Dowsing with L-Rods

by Diane Marcotte

Although L-rods can be used to obtain the traditional Yes/No/Maybe of a pendulum they are used mainly for finding:

  • Water, minerals and oil veins
  • Geopathic stress lines
  • The direction these veins or lines are flowing and/or their thickness
  • Lost objects
  • The measurement of someone’s auric field or their individual chakras


L-rods can be of any size, be made of any hard material and can include handles on the short end. A rod having a size ratio of 3 to 1 will have a good balance to it. L-rods are usually made out of copper or brass and have plastic or copper sleeves over the short ends. These allow the rod to turn easily. The sleeves are not necessary though and the rods can be easily cut to the proper length ratio from a pair of coat hangers.

Remember it is your intuition, not the rod doing the finding. They are just the indicators.

Holding and balancing the rods (the READY position)

Hold the rods firmly, but not too tightly, with the index finger down a half-inch or so from the top of the handles. If using rods without a sleeve, you need to hold them as loosely as possible while still maintaining the control and balance that will allow them to swing easily. With a rod in each hand, and the arms bent at a 90 degree angle, hold the rods pointing away from your body and parallel to the ground. The position resembles that of a gunslinger! To prevent the rods from swinging wildly hold the tips slightly down, about ½ to 1 inch, towards the ground. At first, you may find the rods easier to stabilize if you bring your arms in close to your body with your elbows tucked against your waist.

Determining your ‘Found Position’

First you must decide whether you want the rods to cross, i.e., make an X or to open wide, i.e., make a horizontal line, over the found item. Either method works but as I prefer the rods to open wide, (only because I can recognize an horizontal line more easily than I can determine if the cross is a perfect X) we’ll use that as the ‘found position’ for the purposes of this article.

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Walking with the L-rods

You need to tread softly as you walk, otherwise you will jar them out of their balanced position. It might help if you don’t stare at the rods as you walk. Focus your attention slightly ahead of where you are stepping.


What you are striving for is a relaxed, focused intent on the outcome you are looking for. You must not be strongly attached emotionally to the outcome, or allow personal desires to get in the way. If so, your rational, everyday ego consciousness will likely over-ride your intuition. In the beginning, it helps to speak your intentions out loud to your subconscious mind. Later on, you can say them silently. You must be precise, specific, positive and affirmative.


Very few people have accurate results in the beginning. It takes practice and more practice before you can rely on the answers you receive. Repeat the following exercise a couple of times a day for seven days. Note your consistency in results. On days when you got a different result, were you tired? Or just not in the ‘mood’? If so, just take a break for a day or two.

Ask… “Intuition, have my rods indicate the direction of North” or just “Intuition, indicate the direction of North”. Don’t get hung up on the wording – just make your question clear. Then check with a compass for accuracy. Note: Both rods or just one rod will move. It doesn’t matter.

For another exercise, try to think of a directional question that you do not know the answer to but can verify. Perhaps someone can hide an object in your home or backyard. Practice should be limited to 15 or 20 minutes a day. Start simply and slowly build your ability. Setting a too ambitious goal or challenge will only discourage you if your answers are not accurate. In fact it may be a good idea to begin by searching not for the hidden object but for the corner of the room or backyard where it is hidden. Then you can practice ‘closing in’ on the item.

Note: Most experienced dowsers, who are confident of getting correct answers, find they do not get consistently correct answers during exercises. It is almost as if the universe knows you are just ‘playing’.
Diane is a dowser from Oakville, Ontario and is a former Board Member of the Canadian Society of Dowsers.

 © Copyright 2002, Diane Marcotte.