Water divining


Water is undoubtedly THE most essential and precious resource on the planet. Too much, as seen with massive flooding and tsunamis throughout the world, and the results are devastating. Too little, as recently seen in Australia, and currently in Somalia, and the results are even worse.

Since time began, man has sought sources of groundwater, from Moses who brought water gushing forth from a rock for the thirsting Children of Israel, to the Aborigines in the Australian bush; from nomadic tribes in the far and middle east, to farmers in this country who wish to sink a borehole to provide water for animals and irrigating crops; and even some commercial industries who need an independent source of the purest water available.

For centuries, man has used water divining with a hazel twig to find water. Today, according to the powers that be, this has to be referred to as water dowsing, which doesn't quite have the same ring, but the procedure and results are the same. Call it what you will, it was the way dowsing was mainly used, although of course there are many other ways just as valuable today. When learning to dowse, dowsing for water is a good place to start.

At Slimbridge Dowsing Group, we like to offer members and guests the opportunity to understand the basic methods of dowsing for water. We hold two regular meetings each month, and several are devoted to dowsing for water, which is in fact a massive and fascinating subject. In addition, we usually have one or two experts available before and after meetings who are happy to help members and visitors improve their own dowsing abilities. Our present Chairman is a professional water diviner, oops sorry, water dowser, and is generous in sharing his skills.

If there is sufficient demand, special one-day workshops can be held to provide attendees with adequate in-depth knowledge to begin dowsing for sources of groundwater, which are often many metres below ground level. You will also have the opportunity for some hands-on dowsing over local fields to predict the location, depth, and quality of groundwater sources, and to visit sites where successful wells have been drilled.

water dowsingAfter dowsing, Peter Golding marks the location for the drilling

water dowsing

Well drilled and ready

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Video clip: November 2007, Strickley Farm, Old Hutton, Cumbria,
Strickley blog May archive.