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A divination device. Small pendulums are often used in dowsing, radiesthesia, and related divination systems instead of divining-rods. Questions can be put, and the clockwise or anticlockwise rotation of the pendulum gives an answer, rather like the raps in Spiritualist séances.

In earlier forms of pendulum divination, a wedding ring was suspended on a silk thread. Today, practitioners of radiesthesia obtain a number of subtle indications from the nature of the oscillations of the pendulum, which is used for water divining, discovery of metals, indications of health and medical remedies, and even discovery of missing persons.


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