Just had an interesting experience here in France. I moved recently to
a place with a hectare of garden/ ground. A young man came round from
the water people to read my water meter.
I didn't know where it was but the previous owner had pointed out
roughly where it was to me, so I took the man there. We looked for 5
minutes but could find nothing, We then went to another area of the
garden about 75 metres away. where I vaguely thought it might be but I
was feeling fairly silly by this time. After another five minutes I'd
found nothing and the water man was looking elsewhere. I went to see
if he'd had any luck.
He had a pair of metal rods about 50cm long with a right angle bend in
them in his hands and told me he'd found a water course but not yet
the meter hatch. I followed him for about 50 metres as the rods
dictated and then into some rough ground where the rods suddenly swung
round to cross each other. With a bit of scrabbling round with a
spade, there was the meter under a small concrete hatch at the
confluence of several pipes.
I asked is he did this regularly and he said yes, if there was a
problem finding the water meter, as if you knew where the course of
the water was, obviously the meter would be along there somewhere.
He also said that it worked most easily in calm and quiet conditions.
I'd often heard of water devining but thought of it as a kind of
'alternative' thing, never of it being used in this matter of fact
'tool for the job' way.
I used to have a pair of rods like you describe when I was a child. It was
quite easy to accurately find water and metal using them, so as a cheap,
easy water finder there is no reason not to issue them to anyone doing the
sort of job you describe.
On Sat, 27 Nov 2004 20:57:09 +0000, mrcheerful
"Tomorrow's World" had a skit on this in the late 70's or early 80's.
You can make them out of a couple of coat hangers and two BIC pen cases.
Seemed weird but some people swore it worked. Interesting that a water co
believes in it.
Website: http://www.dionic.net /
Yebbut it's French - where graphology is allegedly taken seriously in
screening job applicants :-(
Dowsing rods are in a family of 'unconcious intuition amplifiers' -
physical devices in which the user can induce a very visible movement
with only the slightest bit of muscle movement, of which they themselves
may be genuinely unaware. Whether it's natural sources or pipework,
there are undulations, changes in underfoot feel, and similar
environmental cues, which one can learn to pick up; if the accompanying
model you're taught by someone already practised in the art is in terms
of ley lines, fluctuations in The Force, or whatever, then you'll
certainly twitch your rods or whatever as you imitate.
I've never heard of graphology being used here but I expect someone
somewhere has.. It seems a pretty normal society when your news is not
filtered through the British press!
I was just interested in the fact that what he did worked, ie there
were no plans to go by and I couldn't find the water.
When I held the things over the spot they turned too, so it obviously
isn't something personal. I must have turned them purposely, I
suppose, though I couldn't physically turn the things when I tried to,
nothing to grip.
I'm in the same boat! I really can't see how it could possibly work.
But....water divining is quite common in Ireland and here in France, and
I suspect probably in more rural areas of England too. When we bought
our last house in Ireland, the previous owner told us of two places
where a diviner had told him there would be water. Our well drilling
company brought in someone else, who found the first of these two
sources in exactly the same spot and the other one within metres of the
first man. No, it definitely wasn't the same man! We ended up drilling
near to the second place because the first place was too near the
proposed septic tank, and came up with a great supply of water. This in
itself proves nothing, I know. I understand that if you drill far enough
down you will find water anywhere in that area. Another interesting
point was that the second man said that the source in the first spot,
although giving him a stronger reaction/signal (my words, not his) was
running in one direction and not likely to be as reliable as the second
spot which he reckoned was deeper but running the "right" way.
I know someone else who appears to be able to do it. We have had great
fun with the children on various occasions trying the biro and
coathanger method, with absolutely no reaction at all, even when we know
there is water underground. So I dunno, I remain to be convinced but
then again I think there might be something in it.....
How on earth would someone find water in ireland? Dig into the ground
with the coathangars? Use the biro to write "X marks the spot anywhere
on this map of Ireland"?
I have a book on water divining.
Ex library stock.
Slightly foxed, fair condition except for blank front page slightly
ripped and Stoke on Trent library stamp on some of the pages.
Dowsing techniques and applications
First edition (1976)
If anyone wold like to buy this valuable asset, please contact BigWallop
or the other dickhead. Or post a reply to this thread.
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I used to be a total sceptic about this. I have a builder mate who I would
have thought was even more so than me. He said it works. He told me that
once, his lads had to locate an existing soakaway he used divining rods and
found it for them. He showed me his method. I tried it on several occasions
for a laugh at barbeques and the rods crossed, but without digging up patios
I couldn't prove anything.
However on one occasion someone wanted to locate a cast iron manhole cover
under some block paving. Didn't know where it was and didn't want to dig the
whole lot up to find it. I thought what the hell, give it a go. I tried the
divining rods and got a definite indication in one spot. We took up a couple
of blocks and were right on it.
Make of that what you will.
I don't know whether I believe in water divining
or not, but......
My pal has a well, about 3 ft dia and 20-odd ft deep.
A couple of summers ago the well had dried up enough
for us to shine a torch down to the bottom, right
down to the bedrock. Whoever had sited that well,
(about 150 years ago), had exactly hit the junction
of three little underground streams.
I still can't see how they knew where to drill.
Yes of course. Well lets see. We're in 2004. So go back lets say 200
years or thereabouts, and a modern mobile phone would have seemed akin
A couple of hundred years from now perhaps we'll understand
We might perhaps understand some things that we don't at the moment. I
saw something which if I hadn't seen it I'd never have believed it could
have happened. I'll fill u all in on the details if you must the
incident concerned some "faith" healing:)
I was asked for a handwriting sample when interviewing at a British Investment
Bank. When I asked why and they replied it was for graphological analysis, I
said I assumed they didn't inspect entrails because it was messy and smelly,
but had they considered casting yarrow stalks? The HR person was not amused,
and insisted on a handwriting sample, which I provided in block capitals.
For some odd reason, I didn't get the job.
Not that I cared, since they were subsequently taken over by an American
bank and they all lost theirs.
"The road to Paradise is through Intercourse."
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