My Journey With Crystal Pendulums

As a lover of all things mystical and spiritual, I have always been drawn to the enchanting world of crystal pendulums. These beautiful shiny objects tend to fascinate me with their delicate designs and mysterious allure. From time to time, I practice crystal pendulum divination, and love the experience of observing its energy in action. In this post, I’m excited to share the insights and revelations I’ve gathered about crystal pendulums along the way.

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The history and symbolism of crystal pendulums

In this article by Radleigh Valentine, he states that crystal pendulums have a rich history that dates back centuries. They have been used by various cultures around the world for divination and spiritual purposes. In ancient Egypt, for example, crystal pendulums were believed to connect with the divine and were used by priests and priestesses to communicate with the gods.

Symbolically, crystal pendulums represent a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. Furthermore, they are believed to amplify and channel energy, making them powerful tools for healing, meditation, and self-discovery. Another cool aspect is that each crystal carries its own unique energy and symbolism, which adds another layer of depth to the meaning of the pendulum.

Understanding the meaning behind crystal pendulum swings

In my opinion, one of the most fascinating elements of crystal pendulums is the way they move and swing. When held above an object or a person, the pendulum starts to swing back and forth, or in circular motions. I try to keep my arm and hand completely still when I’m holding a pendulum, and interestingly, it will start to move in a certain direction. It is believed that these movements are not random; in fact, they are said to be influenced by the energy of the person or object being examined.

Moreover, the direction and intensity of the pendulum swing can reveal valuable insights and answers to questions. For example, a clockwise swing is often associated with a positive or affirmative response, while a counterclockwise swing may indicate a negative or uncertain answer. The length and amplitude of the swing can also convey additional information.

Green Jade crystal pendulum on a chain.
Photo by Cassandra Chew | Sun Moon Tribe

How to use a crystal pendulum for yes or no questions

Using a crystal pendulum for simple yes or no questions is a popular and fun divination technique. To begin, find a quiet and peaceful space where you can focus your energy. Additionally, don’t forget to burn some incense or turn on your diffuser with your favourite essential oil for extra calming vibes. Next, hold the pendulum by the chain or string, allowing it to hang freely. Finally, clear your mind and set your intention to receive clear and accurate answers.

Start by asking the pendulum to show you its “yes” response. Then, observe the direction and movement of the swing. It might be helpful to write down the initial response to refer back to later. Continue to repeat the process to determine the pendulum’s “no” response. Once you have established these baseline responses, you can begin asking specific yes or no questions and interpreting the pendulum’s movements accordingly.

Exploring the different types of crystal pendulums and their meanings

The great thing about crystal pendulums is that they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and crystal types! So, if you have a favourite crystal, chances are that it comes in pendulum form. Generally, crystal pendulums preserve the same energies and meaning as their raw counterparts. Here are a few popular crystal pendulums and their associated meanings:


Known for its calming and spiritual properties, amethyst pendulums are often used for meditation and connecting with higher realms of consciousness.

Rose Quartz

The gentle and nurturing energy of rose quartz makes it an excellent choice for matters of the heart, self-love, and relationships.

Clear Quartz

Considered the master healer, clear quartz pendulums are versatile and can be used for a wide range of purposes, including energy cleansing and amplification.


With its vibrant and joyful energy, citrine pendulums are often used for manifesting abundance, creativity, and success.

Remember, these are just a few examples, and there are countless other crystal pendulums to explore! The key is to choose the crystal that resonates with you and your specific intentions.

Tips and techniques for using a crystal pendulum effectively

To make the most of your crystal pendulum experience, here are a few tips and techniques that I find helpful:


Clear and cleanse your pendulum regularly to remove any energetic residue it may have picked up. You can do this by holding it under running water, smudging it with sage, or placing it in direct sunlight or moonlight. PS. Not all crystals can tolerate water! Before submerging your crystal pendulum in water, ensure you research whether it is safe to do so.


Trust your intuition. While there are general guidelines for interpreting pendulum swings, the most important aspect is to trust your own inner knowing and intuition. Your pendulum will respond uniquely to your energy and intentions.


Experiment and have fun. Using a crystal pendulum is not an exact science, and it’s okay to experiment with different techniques and approaches. Allow yourself to explore and have fun with the process.

Green crystal pendulum next to two polished crystals.
Photo by Cassandra Chew | Sun Moon Tribe

Common misconceptions about crystal pendulums

As with any mystical practice, crystal pendulums are not immune to misconceptions and misunderstandings. Let’s debunk a few common misconceptions:

  1. Crystal pendulums are not fortune-telling devices. Basically, they are tools for self-reflection and gaining insight into your own energy and intentions.
  2. Your own energy and subconscious mind influence the movements of the pendulum, rather than external forces controlling them.
  3. Crystal pendulums do not possess magical powers on their own. They are conduits for amplifying and focusing energy, but the true power lies within you.


Whether you’re just after simple guidance by your intuition or wanting to add an interesting dimension to your readings, a crystal pendulum is a fun and entertaining tool to get some answers. They’re not just functional; they’re pretty to look at too! Available in a delightful variety of crystals, you can pick a favourite one to bond with or choose different ones for every occasion. So, next time you’re in need of a little cosmic nudge, reach for your trusty crystal pendulum and let the fun begin!

A clear crystal pendulum laying on a white square sheet of paper with lines and arrows.
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