Has anyone ever used a divining rod (dowsing rod) with any success?

What was that like?

What were you looking for?
Did it have a life of its’ own?
Which method….two brass jobbies or the willow Y-thingy?

Please…I beg you…I’m looking for actually stories here, not just some know-it-all stopping by to tell me they don’t believe in such thing.

6 thoughts on “Has anyone ever used a divining rod (dowsing rod) with any success?

  1. My grandfather was a person who used the divining rod to find water for those who wanted to dig wells years ago. We needed a well one time and he found the place to drill, but the drilling company said he was wrong. Thank God my dad took his father”s word for it because the well had more water than we had ever seen and it furnished water for both my sisters house and my dad’s. So far it has never went dry either. They work, but I don’t remember what type of tree limb he used. He would hold the two prongs out and there was a third prong in his mouth. When the rod dipped to the ground that indicated where the water was. The stronger the dip the more water there was.

  2. Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, I have used both methods many times successfully. The two brass rods are better for finding buried pipeline or underground stream, not too deep, also works for buried cables. The peach fork finds high water table or underground pools. Not dramatic like on TV, must hold correctly and have a good feel. No life of it’s own, not like reeling in a fish, just simple calm movement.

  3. They do work. My husband made one out of 2 coat hangers to find our waterline before we did some digging in our yard. It’s strange but it will locate water. He just cut the hanger hook part off so he ended put with two L-shape pieces. He helt the short end of the L-shape loosely in each hand, you know, with the long end pointing out in front of him and started walking slowly in the yard. As he got near the waterline, the two pieces met in the middle and crossed like an X. We tried it several times and in our yard, our kids yard and it worked every time.

  4. I’ve done this, mainly with that y-shaped branch…nothing too big or spectacular, nothing a regular metal detector couldn’t do by itself mind you.

    One thing I have noticed, however, is that it seems like the tool in your hands is, about 80-90% of the time, depending on what you are looking for, just a distraction. Really, for about 80-90% of the things you’d use a dowsing tool for, you could just as easily use your bare hands and get as good a result, at least for things at or near the ground’s surface. I’ve done this before, works especially well indoors.

    Of course then again, once you are rid of the tool, then it does start to become an argument of whether or not it is the tool or the mentality, and what that mentality means….it is usually just a case of letting your haptic reflexes (minor motor twitches in your hands) listen to overall sensory info your *brain* might not entirely pay attention to?

    And no, I am not being a jerk about it: Our brains do censor and filter out a lot of info usually. And there is info there that people typically don’t know about: we can smell atmospheric water vapor to some degree, some of us *can* hear into the low ultrasound courtesy of having mild to moderate respiratory disorders (think allergies, asthma), and some *few* of us do have a visual spectrum that edges closer and closer to the ultraviolet (do the new halogen headlights on cars irritate you? aside from their being too bright? this may be why), not to mention that both our senses of touch and balance are acutely sensitive to the vibrations from nearby motion….

    I’m just saying, it isn’t the tool really, it is the person using it, as usual. 🙂

  5. I had the chief of the base Civil Engineer squadron teach me how to dowse with bent coathangers. I picked up the skill really quickly- he told me I was a natural at it. We were trying to locate underground cables and pipes before construction, and only had one cable locator. I was to mark the spots where I got a ‘hit’ with a stake. One ‘hit’ was really powerful- it sent the rods spinning in my hands.

    Here’s the interesting part: all the ‘hits’ I got were accurate, according to the cable locator, but we couldn’t figure out what was under the ‘big’ hit I got until the backhoe unearthed an underground spring. They had to build a ditch to redirect it.

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