Pendulum Board 101: Ultimate Guide For Beginners

Pendulum Board for beginners

When it comes to divination, the pendulum board is a popular spiritual tool and metaphysical art form that is very beginner-friendly!

In this article, we’ll be discussing what a pendulum board is, how to use it, how to create your own, and how they work with pendulums!

Please note that I make every effort to ensure this information is correct and accurate through my own experiences and referencing sources throughout and at the bottom of this article.

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What is a Pendulum Board?

Like the Ouija Board, a pendulum board is a divination tool used in conjunction with a pendulum. Some spiritual practitioners believe these divination tools access the aether, spirit guides, deities, or loved ones who have passed.

Others think divination tools access your subconscious. There have been some intriguing scientific studies done on this, which is incredibly interesting because you could potentially be working with yourself on a deeper level and could be fantastic for shadow work!

Using a pendulum alone will only give straightforward answers like ” yes “, ” no “, or ” maybe. ” However, using a pendulum board alongside the pendulum can add more depth to your divination work with added words, phrases, and numbers.

A pendulum board can assist you in acquiring spiritual direction, connecting with your intuition, noticing number synchronicities, and energy healing. You can even locate lost items, work towards self-improvement, or receive advice from the aether or spirit guides.

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How to Use a Pendulum Board

You’ll quickly discover that a pendulum board is easy to use and understand. Even as a beginner, a pendulum board is effortless and straightforward, and you can even create your own!

Pendulums are often used for spiritual healing and development. Like using a Ouija board, you want to be in a positive mindset because this can influence your reading. You’ll receive more interesting guidance if you concentrate on positive vibes and remain open-minded. Let go of any negative thoughts clouding your mind. 

Next, you’ll want to cleanse your pendulum board as well as the pendulum before use. This will prevent getting deceptive answers and attracting negative energy. There are several ways to cleanse your pendulum and pendulum board, but here are a few examples:

  • Moon water
  • Sound vibrations or music
  • Cleansing crystals
  • Burn incense or candles
  • Salt

Begin by holding the pendulum chain between your thumb and index finger. Then suspend it over a pendulum board placed on a flat surface. Some people choose to hold the chain in their non-dominant hand, but the choice is up to you.

The pendulum will appear to move all on its own, to begin with, so you’ll need to establish which direction is yes and no. You can do this in one of two ways:

  • Simply request the pendulum tell you which direction is yes and no
  • Ask the pendulum a question you know a yes or no answer to

Feel free to rotate the pendulum board to correspond with the pendulum’s swing. Take your time with this step to ensure you’re receiving accurate information.

Ask a direct question that can be answered with “YES,” “NO,” ” Maybe, “Rephrase,” or any other phrases, numbers, or letters found on your pendulum board.

Please avoid asking questions that include the terms should I, I’m supposed to, can I, when, or how because these can be vague and difficult to get clear answers from.

Instead, ask questions that include the phrases will I, can I, or do I.

Keep it specific and be clear with your phrasing. Be honest and refrain from asking questions about others. As long as you start the process with an open mind and a positive attitude, you will get the answers you seek.

How to Use a Pendulum Board for divination

What are Pendulum Boards Made of?

There are several pendulum boards out there made from wood, cardboard, or paper printout PDF. Many people prefer to create their own, which is okay too!

Some practitioners prefer to use wood and believe that it protects them from negative energy, but this is not necessary. Whichever one you choose can help you get accurate and precise readings.

How Do I Find a Pendulum Board?

Spiritual or metaphysical shops often stock divination boards, but there are many places online where you can find some beautiful ones as well. Of course, you can also create your own, which I discuss in detail below, but here are a few places you can buy them online.

Keep in mind most pendulum boards are smaller, ranging in size from about 4 – 5 inches. They honestly don’t need to be large, which is nice because they’re easy to store or place in your sacred space!

Wheel of Herbs Pendulum Board Kit (Etsy)

Moon Phase Pendulum Board (Amazon)

How to make a DIY Pendulum Board

First, you need to decide what kind of DIY board you want to make. It can be as simple or complex as you like! There are tons of examples online to inspire you, and you can include numbers, letters, or phrases.

I prefer to create my own because you can customize it to your design specifications and add your own artistic flair!

Also, if you make it yourself, the positive energy you put into it will become a part of the finished pendulum board. When it comes to making your own, the sky is the limit; let your creativity run wild!

Some spiritual practitioners prefer to make their own because they dislike that other people have touched the board before them. They believe it may have attracted negative energy, which they’d like to avoid. However, the choice is entirely up to you, my peculiar friend!

Free Printable PDF

You can always use a simple PDF printout to learn and master how it works as a beginner.

If you don’t want to create your own but still want a free pendulum board template PDF to print out for your own use, I made a beautiful and unique one for you below!

I hope this article about the Pendulum Board was helpful!! Lots of love to you, and remember, as always…


Gilbert, Robert Andrew and Park, George Kerlin. “Divination”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 16 Feb. 2001,

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