Before technologies came to us that allowed us to “peer” into the earth, people relied on a mining rod (also known as a magic vine or willow rod to find underground water and metals) to find water wells, metals, precious stones or even missing people and nameless graves. Although the effectiveness of dowsing has never been scientifically proven in controlled conditions, the practice remains popular in many parts of the world. It is suggested that people are able to sense electric or magnetic energy that is invisible to the eyes (like many animals can) and subconsciously manipulate an ore-digging rod or pendulum to reflect information (ideomotor effect). Whether you are an ardent advocate of dowsing or you think that this is garbage, conducting your own experiment is instructive (from a research point of view) and funny.
- 1 Take the ore digger.
- Find a forked ("Y" -shaped) branch of a tree or bush. Hold both ends on the forked side, one in each hand. You can experiment by holding them with your palms up or down, one way is more effective than the other. As a rule, walnut or willow branches are used because they are light and porous. It was believed that they better absorb vapors rising from buried metals or waters, so insert the unbroken end and point to the source.
- Bend two identical pieces of wire into an "L" -shaped shape and hold one in each hand for the short part of the "L", so that the long one is parallel to the ground and freely sways from side to side. You can use hangers to make these magical frames. Some dowsers consider certain metals, such as copper, to be more effective.
- Make a pendulum by hanging a load (such as a stone or crystal) on a thread or chain. Pendulums are used in working with maps or to answer yes / no questions, and not to direct the dowser through unfamiliar terrain. Instructions for using the pendulum are given in a separate section below.
For the manufacture of frames take any colored wire or welding electrode. The latter must first be cleaned of plaster. These raw materials should be three or four millimeters thick.
Fig. 1 Such a tool is easy to do with your own hands.
The wire is bent in the form of the letter G. The smaller part, about ten centimeters long, will be a pen, and with the help of a larger, forty centimeters long, water can be detected. To make the do-it-yourself tool work correctly, the short side of the wire is inserted into the hollow tubes. These can be cocktail tubes, but it is better to take elderberry branches with a removed core. The wire should rotate in the tubes without any obstruction.
Another tool with a similar effect is the vine. This is a fresh, elastic tree branch. Willow branches are often taken, as they are flexible. In addition, on a branchy bush it is much easier to find a suitable fork.
It is worth noting that the search using the vine is more complicated than using the framework. The vine must be held so that it can move freely. However, the movement of a person should not affect it. Finding this middle ground for a beginner can be difficult.
Fig. 2 The process of finding water with a vine
Do not take dry branches. The vine should be cut no more than three days ago. It is better to use the cut right before the start of the search.
How to search for water?
First you need to make a site plan so that you can mark the places of the likely location of water. The site is marked with pegs and a route of movement is chosen. It is recommended that you first pass the territory from north to south, and then also pass the site from east to west.
When searching for water, we take the frames in hand and direct their free parts forward. The elbows should be pressed to the body, and the forearms should be held parallel to the surface of the earth. If a watercourse is located underground, then the frames will move. The place where they intersect should be noted with a peg. Having done these actions several times, you can determine the location of groundwater on the site. This will optimally select a place for the further creation of a well or a well.
The movement of the frame can determine the features of groundwater. In places where they rise as close as possible to the surface of the earth, the frames simultaneously turn right or left. If one of the frames turned to the side, it means that the underground stream was divided. If the turn was inward, then the two streams merged.
When planning to search for water using a frame, some points should be taken into account. The method will not work on a site with a large number of underground utilities, laid metal pipes or other objects made of metal.
Basic rules for using frames and vines
Each of the frames should always be taken with the same hand, it is impossible to change. The same goes for the vine. Immediately identify the right and left sides.
Store tools in a dry and clean form by putting them in a plastic bag. As already mentioned, it is impossible to store a wooden vine for a long time.
You can’t take someone else’s tool for work. Each dowser should have its own framework or vine.
The best time to work are certain hours. It is an early morning, i.e. until six in the morning, and hourly from 16 to 17 hours, from 20 to 21 hours and from 24 hours to 01 hours.
The tool is directed forward only during the search. If there was a stop to rest or to determine further work, then the ends of the frames or other tool should be lowered down. Every hour of work should rest for at least five minutes.
You should not eat before searching for water. Also, do not drink coffee or tea immediately before work.
When choosing a water search on a site using a vine or a similar tool, one should be aware of the possibility of failure. The result largely depends on the specific person and his skill. The tool can remain stationary, which is interpreted diametrically opposite way. The absence of a reaction is caused both by the presence of an extensive aquatic vein and by the absence of groundwater close to the surface.