Have a burning question you’re eager to have answered, but don’t have time to visit a psychic or really trust asking a Magic 8-Ball? It’s time you get yourself a magical little token known as a pendulum.

After attending a psychic class taught by Victoria Vives Khuong—an international teacher who trains Shamanic practitioners, Reiki practitioners, crystal healers, sound healers and psychic readers—I learned more about what a pendulum is and exactly how it’s used.

Keep scrolling to get acquainted with this magical tool yourself!

What’s a Pendulum?

Simply put, a pendulum is a small weight on a chain that can be freely swung.

Turquoise pendulum hanging

(My beautiful little pendulum)

There are a ton of different places to get a pendulum. I purchased mine from a Renaissance Faire about a year ago because it was calling my name.

You can purchase any size, shape or color of pendulum that you think would work best for you. There really are no rules when it comes to finding the right one.

How to Use It

Using a pendulum is really quite simple, but before you get to asking your questions, you want to make sure you cleanse it.

In order to do so, you should hold your pendulum between your hands (making sure your hands don’t touch in the process) and focus on seeing a bright, white light shooting out from both ends.

Girl holding turquoise pendulum between her hands

(I swear my hands aren’t touching!)

Once you see the light, hold the pendulum to your heart so it knows your intentions are pure.

After you’ve cleansed your pendulum, you want it to show you its “yes” and “no,” because those are the types of questions it can answer.

Hold the pendulum between your thumb and forefinger and ask it to show you a “yes.” It should spin either clockwise or counterclockwise. Then ask it to show you a “no” and it should spin in the opposite direction of the “yes” rotation.

Girl with black nail polish on holding pendulum between her thumb and forefinger

(Can you guess what I asked my pendulum?????)

Now you can ask your questions, but you do have to be careful here. Pendulums can really only answer “yes” or “no” questions, so phrasing is critical. It will better ensure you get the answer you truly desire.

If you do want answers on the timing of how long something will take or even the percent of success on an outcome, there are specific charts for that.

Victoria provided me with one that I use fairly regularly when asking my pendulum questions, but there are a variety of sheets all over the internet you can use to get what you want. Plus, they’ll also provide more accurate readings than just using the pendulum on its own.

A simple pendulum chart

(It’s all in the charts)

So now you’ve asked your question and you’ve gotten your answer, but maybe you weren’t too happy with it.

Don’t stress one bit! Victoria made it very clear that these results aren’t always set in stone. If you get an outcome you don’t like, you can always work to make it a more positive result. And you can always ask the pendulum, with very specific questions, how to do so.

Happy pendulum practicing, all!


If you’re interested in pendulums, then we’re guessing you’d like to know how to use tarot cards. HERE’s your beginner’s guide to using them!