Since I have been working with pendulums for a few years and I make them, as well as making dowsing rods, I put together a few comments to share for those who might be wondering about such things regarding where to start with yes and no answers.
(Insert standard disclaimer here of your mileage may vary, as well as the directions your pendulum or dowsing rods may move. )
Anyone starting out with a pendulum should ask the pendulum to show them what a yes answer would be and what a no answer would be. Not everyone gets the same thing for a yes and not everyone gets the same thing for no.
The first thing attempted should be to hold the pendulum fairly still to have a starting point.
For example, I always ask something that I know exactly what the answer will be to check my yes. It can be as simple as "Is my cat fuzzy and striped?" and my yes answers are usually a swinging back and forth toward and away from me. (Since my cat is fuzzy and striped,
that's definitely a good yes question for me to ask. He loves to hang out and watch the pendulum move.)
Then I ask something like "Is it snowing in my back yard right now this very minute?" and of course, I get a no answer since I live in the panhandle of Florida. Swinging in a circle is my no answer.
However, I have a friend in whose pendulums do the complete opposite for her from what mine do for me. Hers will swing in a circle for a yes and just go back and forth for a no.
Some people use them left-handed, some people use them right-handed. I am predominantly left-handed, however most of the time, I do my pendulum stuff in my right hand. If my right hand gets tired, I can just as easily switch to my left, although I again, always, always
double check my yes and no answers when I switch hands.
So, no one way is the right way, it's a matter of working with it and being patient enough to learn what works for an individual. =)
Moving on to dowsing rods, believe it or not, they are just as easy to work with as pendulums. I work with a pair of dowsing rods, so there are two, as opposed to just working with one. (Traditionally, when working with two rods, a pair of L-shaped rods is used and when working with a single dowsing rod, the Y-shaped one is used.)
I hold the dowsing rods with the shorter side of the L-shape in my hands where they fit through the old plastic pen parts so the wire can rotate freely. (I made mine using old ink pen holders and a wire clothes hanger.)
Again, it's the same thing with asking a yes or no question to get a specific answer to sort of tune in to what your responses will be. Sit or stand to where your rods will not swing around and hit you when they start moving.
Ask something which you know is definitely a yes answer. When my dowsing rods give me a yes answer, they will swing around and then in to point at me.
When I ask something to receive a no response, my dowsing rods will swing outward to point away from me to my direct right and left—the left one points to the left, and the right one points to the right.
Again, this can vary from person to person. I have seen some people get yes/no answers where their dowsing rods will point directly at each other to where they actually meet for a yes and for a no, their dowsing rods will point directly outward, which would be the opposite
of that particular yes answer.
(I have yet to find the right sort of Y-rod to use for dowsing, so my experience with the Y-shaped dowsing rod is non-existent.)
Perhaps this will help anyone out there who might have been looking for more information on how to get started working with a pendulum or L-shaped dowsing rods.
Pendulums and Dowsing Rods: Working with Them
from One Person's Perspective