If you have been shopping for pendulums at all, you will quickly see that there is a vast array of different colours, shapes and materials used in the making of this divination tool and everyone seems to have different opinions on which ones are best.
If you have not been shopping for pendulums, and you, for some reason do not know anything about them, here is a quick rundown.
What Is A Pendulum?
According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. a pendulum is a "body suspended from a fixed point so that it can swing back and forth under the influence of gravity". Anything fitting this description can be classed as a pendulum, however in this instance we are referring to a weighted symmetrical pendant made of either wood, crystal or metal, terminating in a point and suspended by a string or chain, used as a divination tool in Wicca, Witchcraft, Reiki & Tarot. Pendulums are also used by Clairvoyants and by everyday people looking for answers in their own lives.
Like all tools, pendulums come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and materials. Because of this it can be difficult to select the right pendulum for your needs. One that will give you accurate and meaningful answers.
Types Of Pendulums & Their Properties
In general, there are 4 main types of pendulums, classified by the materials used in their construction. Each of these materials brings its own unique properties as well as benefits and possible pitfalls.
The 4 types Of pendulums are:
Crystal pendulums are made from various types of crystals (however they are quite often made from quartz, such as clear quartz, smoky quartz, rose quartz etc) and as such they carry the vibrations of their specific stone. Because of this, you may want to look at the different properties of the crystals and see whether or not you would benefit from their energy in your divination. For example if you are asking about loved ones you may want to use a rose quartz crystal pendulum and tap into the loving energy of rose quartz.
On the other hand, especially in today’s market, a lot of the crystals being sold are actually fake- either coloured glass or sometimes even plastic. This is why when choosing a crystal, it is sometimes better to see them in person and feel their energies prior to purchasing them. Another thing to consider before purchasing a crystal pendulums is the ethics in relation to mining the crystals. Due to the massive interest in crystals over the last few decades, our Mother Earth has been significantly affected by unethical mining practices. This is one of the considerations that we personally feel one should consider prior to purchasing a crystal pendulum.
Wooden pendulums are pendulums which have been carved from different types of wood.
Knowing the attributes of the various types of pendulums can help you select the right one. Once you have considered each type you may want to look at these final questions:
- Are you intuitively attracted to this particular pendulum?
- Is the pendulum centred with the weight distributed evenly around the central chain. This will ensure that it swings freely.
- Is the length of the chain/string long enough to swing freely?
- Is the pendulum easy to use and comfortable to hold?
- How and where do you plan on using your pendulum?
- Do you have any ethical considerations towards the purchase of different materials?
- Does a particular material align with your personal beliefs and practices?
- Does it fit your budget?
Remember, at the end of the day, whichever pendulum you choose has to be something that resonates with you and your values. If you already have a favourite pendant necklace, it too can be used as a pendulum! You may even decide that you want to have different pendulums for different occasions, for example, you may want a metal pendulum for travelling and a quartz crystal pendulum for divination at home.
Personally, whilst I own crystals that I have accumulated over the years, I have chosen, as a business, where possible, to not purchase crystals or crystal pendulums due to the unethical practices of the mining companies as well as the unethical practices of certain wholesalers selling questionable products. It is one small act, but it aligns with my philosophy.
I encourage you to develop your own philosophy, do your own research and craft your ideal divination practice that aligns with your higher purpose.
If you have any insights you would like to share, leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you!
If you are looking to purchase pendulums, check out our pendulum collection here.