Are you a Water Witch?

water witch - witching for water with a willow branch
@barehugs (8992)
Canada
May 1, 2010 3:35pm CST
Divining has been used for centuries to find water and other hidden objects. Dowsing is a general term used to describe the art of discovering things that are hidden. It is also known as water witching. A water witch uses a forked stick or a rod to find water located underground. A pendulum can also be used for this purpose. A forked twig, (or Divining Rod) is the instrument normally used to find underground water. Most practitioners of the art of dowsing use a stick taken from a willow tree for this purpose. The theory is that there is some element in the twig that acts in conjunction with the diviner to find the underground water. Images of people holding tools in a forked shape have been found in artwork from ancient Egypt and China. The Bible contains an account of Moses using a rod to find water (Numbers 20:11). During the Middle Ages, dowsing was used to find coal deposits. Martin Luther referred to the practice as "the work of the devil." The term "water witch" is derived from this comment. One theory about dowsing is that the dowser establishes a connection on a psychic level with the substance or object being sought. Another idea put forward about dowsing is that all things are surrounded by a type of energy field. The dowser has the ability to locate and zero in on the vibrations given off by whatever object or substance he or she has been asked to find. Have you Witched for water, or seen a Water Witcher at work?
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12 responses
• Canada
2 May 10
No, I am not, but my husband is. I've seen him do it and it is amazing. He is always right, too, so I know it works. You have to use a certain type of branch. Apple or something, if I remember correctly.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
Actually almost any branch freshly cut from a living tree will work. My Dad would always use cherry wood. He was quite good at witching, and when the branch would dip (indicating water) it would sometimes rip the bark from the branch in his grip.
@Hatley (161985)
• Garden Grove, California
1 May 10
hi barehugs I have heard all sortsof theories and any one of them' may be true. We had a dowser come to our farm when I was probably arou nd 12 and he found water in an underground artesian well by using the willow wand, and that is all he had, We had laborers dug down and about two feet down was a huge resevoir of artesian water. So a well was made and we had water for our use all the time on the farm, drinking ,cooking, bathing water and it was pure artesian water too. much better than the chemically treated city water that the residents of our neighboring town had to drink.I have never tried it as I do not think I have that ability my self.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
1 May 10
I've always lived in the country where water is commonly found by witching. As kids we often played water witching. Sometimes we would hide something in the grass and see who could find it.
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
1 May 10
Hi barehugs, While I've never witched for water myself, I am familiar with the term and knew people who could find water in that way. In the village where I grew up, everyone depended on wells and a cousin of mine, who was much older, could always find water and she was often called upon to perform the ritual. I don't believe she ever failed in an attempt, but she was anything but the type of person you would expect to be doing this sort of thing. A widowed middle aged lady who ran her own business and worked for the Post Office, she looked very out of place but I guess she had some kind of psychic ability. Blessings.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
1 May 10
I'm amused by the actions of some local professional well drillers who charge by the foot. They are out to line their pockets, and to this end will begin to drill on the highest point of land on the property. They know that somewhere down below they will eventually hit running water and every foot of earth they drill through increases their earnings. There are scoundrels in every profession!
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@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
5 May 10
Hi again barehugs, The people I mentioned didn't charge at all, it was something that they did for friends, and anyone in need was a friend in a small community. How times have changed! Blessings.
@Steinway (312)
• United States
1 May 10
No, but I'm fascinated by it. However, I have seen the dowser used on a couple of tv shows, one being Ghosthunters. And when they were using it was used finding spirits or paranormal activity. And if I remember right, on this particular episode, the dowser was used by a witch that was helping them on a case and it was in concordance with their EMF meter. It was like when their EMF meter would start going up from O to 2.0 the dowser would move too.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
1 May 10
When I needed a water well dug, a friend who worked on the County Roads Crew was kind enough to help. One of his jobs (at work) was to find underground gas, and telephone lines, before construction equipment dug into them, so finding a water well was child's play for him. He used a carpenters level ( a cotton cord on a round pointed brass pendulum.) The pendulum began to swing when he stood over the underground stream. Each swing represented one foot of depth. His prediction of a wrist sized stream 20 feet down was right on. That was over 30 years ago, and we have never been without good drinking water!
@owlwings (38289)
• Cambridge, England
1 May 10
Your man with the pendulum was using very much the same technique as described by T.C.Lethbridge. Lethbridge, however, talks about 'cones' and 'prisms' of energy fields (and determines the depth by when he first and last detects the field as he walks across it). I guess that each dowser has his own way of determining things like depth and flow. One experienced dowser may well use entirely different methods from those of another to arrive at the same results. Lethbridge, for example, reports good results from asking questions which expect only a 'yes' or 'no' answer - "Is this object older than 100 years?", for example, or "Is this stream more than 100ft deep?".
@tcup345 (360)
• United States
2 May 10
I've done it, super easy. I made my own dowsing rods from metal clothes hangers. I've used it to find graves at the cemetary. I have a couple of relatives in which I knew the spot they are buried, they are unmarked. The dowsing rods helped me find all three graves. The pull the rods give is surprisingly strong. I've had my grandkids use them in my back yard and they've found what may be some water sources, we all get pulled in the same spots. I think your intention has a lot to do with what you find. I wanted to find graves, I did. I wanted to find water, I did. I tested first, when I wanted to find water, I moved to a place where I know there is water, noticed the results and then proceeded through my yard, there are a couple of underground springs out there. When I was looking for graves, I tested on graves that were marked and noticed the results, then I moved to the area where my relatives were buried and found them. It's an awesome feeling to feel the pull. I think I'll try it on my grandson today, he's never done it before. In this area a water witch is often used, there once was a preacher who "witched", interesting contrast.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
Thanks for your interesting response! I've never heard of witching for graves, but I'm sure its possible. Yes the pull can strip the bark from a willow branch (as I mentioned before) Your Grandson will be fascinated!
• United States
2 May 10
This is not the devil for one. If so then the devil is our God for Moses used a rod to find water when in need of it as much as the others throughout time in the bible and our world. It is a tool God gives us to help us find our needs. After all we ask him to help us and when he gives us a tool do helps us someone will always say the devil is involved. My heavens who is God going to have in his flock when the time comes? Will you be? I know I will be for I never let doubt take over me completely but we are given doubt to know when our choice is our choice. My grandfather did this when he needed to dig a well and had success while others had to do it their way and never did get a well with water till they had grandpa do it.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
That reminds me of a story my Grandfather told about working on the farm in the later 18 hundreds. He was digging a hole close to a big stone, with the idea of eventually pushing the stone into the hole to bury it. This was to make the field easier to work. The hole was waist deep, when he had folded his coat, and laid it on the stone. He worked till noon, and quit for lunch. After lunch he came back, to find the stone had fallen into the hole on top of his coat. Needless to say, although he missed his coat, he was happy to be alive, and unhurt!
@charylady (424)
• Philippines
2 May 10
i have seen water witching on tv shows and it's quite fascinating how some people have the ability to locate underground water. right now i am wishing i had this talent because where i live, we have had no water since yesterday! apparently the water pump that services our place has broken down and we don't know when they wil be able to get it fixed and running. meanwhile we have to endure the summer with no water!
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
I feel for you because I can imagine life without good water. Its like being stranded on the ocean - "Water, water, all around and not a drop to drink!"
@Galena (9124)
2 May 10
I'm not one. I would say it's the element I am least in tune with. first I would say Earth. I get on very well with rocks, and having my own garden has shown me just how Earthy I am. second I would say water. Fire and Water are less of a connection to me.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
I thank you for your interest! Its quite a thrill to feel the branch dipping as you walk over a flowing underground stream! You would make a good water-witcher!
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
1 May 10
I have never witched for water before. I guess because the water where I am from is abundant so we don't have to search for water to use. I have seen people witch for water on a T.V. show. They used some kind of a stick for searching for the water. When the water is found it moves. It really is fascinating and does work.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
2 May 10
Even with abundant water, you need a well that is carefully sealed around the top to keep out runoff which could be contaminated and dangerous to drink. In Ontario, well water must be tested by Public Health to be sure it is pure, and safe.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
1 May 10
Both Hubby and I have this talent. I think it's connected with the energy fields. Neither one of us has used this enough to develope the talent so that we can tell a lot of water from a little water.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
1 May 10
Many people can find water with a forked willow stick, but it takes practice to be able to ascertain the depth where the water is flowing.There is an energy field there, which can be felt when the stick suddenly dips in your hands.
@aquariand (466)
11 Jun 10
I am able to do dowsing, i am a wiccan and love to do magik. You have to be focused to find water but it is easy for most people to dowse and find metal. This technique is used when your learning to dowse. get two metal coat hangers straighten them and bend the ends over, stick the ends into two cotton reels so that they move freely. Get a coin and put it inder the rug or carpet and take the cotton reels, one in each hand, then walk towards the coin. You will see the metal coat hangers cross when you reach the spot the coin is at.
@bunnybon7 (33967)
• Holiday, Florida
2 May 10
wow. this is quite interesting. no ive never done it nor seen one in person but have read about it in several books. how could anyone consider finding a God given substance for life the work of the devil? that makes no sense. but then neither did a lot of the fanatics in history make sense i guess