Pendulum Divination: Not Just For Witches!

You do not need to be a self-proclaimed psychic, skilled Tarot card reader, or identify as Wiccan or Pagan in order to tap into the knowledge of the beyond. That’s right! You, in your jammies, nursing that life-giving cup of coffee, can easily lift the veil between this world and the next and obtain accurate answers to your most burning questions.

PENDULUM DOWSING is an ancient form of folk magick found in cultures across the globe. From chakra healings, finding the gender of an unborn baby, to finding water, the pendulum is a powerful communication tool between us and the All-Knowing. It takes but little practice, and delivers a simple “yes” or “no” answer to any question. Here’s an easy to use primer for those of you who would like to learn how to use this amazing method, or who may be having trouble communicating with a pendulum you already own.

Choosing a Pendulum

There are scads of choices when it comes to picking your pendulum. While pendulums with stone or crystal beads and points can lend powerful assistance to your readings by the nature of their metaphysical properties, any style of pendulum will do the job. Choose materials that speak to you, even if you decide to craft your own. One of the oldest recorded forms of a pendulum is very simply a wedding ring tied to a string or on a chain. You can dowse successfully with nothing more than a bit of twine and a symmetrical stone! Whatever you choose, there are a few guidelines: The chain should be very flexible, and the chain or string should be 6 or 7 inches long. Any more than that, and the weight and tension may interfere with the transmission of the energy vibrations from the spirit world. Conversely, if the chain is any shorter, it becomes too sensitive to the nerve impulses from your hand, which can deliver a faulty reading. Moreover, the chain must be long enough to allow the pendulum to pick up momentum as the answer comes through, which is the means of truly identifying the nature of the answer.

The pendulum itself, be it a stone, crystal point, or ring, should be balanced symmetrically, and one inch, or up to an inch and a half long. More than this becomes unweildly, and too heavy to transfer accurate movement. Less, and the pendulum will not have enough weight to gain momentum.

Making the Connection

In order to communicate your questions, and receive the answers from beyond, you must develop a relationship with spirit. This is the point where most “muggles” give up, believing that you must exhibit paranormal abilities in order to reach through the veil. Nothing could be further from the truth! There are several entities involved in communicating with the pendulum, all of which are around each of us, every moment of every day, regardless of our ability to see or hear them with our human eyes or ears. 

The first of these entities are our spirit guides. Yes, you do have at least one! While Hollywood would have us believe that they will appear to us or whisper in our ears, and that you must be a psychic to know them, the truth is that they do not operate out in the open. They are a constant unseen presence, watching out for us, and tugging the strings of time and space to make sure we fulfill our task list for this life. But, it is not enough to ask them to present themselves, or seek them through meditation alone. You must introduce yourself, just as you would to any other person that you need to foster a working relationship with.

Spirit guides need to learn who you are, what your shortcomings are, and how you process the world around you. Without this, they cannot hope to deliver information in a format that you will recognize. Also, their frame of reference is no longer quite human, so we cannot assume that they will understand why we do the things we do. So, find a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed, and speak out loud to them about everything and anything. I pour my heart out to my spirit guides, intimating my deepest fears, my regrets, and my hopes. This allows them to identify the areas in which I require the most assistance, and my choice to make myself vulnerable to them increases their ability to reach the parts of me that have been hurt, and are most in need of sorting out. Chat with them every day! In the car, in those moments just after waking and just before sleep, and in gratitude for the little things. The more they get to know you, the more effectively they can communicate!

The second entity in the chain of communication is Source. The divine consciousness that bore us all knows all things, past present, and future. Hand in hand with Source are the librarians of the Akashic Records, wherein all knowledge is stored for everyone to access. Simply ask that they be present in your reading, and be sure to thank them for delving into such a massive repository for the answers you seek.

And lastly, you must include your higher self. Your higher self, which has purposefully spawned this incarnation, and fashioned this particular aspect of your spirit, is the direct link between you, your guides, Source, and the other side. Your higher self must adhere to the concepts of benevolence, self-love, and love of others, without exception. This means that each question you pose must resonate with those tenets, and your ego must be kept out of the process. Seeking answers with the intent to harm, expose, or to use information as a weapon has no place in this or any divinatory process. Not only will it get little to no response out of your pendulum, it may gift you with an ass-whooping from your guides in order to unfuck your priorities.

I enter this reading with perfect love and perfect trust. I ask that my intentions be purified and aligned with the highest good. I am a clear, perfect channel for the delivery and interpretation of this wisdom. I ask that my spirit guides assist my quest for knowledge, and that the Akashic Librarians access the information of all things past, present and future. I ask for guidance from Source, and I willfully set aside my ego and my limiting beliefs so that I can engage my higher self. This shall be correct and for the good of all.

Cleansing and Charging the Pendulum

All things retain residual energy from previous handlers and their environments. The easiest and most effective cleansers are plain salt (sea salt or table salt,) sunshine, or cold running water. Cover your pendulum in salt for a few hours, leave it on a sunny windowsill, or run it in a clean stream or under your tap. When using water, be sure to give thanks, because our love and gratitude does indeed enhance the purifying and nourishing properties of water. (Consider this next time you drink a glass!)

Next, place the entire pendulum between your hands, and after a moment of silence:

I ask that this tool be the perfect conduit between me and the infinite knowledge of Source. I empower it to serve my highest good, and to help me along my path of growth and enlightenment. And so it shall be this or something better.

Interpreting Answers

Charts and grids abound when it comes to pointing to answers from Spirit. Yes/No charts, ones with signs of the Zodiac, and even the Ouija board with its letters and numbers all have prominence in this task. Unfortunately, they rarely deliver accurate results. (Gasp!) The reason why is simple. You don’t tell a pendulum how to answer you, you ask it to show you. You’re a channel and translator, not a director. You must let go of your need to be in control of the process, and commit to being a cog in the mechanism. Your ego will just have to learn to like it, and you cannot succumb to the sense of power that can comes with knowing things that elude the five senses. This does not make you special in any way, because anyone can do it. What it does make you is a steward of this knowledge, and one who is privileged to communicate with the unseen. Do not abuse it under any circumstances, because you can easily be relieved of it.

Hold the pendulum at the end of the chain, with the point an inch or two above the table. Rest your elbow on the table, make sure your fingers touch no part of the chain except the end, and rest your other hand only on its own side of the area. If your free hand is your left, for example, rest it on your left leg, or flat on the left side of the table. Do not allow it to cross you.

Clear your mind, and steady your breath. Commit to being a channel, not an influence. Pull the pendulum up, and then relax your wrist in order to put it into motion. A pendulum asked to deliver an answer from a point of zero-movement will take forever, and will fatigue your hands. Ask the pendulum, “Show me a yes answer,”  and wait patiently for it to choose a direction and gain momentum. When the pendulum has enough momentum that it would not change direction without your interference, that indicates the true answer. Say “Thank you,” and note the movement that indicates yes. Steady the pendulum, gently flick your wrist to set it in motion, and ask “Show me a no answer,” and again, wait for the pattern of movement. Repeat for an “I do not know or I will not answer” response. Because the patterns will be different for each user, you can see how grids and charts can impose frustrating limits on Spirit’s means of communication.

For me, my pendulum swings in a front-to-back motion for yes, a circular motion for no, and makes little or no movement for I will not answer. 

Testing the Connection

When the pattern of answers has been established, test your interpretation by asking questions only you know the answer to. “Was I born in 19xx,” “Was my Grandmother’s name ____,” but be sure to mix true and false questions. Asking questions that are all true, for example, does not give the pendulum a chance to confirm the pattern of movement for “no” or “I will not answer” responses.

Phrasing is Everything

As any lawyer will tell you, how you phrase a question is directly related to the quality of the answer you receive. Keep your questions only a few words in length, keep them to the point, and keep your preconceived ideas out of it. If you’re looking to unravel a complicated issue, start with simple questions about things that happened in the beginning, and build your subsequent questions from there. Writing your questions down first is key, because it helps clarify your objective, and is a tremendous reference as you move toward understanding the situation. 

Troubleshooting

Maintaining a clear channel, and communicating effectively with Spirit takes practice. Stress, impatience, and misaligned intent will impede your efforts at every turn, so make it a habit to set aside a few minutes each day to keep your skills fresh. But, sometimes, even with the most careful preparations, we cannot connect. Don’t panic.

Spirit doesn’t have to answer you. I said it. Just like a neighbor is not obligated to answer the door when you knock, Spirit is under no contract to entertain your frivolous questions about winning the lottery, bedding down your crush, or being famous. The pendulum is a tool for enlightenment, not entertainment. Choose your questions accordingly.

Your self-doubt is in the way. Easier said than done, but you have to steadfastly believe in your connection to Source and Spirit. Without faith, Spirit knows you’re either just entertaining yourself, or waiting for some huge burning bush type of sign, which you’ll probably explain away anyhow. To quote the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer, “You’ll see it when you believe it.” It doesn’t work the other way around.

You’re not walking the talk of your Higher Self. Asking for knowledge in the name of what is good for all, but using it to soothe your ego, or even worse, planning to use it as ammo, is fooling no one but yourself. Spirit and your Higher Self see right through the discrepancies of your intent, and will cut the phone line without haste. Get right and do right.

You’re second-guessing the answers. What the correct answer is and what you think it should be are two very different things. Your perspective is an impediment here. Your point of view on the issue is just a hair-fine thread compared to the massive tapestry of time, circumstances, choices, and free will that actually brought the situation into being. Do not be disappointed when the pendulum does not give you the answer you’re looking for. Use the unexpected information to deepen your line of questioning and gain an expanded understanding of the issue, because clearly, you’ve got the wrong end of the stick right now.

What Can I Ask?

Everything and anything, so long as it comes from an authentic place of good intent and a wish for enlightenent! Enjoy being the student, because you’re definitely going to get schooled! I have used my pendulum to divine the sex of unborn babies, find lost objects, (and people,) sort out the hidden agenda behind a few people who have hurt me deeply, communicate with deceased loved ones, and solve the mystery of the Lizzie Borden murders. (Which was an exhaustive session, with dozens of fiddly details, but absolutely incredible!) What burning questions do you have for Spirit? How will you use the pendulum to help you navigate the waters of your life?

As always, Seekers, my love and blessings travel with you wherever you go! Keep in touch, and share your spiritual adventures by liking me on FaceBook on Instagram and visiting with me at www.wiccanhighpriestess.com

So Many Magickal Herbs, So Little Space!

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Admittedly, I am an herb addict. (Get your mind out of the gutter!) My Witchy cupboard has always overflowed with exotic plants and spices, and I am nearly ashamed to admit how much money I have tied up in spell ingredients that I rarely use. I have raided the spice section of ethnic dollar stores, and traveled 500 miles to visit a particular apothecary in Salem, MA. I am thrilled to have unusual items to add their particular energy to my spellwork, but there are some herbs that always have a regular place in my magick, and I am never without them.

I thought it might be helpful to show you that you can have a fully-equipped spell cupboard with just a handful of simple, inexpensive herbs and spices. Many of our most common ingredients serve several spell intentions, and can be bought inexpensively anywhere herbs and spices are sold, or in your local health food store. It makes no difference in the potency of the spell if the items are organic, but there is an added benefit if they have come from your garden or windowsill. Your energy connection with the plant from nurturing and caring for it, and expressing your gratitude for its life force, deepens your bonds with the earth and always aids any spell.

That aside, dried herbs and flowers are less expensive, easier to store, and have a surprisingly long shelf life without diminishment of magickal energy. You can also do a lot with a little. Larger quantities in a spell do not necessarily increase the work’s potency or success, so there is no need to buy in bulk. Usually, a container the size of a jelly jar will serve you for a good while. In addition, I do recommend storing in airtight glass containers. Plastic has iffy vibes, and will not keep herbs fresh as long as glass. I prefer small mason jars, but glass locklid containers are fine too, just make sure the gaskets are supple and not dried out.

CLOVE
My most-often used ingredient! Use whole or ground, but if you’re doing a spell that involves burning it, ground will go up more easily. Whole clove needs a charcoal disc to burn, because it’s quite oily and resinous. Cloves are potent, so a little goes a long way in tea or food. Stud a fresh lemon with cloves to make a hanging pomander that attracts the powers of both to any area. Smudging yourself with burning clove also helps bring a stop to malicious gossip.
Protection, purification, love, money, stops gossip

CINNAMON
Cinnamon is another great multi-purpose spice. Like clove, you can use it ground or whole. Ground burns more easily, and sticks work well on a charcoal disc. Steeping cinnamon in tea paves the way for a day of success and good luck, and gives strength to the drinker, and is an excellent overall health elixer.
Protection, love, spirituality, success, healing, power.

LAVENDER
Lavender can be found in any shop that carries loose herbs, and just the smell of it can bring peace and relaxation. It is a go-to ingredient for tea enthusiasts and aromatherapy practitioners alike. It burns easily, and retains its aroma when stuffed into a poppet or mojo bag.
Purification, love, protection, happiness, chastity, sleep, peace, longevity

BASIL
Basil is one of the best herbs for spells involving money and abundance. Slip whole dried leaves or a fabric pouch full into your wallet, checkbook, or the cash register at work. Steeping dried basil into tea, or chewing the fresh leaves, can aid you in astral travel and accessing the Akashic Records.
Love, money, protection, astral projection.

BAY
Bay is perhaps the most potent of purification and protection herbs, and has a pedigree of magickal use throughout the millenia. Steeped into a tea, it can help induce clairvoyant dreams and aid divination. Burned in a censer and used for smudging, it is twice as powerful as sage in clearing incorrect energies and negativity, including paranormal entities. Wishes can be written on the leaves and then burned to deliver your intent to the Universe. A leaf held in the mouth is also said to ward off bad luck.
Protection, purification, psychic powers, healing, exorcisim, strength

GARLIC
Garlic also has a long folk reputation for having metaphysical powers. Vampires notwithstanding, garlic is reknown for its ability to ward off evil of any sort. A clove carried in your pocket on an important day can keep misadventures at bay, and when sprinkled on windowsills or thresholds, incorrect energies may not enter your residence. Garlic also absorbs illness. In addition to making it a regular part of your diet, folklore encourages hanging it in a sickroom, or placing it under the pillow of one who is ill. This garlic must be buried afterwards, however. Do not ingest it, as it carries the illness it was charged to cleanse.
Protection, exorcism, healing, anti-theft

LEMON
Lemon, fresh or the dried peel, is one of the best cleansing agents known to Witches and housekeepers alike. A mild solution of fresh lemon juice in spring water is excellent for cleansing energies from secondhand goods, either wiped on or by submersion. The same solution can be used to cleanse buildings and vehicles, too, and is most easily deployed in a spray bottle that has been cleansed and charged with the intent of purification. The dried peel is a potent ingredient in love and friendship spells, and is one of the best things to stuff a poppet with for healing magick. Sprouting a lemon seed in the name of a friendship or love affair helps insure healthy, happy growth of the relationship, and its long life.
Longevity, love, purification, friendship.

What are the must-have ingredients in your spell cupboard? Which do you use most often, and in what manner? Does one herb that has the same power as another work better than the other for you? I’d love to hear about it!

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Love & Blessings,
Rev. Brooke J Burke, HPs, CHTR, MScB

LASSO THE MOON: An Easy Guide to Basic Moon Magick

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Greetings, fellow Seekers! I was blessed to be joined by many beautiful souls in a remote prayer vigil a few days ago. It was an amazing experience, as always, with palpable energy and positive intentions. We were comprised of several faiths, and I added to the effort with a meditation followed by a spell casting.

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It was a hastily planned gathering, but I feel my work was successful. The energy around my altar was literally humming!

I usually prefer to time my personal spellwork, law of attraction work, and manifestation/diminishment meditations in order to take advantage of the energies being offered by the positioning of the planets. This can be a challenge! You can wait years for a particular aspect to roll around, or miss an event by seconds!

Often, when the time comes that we are ready to make a change or have opened ourselves to accept more of the things that nourish us, we’re ready NOW! We’re present and accounted for, so let’s GO! Also, we often decide to put off dealing with an issue until it’s approaching critical mass. So again, we need to act NOW!

The quickest and easiest way to harness the energy of our galaxy and put it to work for you is by using the moon! Incorporating the phases of our moon adds an incredibly powerful punch to your magick, manifestations or diminishments, and can influence the outcome of big choices.

Think about it. Our moon is the closest planetary body to us. It’s so close that it is responsible for the cyclical rise and fall of all water on our planet, including our rivers and streams and within our own bodies. Its powerful presence in our human experience spans science, nature, religion, legend, and dreams.

You don’t need to be a scholar of the stars in order to understand the phases of the moon. You can download an app to your phone that gives you the info, but if you’re going to connect with Lady Luna’s energies, I strongly suggest you go outside and look for yourself.

It’s a no-brainer to see if the moon is full, or new. It’s either a full round orb, or it’s invisible! But what about all the stuff in between? Here’s a simple way to see if it’s waxing (growing larger, heading toward fullness,) or waning (getting smaller, heading for newness or dark.)
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Notice Where the Perfectly Round Edge Is.
RIGHT = RIPENING OR RISING
LEFT = LESSENING OR LEAVING

If the lighted part of the moon’s fully round outer edge is on the right, she’s waxing, or moving from new (dark) to full. If the lighted part’s fully rounded edge is on the left, she’s waning, or moving from full to new (dark.)

There are several easy ways to use the moon and her phases to add extra voltage and dimension to meditation, law of attraction work, and spell casting. It’s wise to compose a few extra lines to include during your meditation or ritual that outline how and why you’re incorporating the moon phase. Remember, spell casting is like writing a contract! Be specific, because there is great power in verbalizing your intent.

1) Do metaphysical workings asking for the diminishment or banishment of something at the full moon. As the moon wanes to new, the thing you’re wishing to be free of shrinks as well. This is extra-potent when done on the full moon nearest the summer solstice. You receive the quick-acting relief of the waning moon, and long-term diminishment from the shortening of the days. It’s excellent for goals like weight loss and putting to bed unhealthy habits or mental attitudes.

2) Spell work for gains, material or intangible, are best done at the new moon. This is also true for situations where more information is required, or truths that need to unfold in order to be seen. Again, make clear your intent to use the waxing moon to lend its growth to your desire. As the moon increases, so will your manifestation. Put it into overdrive on the new moon closest to the winter solstice, and take advantage of the steadily growing energy of the increase in daylight.

3) A bright full moon can be used for metaphysical workings designed to find an answer RIGHT NOW. Call upon her to beam her search light on something that requires immediate understanding, or a misdeed or mistake that needs to be uncovered right away.

4) Use the utmost prudence, and do not violate the tenet of “Harm None” when employing this last tip. The dark moon can be used to obscure things. It is not in the scope of Wicca to cover up your lies or deception, and be prepared for the unpleasant consequences when you are discovered to have done so. However, there may be a time when you are being unfairly scrutinized, judged, or harassed. There may be something belonging to you that another person is trying to get, but is not intitled to. And often, we are pursued by busy-bodies who can never seem to mind their own damn business or stop spreading gossip. The dark moon can hide you by distracting your detractors, placing obstacles on their path, or making a path for you that takes you out of their crosshairs.

Happy moon-gazing, fellow Seekers! Follow me on FaceBook @highpriestessbrooke, and please LIKE and SHARE it with your kindred souls! As always, my love and hopes go with you.
Love,
Rev. Brooke

SUMMER SOLSTICE FULL MOON: June 20, 2016 Holds Immense, Mythic Magick

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Greetings, fellow Seekers! Get control of your schedule for Monday, June 20, because you do not want to miss the unbelievable benefits of this year’s summer solstice!

For the first time since 1948, we will have a full moon on the solstice. This conjunction means rare, potent magick is in the offing. The full moon and the solstices lend their own brand of tremendous power to spellwork, manifestation/diminishment meditations, and astrological forecasts.

Traditionally, the full moon and the summer solstice are events that celebrate all things that are ripe, abundant, and in full bloom. We express our deepest gratitude on the solstice to the earth for the bounty that is coming forth at this time. Her trees and vines are bursting with fruits and vegetables that nourish our bodies and put our spirits back in touch with the miracles of nature. At the full of the moon, we bask in the mysterious silver rays that light our way to see that which has been hidden, and give thanks for things that have come to maturation in the last 30 days.

The full moon and the summer solstice also hold some of the most powerful banishing magick to be found in the metaphysical world. Diminishment spells and meditations receive supercharged assistance when enacted on the full moon and left to remove the undesired issue as the moon grows smaller. Banishment rituals done on the summer solstice (after giving thanks, of course,) are best used for issues that may take six months or more to lessen or disappear. Long-term weight loss, the closure on a painful divorce, deep addictions, phobias, and illness all top the list of things that benefit from the slow, steady work of the gradual shortening of the days.

When banishing magick is done on this unusual conjunction, expect to see results that knock your socks off!

When we’ve reached our limit on a situation that we want to remove from our future experience, we’re ready NOW! We’re hot and aggravated, or so darn tired, that we need relief, like yesterday! But we all know that the longest-lasting beneficial changes need time to take hold and settle in. Waiting and having faith can test the foundations of the most patient among us, and time is needed for the tangled threads of a complicated situation to sort themselves out. But this full moon solstice gives us fast gratification AND long-term diminishment!

In the combining of these two powerful celestial events, we receive a swift result from the two-week cycle of the moon that takes her from full to void (new,) and the luck, diligence, and endurance that is needed to go the distance from the solstice.

This means that a lifestyle change for health or weight loss yields nearly instant feelings of relief and an ecouraging reading from the scale, and it becomes easier to let go of the long-term habits and thoughtforms that may have helped put your health in jeopardy. The endurance of the power of the solstice phases those things out, and reduces your cravings for unhealthy food so steadily, it seems like no effort at all, and you may find yourself wondering how you lived life without a daily walk or swim!

If you cannot or do nor want to continue in your current career, but don’t have the luxury of walking out, take heart! A banishing spell can open a new door for you within the next few weeks in order to place you somewhere more enjoyable. But don’t expect it to be permanent! It’s first-aid while the long-term action of the solstice hears out your desires, and conspires to get you into a field where your heart and wallet are equally full. **ALERT!** This means your radar must be fully engaged! The next six months will be teeming with coincidence and serendipity, because these shifts are all about chance meetings and being in the right place at the right time. You must submit to the whim of a cup of coffee at that new cafĂ©, the urge to take the long route home, and the desire to horn in (in a friendly way!) on the conversation of strangers. Get off the beaten track of your routines, or you’ll miss your opportunities!

And the bad relationship that just seems to drag on? You know, the one that should have been over ages ago, but it didn’t seem possible to cut the cord cleanly? The ramifications were going to be too messy, dramatic, and painful, so you’re languishing in purgatory. Not anymore! A banishing spell right now for this issue can mean an easier immediate split, and then ever-calmer waters while the assets are divided, the emotions are soothed, and you both move forward with a cleaner slate. This full moon solstice energy may also be the catalyst to a meaningful conversation that puts the whole relationship into perspective for both of you, and even though you’re still splitting up, a respect and understanding may be fostered for what you used to have, and how you each benefited from the things that were good. This aspect in particular is important for exes that must co-parent. **ALERT** You must also be on the look out for coincidence and serendipity. It will yield that new apartment that’s perfect on your single income, that bit of extra work to smooth out some unexpected expenses, and the opportunities for soul-soothing activities that put you back in touch with your inner light.

As always, take this loving reminder with you: Harm none.Banishing rituals can be sticky wickets, because often, we’re seeking to remove people or situations that cause us pain. Do not allow the mirage of victimhood to be an excuse for petitioning the Universe for an end to an issue that includes pain for another person. Ideally, the solution to a painful situation, is one wherein each party can find it easy to walk away. With tension comes more tension, and resolution never comes of ongoing strife. If you are asking for a person to be removed from your life, or a harmful issue of which they are a part, repeat after me:

I ask that this be correct, and for the good of all. This shall be resolved easily, permanently, and with no harm inflicted. It is fixed, and it is so.

Brightest blessings, and I wish you much love and luck while you let go of the things that do not serve your highest good. Blessed Solstice!