When the city dug up the street to replace the water line to my meter, I saw a man with a battery, a long wire and some sort of long device attached. He walked around the street and marked with blue paint the places the long device made a high squeal. I laughed and asked him he were dowsing. He assured me he was.
Later, one of the workers had two bent rods that swung in his hands. The rods were bent in a 90 degree angle. He held the short end that was about 6 inches long with the longer end that was about 12 inches long and held parallel to the ground. Both longer ends were point straight ahead. As he walked, the rods swung to the middle, crossing each other. I squealed in delight and asked if I could try it.
That is how I ended up water witching. It works. The guy gave me a set of bent rods and I happily traipsed around for a few minutes "finding" water. I deliberately crossed the water line to see if the rods swung every time. They DID!
Until the moment the rods swung and crossed for me, I was bordering on being a skeptic. I thought there might be something to it, but I didn't know how reconcile this mystery with my brain. Now, I don't even try to reconcile the rods' ability to find water with my logical doubts. I am a believer!
The reason I crossed and re-crossed the evident water line was so I could see if the rods swung every time. I had no intention of digging a well to prove or disprove dowsing. I was holding the rods loosely, so I know I had no intentional influence on the pull of the rods.
Next, I want a forked willow stick to try dowsing. I obviously have the "gift." Maybe I will try dowsing with a stick in the front yard on Saturday.
This article might give you further insight or reinforce your skepticism. There are plenty of links to explore.
Have you ever tried water witching? Were you successful? Are you a skeptic or a believer in water witching? Are any of your older relatives dowsers? I cannot wait to hear your take on this phenomenon.