Spent an enjoyable and informative time at the claims this weekend. Jimmy B, a mining friend from Idaho came over and dowsed a few spots. Jimmy B is relatively new to dowsing, however he has been studying deligently and seems to have a real gift.
I am fascinated by the "Lost Art of Dowsing" and wonder if this is a skill that one can develop or is it a gift only some obtain.
Jimmy says there is nothing magic in the rods he uses. He has built several sets of both brass and copper rod, in various thicknesses and length. He is still experimenting. He said he has not tried willow or cherry branches as yet.
I was amazed; for Jimmy, the rods would dance. He kindly gave me a lot of helpful advice and very useful information on the way to hold the rods and how they responded. He said to hold waist level or higher (shoulder level is best, but tiring) when looking for gold; when searching for water the rods should be held lower, closer to knee level.
I tried the rods for myself. Dowsing works! We then tested Jimmy B.'s abilities by hiding a vial of gold on the florest floor. His rods led him right to the spot!
He then became a bit more serious and focused as he walked a grid on the Southern Cross claim. I am excited; he had two very strong readings.
The ancient art of dowsing is quite remarkable. It is accomplished through an intuitive search process leading the dowser to find water or precious minerals. In our case, we were looking for gold.
Throughout history, there have also been numerous documented occasions where dowsers have located water, minerals, missing objects or missing persons. Dowsing has been referenced in history since 1518. Martin Luther mentions its use through out Europe and condemned the practice.
Often a dowsing rod, or a bent metal wand is used to facilitate the discovery process.
During the Victorian era dowsers and their abilities were sometimes considered to be practitioners of witchcraft or magic, the wand or rod they used was called a “divining rod " or “witching wand.” The wand was crafted from wood of witch hazel, willow or apple trees. Modern day wands are often formed from metal. Brass, copper or stainless steel rods, or in come cases, wire coat hangers have been used.
The process is quite simple. When the dowser walks with the device in his or her hands, they feel a vibrating tingle, tug, pull or other sensation when the item they are seeking is nearby. In a search for gold, once the dowser has a response from the rods, he will approach the location from differenct angles to isolate the area from which he is receiving a "signal". I found this similar to the approach that is used in metal detecting.
A crystal pendant or a weighted pendulum can also be employed in a somewhat different manner such as positioning it over a map, to bring about the same result of discovery. I have some old treasure maps I would like an accomplished dowser to review.
I have had the privilege of meeting several dowsers. Some, like Jimmy, were very accurate. Over the years I have developed a faith and belief in dowsing. Prospecting for gold is hard work! I will take all the help I can get.
Have you tried dowsing for gold? Will you share your secrets? Please post comments and your experiences.
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