According to Wikipedia, fortune telling was first associated with the Romani people. You can predict your future by using a simple pendulum. Picture: Pixabay

Marchelle Abrahams went in search of the DIY approach to reading one's future.

“You will meet a tall, dark stranger!” What is omitted from the statement includes: whether the stranger is handsome; where I will meet him and how will I know he’s not a deranged lunatic?

While in my early twenties, I was into all things mystical, including fortune tellers and tarot card readings. For my 23rd birthday, my best friend even gifted me with a reading by a very well-known clairvoyant at the time.

You know the saying “you don’t need a fortune teller with a crystal ball?" Well, she didn’t have a crystal ball, but many of the things she told me did in actual fact happen later in life.

A simple Google search yields pages and pages of results offering free psychic readings to contact those who have moved beyond this realm. The list goes on and on. It’s big business and the practice has been around since the 19th century.

According to Wikipedia, fortune telling was first associated with the Romani people and was borne out of Renaissance magic. From there it spread to the West using methods of divination from non-western cultures.

Psychics and clairvoyants have powers to see what others can’t, and they use this insight to help those looking for guidance. But what if you could do this by yourself? What if you didn’t need a middle man?

TarotBella is Cosmopolitan Magazine’s resident tarot reading expert with more than 20 years' experience. And guess what? She’s created a step-by-step guide on how to predict your future by using a simple pendulum.

What you will need:

  • String
  • Chain
  • Heavy object, pendant or ring

Step 1: Make your pendulum

Use the string or chain and loop through or attach the ring, pendant or heavy object to it.

Step 2: Clear your mind

Take a deep breath, sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor. Hold the pendulum in front of you, leaving about 5cm dangling between your fingers and the hanging object.

Step 3: Fine-tune your answers

Now the hard work begins! You decide how it will answer with a yes or no, for example by circling clockwise, anti-clockwise, left to right, or up and down.

Start off with a “show me a yes”. Then wait - it may move straight away or take a few minutes. Repeat the question louder if it doesn’t work.

When it does begin to swing in a direction, whether it be in a circle or from side to side; this is your yes. Make a note of this movement. Repeat the process for no.

Step 4: Testing, testing 1 2 3

Now you can start asking questions that you know the answers to. For example: Is my age (32)? Am I single? Make sure it moves in the same directions for yes and no.

Ready, steady, go!

You can now use the pendulum to answer simple yes and no questions. TarotBella says you should use the pendulum as a transmitter linking you to your inner desires and instincts.


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