Pendulum as a Necklace: Can You Wear it & Will it Work?

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Written by: Tina Caro

Yes, you can wear a pendulum as a necklace, but you need to make sure you choose the right pendulum so that its energy can be channeled and ready to serve you.

What you need to know

The first question that will arise is certainly that of the material of the pendulum (in this case we refer to the body of the pendulum, excluding the cord through which we hold it in suspension): glass, metal (brass, etc.), crystals, wood (mahogany, ebonite, cork), terracotta, plastic or plexiglas are all excellent materials.

As Jocelyne Fangain rightly observes, the only material unsuitable for the pendulum is magnetized iron.

Keep in mind that each material has particular characteristics that will make the pendulum suitable for certain types of application, but not others. Choose the material of your pendulum wisely using the list below.

Although the success of the radiesthesia practice does not depend on the material in which the pendulum is made, do not underestimate the aesthetic aspect since the appearance of the instrument and its specific shape stimulate the energy emissions of individuals who like it. Pendulums that differ aesthetically can give subtly different readings of the same situations.

It is highly recommended, when we are choosing our pendulum, to be clear on the type of research we intend to undertake, so that the instrument adapts as much as possible to the area of our interest. Considering the area of research, let’s review some of the most common materials with an overview of the characteristics and the most suitable research area for them.

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Let’s see the most common materials:

  • Quartz easily gets in tune with the operator, establishing an intimate relationship with them. If you have never explored the world of stones, it will certainly be useful to study how to handle them, manage them, and which would suit your practices and habits best.For those who are beginning radiesthesia, a pendulum made of hyaline quartz (otherwise known as “rock crystal”), smoky quartz or citrine would be perfect for you. However, this does not mean that quartz can be used successfully, even by experts!
  • Hyaline quartz, in addition to being a cheap type of stone, can become a valid companion in numerous research fields. One of the most interesting properties of rock crystal is that, being both a receptor and an emitter, it is the perfect pendulum for any situation.It is also often used in the therapeutic and dietary fields. It is very suitable for those looking for a handyman pendulum, to always carry with you and to be used in any eventuality.
  • Rose quartz is best for introspective and emotional research: it is recommended for the investigation of affections, passions and feelings.
  • Rutilated quartz, citrine, aventurine and smoky quartz (whose properties are similar to tourmaline) are excellent materials: they are said to amplify the operator’s sensitivity, dispelling their inner tensions and protecting them at the same time.The assertion also applies to amethyst (which is part of the quartz family), but note that in subjects particularly sensitive to radiation, it is powerful enough to cause headaches.
  • Other recommended materials are calcite (suitable for medical applications) and agate (highly recommended for beginners).

Despite its great potential, a pendulum made up of the materials listed so far will have two main limitations:

  1. It tends to be easily saturated with energy. That means, it excessively absorbs the energies of who or whatever comes into contact with it. It therefore needs to be cleansed often.
  2. Being very delicate, it must be handled with care. The care of your pendulum will depend on the stone it is made from, as each has its specific requirements in order for it to ‘breathe’ properly so it can be used in radiesthesia research. When we come into possession of a stone, we must treat it in order to purify it and energetically charge it.

Here are the steps that we must respect when getting ahold of a stone pendulum:

  1. We must cleanse it of accumulated energies. To do this, hold the pendulum under a jet of running water for a minute; this has the effect of discharging all the negative energies that it has accumulated over time.
  2. The pendulum can then be fully purified. Note, again, that each stone is different. Some stones require purification using coarse sea salt (not iodized salt) for example, and it is best to research the material of your pendulum before purifying it so you don’t accidentally damage it.
  3. The pendulum can then be energetically recharged – the stone is restored to its full functionality by exposing it to the rays of the sun or the moon (I advise doing so during sunrise or sunset, avoiding the very strong rays of midday).

Wood is a very resistant material. Generally, ebony and mahogany are used in the making of pendulums. Wood pendulums usually come in the Egyptian, drop and acorn shapes.

The use of wooden pendulums is recommended for research on the ground and in geobiology (for example, in the identification of geopathogenic points). The wood offers excellent shielding for the operator and means that pendulums made of this material suit both beginners and experts.

Equally widespread in radiesthesia is the Bohemian crystal pendulum, with a composition similar to that of quartz, but worked with lead. Crystal pendulums are generally very fragile and must therefore be handled with care and attention. Furthermore, they need to be purified very often.

Another material recommended for energetically demanding research is orgonite, but it is not widely available. Since orgonite is able to purify itself with exposure to solar and lunar rays, any pendulum made with it requires minimal maintenance.

Among the various metals of which the pendulums are made we also find brass, gold and silver (or gold and silver plated pendulums); lead, often used in pendulums as an internal component, useful in absorbing negative radiation; copper, an excellent material for practicing with a pendulum, and also suitable for use by the most experienced.

Due to its natural conductivity, it is suitable for use in the most varied research fields. Mercury, although unsafe to come into direct contact with as a lone metal, is a constituent of many pendulums used in medical and therapeutic research.

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Pendulum shape

The pendulum can appear mainly in cylindrical or spherical shapes; it can be spherical with a tip (the so-called “drop pendulum” or “acorn”), it can be an ovular shape, conical and hemispherical shapes, or spiral shaped.

There are also pendulums with particular shapes, often tapered, which are the so-called “Egyptian” shapes, which we will discuss further on in the article. Since there are more than 4000 different pendulum shapes, a figure on which many authors of the radiesthesic literature agree, we can assume that all these distinct forms have bases in the main shapes mentioned above.

I would add that the simpler pendulums tend to be more effective, because they are easier to handle and are therefore usable by operators of any level. A very important aspect to always keep in mind when we are looking for a pendulum is that of its symmetry.

Asymmetrical pendulums are to be avoided across the board. If we are selecting one to be used in surveys involving the use of quadrants, it is advisable to choose pointed pendulums so that the results can be read clearly. This aspect is also important for geographical surveys.

I invite you to carry out some research on which pendulums will best suit your practice, depending on the kind of research you want to perform. There are some more guidelines to help you with this below.

Pendulum color

Some operators believe that adapting the color of the pendulum (but not the material from which the instrument is made) to their research field allows to obtain more satisfactory results.

The function of color is in this sense twofold, since functional issues are added to the aesthetic issues: changing the color of a pendulum will impact its aesthetics but will also change the functionality of the pendulum.

A green pendulum, for example, is functionally linked to the radiation of the 4th chakra of the human body, and so many pendulums used in research related to the psychological and emotional fields are green in color.

Both aesthetics and function vary according to culture, space and time.

The necklace material

The material of which the chain (or the thread) that supports the pendulum is made does not have a great impact on the pendulum itself: cotton, linen, silk, oilcloth, metal chains (noble or not) are all excellent materials, except for plastic or nylon, which is best to avoid.

The main criterion by which the material should be judged on is its ability to last a long time and withstand everyday impacts. It is also good to see how the chain and pendulum are joined.

Any screws or twisted wires may impact the balance of the pendulum and make it difficult to use.

Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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