Divining Rods in Paranormal Investigation

Posted: August 21, 2011 in Paranormal
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Copyright Tracy DeVore

Divining rods (also known as witching rods or dowsing rods) have been used for thousands of years. They might have originally been used to divine things such as the will of the gods, future events or even point out the guilty party in a crime.

The first knowledge of using divining rods to search for metals was found in the early 1500s in German mines. The rods became associated with the Devil during the Middle Ages and in 1662 were decried as satanic and superstitious. The Inquisition finally ceased using dowsing rods in trials in 1701.

The rods are still used in an effort to locate underground water (sometimes called “water witching”) or buried metals and gems. Some people believe they can find missing people, determine the sex of an unborn baby, or heal illnesses with the use of divining rods.

Many paranormal teams enlist the use of divining rods in their investigations as an attempt to locate and read spiritual energy. The dowser might ask an entity in the area to exhibit its energy by moving the rods in a certain manner, such as pointing in toward the dowser or spinning and reversing. The faster the rods spin, the more supposed energy in the area. The dowser may then attempt to communicate with the spirit by asking questions to which the entity will be requested to signify responses by moving the rods in a specific way.

Many people dispute the validity of dowsing rods and some even accuse the dowser of manipulating the rods. First, consider the “feel” and movement of the dowsing rods. They are usually very light and easily manipulated into motion, but not so simple to control. When the rods are reacting in a deliberate way and responding with accurate answers the dowser has no conscious knowledge of, it’s easy to at least entertain the idea that paranormal forces could be at work.

As with any instrument you offer into the hands of the unknown, use divining rods with a healthy amount of both caution and respect. Take into account any possible evidence collected, but always remember to back up your findings with facts.


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