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People search for water, metal frame to find water ( scharfsinn86/Adobe Stock)

Reviving The Ancient Intuitive Skill of Dowsing

Mankind’s ancient ancestors faced many challenges, for instance the need to be able to find drinkable water that did not show on the surface of the land. Many of these challenges were solved by way of the ancient practice of dowsing. Some writers believe that the one human figure in cave paintings at Lascaux, France, is shown dowsing with a stick but this assertion is speculative since no one really knows how to interpret these ancient drawings. A more reliable indication of the antiquity of dowsing with a rod is the persistence of these practices among the Arunta, an indigenous tribe of central Australia.

A dowser, from an 18th-century French book about superstitions (Public Domain)

A dowser, from an 18th-century French book about superstitions (Public Domain)

Historical References To Dowsing

An example of ancient dowsing is found in the book of Numbers in the Hebrew bible (Numbers 20:2-11), when God instructs Moses on the technique of dowsing with a rod: “Now there was no water for the congregation; so, they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: “If only we had died when our brethren died before the Lord! Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.” So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.


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