Book: The Dowser’s Workbook

Discover Dowsing, Aquarian/HarperCollins (London), 1993; ISBN 1-85538-319-5 get it from

I think it’s still in print; there was also a Spanish edition (by EDAF, Madrid) which now isn’t.

New: Sample chapters of The Dowser’s Workbook are now available for browsing on-line on this site.

Originally published as The Dowser’s Workbook in 1989, as part of Aquarian’s large-format ‘Workbook’ series, this was simply re-packaged into the smaller ‘Discover’ series, minus the ‘quest/test of skill’ section of the original.

[That last section of the original book was a challenge to the reader to prove their dowsing skill by finding one of two small brass plates I’d mounted above-ground, one in the Marin peninsula near San Francisco, the other in Glastonbury, the prize being a copy of the plate. The only responses I had were from a woman who wrote to tell me that the Marin one was twenty feet down (the book explicitly states it’s above ground…), and from an Australian man who casually mentioned that he’d seen the Glastonbury plate, though he hadn’t been dowsing for it at the time. As far as I was concerned, he won the prize, which I duly gave to him!]

Both editions are extensively illustrated, with ‘workbook’-type exercises followed by ‘comments’ sections to write down the results. The book’s cover-copy states:

Dowsing is a way of using your body’s own reflexes to interpret the world around you: by establishing what your reflex responses mean, it is possible to find hidden objects, to understand things more clearly, and to develop new and better ways of decision making.
This new edition of The Dowser’s Workbook is a complete step-by-step course in which the beginner can learn the ancient art of dowsing and experience the benefits its practice can bring. Author Tom Graves, a leading modern authority in the field, uses over 100 specially-designed exercises to teach the techniques of dowsing. These take you from making and using simple tools to more advanced routines that will help you refine and master your divining skills.

A manual which will appeal to dowsers of all levels, Discover Dowsing demonstrates how you can:

  • locate lost possessions and missing persons
  • dowse for underground water
  • pinpoint allergies and illnesses
  • predict the weather
  • confidently make vital decisions

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