Wednesday, October 08, 2008

These Witches Have No Covens

The New York Times profiles a California water witch (dowser).

How many rural witches are still around is an open question. Water witches have no trade unions — or covens. Few advertise, or dowse full time.

I learned dowsing on a construction job, and I had no "intuitive sense" of where the rural gas line in question was, so I do not buy that explanation of how it works.

There is a national society of dowsers, headquartered in the same little Vermont town where M.'s father grew up. (A civil engineer by profession, he accepted dowsing too.) It used to be all practical dowsers like this guy, but in recent decades the "earth energies" crowd seems to have a growing impact.

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Blogger Jane said...

When I bought my first house -- carefully chosen for its large lot and suitability for outdoor rituals -- I needed a septic inspection, and the guy who came out to do it was about 80, with a not-very-bright teenage boy in tow. He sent the kid to the truck for a coat hanger, dowsed around a bit and darned if he didn't find the septic tank. I learned to respect dowsing that day!

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

I had the same problem when I moved into this house. For some reason, I never trust myself when dowsing on my own behalf, so I ended up paying to have it located electronically.

Can you dowse for yourself?

9:52 PM  
Blogger Pitch313 said...

Water dowsing is interesting, but I sure can't do it.

I learned a lot about labyrinths and walking them from Alex Champion, who is a water dowser and an energy dowser. He used energy dowsing to position labyrinths and labyrinth features.

I can dowse energies, it seems.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Bellagunn said...

My Dad is the head of Irrigation for a very large public park district, they have been in operation since the 1950's and part of his job is locating and replaceing outdated infastructure. Over time there we a lot of changes made is parks ie new paths playground equipment ect and the maps they have are nearly useless. He uses dowsing (copper wand for finding pipes, willow wand for leaks/high concetrations of water)his crew thought he was loony but he finds things 100% of the time, he found a sprinkler main that has been paved over with asphalt, the other guys were trying to find for almost a week they finally called him he jumped out of the truck with his wand walked around for a minute and laugingly told them he was going to have to move the truck so they could dig....and there it was. So I guess that's why he's the boss, hes got mad skills. But my dad has always had a lot of ability with water....he goes to the desert, on sacred land is always rains when he's there.

9:41 AM  

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