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Effective Pendulum Cleansing Techniques: Step-by-Step

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Written by: Tina Caro

You will know this instrument well if you also take your energy measurements using the pendulum. You could have bought it yourself, or it could have been given to you; the fact is that it is one of the most widespread and used tools for measuring subtle energies.

As with any object or tool you use in your daily life, your pendulum can also become contaminated by congested subtle energies, especially after a while of working with it.

If you follow my website, you know that I want to remind you of the important distinction between the two basic types of energy: pure energy and congested energy.

This distinction is not only the basis of the correct measurement of subtle energies but also what allows you to perform effective energy treatments.


To cleanse a pendulum effectively, it is essential to remove congested subtle energies that accumulate over time by using methods like water immersion, crystal placement, or salt cleansing.

Regular cleansing is important to maintain the pendulum’s accuracy in measuring subtle energies and to avoid potential negative effects on the user’s energetic field.

Because you know where and why to work energetically on a given object, or on a given situation or with a certain goal.

Having said that, it is natural that when you measure with your pendulum, you come into contact with external energies, i.e., those of what you are testing or those of another person.

And very often, you come into contact with a part of clean, subtle energies and a part of congested energies.

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Considering that to effectively measure energies, you must resonate with the object of your measurement, it is very likely that congestions pass from the other person (or object) to you or to your pendulum.

And you will have already understood that it is normal that, after a certain number of jobs you carry out, you can notice – if you go and test it – that your pendulum is full of subtle congestions.

How to cleanse a Pendulum?

Before explaining how to cleanse the pendulum, remember that in truth, you too are exposed to congestion to some extent when you take measurements or treatments, and you need to know the subject to understand how to avoid the so-called “subtle contamination.”

I certainly don’t want to scare you, but if you work with subtle energies, you will already know that the transition is natural and that it is, therefore, useful and important that you cleanse yourself energetically after each treatment, obviously using the technique you prefer or which you find most congenial to your purpose.

On the note of this, also remember that the human body is an amazing machine—indeed, it’s an amazing energy machine to be precise.

Running WaterHold the pendulum under running water, such as a stream or faucet, to cleanse away negative energies.
Moonlight CleansingPlace the pendulum under the light of the Full Moon to recharge and cleanse its energy.
Sunlight CleansingLeave the pendulum in direct sunlight for a few hours to clear and refresh its energy.
SmudgingPass the pendulum through the smoke of sacred herbs, like sage or palo santo, to purify it.
Crystal CleansingPlace the pendulum on a cleansing crystal, such as clear quartz or selenite, to clear its energy.
Visualized CleansingVisualize a bright white light surrounding the pendulum, cleansing away any negative energies.
Table: Different Methods of Pendulum Cleansing

Little by little, the body disposes of the congested subtle energies it has accumulated on its own. However, it is always a good idea to help it in this, so I advise you to always carry out an energy cleansing after each of your energy treatments.

Ok, the rule of energy self-cleaning does not apply to the pendulum, which is certainly one of the most fascinating and extraordinary objects in the world, but it is not as complex and energetically able to rebalance itself as the human body.

You can verify it yourself by testing it… and besides, the opposite would be strange, don’t you think?

After some energy measurements and energy work, the pendulum is likely full of congested energies. The question is, therefore, this: do you have to clean it of congestions?

My answer is undoubtedly yes. I advise you to keep the pendulum clean and to clean it energetically after each job you do.

However, let me clarify one thing: many say that if you don’t clean the pendulum after using it, it won’t work anymore.

When you are testing something or someone or ask a question, the universe responds to you.

But your nervous system is receiving the answer, while the pendulum, as well as other instruments for measuring subtle energies, only serves to highlight the answer you are receiving.

This is why the pendulum works even when it is congested, as what interests you is its “mechanical” response, i.e., its rotary movement in response to your questions.

However, my advice is to clean it because it is not advisable to keep an instrument loaded with subtle congestions next to you.

And now we come to the heart of our discussion, or how to purify the pendulum.

Some may recommend placing it underwater or next to specific crystals.

Timing for Pendulum Cleansing

Regular CleansingPerform pendulum cleansing on a regular basis, such as weekly or monthly, to maintain its energy.
After Negative ReadingsIf the pendulum gives negative or unclear readings, cleanse it to remove any lingering negative energies.
After Spiritual WorkCleanse the pendulum after any intense spiritual work to reset its energy and prevent energetic buildup.
After Borrowing or LendingIf you lend or borrow a pendulum, cleanse it before and after use to clear any foreign energies.
After Emotional UpsetsAfter experiencing emotional upheaval, cleanse the pendulum to ensure it is not affected by the energy.

Cleansing Affirmations for Pendulum

“I cleanse this pendulum of all energies that no longer serve.”Setting the intention to clear the pendulum from any negative or stagnant energies.
“May this pendulum be purified and aligned with the highest good.”Invoking purification and cleansing energies to refresh the pendulum’s energy.
“I release any energetic attachments and recharge this pendulum.”Letting go of any lingering energies that may affect the pendulum’s accuracy.
“This pendulum is now cleansed, charged, and ready for use.”Affirming that the cleansing process is complete and the pendulum is ready for use.

How to take care of it (the official version)

Pendulums made with crystals and semi-precious stones are traditionally purified by immersing them in running water (stream, river, etc.) or, failing that, under tap water.

Alternatively, they can be immersed in a cup of coarse salt for a few days (typically 3 days).

To recharge them, they are traditionally exposed to the sun or the moon for a few hours. Some stones are more lunar and nocturnal, while others are more solar and diurnal.

Finally, the pendulums can be kept and recharged on an Amethyst Drusa.

Some say that the pendulum should be kept in a dark bag, in the dark.

When in doubt, always ask your pendulum what it thinks.


From my point of view, the most important thing is the intent we put into doing things. Everything we said before is certainly valid and works, but that’s just one way, one of many that lead us to the goal. In my opinion, whatever method we find useful, if we put the right intention into it, it will work.

If we also ask for confirmation from our pendulum before doing it, so much the better. Anything can be done to purify the pendulum. I do it with a wave of my hand and free it from any negative energy.

Sometimes I use incense. There are those who use Reiki, the voice, a ritual, etc. It would be enough just to think about it.

Likewise, anything can be done to recharge it, including the methods I just described. I really think that the most important thing is to use our intention in a focused way, without letting ourselves be influenced by superstitions, fixations, and paranoia. In most cases, the pendulum will not be polluted by negative energies and will not discharge.

When in doubt, always ask your pendulum and do some tests.

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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