What to do When your Pendulum isn’t Working (When your Pendulum won’t Move)

Ahh! I just got an awesome pendulum but it won’t move! Or it won’t answer me! What do I do? Or the pendulum you’ve been using for a while has jammed up. It’s not responding, or it’s acting funny. What next? This is a step by step guide to follow for when your pendulum won’t move.

First: Take a deep breath. It’ll be okay! By the end of reading this guide, your pendulum should be happily answering you. If not, comment below or message me on Instagram @moonofgemini and I’ll try to help!

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This will go in various steps of what to try first, and if that doesn’t work then go to the next one. If it’s a problem of just one question not being answered, check out this post instead: How to ask your pendulum questions– it goes through troubleshooting if your pendulum is answering oddly. You might have a bias in how you’re asking the questions that’s causing the issues!

Before going any further, ask yourself this with using your pendulum: “are my intentions pure?”

This article is primarily for if your pendulum is not answering any question or there’s no movement whatsoever. This means it’s time to connect with and energize the pendulum.

steps for getting your pendulum to work when it won't move at all

Step 1: Breathe and Energy Check

If your pendulum won’t move whatsoever, regardless of the questions you ask, stop. Take a minute to hold your pendulum in your hand. Close your eyes, and just focus on the energy in the pendulum. Try and see if you can feel the pendulum’s energy. Do a mini-meditation with it. This is to connect with your pendulum. To become one, as a pendulum is an extension of your intuition. It’s not possible to have your pendulum work separately from yourself.

Then, open your eyes. Hold the pendulum with your dominant hand over your other hand, and ask for the pendulum to show you it’s potential energy. This should get the pendulum to connect with you again. Hold it for about a minute, or until it stops swinging. Some pendulums may be very gentle, or others may be strong.

Hopefully now your pendulum is moving again! If your pendulum did move with the energy check, while holding the pendulum over your hand, ask for the pendulum to show you “yes” and “no,” same as described in How to Choose a Pendulum. Try asking basic yes/no questions to see if it’s answering correctly.

Try to not use a pendulum board/chart during this. You can read here why I don’t recommend using one at this stage.

Is your pendulum still not moving? Move onto step 2. If it is moving, yay! Have fun and be safe with your pendulum.

If your pendulum isn't working, it might be good to try and cleanse the energy attached to it!

Step 2: Cleansing your Pendulum

If your pendulum still isn’t responding, it’s time to cleanse your pendulum (and maybe yourself too)!

This doesn’t mean cleansing of dirt, but of the energy associated/around the pendulum. Sometimes you might have too many energies surrounding that are having a sort of battle. Or primarily negative energies. Cleansing the pendulum will hopefully return it to a calm place.

I have a few favorite ways to cleanse my pendulums depending on how much time I have, the crystal type, where I’m at, and where the moon is in it’s cycle. After trying any of the following suggestions, see if your pendulum is connecting with you. Go back to step 1. Ask for it to show you it’s energy again. If there’s no result, try the next one. One of these cleansing methods should hopefully work on your pendulum.

The methods you can cleanse your pendulum with are: sage, water, moonlight, or selenite. If you want to read more about these, you can find them here: How to Cleanse Crystals.

what to do when your pendulum isn't answering questions or moving at all

Step 3: Stepping Away or Moving Closer

If your pendulum still won’t move, you might be really frustrated! And that’s okay! In this case, there are 2 options to try. This depends on how much energy you’ve felt from your pendulum. And how frustrated you are with the pendulum.

Option 1 is to step away from your pendulum for a few days. Take a few days break, and try again. This is if you feel the energy is too strong in the pendulum to tame at the moment. If you’re really frustrated, then choose this option. Choose to take a short break from trying to work with your pendulum.

Option 2 is to get even closer to your pendulum. Try and carry it with you, as close to physical contact as you can for a few days. Except for night! Have it away from you at night. Carry the pendulum in your pants pocket or somewhere similarly close where it won’t fall out for a few days. This is to connect your energies. To work on being on the same page.

After a few days time, try asking your pendulum to show you it’s energy. Go back to step 1. Ask to see “yes” and “no” as well.

Hopefully by all of this one of these will have worked and your pendulum is assisting you with questions. Is it still not working?

Step 4: Ask for Help if Your Pendulum Still Won’t Move

This is the last option, if your pendulum still won’t move. It’s to ask another person with a pendulum to try and cleanse the energy around you and the pendulum. By using a pendulum. This is a detailed post about how to cleanse with a pendulum. Ask them to focus the energy on you and the pendulum, to try and clear it.


meditating with your pendulum is an easy way to create connections with your pendulum

If you’ve made it to the end of this article, I hope your pendulum is back to working as an extension to your intuition! Let me know in the comments if you have any other ways to assist your pendulum if it’s not answering.