Something I’m often asked about is how to properly use a crystal pendulum.

Well, we’re in luck because that’s what today’s blog post is all about.

Once again, I have a super old (CLASSIC) YouTube video on how to use a pendulum which I think I did it back in 2009… pretty embarrassing. I’m not even going to link to it!  (If you want to see that sucker you’re gonna have to dig it out yourself). It’s almost ten years old. Is that even possible, a ten-year-old YouTube video? 

I’ve been wanting to update that pendulum video for some time… and add some other little anecdotes and bits of info into this new version because I feel kind of weird referring people back to the old videos when I used to do them with my head cut off!

See, I wasn’t recognizable in the video. All you saw were my hands because, at that time, I was a Science Department Head, taught science classes in the second largest school district in the US, and I really wasn’t allowed to talk about crystal healing openly at the time.

Now I am. 😀

Have been for a while.

And so I wanted to redo that video with my face actually in it.

The Power of a Pendulum

I first learned about the power of a pendulum one day in 1993 while watching an episode of Oprah. I was home from college, in between shifts at my waitressing job and I happened to catch this episode of Oprah.  That’s where I first learned about Deepak Chopra and he was explaining to her and then blowing her mind, teaching her how to use a very simple pendulum.

After that show I proceeded to make my own pendulum that I used for a very long time, using a dog tag collar chain and a washer.

I still have it to this day (as you see in the video).

Now, you certainly don’t need to get a fancy Crystal pendulum. It doesn’t even need to involve a crystal at all as you witnessed.

However, having a crystal pendulum (and you can choose different crystals depending on what the intention for that pendulum is), gives us a support and a tool to hone in on what it is that we’re trying to do or achieve. Since crystals hold different light frequencies, they actually can entrain different energies depending on the crystal that we use in our pendulum.  For instance, an amethyst pendulum would be great for enhancing intuitive and psychic abilities.


There’s a whole range of options available these days.  There are very simple pendulums that are just a chain and crystal and then there are more elaborate pendulums.

The one I show you in the video is white agate bob with sterling silver chain, a bit of suede, rainforest jasper and a nice feather for the fob. So you can go elaborate, you can go simple… or you can go with really simple as I showed you. Whether you choose simple or elaborate is totally up to you. It’s all about your preference and it really doesn’t make a difference as far as the types of information that you are going to receive.

You might be interested to know that the part of the pendulum that you hold is known as of the “fob” and the part that bob ups and down is known as “bob”. Makes sense.

Before we get started, I want to recommend that you steady your elbow on something stable when you’re ready to ask the question.  Over the years, I’ve found for myself and my students, that it’s much easier to not shake and have better control steadying your elbow if you rest it on something stable.  I demonstrate that for you in the video.

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Asking the Question

When you ask your pendulum a question, you want to make sure that it’s not worded as an open-ended question. Rather you want to phrase it as a Yes or No question.


For example, “Where did I leave my car keys?” is not going to work well with a pendulum.

You can rephrase it by continually asking (kind of like a hot and cold game), “Are my car keys in the house? Are my car keys in the living room? Are my car keys near the couch?” And you can get a Yes or No for each of the questions and use the pendulum to help you locate the car keys (or whatever it is that you have lost). Pendulums can be quite effective for that kind of work. You’ll see!

Of course, when you’re getting your answers from the pendulum, it’s not actually the pendulum that holds the answers.  I hate to burst any bubbles, but it doesn’t have special all-knowing magical abilities inside of it.

The pendulum is a tool and a support that allows you to tap into your higher self… which already holds the answers.

Yes, No, Maybe So

You’ll want to start by figuring out the Yes or No directions for your pendulum.

This allows you to figure out the personality of your pendulum. Every pendulum is unique. The Yes signal for one pendulum may be completely different from the Yes signal on a different pendulum.

So, to start:

  • Concentrate on the task at hand, take some deep breaths
  • Make sure you’re calm, not talking or animating with your hands all over the place. Steady your pendulum
  • Get it really still and then you want to ask it something that you know the answer to

For instance, when I made the video, I was really hungry. (As is often the case.)  So, I asked my pendulum about that (knowing the answer was yes).  It’s like my truth question. I tested the pendulum asking:  “Am I hungry now?” And then watched it closely. It was nodding back and forth towards me and away from me, so I determined the direction of that swing is my pendulum’s “Yes”.



Therefore, the opposite, perpendicular swing is going to be the “No”; when it’s going to my right and to my left (as seen in the video).

Now, if your pendulum ever becomes unreliable (as is known to happen from blue moon to blue moon), well you’re going to need to cleanse it and possibly you might end up having to switch pendulums if cleansing doesn’t do the trick for you.

Release Attachment

It’s also very important when using a crystal pendulum to not be too attached to the outcome of the question.

If you really, really want a Yes then you’re probably not the one who should be asking the questions. It’s best to ask a friend or someone else to use the pendulum in that case for you; someone else who’s not attached to the answer to that question.

Doing this removes any energetic bonding or influence.

So Many Uses

Now, you can use a pendulum to:

  • Get the answers to yes or no questions
  • Balance your chakras. That’s something we go deep into in my Certified Crystal Healer Course
  • Select which crystals to include in a crystal grid
  • You can even use it to help you shop for crystals when you’re selecting which crystals should go home with you

I hope you’ve enjoyed this newly updated pendulum video!  Do you have a favorite pendulum that you work with all the time?  How do you prefer to use it?  Is it elaborate or simple?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

Crystal Blessings!