Pendulums can be a great tool on their own, but since I’m a tarot geek at heart, I’m most drawn to pairing them with cards. Especially to offer clarification during readings. Sometimes we get hung up on whether or not a reversal means something, or whether a court card indicates a person or an aspect of the querent’s personality… or we’re getting a message that’s entirely different from the card’s traditional meaning and we’re wondering if that’s what we’re really supposed to be focusing on.
When you’re second-guessing yourself, a pendulum can provide an awesome sanity check or confirmation that you’re on the right track… or a gentle correction if you’re not. The type of pendulum you choose can be an aid to your practice as well–you can pick something that helps you connect with your guides, like we discussed in the previous lesson, and that can boost your intuition and confidence. They come in all different shapes, sizes, colors – you may find that some want to work with certain guides or certain decks… they’re all unique and have their own personalities, just like tarot decks.
During readings, if I’m struggling with a particular card, I’ll come up with a yes/no or A/B question, and then ask the pendulum for guidance, offering explicit instruction EACH TIME on what motion is yes or option A, and which is no or option B. Usually you’ll either go with clockwise vs counter-clockwise or north-south vs east-west (back & forth vs side-to-side).
If you’ve got multiple questions, just stop the pendulum and reset it to center between questions, then ask your next question and give it clear instructions as to which is yes/no, Option A/ Option B.
Here are some examples:
You’ve got a client planning a wedding, having all kinds of family discord. Queen of Swords comes up, but when you describe her characteristics to your client, she tells you it sounds like it could be either her maid of honor OR her future mother-in-law. In order to effectively manage the conflict, you need to know which one the card refers to. In this case, you could hold the pendulum over the Queen of Swords and ask for guidance—please move clockwise if this card indicates the maid of honor and counter-clockwise if it represents the mother-in-law.
You’re reading for a young man who has been on a number of job interviews and is waiting for a job offer. All of the signs in the reading point to him not getting the offer—the Seven of Cups comes up and he is convinced that means he will get multiple offers to choose from. You can use the pendulum to ask if the card represents wishes fulfilled and realization of purpose versus false hopes, illusion and decoys.
Overall, I think of the pendulum as a way to get unstuck or eliminate confusion when you’re almost at the end of your rope… if you’ve got a client that’s not being helpful in giving you background information, that sort of thing. I don’t use them in every reading, but the pendulum can be a nice tool to have in your back pocket on those days when it feels like everything is harder than it needs to be.