be a Yes answer and a side-to-side movement can be a No answer. You decide what you want and determine what is the start motion and what is your yes and no motion.

You also need to practice to be good at anything. It’s the same in Dowsing. You can ask questions to develop this craft by asking questions that will pertain to the question you will be asking later on down the road or questions that will improve your life. If you truly want accuracy, then ask questions that can verify the answers.

For example, you can ask “Where is the sewer or water line in and how deep is it buried underground”. You can then verify the answers to the question you asked.  Another one is I’m starting a new job “Will I be happy there” The questions are endless but need to be vital or necessary in your life and can be verified by you. I would be looking for the Gold.


Other Types of Searches Using Dowsing


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 Dowser’s mind can determine what the result will be. You need to develop a question and focus on what your intentions and desires 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 there 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, 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 6o 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 questions 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

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