Dowser’s Workbook – Appendix

Further reading

You can’t learn everything about dowsing just from this one book, of course. So here are some suggestions for further reading on
dowsing and related subjects:

General dowsing

Christopher Bird, The Divining Hand (E.P. Dutton, New York, 1979). Well researched, with a lot of interesting descriptions and a large bibliography: a large-format ‘coffee-table’ book on dowsing.

Tom Graves, The Diviner’s Handbook (Thorsons/Aquarian Press, Wellingborough, England, 1986). Originally published in 1976 as Dowsing: Techniques and Applications, it’s the companion volume to this book, and looks at dowsing from a more descriptive point of view.

D. Jurriaanse, The Practical Pendulum Book (Samuel Weiser Inc, New York, 1986). A small introductory volume with a comprehensive set of charts for use with the pendulum.

Tom Lethbridge, Ghost and Divining Rod (Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, England, 1963). A representative title from the nine books Lethbridge wrote on dowsing and related subjects: well worth reading not just for the description of the ‘long pendulum’ system, but also for his delightful writing style.

Sig Lonegren, Spiritual Dowsing (Gothic Image, Glastonbury, England, 1986). A good book with an American viewpoint — Sig is a former Trustee of the American Society of Dowsers — it has a useful emphasis on psychological and personal-growth aspects of dowsing.

Maj. Gen. James Scott-Elliott, Dowsing — One Man’s Way (Neville Spearman, Jersey, 1977). Written by a former President of the British Society of Dowsers, it’s exactly what the title says: a clear, no-frills description, with some very good case studies, of one man’s way of dowsing.

Dowsing and healing

Elizabeth Baerlein and Lavender Dower, Healing with Radionics (Thorsons, Wellingborough, England, 1980). A general introduction to the principles and practice of using radionic instruments, as an extension of dowsing, to assist in the healing process.

David Tansley, Radionics and the Subtle Anatomy of Man (Health Science Press, England, 1974). One of a number of useful books written by this leading theorist and practitioner of radionics and medical dowsing.

Vernon D. Wethered, An Introduction to Medical Radiaesthesia and Radionics (C.W. Daniel, London, 1957). A slightly dated but still useful summary of medical aspects of dowsing.

Other aspects of dowsing and related subjects

Tom Graves, Needles of Stone Revisited (Gothic Image, Glastonbury, England, 1986). A comprehensive survey of the ‘earth energies’ field and its implications, using dowsing surveys of patterns both below and above ground as its starting-point, but also covering geomancy, ghost-hunting, parapsychology, pagan views of reality, and much more besides.

Francis Hitching, Pendulum: The Psi Connection (Fontana, London, 1977). A journalist’s view of dowsing: history, interviews, case studies and some interesting pieces of practical research.

J.C. Maby and T. Bedford Franklin, The Physics of the Divining Rod (Bell, London, 1939). The results of a research project commissioned by the British Society of Dowsers, this is one of the few systematic scientific studies of dowsing ever published.
(Out of print, but the British Society of Dowsers has copies in its library).

Guy Underwood, The Pattern of the Past (Abacus, London, England, 1974). Now a classic, this is a fascinating — if at times idiosyncratic — study of dowsable patterns at a wide variety of sacred and not-so-sacred sites.


You can only learn so much from books and from working on your own: at some point you really will need others with whom to work and experiment. Working with others, helping each other in testing the reliability of your work, you’ll discover far more than you can on your own.

Good bookshops and magazines will be able to advise you of likely contacts in your area, or of suitable events to go and see — or more to the point, to join in. But perhaps the most important source of information and contacts will be the national dowsers’ societies: working with other members, whether experienced or relative newcomers, you’re likely to learn most of all.

The British Society of Dowsers is the oldest, founded in 1933, with members actively involved in every aspect of practical dowsing. One of its great strengths is that it concentrates on practicalities rather than trying to find out ‘how it really works’. The most popular interest is probably the use of dowsing in health and healing, although you’ll find members applying their dowsing to anything from ‘conventional’ water-divining and civil engineering to archaeology and everything beyond. The society publishes a quarterly journal, and each year organises several lecture meetings in London and an annual conference (at a different location each year). Dowsers in Scotland have their own national organisation, the Scottish Dowsers, which is affiliated to the British Society. Both organisations also have a number of local groups in various parts of the country, most of which run their own lecture schedule and, in some cases, training courses. To get in touch with these groups, contact Michael Rust, the current Secretary of the British Society of Dowsers, at Sycamore Cottage, Tamley Lane, Hastingleigh, Ashford, Kent TN25 5HW.

The American Society of Dowsers is a large, active body with many local chapters scattered throughout the United States. The Society’s base is in Danville, Vermont (Dowsers’ Hall, Danville, VT 05828-0024). Several hundred members and non-members attend the week-long annual convention there in September each year, with a dowsing school and dozens of workshops and seminars for the attendees. (The convention all but takes over the small town: workshops are held not just in the town hall, but the church, the school, the fire station and practically everywhere else as well!) For obvious reasons, water-diviners are more common in the American Society than the British, but once again almost every aspect of dowsing is represented. Reflecting the realities of scale and distance in the States, the local chapters are larger and more autonomous than their British equivalents: some chapters or groups of chapters even put on their own conventions — the ‘Mile-High’ dowsers’ group in Denver, Colorado, for example, or the West Coast convention in Santa Cruz in July each year.

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