The method of holding the rods during the dowsing process is important.
How To Dowse - Dowsing Tips
>Hold the handles of the rods in each hand with a light grip in order to keep from obstructing their natural swinging movement.
>Important! Keep your fists wrapped lightly around the rod handles with the inside of the thumb knuckle (nearest 1st finger) touching the rod handle.
>Hold the rods straight out in front of you with your forearms parallel with the ground, and keeping your elbows positioned at your sides near your waist.
>The rods should be almost parallel with the ground and should be aimed straight out in front of you at approximately the waist level. You will need to adjust the tips of the rods down slightly to keep them from swinging uncontrollably.
>Don't restrict the swinging movement of the rods by placing your thumbs on the bends of the rods.
>>Start your practice dowsing by walking over a length of electrical extention cord (the target).
>>Approach the target cord at a slow walking pace. As your eyes pass over the target you might see the movement of the rod tips (either crossing inward or swinging outward).
>>Once you have stepped beyond the target cord, the rods should return to their normal position in front of your body.
>>Next walk over the target cord in its lengthwise alignment. The rods should indicate a signal detection and stay in the crossed or outward position until you step past the end of the cord.
>>If you are a first-time dowser and have a problem with the rods not indicating a signal, then try one or more of the following suggestions:
1. Make certain that your thumb knuckles are pressed lightly
against the handles when dowsing. Practice walking over
the long length of the target cord several times with a
relaxed body and mind.
2. If you are still having problems obtaining a dowsing signal,
try thinking of a 'positive/happy' event and put a
smile on your face, and then dowse the long length of the
3. If you continue to have no success obtaining a dowsing
signal, then stand at one end of the target cord and
verbally address the rods....."Rods, ('cross' or, 'divert')
when I walk over the target cord"......then dowse the long
length of the target cord.
4. If you continue to have no success obtaining a dowsing
signal, then call it quits for awhile. Try again later when
you are relaxed and rested (and hopefully not frustrated!)
and repeat the above suggestions.
Ready to try grave dowsing? I always start by practicing on a marked grave site. I must point out that the direction of movement of the long portion (the rod and tips) of the dowsing rods may vary from person to person. Most folks, when they walk across buried human remains, experience the rods crossing inward. Other L-rod dowsers may experience the rods diverting outward. When I detect a buried body with my dowsing rods, the rods divert outwards.
Dowsing Old Graves:
In many of the older, rural cemeteries, there are often numerous unmarked burial sites. These sites may have had old wooden headboards or crosses that deteriorated and have since disappeared. There might have been marker stones that have deteriorated or were buried or removed by vandals. An observer may detect a slight depression in the ground or disturbed earth and different vegetation at these burial sites.
Here's an important clue in the grave dowsing process. In the United States there generally has been an observation of a specific Christian burial method of placing the body in the ground with the head on the west and the feet facing east. It is important to remember this as it helps one to determine the gender of the body. The marker stone may be at either end of the burial site.
(Note: When dowsing newer grave sites, the rods generally indicate a signal when over buried coffins and vaults rather than body remains, therefore a wider signal area is observed. On very old grave sites, the rods generally only indicate a signal when over the body remains because of the lack of a casket. In this situation there usually is a narrower width signal area.)
My technique of dowsing graves is as follows: I walk slowly across the marked grave site on a path from north to south or south to north. As I walk this path, the rods diverge when I start to cross the grave and then return to the normal position when I exit the grave site. I usually turn around and repeat my dowsing process by walking across the grave in the opposite direction.
Once I have established that there possibly is a body in the grave site, I then dowse the grave from head to foot and repeat by dowsing from foot to head to determine the length of the body. Remember, with more recent burials, you may be dowsing the length of a casket rather than the actual body. The below measurements are probably only useable if the body was not buried in a casket.
I slowly walk in a path from head to foot or foot to head and, while the dowsing rods are diverged, I count the shoe lengths (I place heel to toe and walk in this short step manner until the rods return to their normal parallel position---(my overall shoe length is about 12 inches) ......
>For me, 2 shoe lengths indicate that the burial site probably
has infant remains.
>3-4 shoe lengths, that of a child
>5 shoe lengths, is approximately the size of an adolescent or
>6-7 shoe lengths, would be an adult
Practicing with marked graves whose stones indicate age of the buried person has helped me to more accurately determine size of the body buried in the unmarked grave (which I approximate with stage of life, from infant to adult). Occasionally there are only cremated remains or re-buried remains in a smaller burial container that falsely represent the body length findings.
Determining gender of the body is to me a somewhat amazing and unusual observation. It is as if there is a polarity difference between the male and female body remains.
My preferred method of determining gender is to walk either just outside of the grave site at the head or feet. When walking at the head end of the grave site (at a right angle to the length of the buried remains), if the rods point away from the head and grave site, then the gender is female. If the rods point towards the grave site (head and feet), then the gender is male. Walking at the foot end of the grave site, the opposite is true.
Another reported method of determining gender is to stand in the middle of the grave facing towards one side or the other. Hold a single dowsing rod above the head. The length of the rod is held parallel with the ground----the hand gripping the dowsing rod handle can be held against the forehead. Stand over the center of the grave and note the direction that the rod moves. If the rod points towards the head, this indicates that the gender of the body is female. If the rod points towards the foot, this indicates that the body is male.
Another method of gender determination is to observe the rods movement while doing the initial dowsing of the grave when walking across it from north to south or south to north. I watch to determine which rod moves first. If the rod on the head side moves first, it is a female body....if the rod on the foot side moves first, it is a male body.
There is another reported method (by Brenda Marble) of determining gender of the buried body, but I have not been able to make it work for me. This involves standing over the center of the grave, balancing the handle of one rod on your index finger, holding the rod straight down. The rod is supposed to begin making a circular motion. It should rotate clockwise for a male and counter- clockwise for a female. This appears to be more of a pendulum dowsing process which I have not studied nor practiced.
Determining Depth of Buried Remains or Object: Another somewhat obscure dowsing procedure is to determine the depth of the buried remains. One should stand over the center of the grave site holding one dowsing rod out in front of you. Now stomp firmly with one foot on top of the grave and start counting.....'one-thousand one', 'one-thousand two', 'one-thousand three', and so on until the single rod begins to divert to one side or the other. Depending on the final count when the single rod begins diverting, the number reached is the approximate depth of the grave to the top of the buried remains. That is, if one reaches the count of 'four', then the depth of the grave to the top of the buried remains is approximately four feet.
I often use temporary markers to identify the sides, top and bottom of the burial area. I wear a gardening apron with pockets and carry simple marking items that can be easily pulled out and dropped by my feet. (see photo of cotter keys with attached ribbon, plastic markers cut from old venetian blinds and with attached ribbon, and long nails inserted in metal disc----also, large washers, poker chips, etc. can be used.)
To briefly summarize the dowsing process of identifying an unmarked grave site and its remains, I first locate the buried body remains in the grave and then I determine the approximate size of the body (and relate to stage of life, i.e., infant, child, adolescent, adult) and its gender.
The above dowsing processes can be tested with a live person laying on a pad located on the ground or floor. Remember to have them lay with their head to the west and the feet to the east so that gender determination can be accurate. Make certain if you do this 'live person' dowsing demonstration, that there are no buried utility cables or pipes in the immediate area that skew the detection results.
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