How to use a Pendulum and Divination board.

A pendulum is a weight on a length of string or chain, it can be as pretty or as plain as you desire. (Some folks advise staying away from metal, but i’ve never had any issues.)

Now, I imagine we’ve all got that someone in our family who will have a go at guessing whether the baby will be a boy or girl, using a needle or wedding ring on a thread. (That person is me in our family, in case you were wondering 😉 )

Dowsing has been used to find water, coal and metal, at different points throughout IMG_7157history. It is also the method that we use when working with pendulums to divine for answers.

A pendulum works by linking into the energies and vibrations of people and things around you.  The pendulum then transmits answers, and shows you these answers by moving in different directions.

When using a divining board, (or Answers Board) you can get accurate results to yes and no,  days of the week, time frame and astrological sign questions. And lots more.

Sit with your pendulum and cleanse the energy – either by  leaving her out in a full moon, or by burying her overnight in salt. (Return the salt to the earth once you’ve done this.) Or with a tuning fork, or even, simply by clapping your hands.

It will take a few try’s if you’ve never used one before, but let your intuition guide you. Relax, and let the pendulum dangle above the board. Think or speak your question, and wait for the pendulum to start swinging.

IMG_7158You can even get help finding lost things; like keys for instance… (I’ve tried and tested this MANY times.)  Just tell your pendulum you’ve lost your car keys, and ask for help in which room they’re in. Go and stand in each room, and if the pendulum swings too and frow, they’re not there. When she swings in a cicrcle; let the search begin!

Boy or Girl?

And just in case you were wondering; use the wedding ring of the pregnant Mama, and thread it on a piece of cotton. You can hold it above her tummy, if she’s comfortable with that, but above her open palm will work just as well. If the ring swings too and frow, it’s a boy, and in a circle is a girl.

You can change out a needle for the ring, and some use a strand of hair instead of cotton. It’s an old folklore tradition that’s been around for centuries, and is lots of fun at baby shower’s and pregnancy announcements.

Bright Blessings All,

J x

I sometimes have this divination board and a pendulums in my shop. 

The Wicca Oracle by Sally Morningstar

This is a very important deck for me ~ I always try to seek out items that have a natural witch energy.

Sally Morningstar’s Wicca Deck is one of the only decks I go to when I read for myself. It’s the deck I go to for big and complicated readings. You know when you get those feelings of confusion, and you’re carrying around a ball of churning nerves in your stomach and you don’t know why… It’s then that I go to this deck.

Let’s start with the energy. Just holding the cards in my hands is instantly calming. It’s like I feel centred in an instant. The panic of whatever the situation is takes a back seat for a minute, and I feel like I’m already getting my head above the water.

The art work by Danuta Mayer breathes Witch, with every brush stroke. It blends the guides that we turn to; Owl, Rabbit, Fox and Cat with symbols from our practice; cauldron, broomstick and Athame along with gentle reminders from the tarot and aspects of nature and the hedgwitch.

Each image has so much depth, but Sally’s guide-book is where it really all comes together. I’m an intuitive reader, and I try to hear what the cards are telling me, but with this deck I always return to the book, as there will always be a message that resonates for my and my given situation.

There are masculine energies within the deck, such as the card of The High Priest, but for me, this deck has an overall, gorgeously feminine energy, and really feels like guidance comes via the Crone and Goddess.

One of the real gems of this deck was discovering Sally’s instruction for a seven card spread ~ she demonstrates the layout of the cards, and couples them with planets, and the meanings give a BIG reading. it leaves you with a lot to think about and digest. No wonder Sally recommends that you only do it once in six months.

(The box has now been updated and the deck is referred to as The Wicca Oracle. Oct 2019)

Bright Blessings Lovelies )0(

You can also see the deck in technicolour 😉 

Witches Runes.

I’ve tried working with traditional runes in the past, and they didn’t really resonate with me, until I saw a set of witches runes.

If at all possible I like to work with things that I’ve put as much of myself into as possible, and so I thought i’d make a simple set for myself. 

I used stones that i’ve collected, but you can also use discs from holly branches or tumbled crystals — anything that takes your fancy.

If you see the picture below, the runes are laid out in the following order  —

The Moon. The Sun. The Black Rune. (I made mine black – you don’t have to – it is a vertical line with two horizontal lines trough it.) The Birds. The Ear of Corn. The Wave. The Crossed Spears. The Rings.



I researched a variety of different meanings, and wrote down a couple of sentences that I felt worked with each image, then, as I marked each stone with the symbol, I focused on the meaning. Marking the intent into each one.

The meanings are as follows;

The Sun – The stone of progress. If asking for a yes or no answer – this is the Yes stone. It is the positive outcome, and shows that a time of emotional richness is on the way.

The Moon – There are 4 ‘X’ marks within the crescent moon – representing the 4 phases of the moon cycle, telling you to expect changes within the time frame of the coming moon cycle. This is the messenger rune; change is coming. Look what runes fall around it.

The Rings – The love rune; it’s all about relationships – marriages, engagement – or maybe needing renewed focus on an existing relationship.

The Crossed Spears. – Compares to the Tower card in the tarot. Can show a time of upheaval and negativity — look what runes fall around it. If positive runes fall with it, it shows you are coming out of bad times.

The Wave – The emotion stone; friends, family and how you feel about them. It can indicate travel, normally of an emotional nature – visiting family, moving abroad.

The Ear of Corn — The lucky rune, whatever question you were coming to the runes with, if this is the leading stone, there will be a lucky outcome.

The Birds – Contact from long-lost friends. Unexpected good news. Positive legal documents.

The Black Rune – although you may be experiencing difficult times, you can learn from them. Look at what falls around it, to see where best to seek support and guidance.

Once you have marked each stone with its symbol, spend some time feeling and touching the runes
I laid mine around a candle for one complete day and night, allowing them to charge.

When you’re ready to use them, hold them in your hands, focus on your question or situation and ‘cast’ the stones. (Throw them as if they were dice.) Any that fall face down are not to be read. The lead stone is the stone that falls furthest from you. If there are big gaps between upturned stones, I read this as periods of time. It is very much down to your own intuition, and for the first little while you will need to spend some time getting to know them and how they work.
Below is a printable PDF if you’d like to give it a go ~ Happy Rune-ing Everyone.

J x