Dowsing Rods for Paranormal Investigation

Written by: Amber Atteberry


Dowsing rods, also known as divining rods or witching rods, have been a common tool for centuries. While traditionally used to find water and minerals, they have found a place in the world of paranormal investigation. Today, we will explore these tools and their connection to the paranormal.

What are Dowsing Rods?

They typically consist of two L-shaped metal or wooden rods. The use of this technique can be traced back at least 500 years when the Catholic Church tried to stop the use due to labeling it as occult. The rods were in the beginning primarily used to find water.  Later they were also used for finding objects and minerals.

Applied in Paranormal Investigations

When it comes to the paranormal, dowsing rods are believed to be a valuable tool for interacting with the departed. This practice started as spiritualism grew in popularity during the 1800’s. Typically the person holding the rods will ask the spirit to open, cross, or in some way move the rods.

If you're interested in using these great tools, it's crucial to approach it with an open mind. If you'd like to explore dowsing for paranormal investigations, here are some steps to keep in mind:

  1. Get to know how they react to the area you are investigating

Take some time to get comfortable with the rods. You want to hold them in the shorter end and keep a loose grip. Hold them with your thumbs resting lightly on the top of the short ends. Start by finding out how they respond to what is around you - electrical equipment such as a fridge, bottle of water etc. This way you can tell the difference between possible paranormal influences and non-paranormal.

  1. Putting them to use

Before you start, set definite intentions and come up with questions to ask. Ex of typical questions: Ask questions related to known paranormal activity of the location, Ask who is there, Ask if they want to communicate through moving the dowsing rods and let them know for instance that crossing them means No and opening them wide means Yes. Move around at a slow pace but with a clear purpose and keep the rods in front of you. Stay in tune with what your intentions for the investigation are and be open for communications through the equipment. Since body movements can set of the rods - do not make sudden movements that could influence the rod activity. Keep on asking questions that can be answered with a yes or no. Wait at least 15-20 seconds between each question so that there is time for an entity to respond.

  1. Keep a record

As you get responses, be sure to have it recorded on video or have someone write down notes of the questions you ask and what the replies are according to the movements of the rods. It is recommended to also comment on the video or write down the environmental conditions. This is so that you later can properlh analyze whether responses were of paranormal nature or not. Keep a detailed record of your dowsing sessions, including the questions asked, the responses received, and the environmental conditions at the time of the investigation.

  1. Use other equipment at the same time

Use dowsing rods alongside other paranormal investigation tools like K2 meters, Spirit Boxes, or REM Pods, and compare the results you obtain with each tool to cross-reference your findings. You can find a beginner’s ghost hunting kit here, which contains our quality dowsing rods and the famous K2 meter.


Using dowsing rods for ghost hunting can be an intriguing, fun, rewarding, exhilarating and most surprising experience. Dowsing rods remain a fascinating and literal hands-on approach to researching the paranormal. A method that generations have sworn to also help guide them to find minerals, water and lost objects.  If you’d like your own set, we sell top quality USA handmade pairs. One is even decorated with skull beads. Grab a pair and start enjoying the art of dowsing!

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