Pendulum Experiments

This past weekend — en route the Mal’s Pals benefit where Kris Williams was speaking — Sean Paradis presented me with a wonderful collection of his latest pendulums.  I’ve mentioned them before, because they’re so extraordinary, and they’ve led me to re-think my disdain for pendulums in paranormal research.

My history with pendulums

As a kid, I used a pendulum now and then.  Like many teen girls, my friends and I briefly used a pendulum to find out the name of our future husbands.  I have no idea of the success rate, and suspect that subtle (and some not-so-subtle) physical movements aided the responses.  Perhaps that’s one reason why I didn’t use pendulums for the first 10+ years of my paranormal research; I didn’t take most divination tools seriously.

However, in the 1990s, a few ghost hunters were using pendulums and they seemed to be successful.

So, about a dozen years ago, I conducted pendulum experiments at Gilson Road Cemetery.  I assembled a group of paranormal researchers and equipped them with clipboards, survey questions, and pendulums.

They surveyed each marked grave at the haunted cemetery, using yes/no questions and homemade pendulums.  These were generally very primitive devices – hardware-style washers on strings, etc. – just to see if the results were consistent.  They weren’t.  At each grave, about half the people received “no” answers, while the others all received “yes” answers.

After that, I resumed my disinterest in pendulums as a serious research tool.  Fun? Yes.  Reliable?  No.

Then, Lesley Marden‘s research raised questions.  Her results with a pendulum have been — and continue to be — remarkably consistent and helpful.

In addition, I’ve tried a wide range of Sean Paradis’ hand-crafted pendulums, and they are responsive beyond anything I’ve seen with other pendulums I’ve bought, made, or tried.

So, I’ve had to revise my opinion of pendulums.

The cemetery that’s not a cemetery

On our way to the Mal’s Pals event, we stopped at a site that can only be described as a cemetery that’s not a cemetery.  Something there is not right, and my camera — which had been working fine that morning — actually broke.  The lens only opened a tiny amount.  (I took photos, anyway.)  When we returned to the car, I tried it again, and it abruptly worked fine.  Then, at the event, the lens opened partially.  I’m letting the camera sit, untouched, to see if it’s an energy issue that will resolve on its own.

This is one of the most dramatic and unique equipment failures I’ve seen in my many years in paranormal research.  I’ve had the camera for about a year and a half, it’s always been reliable, and there was no reason for it to fail so abruptly… except, perhaps, the location.

Lava Rock pendulum by Sean Paradis for Sleeping Meadows
Lava rock pendulum. Photo courtesy of Sean Paradis.

Since the camera wasn’t reliable, I took out about half a dozen different pendulums that Sean had given me.  My favorite is the lava rock pendulum, shown at right.  However, I also tried Sean’s pyrite cube pendulum and the ruby pendulum, and a few others.  Each had its own behavior characteristics.  Each seemed very powerful and the answers were clear — and consistent — no matter which pendulum I tried.

How I use pendulums

With each pendulum, I do the same thing: I hold the weighted part in my hand for just a second, in case that imprints it with a connection to me.  Then, I hold the pendulum from the small, handle-style bead, pin, or whatever’s at the end of the chain or cord.

I say, “Show me a ‘yes’.” I wait to see what the pendulum does.

Then I say, “Show me a ‘no’.” Once again, I wait to see what happens.  I have never seen a pendulum give the same response for both answers.  For me, a “yes” is usually a vertical swing, and “no” is a horizontal swing.  Now and then, it’ll be a circular motion, with clockwise being one answer and anti-clockwise being the other.

I check this every time I use a pendulum in a new location.  I’m not sure how much the answer relies on my psychic energy, the pendulum itself, or the energy at the location.  I’d never want to mistake a response.  So, I make a fresh start with each pendulum and each site where I test them.

The responses of a spirit named Fanny

At this cemetery (that’s not a cemetery), and thanks to Sean’s pendulums, I was able to confirm — repeatedly — the identity of the energy (or spirit).  I had several names to work with, from the few headstones nearby.  The entity was named Fanny.  That was abundantly clear from the pendulum response to that name, and only that name.

However, that’s when the information stopped.  No matter what question I asked — and we tried a lot of questions — the entity wasn’t responsive.  I’d shrug that off as a quirk, or maybe I was influencing the pendulum with micro movements, but the responses were such a sharp contrast.

Pyrite cube pendulum. Photo courtesy of Sean Paradis.

I think I tried about five or six different pendulums.  Each time, the response was nearly identical, though the pyrite pendulum seemed most sensitive at that one location.

Was the entity someone named Fanny?  Yes.  That was a dramatic swing from a full stop.

Did she have something to say?  Yes, maybe… that evoked a sudden halt to the pendulum movement, followed by an indecisive waver I could almost (not fully) attribute to the breeze.  It was sort of a yes, but not entirely clear.

There was no response when I asked whether she was frightened, if she was alive and well in her own time, whether her body was actually nearby, if she had unfinished business, and so on.

Every time I went back to the initial question about her name, the “yes” was clear.  Nothing else evoked a clear response.

It was a mystery, and remains one.

Nevertheless, I’ll continue to experiment with the pendulums Sean makes.  They’re ridiculously inexpensive — about 1/10 the price of similar-looking pendulums I’ve seen elsewhere — and the energy on Sean’s pendulums is clean.  That’s unusual.  In the past, I’ve always had to immerse new pendulums in sea salt for a few days, to remove others’ energy.

I’m always enthusiastic about mixing low-tech research methods with sensitive, scientific tools.  I’m hoping they’ll lead us to results we can document with the scientific method.  Alternatively, they may lead us to better “what if?” questions.

I’m very selective about the research tools and businesses I recommend.  However, Sean’s pendulums are an exception, and I can recommend them without hesitation.

In addition, I may conduct more research at the “cemetery that’s not a cemetery” and the area around a nearby ball field, but — for now — if you know the location, I hope you won’t broadly publicize it.  If the site attracts too much attention, it may limit our ability to visit the site for undisturbed research.

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  1. Hello Fiona!! I’ve written before about “Blood Hill”, some time ago. I have since been back, on more than one occasion, due to the many unexplained events; feelings of being watched, thick air making it difficult to breath, a feeling of lethargy walking toward the back left corner, almost like the ground is mud that we are walking through. And my favorite; the EVP. We VERY clearly state any surrounding noises. IE: “car passing” “motorcycle in the distance” etc. So it was VERY much a surprise to us to hear music on our recordings! We tried are hardest to “debunk” it as a plane passing over head, but again, that is something we would have pointed out, AND this is quite clearly organ music, in the middle of the night! Other than sharing these happenings with you, I was also wondering, where is the “cemetery thats not a cemetery”? I would LOVE to check that out! And finally, I had never even thought of using pendulums while “ghost hunting”, but I have a beautiful bloodstone pendulum that was gifted to me that will be going with me on our next outing!

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