Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dowsing in the Graveyard

To make: Take metal wire hangers and straighten them out or you can get a 20" very heavy gauge wire. Mark it 5" in and bend it at a right angle (a vice works nice for this or countertop edge). Make two of these and you now have dowsing rods.

How to use: Hold rods lightly in hands, elbows at your waist, arms bent at 90 degree angle so forearms are parallel with ground. Do not place your thumbs over the bend in the handle. Do not grip too tightly.

Finding the dead: Walk over the grave. The rods should cross. They should uncross when walking off the gravesite.

Determining age:
Standing at head of the grave, take a step towards the feet end. Count your steps. If the rods cross after 1 step, it as a baby, 3-4 steps a child, 5 steps an adolescent, 6 or more steps, an adult.

Gender of the dead: Stand in the center of the grave, hold one rod over head. If it points to the head of the grave, it is a female. If it points to the feet of the deceased, it is a male.

The fun thing about dowsing practice is going to a cemetery with others and then doing this without a glance at the headstone. Don't see the age or sex of the occupant and let others watch you do it. It can have very interesting results, though I can't say why in the world it has such accuracy.


  1. Too cold here for that! I'd like to try it sometime. Like your new look too. :)

  2. Thanks. Hope all is good where you're at. It feels like springtime here which is how our late falls feel, about 60s/upper 30s. Can still hit the graveyards and dowse, though. Sure beats doing it in an AZ summer.

  3. Interesting what makes the dead effect earth's geomagnetic field.

  4. Good question, Echo! I have to admit that I entered dowsing with total skepticism (like everything else). Even my psychic skills have to be reproven every time I pick something up and read it. I keep thinking perhaps it was all a fluke or the skills might have gone away. They remain. So, the case for dowsing is explained many ways. Some people think it depends on the dowser's intuition and others believe it's changes in the earth's geomagnetic field when things are buried in the ground, like water or even bones or relics. I'm not one to think that a metal rod, made by no specific standards can be so acutely skilled. The fact that they are metal makes me wonder if something of a magnetic nature is at work, but I've also seen dowsers very clearly manipulate the rods to suit the answers they desire. When I see people conducting a "spirit interview" using rods, I roll my eyes and try not to bite my lip against the laughter.

  5. I enjoyed the first time trying them with you at the Pioneer Cemetery. Some of the graves were not marked and we found them. It was cool when we determined the gender and approximate age. I had fun using them.

  6. Julie;
    It is weird, huh? I can't explain it, but then I can't explain my psychic skills either. I just see my track record and go "holy shit!"

  7. I have never heard of dousing for anything but water. Interesting post.

  8. Yeah, I've been on lots of hunts with people using them, but I really became intrigued when I was asked to join the cemetery association to help document and protect an historic cemetery of the first black town in AZ. I went to the cemetery and a fellow hunter was using dowsing rods to find unmarked graves. They looked at their records and realized she was right.

  9. Dowsing for water, I kinda get: the flow of underfround streams can build up a subtle charge and create a different polarization than the surrounding land and affect the rods magnetically. However, I don't know about dead folk. If it is REALLY affecting the rods, that means there is something tangible and quantifiable at work. I've seen downsing-for-the-dead folks on TV, including a woman who held a death grip on hers while investigating Gettysburg. It's hard to believe she didn't coax them to do as she wished. Many dowsers place the wires inside a cylinder. It's the cylinder you hold instead of the wire itself, leaving the wire to move freely on its own.

  10. Cullan;
    When I made my own dowsing rods, I got very slender PVC pipe--extremely narrow and put the rod handles into them to use as the holders so they could move freely. I suggest that to others, although some people say it makes them too floppy, but it works so much better. I've seen people use them on graves where they have not viewed the headstone and the accuracy is rather shocking. I'm not sure what to say about that, except I'd like to see them try it over a heavy root system of a tree and see if they cross there and it could be that solid objects in the ground somehow affect geomagnetic flow.

  11. I was trained by a dowser from Missouri and went out to cemeteries with her several times. I was amazed how right on she was and I studied under her to learn the proper dowsing methods.
    The key to determine male and female is to hold one rod on your finger--let it spin--clockwise it is male--counter clockwise for female--that is a double check from the 1st method as some bodies are buried upside down.
    It is funny cause being on the board of directors of the Pioneer Cemetery, they FREAK any time I pull out a set of rods and locate bodies in the cemetery! They call them my witching sticks.

  12. I've never tried dowsing. I know of people in my family and in my ex's who do it to find water. As a matter of fact, we got a friend of the ex's dad to find us the best place for our well for the home we built in 2008. This sounds fun! I may have to find some money (it grows on trees right?) and see about doing this!

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