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Dowsing for Disasters

Dowsing is a simple technique for investigating a variety of situations.

Dowsing has traditionally been associated with the search for water, and is still used for that purpose in many parts of the world, including some parts of Britain. 

In the early days of the industrial revolution, dowsing was also used to locate minerals. Dowsing can be used by other disciplines, including archaeology.

In the UK the main dowsing organisation is the British Society of Dowsers, whose website contains a wealth of information on dowsing, dowsers and related activities.

The definitive history of dowsing is set out in The Divining Hand, a book by Christopher Bird.

It is very important to have a clear question in mind when dowsing.  For example...

  • Is there water present here ?

However, if you are searching for drinkable water, your question must be more precise, such as ...

  • 'Is there water of a drinkable quality here, in sufficient quantity, available throughout the year, and easily enough accessible, to make it a viable proposition to dig for it ?'

Dowsing Tools
Many dowsing tools have been developed.  Some of the more common include :

  • The V Rod
    This is the modern version of the traditional V-shaped hazel twig.  As twigs can eventually dry out and break, modern versions tend to be made of two strips of flexible plastic, tied together at one end.

  • The L Rod
    These are "L" shaped rods, usually of metal.  They can indicate the direction to move towards, as in..

'I am looking for water, which way should I walk ?'

or a precise point, e.g.

'I would like the two rods to cross when I get to the correct point'.

  • The Pendulum
    The pendulum is often used in conjunction with a series of questions. 

    In the past a pendulum was sometimes held over a pregnant woman's belly to discover if the baby was a boy (clockwise rotation) or a girl (anti-clockwise).

All dowsing tools ...
... move due to the involuntary (and imperceptible) muscle movements of the person holding them. 

The dowsing tools emphasise the subliminal movement. There may be a very small movement in the muscles, but the rods make that movement visible.

Amongst other techniques, Ced uses dowsing to identify detrimental and beneficial lines of energy crossing a property.

Detrimental lines can be an indicator of what is known as 'Geopathic Stress', which is unhelpful to the inhabitants.

Dowsing and Healing

As well as being used to locate water, minerals and other items, dowsing can also be used in conjunction with a '20 Questions' type technique to identify the causes of problems within a house.


Some people also use dowsing to intervene in a situation.  For example, to divert the route of underground water, or, to bring about healing. 

Ced has learnt a great deal regarding these tchnqiues from the dowser Joey Korn, who uses dowsing as a form of healing intervention, (and also to indicate that a change is taking place.)

Joey has developed a simple - but extremely effective - form of healing intervention using a combination of dowsing and verbal requests, or prayers.

Joey's approach is fully set out in his book "Dowsing - A Path to Enlightenment", which is available from the office of the British Society of Dowsers (  On two occasions  Ced has brought Joey over from America to teach in the UK.

Joey's approach is set out in his book and on his very interesting website at  Joey also uses dowsing to heal.

Ced has written a number of articles concerning dowsing for Dowsing Today, the Journal of the British Society of Dowsers.  Two regarding Health are :