The Deck of Shadows | A Senisible Pendulum

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. – Carl Jung

Many of you already know how to use a pendulum. For those times when you desire to convey the real power behind this divination, dowsing, and self-discovery tool or you wish to train someone else on how it can be used, The Deck of Shadows has a superb, built-in calibration and reading guide right on the back of each card! That’s right, the back design is a pendulum chart embedded in it that can be customized to meet the needs of any situation in which you find yourself. Obviously, there are many ways to use a pendulum with the cards. Here’s but one of those methods.

To begin, let’s see the back design for The Deck of Shadows:

To use this pattern, I suggest the following handling:


When you examine The Deck of Shadows‘ back design, you begin to notice there is a thin white that runs from the center of the card to the outer edge. Turn the card so that this line is now running from the center of the card towards the person who will be using the pendulum. The card back should look just like the diagram, above. The N (North) will be furthest away from you. The S (South) will be closest to you. E (East) will be on your right-hand side. W (West) will be on your left-hand side.


Imagine what it would be like to have a distinctive and personal bond with the back design you are looking at. Imagine the white line that seems to flow from the center of the card now extending beyond the physical limits of the card. The line is actually gliding towards you and into your heart. There it has fastened a place for itself, and you can now see the line that exists between you and the back design growing brighter and easily carrying information back and forth between you and the card.


The use of a pendulum is idiosyncratic – it can speak to people in different ways. Whether you are reading for yourself or letting someone else use the device, it is best to check to see how your subconscious interacts with the pendulum. (As a side note, the pendulum works through ideomotor response – unconscious, reflexive motions.)

First, bring your attention to the concentric circles on the back of The Deck of Shadows‘ cards. Simply bring your pendulum over the back of the card and intend for the pendulum to start moving in a circular motion. When the pendulum circles – either clockwise or counter-clockwise – that is your ready position; the movement indicating that your subconscious is prepared and primed to give you an answer.

Now, if you look at the diagram, above, you will see the N and S points. When the pendulum moves up and down between those two cardinal places, that generally signifies a yes or positive response.

When the pendulum moves side to side between the E (East) and W (West) points, that generally represents a yes or negative response.

I use the NW/SE diagonal (upper left to lower right) to represent the subconscious’ message: I don’t know! (This can also arise when it’s simply not time for the answer to be brought to your conscious knowing.)

I use the NE/SW diagonal (upper right to lower left) to represent the subconscious’ message: Maybe.

Once you understand these settings, it’s time to test whether they are working for you (or the person how is using the pendulum). You do this by asking questions that you consciously know the answers to and watching how the pendulum responds. For example, if you’re a biological male and ask the question, Am I a biological female? the pendulum should swing side to side for a no  response. If the pendulum swings up and down (back and forth), that is an indication that your subconscious wants to use that movement as its yes movement.

Ask a number of questions like this so that you can clarify and make certain the types of responses your subconscious wants to work with.


Once your card, pendulum, and you are in-sync, it’s time to play. Using the calibration we have just established, you want to use yes/no questions. Don’t use questions that contain the word or. For example, you can frame your question like this: Have I done enough at work to deserve a raise? You don’t want to frame it like this: Am I going to get a raise at work or are things going to just stay the same?

Here are some tips in forming questions:

1.  Ask questions that you believe your subconscious has answers to.

2.  Ask questions that help you to make a choice.

3.  Ask questions that help illuminate how you really feel about things or people.

Finally, remember that the quality of your pendulum readings are equal to the quality of the questions you ask.

If you’d like to find out more about The Deck of Shadows you can click on the following link:

The Deck of Shadows

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