Learning how to dowse using angle rods is ideal for outside dowsing: things like water, energetic ley lines, geopathic stress, pipes and so on. They are easy to use and it is usually fairly quick to get a first response.
Angle rods are very simple to make, and need consist of nothing more than two bent pieces of wire. Steel coat hangers can be easily cut and bent to make rods. They do need to have a bit of weight to them, or they can be blown about in the wind too easily. Watch our short demonstration video on how to make your own angle rods.
The rods are then held, one in each hand, with the longer length of the “L” pointing forward, as in the photo. The rods must be held lightly, not resting on the index fingers, so that they are free to swing. If you grip the rods too tightly, they will not be able to move. If you find that it is difficult to hold them loosely, then you can make some hollow handles out of short sticks of hollow bamboo, or indeed the casings of old ball-point pens. You can simply remove the insides of the pen, and slot the rods in. The shorter side of the “L” needs to be just a little bit longer than the length of the holder so that it can swing freely.
Learning to walk with angle rods can be quite difficult. The art is to walk slowly, without jolting the rods, keeping the fronts of the rods dipped down slightly. For most people, when you then walk over an underground feature, the tips of the rods will move towards each other. For some people, the rods move apart. This is perfectly OK. It is rather like the yes/no of a pendulum swing which for some people is clockwise, and for others is anti-clockwise. Both are perfectly normal.
What drives the angle rods is a muscular reaction – a slight unconscious rotation of the forearms. If the tops of the forearms rotate towards each other, then the rods will move towards each other; a movement away will cause the rods to move out. It is the change in balance between opposing sets of muscles that makes the rods move. If your rods move outwards it merely means that the change in muscular balance just happens to have a net result that is the opposite direction to the majority of people, nothing more.
Initially, the movement may be very slight. Over time and with practice, this reaction becomes much stronger.
Once you have found a reaction with the rods, the next question is inevitably to wonder what you have found. It could be anything (pipe, mine shaft, stream). The trick is to ask a question while walking. If you are looking for water, you need to ask for the rods to look for water.
Once you have found your water, there are still further questions to ask – is the water drinkable, how deep down is it and how much of it is there, for example. For water purity, you can use a simple device called the Mager Rosette. For depth, you can use a pendulum. You can ask for a yes/no answer to the question “how many feet down is the water”.
If you are dowsing for geopathic stress, you can dowse over the property by working carefully over the area and marking where you get a reaction. The best way to begin is to walk systematically across the property in a grid fashion, checking every metre or so in lines. You can then use something to mark where the lines are and you can make sense of them later.
Sometimes a sketch pad is useful. You can mark the points on the sketch and begin to make sense of how the join together. See diagrams at the sides.
Streams usually run in wavy lines, whereas energy lines are almost always straight. Quite often a stream can carry geopathic stress energy. Having established where the energy is running, you might like to then be able to treat the stress by using rods in the earth.
Arthur used to have a kit with him in the car with a variety of rods made from different materials and in different lengths, and a large hammer. You can use the rods or a pendulum (click here to learn to use a pendulum) to choose where the rods should go, and which ones to use – and then you can hammer them in. Arthur would usually choose between copper, aluminium and iron rods, but occasionally he used stainless steel. He used to use any metal that came his way – from old chair legs to old copper piping. Otherwise, it is possible to use materials that we have found onsite – such as sticks and stones.