FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions
- What's the best way to reach AYP (Ask Your Pendulum)?
- Where do pendulums get their answers?
- Should I let other people handle or use my pendulum?
- Is it okay to use a pendulum with a broken point?
- Do you need to have different pendulums for different tasks?
- How do I choose a pendulum that's right for me?
- Does my first pendulum have to be given to me?
- I was told that my pendulum has to pick me (instead of me picking it). Is this a good idea?
1. What's the best way to reach AYP (Ask Your Pendulum)?
The best way to reach us is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. AYP is web-based only, so there is no physical store that you can actually walk through. There's no staff to answer the phone, so if you call you will get voice mail during business hours. If you leave a message I will do my best to return the call as soon as possible - but to avoid phone tag, email works best.
3. Should I let other people handle or use my pendulum?
Pendulums, especially those made with crystals, stones, and natural gemstones, absorb the energy around them and can hold on to it for a long time. You'll get the best results from your pendulum if it has only your energy attached to it. I recommend that you don't offer to let other people handle or use your pendulum for this reason. But if you do, just be aware that the other person's energy field leaves an imprint on your pendulum. It's a good idea to cleanse your pendulum's energy and recharge it with your own before using. Click here for energy cleansing instructions.
4. Is it okay to use a pendulum with a broken point?
Probably yes, though it depends. If the pendulum still swings in a balanced fashion and is not listing to one side like a sinking ship, then there's no harm in using a stone with a broken point. If it's a small break, you can try using a nail file to smooth and reshape the broken tip. However, most people don't feel good about something that's broken, so that can psychologically impact your faith in whether a pendulum with a broken point is a viable tool. If that's the case, then definitely you should to replace it. FYI - sharply faceted pendulums that taper into a point are more vulnerable to tip breaks. If you want to avoid broken points, you may want to consider other shapes, such as orbs, teardrops, cylinders, and even pencil points, which are less likely to break.
5. Do you need to have different pendulums for different tasks?
You can use the same pendulum for multiple purposes. How you use it will depend on the task at hand. Having said that, many people like to specialize their tools and may have multiple pendulums that they call upon for different needs. One pendulum might be used strictly for personal or spiritual matters and a separate pendulum is pulled out for healing work. My motto is that a person can never have too many pendulums (go figure a pendulum maker would have such a motto!). I ask you, do surgeons limit themselves to one scalpel? Do portrait painters use only one brush? Do chef's create a delicious meal with a single pot? You see my point - no pun intended.
6. How do I choose a pendulum that's right for me?
Pendulums are really personal. Having a special fondness for your pendulum makes you want to hold it, use it, and keep track of it. So I suggest that you look first with your eyes. Love at first sight can be a powerful thing, though it's not the only thing to consider. What grabs your attention is often a great choice, so don't dismiss it just because it's pretty. Once your eyes have weighed in, look with your heart. Read the stone energy information to see if it speaks to you on a level that hits home. (Each AYP pendulum description includes links to the pendulum's gemstone energies so you can see if this aspect resonates.) Often, once you read about the properties of the stones and/or the symbols in a pendulum, you will just "know" whether this is the one for you because it practically leaps off the page.
You can be your own mentor! You can bestow upon yourself the gift of a pendulum - and you can teach yourself how to use it!
This brings me to the second part of what's wrong with this custom. It's the energy. The fact is that all pendulums made with crystals and/or natural stones store energy - sometimes gobs of it. They're like batteries, charging and discharging energy depending on the available supply. Pendulums that hang out in public places (like racks at new age book stores or metaphysical shops), can be fondled by scores of people and all the while racking up energy (both positive and negative) like nobody's business. So it should be no surprise when one or more put on a show for you. Bursting with borrowed, unfocused energy, these pendulums will do or say anything to get you to take them home - but once there, cleansed and calmed, you may find a decidedly different creature than the one you met at the store. I've heard over and over again from people who have followed this old method only to be disappointed later.
If you can let go of the romantic ideal of being "chosen" by a pendulum - one that's potentially drunk on stranger energy - and recognize that you really don't need to be wooed, I believe you will find a truer pendulum for the long run. Take charge of the relationship. Pick the pendulum you love and it will love you back.