Dowsing, frequently called water witching or doodlebugging (USA), is a method of divination for discovering water, metals, and minerals, in or under ground that appears to have arisen in the context of Renaissance magic in Germany and has remained popular since. Dowsers, sometimes known as diviners, also use a forked branch of a tree, bent pieces of metal or plastic wire, or a small pendulum.
Some people use no pointing device at all as other claim to be able to find water or minerals by dowsing a map.
Dowsing is distinguishable from a related divinatory method called radiesthesia because the latter method not only attempts to discover inanimate but animate objects as well such as missing person, and also is used in the detection of illnesses and prescribing their treatment.
However, almost everywhere the terms dowsing and radiesthesia have became synonymous.
As with dowsing, there is also the phenomena of teleradiesthesia or superpendulism. This is the phenomena where the sensitive person does not go to the actual location of the sought after object, but a map of the location is brought to him
There is no accepted scientific rationale behind the concept and no scientific evidence that it works.
Dowsing is a form of Divination for locating lost and missing persons and animals and for detecting hidden objects and substances, such as water, oil, coal, minerals, cables, and pipes. Dowsing also is used in the mapping of archaeological sites. Many people dowse as a way of checking their intuition about decisions and choices for virtually any purpose.
No one knows exactly how or why dowsing works. The tool responds to the user. For example, if a dowser is looking for underground water with rods, the rods will signal where the water is by moving up and down or back and forth. A pendulum will begin to whirl. Along with the signals from the tool, the dowser may also get intuitive visual impressions.
Dowsers do not necessarily need to go on location to search for things. Many dowse maps in a type of remote viewing. Dowsing is at least 7,000 years old; its exact origins are unknown. Rods of wood or metal (even coat hangars) are used as well as pendula.
Ancient Egyptian art portrays dowsers with forked rods and headdresses with antennae. Ancient Chinese kings used dowsing rods. The Kalahari bushmen of Africa have long used dowsing to find sources of water. During the Middle Ages, dowsing was used widely in Europe and Great Britain to locate underground water and coal deposits. It was associated with the supernatural, which gave rise to the terms water witching and wizard’s rod. Among the first books on the subject were The Diviners by Gaspard Peucer, published in 1553, and De Re Metallica by Agricola, published in 1556 in Germany.
Dowsing was transplanted to America by the early colonists. Dowsing was widely used until the 19th century when scientists dismissed it as superstition. In the 20th century, dowsing made a comeback as an intuitive skill. It is used in archaeological digs, the search for gas, oil, minerals, and buried cables, and in medicine. During wartime, dowsers helped locate mines, unexploded shells, and buried mortars for the military. Dowsers also have contributed research toward the understanding of mysterious earth energies, such as l eys. Individuals dowse for personal matters and divination.
Further Reading :
- Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. Breakthrough Intuition: How to Achieve a Life of Abundance by Listening to the Voice Within. New York: Berkley Books, 2001.
- Lethbridge, T. C. Ghost and Divining-Rod. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1963.
- Wilson, Colin. Mysteries. New York: Perigee Books/G.P. Putnams’ Sons, 1978.