There are different tools and techniques to use when dowsing for water, coins, lost objects, etc. You can even use the art of dowsing to find missing people! But the skeptic has to ask, “Is this lost art demonic?” After all, one of the names used to identify dowsing is “water witching“. On the other hand, another name is “divining“.
In 1949 French explorers stumbled on a huge system of caverns known as the Tassili Caves in North Africa while they were searching for lost civilizations in the Atlas Mountains. On the walls of these caves were pre-historic paintings with depictions of spacecraft and extraterrestrials AND a huge wall painting of a dowser!! The dowser was holding a forked branch in his hand searching for water. A group of tribesmen surrounded him. According to carbon dating, the wall murals were found to be at least 8000 years old. Other temple walls of pharaohs in Egypt and the Middle East have also been found with etchings of pharaohs holding devices in their hands that resemble dowsing tools.
Some say that there are passages in the Bible that allude to dowsing – such as the rod of Moses. The skeptic will probably have to investigate that one further, though. But historical records of Greece refer to dowsing being widely practiced on the Island of Crete as early as 400 BC. And there are many other references of dowsing being used by kings, queens and military commanders.
So, what exactly is dowsing? There are scholars who say only that dowsing is simply folklore. But in Christopher Bird’s book, THE DIVINING HAND, he points out that depending on your perspective (divine or demonic), questions are answered that logical reason could not provide. He says that dowsing is the searching for anything – usually done with the aid of a hand held instrument (such as a divining rod or stick usually in the shape of a V or L). He says that divining, or dowsing, works for the most important person in the world – you!
Perhaps a good dose of DOWSING FOR BEGINNERS by Richard Webster is just want you need (along with many others) if you are skeptical about divining. The author says it is easy to learn the art and he includes ways for you to develop your intuitions for dowsing along with a map of how to dowse for anything and everything – anywhere in the world!
You will have to decide for yourself whether the lost art is demonic or divine, BUT maybe you shouldn’t totally count the art of dowsing out if you are in need of water and all else fails!