One of the most popular dowsing activities is dowsing for water. Water dowsing can be performed through a wide range of water dowsing equipment. Dowsers often use a dowsing stick, pendulums, or even water dowsing rods.
In ancient times, it used to be relatively easy to come up with rudimental water dowsing equipment: a tree branch (or water dowsing stick), a wooden pole, or even a small suspended weight from a string of cordage. In this article, however, we will ignore ancient water dowsing equipment types, and will focus on all things you need to know about water dowsing rods today.
It is important to remember that dowsing is more of a mental skill, rather than the possession of a physical device itself. Water dowsing rods are the tools that ultimately facilitate the water dowsing process, and will make it easier and easier as you gain dowsing experience.
So, let’s get to the actual things you should keep in mind before getting Water Dowsing Rods:
Are you an experienced dowser or beginner at dowsing?
This will likely impact the way you establish a connection with your water dowsing rods, as well as how fast you can get to the water. Not only that, but as your skills improve, you may find it easier to work with one type of water rods than others
Is dowsing definitely not for you?
In very rare occasions, dowsing could present some risks or dangers. We wrote a full article here on the dangers of dowsing. In most cases however, dowsing is very safe and can be performed by almost anyone.
Are you a dowsing star?
This may sound a little counterintuitive: a study conducted in 1995 (Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 9, No. I, pp. 1-43, 1995) found that ‘’a few carefully selected dowsers are certainly able to detect faults, fissures and fractures with relative alacrity and surprising accuracy in areas with, say, crystalline or limestone bedrock’’. If you belong to this group of rare dowsers, you may find that water dowsing rods may actually not be the best option for you, and you could achieve the same exact result, but faster, with a water dowsing stick, crystal or pendulum.
What is your budget?
It is always possible to get to expensive and sophisticated pieces of water dowsing equipment. If you are on a budget, however, you could also make your own water rods, by using a piece of flexible plastic, or a piece of grass/wood which can be bent in half and formed into a Y-rod, or if you live near a forest or park, a wooden forked branch could also work well as water dowsing stick.
What water dowsing tool is the best to start with?
Many of the things discussed in this article refer to rudimentary & affordable devices, and they will actually suffice in most cases to provide a working water dowsing tool. Regardless of the tools used, dowsers should learn to use more than one class of dosing tools, to increase their skills, versatility and potential as a dowser. Limiting yourself to one device, or one class of instrument is too constraining for most dowsers.
At the end of the day, every person resonates with different types of dowsing tools. Every water dowsing rods and dowsing device has its strengths and weaknesses. The L-rods for example, work very well in pointing at a water source. So, if your dowsing goal is drilling a well, or finding lost jewelry or coins, the L-rod usually works best.