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Water Dowsing - What is it and How is it Done?

Updated on August 31, 2017

Water Dowsing - Psychic Phenomena or Just a Scientific Method?

Water Dowsing, Water Witching, Water Divination, etc. is a method that is used widely and for thousands of years to locate water. I have a personal experience with it that I will describe below. The purpose of this website is to help you determine if it is useful for you and also teaches you how to do it, but use of video and written instruction manuals. My purposed is not to determine whether it is a spritual method, which I believe it is not, but to help guide you in using it, if you so choose. Please enjoy this site and comment below and thanks for stopping by!

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dowsing rods
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My Experiences with Water Dowsing

I had no experience with water dowsing until I was about 9 years old. My family in Ohio, built a new home and we built it in an area that was not known for water. Several of the local homes had water brought in by tank and several tied directly into the City Water lines when they were brought through the area, many years later.

My father was the expert of everything. He was from a generation that grew up during the depression. He rarely contracted with any professional experts on anything as he learned to do things on his own. He was a master carpenter, mason, electrician, welder, mechanic, etc. He taught me many of these things although in most circumstances, I don't remember much more than either getting him the tool he needed or just holding the tool for him.

When moving to our new home, it was imperative that we had water. We did not have City Water at the time so my dad had help constructing a cistern, for fresh water collection and also wanted his own fresh water well. To do so, which was against most of the Geology references at the time, my Father hired a well-driller who knew how to dowse or what my Father called "Water-Witching."

It was a pretty impressive thing. The driller came to the property and took 2 L-shaped wires, held them in his hand and walked around the property until the wires crossed. When they crossed, he marked the area. He did this several times and was adamant that water was there. He couldn't confirm the depth but he confirmed the presence of water.

The well was drilled and my father was determined so he authorized drilling much deeper than anyone had ever drilled in the area. I seem to remember 1/2 mile but I could be wrong. Lo and behold, one morning while drilling, a fresh water supply of water spouted up from the drill at the exact spot the dowsing rods had said they were at. The well was capped and we always had a large supply of fresh water from drilled vein. This success inspired many more in the area to do the same thing and find water for themselves.

In successive years, I learned that my Father not only knew of dowsing but also used it himself. He fashioned 2 dowsing rods and when the pipes would freeze, he would use them to locate the pipes so he could dig and repair them. He also taught me and there wasn't really anything to it. It was weird to feel the wires move inside of your hands.

In my own opinion, I feel that it is a geologic and scientific process. We didn't chant or channel any spirits. I read about this in later years and felt that this was a bunch of hooey. My Father did not like using a forked stick as he said it didn't work for him. I remember trying it once and not getting any success either.

I believe in it because it worked for us and I have used it myself. I cannot claim it's uses for other things, such as finding empty graves, precious metals, etc., but others swear by it as seen in other areas of this webisite.

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Dowser - Illustration from an 18th Century French Book


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"Doodlebugging" is another term used for water dowsing.

Water Dowsing; Is it Evil? - What do you have to say?

Dowsing has been used for centuries but many fundamentalists say it is occult or evil. What do you think?

The most common form of Field Dowsing is used to detect water. Many others use dowsing to detect other things including empty gravesites and precious metals.

Dowsers have been known to outguess Geologists and employing a Dowser has been confirmed to save water seekers $thousands in well-drilling fees.

You can buy dowsing rods, but most say that cutting and bending a coat hanger into 2 dowsing rods works just as well.

Did This Site Leave Your Dripping Wet? - If so, please leave some comment drips below! We would love to hear from you!

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      Teri Villars 

      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @DrBillSmithWriter: I have the talent, so did my Dad. We did choose, however, to get a pro in when we drilled. Thanks for the visit.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My grandfather, same name, Bill Smith, was a well-driller and it was said he was one of the best around in 'finding the water.' ;-) Who am I to question it! ;-)

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      My dad didn't trust water witching but when I was a kid my mom went ahead and hired some fellow to do it on our property. He said that water would be found in a certain spot and that it was not very deep at all. Dad called in the drillers and after what I think my father said was $5000. worth of drilling they finally hit it. I know he kept wanting to give up and my mom kept telling him to keep drilling cause they were too far in to quit lol.

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting.. I think I would like to learn how to dowse. Blessed!


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