Using a Pendulum for Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Sensitivities! They can affect your daily life in so many ways, from headaches to digestive issues and more. One “alternative” way to test for them are with a pendulum! Pendulums are amazing tools. With this article, I’l talk about how to test with your pendulum for food sensitivities (not allergies). Some things that are great about this method of testing include: it’s noninvasive, you don’t have to leave your house, and the testing can be easily confirmed with an elimination diet.

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I’ve read a tiny blurb about food testing in one book, Pendulum Mojo, by Amy Grant, but otherwise couldn’t find any further information. So I’m going to talk how to use a pendulum for this purpose. Testing for food sensitivities with a pendulum has been fairly reliable for me, when I compare it to blood tests and muscle testing.

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One thing to note: try to test for individual ingredients, rather than highly processed foods with many ingredients on the label; your pendulum might give you unclear answers otherwise.

For me, I have a lot of food sensitivities. And I was at a point where I was removing everything out of my diet and then trying to reintroduce items one by one. I was also seeing an acupuncturist, who was doing muscle testing. Both muscle testing and pendulum testing are methods for allowing your body to speak to you with minimal strain being put on the body. I would test foods with my pendulum before going in for muscle testing, and was surprised at how similar the results were.

Your body already seems to know, in a sense, what’s going on in your body. Using methods such as muscle testing or a pendulum to test for food sensitivities is just a way to unlock that information.

There’s 3 ways to use a pendulum for food sensitivity testing: testing for level of sensitivity with the food present, testing the level of sensitivity without the food present, and testing “positive or negative” reactions in the body. I’ll go through these all now!

How to use a pendulum for testing food sensitivities.
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Before Testing the Food

Create a clear space to do the food testing. If testing with food present, make those available.

Cleanse the space, spread crystals, try to get into a neutral head-space.

1. Ask your pendulum “am I with a guide from the white light?” or something similar, to ensure the answers are not from a dark place. If you’re not, follow the steps here to get yourself into a better light: Cleansing Ritual with a Pendulum

2. Grab a pen and paper or setup your computer to record the results.

(If you’re planning on testing your sensitivity levels, I recommend downloading, printing, or creating something similar to the image below.)

3. Ensure this is the optimal time to be testing food by asking your pendulum. Ask your pendulum “all things considered, is now an optimal time to test for food sensitivities?” If your pendulum answers “no,” try again later.

4. It’s important to come to this testing with an unbiased opinion. Ask your pendulum “am I able to get an unbiased answer right now?” This should be asked prior to beginning the food testing, and can be asked throughout if there is a question of bias. Try to clear your head, and if necessary, close your eyes while the pendulum is deciding. Only think about the food, not to your opinions of the item.

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If there is a bias, stop, clear your head, and ask again. If you continually are only getting biased answers, take a break. Put everything away and try again later.

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Print this photo out to assist with the testing process!

Testing with your Pendulum for Food Sensitivity Level, With or Without Food Present

Really the difference between these two are if you choose to be focusing on the food solely in your mind, or by staring at the food item in question. Decide on this, and then continue reading! If you decide to have the food items out and looking at them for this, you’ll be able to get a read on specific brands.

If you don’t want to use the suggested pendulum chart, you can also (on your non-dominant hand), set each finger to a different sensitivity. Make sure to write this down, so you don’t forget which finger means which though.

Before we begin, let me explain what each section in the chart means.

  • Neutral – the food item is neither good nor bad for your body, eaten occasionally will be okay.
  • Medicinal – this food item is great for your body. Eat often.
  • Beneficial – this food item is good for your body. Eaten regularly, you will have no problems with it.
  • Detrimental – it is not recommended to eat this item. You will likely have negative reactions to consumption.
  • Toxic – do not consume this item. Avoid. It will cause harm to your body.


1. Ensure you have prepared with the steps above.

2. Teach your pendulum where to move for each answer.

  • Starting with neutral, either in your head or out loud, state “this is neutral,” with your pendulum over it.
  • Ask your pendulum where “neutral” is. It should stay still.
  • Continue with the others. Swing the pendulum towards “beneficial,” stating that square is beneficial. Return your pendulum to hanging over neutral, and ask your pendulum to show you where “beneficial” is. Continue with the remaining squares, until your pendulum has been programmed to knowing each place. You can do this for your fingers if you choose to not use a chart as well.

3. Hold your pendulum above “Neutral” to start, with every food item. Focus on the food item. Think of the name in your mind, looking at it or just visualizing, and see where the pendulum moves.

  • If you’re uncertain of an answer, hold your pendulum over the box you think it was pointing to, and ask “all things considered is Food Item, Box label? I.e. “all things considered, is cow’s milk detrimental?”
  • If there still is no definite answer, come back to it later.

4. Write down the answer given to you. Then move on to the next food item.

5. Occasionally, ask about a food item that you already have an idea to how it reacts in your body, making sure the pendulum is calibrated to your body.

Examples: I know dairy does not react well with my body, so testing it, I received the answer “detrimental.” I also had a suspicion sweet potatoes were fine for my body. That answer came back as “medicinal.”

6. Stop for the day when you feel you’ve done enough. This does not all have to be done in one day. It can even be a few food tests a day, rather than in bulk.

7. Continue reading below for what to do with the results!

Testing for food sensitivities using a pendulum. With a pendulum chart.
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Testing “Positive or Negative”

This testing method is simpler, however it may not give you quite as detailed results, and there will be some more ambiguity. I suggest using a pendulum for food sensitivity with this one by holding the pendulum over the food item in question.

1. Prepare as suggested above.

2. Set your pendulum to “positive” or “negative” (you can also use other words if they make more sense to you, keeping in mind the question of: how does this food item affect me? I also suggest adding in a “neutral” by allowing the pendulum to hang without movement if the result is neither positive or negative.

  • Set your pendulum by deliberately swinging it one direction (up and down, side to side, circle clockwise, circle counterclockwise) with one of the words in mind. Then bring your pendulum to calm, and ask the pendulum to show you “positive.”
  • Repeat for the opposite word.

3. Hold your pendulum above the first object. Ask your pendulum “how does this food affect me?” Write down the answer, and move on to the next food item.

4. Sometimes, check a food item that you already have an idea about how it reacts in your body, to make sure the pendulum is calibrated to your body.

What to do with the results

Once the testing is complete, thank your pendulum. Put the items away, and review the results. See if any surprise you.

Test the negative foods (detrimental and toxic) by removing them from your body for a few weeks. See how you feel. Try to reintroduce one gently (a small amount in the morning), then wait for 3 days, and see if there are any changes to your body that you feel. If there are not, try testing with your pendulum again. If there are negative affects, try to continue cutting that food item out.


This method of food sensitivity testing was fairly accurate for me, but if you know you have a severe allergy, don’t try to eat it if the pendulum tells you that it’s okay to eat. This is meant to be used as a guide, rather than an absolute. I hope this has been helpful. You can find more pendulum uses here, and let me know by tagging me on Instagram @moonofgemini or #moonofgemini!

using a pendulum for food sensitivity testing
My original setup for food sensitivity testing with a pendulum