‘Dowsing with Wands’
When-I-were-a-lad I wrote to Sooty asking for a wand to magic a space ship in my back garden. I got a nice reply but no cigar. Fifty years passed in the wilderness before I ~ like Parsifal ~ acquired the magic wand.
In ‘The Divining Hand’ Christopher Bird shows that the wand-of-power/sceptre/mace/bobber is a universal symbol. A wand was used by old man Moses ~ way down in Egypt’s land ~ to bring forth water from the rock.
The wand is one of the Category A dowsing tools, up there with L rods, Y rods and the Pendulum. It is likely that the wand came first, partly due to the difficulty of manufacturing telescopic L rods in neolithic Milton Keynes (especially the ball bearing swivel mounted versions)
The dowsing wand has been neglected in recent years, and is probably less known to many people than the Cameron Aurameter. But the wand is a very powerful tool. In one sense very simple, in another very subtle.
By getting a (vertical) swing going ~ and observing how the swing changes when you reach the target ~ the wand can be used like an L rod. But the wand can also be used to find things in line-of-sight ~ if you had X Ray vision ~ such as electrical wires hidden in walls, or water in the next field.
The wand is far richer in its response than the L rod, partly due to the fact that the wand can move in three dimensions, and a comprehensive guide to the use of the wand is been set out in ‘Dowsing with Wands’, by Catherine Fortlage and Elizabeth Phillips1.
This is a really excellent guide, and it certainly makes you think. One of the most important pieces of information for me was how to use the wand as a tool for healing. Again this is both simple and subtle, and as I have learnt myself, very powerful.
For me, one of the differences between the wand and other dowsing tools is that with the L rod, for example, the shape, size and weight of the tool does not matter a great deal, as the hand quickly adjusts.
Yet with the wand, there are a number of variables, including length, weight on the end, overall twanginess, etcetera, and as a result the feel of the thing can vary considerably from one wand to another.
Given the importance of the wand ~ and its neglect in recent years ~ dowsers owe a considerable debt of gratitude to the authors for setting out so clearly how to use this particular tool. For less than the price of a pint of Strangler’s Old Chokey you can acquire as much information on the use of the wand as exists in print, or indeed on the web.
If you use the wand, the authors are keen to gather feedback from you, especially in relation to new uses, including uses other than finding water, energy lines, pipes and healing. They are also interested in different wand movements and the user's interpretation of them ; suggestions on materials and sizes of wands; tracking ~ either on the ground or on a map ; case histories of physical and/or aura healing ; using the wand to direct energy as witches use sacred knives ; and setting up protective mandalas.
Please feed comments through to Kate Fortlage at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 £5 plus £X postage from the BSD office…
2 Wands are available for purchase from the BSD office…
This review first appeared in Dowsing Today .
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