As early as 1518, Martin Luther listed dowsing for metals as an act that broke the first commandment and the 1550 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia contains a woodcut of a dowser with forked rod in hand walking over a cutaway image of a mining operation. And in 1556 Georgius Agricola’s treatment of mining and smelting of ore, De Re Metallica, included a detailed description of dowsing for metal ore.
Wall Murals found in the Tassili caves of North Africa depict what appears to be men with dowsing sticks.
So the art of Dowsing has been with us for some time. But what exactly is dowsing ? and how is it reputed to work ?
Dowsing is the art of finding hidden things with the aid of a dowsing stick, a pendulum or rods.
Other names for dowsing include ‘water witching’ , ‘doodlebugging and ‘divining’ and in more modern times dowsing has been used to find old wells, mineral deposits and even missing people !
Dowsing has often proven to be effective but no one really knows why – Not even those that practice it but many theorise a kind of psychic connection between the dowser and the things they are seeking to find – that the dowser by concentrating on the hidden object can in some way tune into the energy force or ‘vibration’ of the object they seek.
Of course, Dowsing has many sceptics who put the apparent success of dowsing simply down to luck or accredit it to the dowsers having prior knowledge of water and mineral deposits or are perhaps just very good at ‘reading the land’
Dowsing was supported by Albert Einstein who commented “I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction, this is, however, unjustified. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time.”