Dowsing and Lockdown by Derek Scofield

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An experiment;- Is there an effect without human interaction?

Oh dear should have seen this coming!
I can not, I should not, I may not. I must! Only kidding
Having realised there would be no gathering in numbers at the Hurlers and especially no
breakfast! I was then tentatively invited to Pentillie Circle depending on Government guidance.
That turned out to be a no go as well so permission asked for and granted by the owners, and
“the management” to dowse on my own, definitely social distancing except for the Guardian
of Place that also did not mind my dodging about among the stones.
Friday the 19th was when the owner gave permission and said he would unlock the gate to the
car park. He did not say said car park would be full of 15-20 Bullocks! Needless to say I did not
dare open the gate so went over the top and told the Bullocks to mind their own business
when they pranced all round me, so over the 2nd gate and down to the circle I was amazed
that I met the energy (Aura) of the circle so soon as I approached from the West. The rest of
the results are on the next pages. I can still hardly believe the amount of changes there were in
so short a time and no human activity to attribute it to as we are inclined to do at The Hurlers.
Incidentally all measurements are subject to very minor error as my 30 ft. metal retractable
tape measure decided not to retract so I had a fight with it each time I moved round the circle.

Dowsing Pentillie Circle in Lock Down
1st June create map/layout of circle from file.
Distance/Map dowse at home some information I remember from site visits last year but not
necessarily correctly. So this is my method……………to continue reading Dowsing in Lockdown by Derek Scofield


A walk with nature by Emma Young


Parking my car at Drakeford Bridge near Lustleigh, which is where I had dowsed I should go for a walk, I took out my rods to ask them to show me which way to set off.  As I left the car park and began to cross the bridge, I felt compelled to stop and watch the river below.  Within seconds, I changed from watching the sunlight on the water to feeling myself being drawn to the movement of the river.  I was made acutely aware of the fact that water had flowed under the bridge for hundreds of years and would continue to do so, while all around in the wider world many things had and would change.  I also thought about the fact that the water would flow onwards out of my sight, but would still exist and as part of the water cycle, it may evaporate into the sky, but would return to earth again.

Triggered by these thoughts, tears began to flow as I thought of the changes happening in my life linked to those I love ageing and the inevitable fact that death will happen one day.  I also thought about how parts of us remain after death: in other people’s memories, the results of actions we took, or in other ways.  Although we may appear to have physically ‘gone’ we leave an imprint.  The tears passed and feeling calmer, I continued my walk, asking my rods to show me which way to turn at each junction.

I hadn’t walked in this area for several months and it seemed that all around were examples of change, but also of people working with nature.  There was a new gate post with a plaque to the memory of a man who had worked as a Volunteer Reserve Warden and Water Bailiff in the area.  The nesting boxes and bat boxes were still there, but some of the trees had been cut back in an attempt to help the trees combat ash dieback.

In a clearing where a magnificent oak tree stood until a few years ago, I looked for the stump.  A mass of ferns and other new growth now surround it, but the stump remains if you know where to look.  I dowsed where it would be appropriate for me to sit for a while.  Sitting in the grass, I closed my eyes and listened to the river flowing nearby and the wind roaring in the trees above, while I remained sheltered on the ground.  I had come out to connect with bird spirit medicine, but could hear no birds.  As I opened my eyes, colours leapt at me: the greenery surrounding me, the yellow of the dandelions and the orange of butterflies.

Further on, I crossed the river again at Hisley Bridge and sat on a bench to watch the river.  A couple walked over the bridge towards me and then took a track beside the river, stopping to take photos.  I wondered whether I should tell them that the main path was in another direction and I wasn’t sure whether they would be able to continue their walk if they went that way, but then I stopped.  Who was to say that they wanted to follow the path which most others take?  Isn’t life about finding your own path?

I dowsed that the water was my medicine for that day, that it was for my heart chakra, helping me to cry and my emotions to flow.  As I continued to sit and give thanks to the river, I had an increasing urge to paddle in the water.  Taking off my shoes and socks, I stepped into the water and immediately saw the bridge from a new angle.  The water was cold, but refreshing, especially as I splashed it onto my face.  After standing in the river for a while, a dog appeared on the other side.  It looked at me as if to say, ‘What are you doing there?’  I smiled and then laughed as it ran off again.

Feeling calm and refreshed and ready to carry on with my walk (and whatever life had in store for me!), I put on my socks and shoes and continued my walk back to the car.

I have since been told that this is an example of shinrin yoku or ‘forest bathing’, being in and connecting with nature.  I connected with the earth by sitting on the ground, with the air by listening to the wind, with fire through the yellows and oranges I saw and with the water by taking a paddle.  Nature gave me the medicine I needed on that day and the dog’s appearance made me laugh to help me to heal after the emotions I had been through.  I had walked this route many times in the past, but it had never felt like this before.  This time I experienced it in a totally new and powerful way.

Bird Spirit Medicine – My Message from on High by Gwynn Paulett

I had put time aside to do Dr Karen Stead – Dexter’s Homework, following her first Zoom Q & A session on Bird Spirit Medicine. With pendulum in hand I dowsed to see where I needed to go to receive ‘the wisdom/teachings of a particular bird spirit today’.

I dowsed down my list: on the water of the Exe/Teign estuaries? Along their shore lines? In the dunes of Dawlish Warren? In a meadow? In a woodland? In an open field? In my garden? On Dartmoor? I was running out of options when the word ‘allotment’ came into my head and I got a ‘Yes’ for that.

I was going there that afternoon so although I was busy watering, weeding, etc I kept my eyes open for birds and signs, becoming aware that there seemed to be a lot less than normal around. In fact I think I only saw one seagull. I packed up and walked back to my car thinking I had better re dowse to find my location.

On getting to my car I couldn’t help but notice there was an enormous bird poop down my drivers side window. ‘Well thanks very much!’ I said to myself, looking above to see if the culprit was still flying around. I supposed that I should be grateful it was aimed at my car rather than my head, and drove home still thinking that I needed to find another location to receive my Bird Spirit Medicine.

24 hours later I had been out that morning and drove home to find the other car on my drive covered in bird poop. My neighbour came across and said ‘How was it, that given all the other cars in the road, only mine had been covered in bird poop’!? It looked like a squadron had taken aim and strafed the car.

‘OK. I thought. ‘If I didn’t get the message the first time round, they were making sure I got it the second time’!

Smiling to myself, I liked the idea of our feathered friends having a sense of humour and working together, as there was no way it was the same bird both times and the Nissan had been ‘attacked’ by more than one bird. They were all in on it!

So my ‘teaching’ was contained within the bird poop message I thought to myself, went inside and Googled the spiritual symbolism of Bird Poop. There were pages written on it.

Some examples were as follows: ‘A bird pooping on you is a sign of luck, prosperity and good fortune are all yours to come with this symbolic experience’. ‘When a bird poops on you, symbolically you are provided a situation in which you have to slow down, look at yourself, your behaviours, actions, beliefs and life choices, and to be honest with yourself. An integral part of this experience is the cleaning up’ stage, which intrinsically involves clearing. Cleansing, clearing and transformation are a part of this good luck omen.’

This was a lot to take on! I shared it with Karen following our Zoom meeting. After she had stopped laughing, she felt the cleansing was the message for me. I started by cleaning both cars. I then set off my robot cleaner ‘Napoleon’, who sweeps all before him. (He came on offer from the French Amazon and I wouldn’t be without him!). That seemed to take care of some of the physical cleansing.

I dowsed through my living space to check there weren’t any detrimental energies that had manifested sinse the last time I had dowsed it. All seemed well. So that just leaves me. What I eat? How much? What I drink? How much? How much exercise? Spiritual exercise? All of these areas could be improved upon for my health and well-being, so I am grateful for receiving my Bird Poop Wisdom.

The next time I was at the allotment after being strafed, I asked for a sign that the message I had received was the message just in case my imagination was running away with me. I had walked up the path a dozen times fetching water that morning. I closed the shed to walk back down the path to go home, and there on the ground was a pristine pigeon’s feather.

I smiled, picked it up and asked ‘what can I do for you?’

Gwynn Paulett, July 2020.



Martin Blacher shares his Bird Spirit Medicine homework

Doing the Bird Spirit Medicine homework

I dowsed that my allotments would be an appropriate place to do the homework. On my way down the lane behind our house I could hear gulls calling loudly. They had young and were in protective mode. Walking along the path towards the allotment gate I heard goldfinches in the hedgerow. Once at the allotments I dowsed for the most favourable place to wait for the bird and sat down in an open area by a willow hedge. My strategy was not to actively seek but to wait and see what came to me. This in itself was a novel experience. I usually go to the allotments with a number of things in mind that I need to do, rather than simply to be. Sitting in a familiar tranquil and beautiful spot for an extended period simply observing and absorbing was something I had never really done before, other than for a few minutes now and then. In front of me was a short crabapple hedge I planted a few years ago as a windbreak. It was sunny and pleasant, but also very breezy, so I didn’t expect to see many smaller birds. I waited and heard a brief snatch of blackbird song. Otherwise it was quiet. I waited on.

A magpie flew over. I caught a glimpse of a crow in a large eucalyptus tree. There were swifts flying high and herring gulls, then a wood pigeon flew by. I heard the blackbird singing again, but dowsed that it did not have medicine for me. Herring gulls again and a crow, then a magpie. No medicine. A swift. No medicine. I saw the magpie again. It disappeared then emerged once more, this time harrying a sparrow hawk, which flew away in front of it. Perhaps the magpie does have medicine for me?

Then I saw a single female house sparrow fly in and perch on a crab apple branch a few yards in front of me. She remained there for seven or eight minutes looking around her, watchful for predators, observing the ground near her, vigilant. She also looked towards me from time to time. I fancied that she modelled sitting and looking rather than constantly doing. I thought she had medicine for me, although I  wasn’t quite sure what it was. Eventually she flew to the hedge on the left of where I was sitting, stayed there briefly then returned to another branch near her original perching place. Afterwards I thought how unusual it was to see a single sparrow like that. Generally they move around in groups. At the time I felt a sense of patience rewarded and a process concluded, but perhaps not completed. I thanked the bird.

Some time later I remembered something which had happened there more than seven weeks previously and which I had forgotten about until then. There is a large old galvanised water tank half way down one of the paths on my plots. On top of it is a sheet of metal mesh to stop birds or animals falling in to the water. As I walked by I thought I saw  a slight movement out of the corner of my eye. I went back and looked at the surface. There was something moving. I lifted the mesh and put my hand in and brought out a fledgling female sparrow, which had some how dropped through the mesh into the water. It was trembling and weak and I thought it would probably die of shock and exhaustion. It was a warm sunny day and so I sat in the sun with the bird in my cupped hands. Its feathers dried out gradually and it slowly became more alert and lively. Eventually it was able to fly off to join a male sparrow and other fledglings waiting in the hedge.


I am not suggesting for a moment that the bird I saw was the bird which had nearly drowned that day, but remembering that incident certainly seemed to add an additional significance to what I had observed.

Soon after the homework afternoon I watched a Grahame Gardner workshop in the course of which he included the sparrow in a list of spirit animals.

I have thought a good deal about the whole experience since and am still not sure exactly how to interpret what happened. It would have been interesting to know how Karen Stead-Dexter would have explained it!

Martin Blacher


Lockdown Projects and a new Chief Gardener by Noel Squibb

Around 12 years ago I was guided to purchase a few acres of contaminated land that was the result of mining for Barytes.

Barytes is a heavy metal/mineral that is generally ground into a powder and used for drilling mud, a heavy liquid that stops the hole collapsing as it is deepened, keeps the oil and gas down and floats the drillings to the surface. For me the bonus is that the Crystal is good for Astral Journeying / OBE – .

My mission is to heal the land on which nothing grows and to bring life back to it.  Over time I have been introduced to a team of unseen helpers and am truly astonished at what I can and have singlehandedly achieved and with no resistance from neighbours or authority, who are aware of what I do ………..

An ancient Oak Forest by a lake is the vision for the mine 100 years from now.

To continue reading click here Lockdown Projects by Noel Squibb

‘Bird Spirit Medicine’ with Dr Karen Stead-Dexter on ‘Zoom’

On reflection, which bird do we find we have a resonance with? Have we had an ‘encounter’ with a bird that felt spiritually significant? Karen’s invitation was to tune into what she calls the ‘felt sense’ of that bird.

As we shared our experiences with Karen in her first Zoom Meeting, which included owls, buzzards, the robin, pigeons, ravens, crows and many more, she in turn gave us her insights into their spiritual symbolism and why they appeared to us at the time in our lives that they did, and what messages they were giving us if we were open to receiving them.

Following this fascinating Zoom Meeting, Karen set us some Bird Spirit Medicine -Dowsing Homework giving two weeks in which to complete it before her next Zoom Meeting.

The Homework stories members and their friends shared were truly inspiring at the second Bird Spirit Medicine Zoom Meeting. Having dowsed to see where we would receive the wisdom of a particular bird and asking ‘What is the Bird Spirit Medicine/teaching I need today?’ we set off on our walks with note book in hand and lots more questions to ask. For confirmation of the Bird Spirit Messenger we needed to maintain an awareness of other signs which would show us that the teachings were meant for us.

Here are some examples of the birds experienced and their Medicine:

Woodpeckers help us ‘to feel the beat of mother earth’. The sparrow hawk with its amazing ability to fly through most environments, demonstrates how to ‘strike through any difficulties or obstacles in life’, how to ground ourselves and the importance of ‘seeing clearly’. Jackdaw shows us how ‘to be joyful and playful in life’, and the small, loud, powerful, cunning little wren gatekeeps the land, whilst the heron shows us patience, to wait to see ‘what comes up in life’, and ‘to let things unravel’.

A familiar walk by the river through the woods was shared with Karen, and experienced with new eyes when walking with the intent to connect with mother nature.  Karen provided us with insights into the deep connection with nature we can experience as well as the healing available, having set our intention to connect. She emphasised once again the importance of going with the ‘felt sense’ and warned us not to always expect the messages to come ‘straight’, because we needed  ‘to do the work for nature to make her profound healing available’.

The Japanese art of Shinrin Yoku or Forest Bathing, is a way of allowing ourselves to deeply connect with the forest and its healing. Karen runs workshops of Shirin Yoku which can be accessed through her website

This was a magical evening led by Karen, and co-created with Devon Dowsers members and friends who shared their stories. Grateful thanks to Karen and all those who attended the two Zoom Meetings and completed her Homework with such amazing results.

Gwynn Paulett, July 2020.


Map Dowsing – A different way and at an Enlarged Scale! By Richard Sears

Map Dowsing – A different way and at an Enlarged Scale!

About 6 or 7 years ago I was phoned by a lady who lived out on Exmoor asking if I could help with problems she was having at her property. She lived in an isolated position with no near neighbours and her young family was experiencing disturbed nights. Her 7 year old was frequently waking up screaming and frightened, while at other times she and her husband could hear crunching noises outside on the narrow gravel pathway that surrounded the bungalow. But each time on being woken by this they would race outside expecting to catch someone – but  there was never anything or anyone!

I agreed to go out there, but with a friend, to meet the family. To say it was secluded was an understatement! It was a good 40 minutes’ drive out of Barnstaple and most of that time seemed to be spent on the last 10 miles of tiny wiggly (luckily metalled!) roads with high Devon hedge banks.

On arrival the lady showed me around the bungalow and garden, and I also met her husband who had taken time off work. The property fronted onto the road and I could see there was a secure 2 metre fence around the property which adjoined fields on the other 3 sides. The small gravel path around the bungalow was about 600mm wide, and they explained after hearing noises they had replaced the old wooden gate onto the road with high metal gates…..but still, ‘something,’ was happening 2 or 3 times a week. When they went into their 7 year old’s bedroom at night they could feel a presence, and also several times during the day they thought they had seen someone in the woodshed at the end of the garden. (In fact the kids refused to go in there).

I got my rods out and quickly found a strong energy line running diagonally through the bungalow. It crossed the roadway about 50m from the property and went through the garden and bungalow at about 45⁰ and out through the other side, then off into the fields. I had a definite sense entities were travelling along it and inside, the line was very strong at the back of the hallway where it passed through the wall to the little one’s bedroom. That room in fact had little sunlight by day and dowsing only confirmed my feelings that a heavy presence often frequented this space, attracted by the child, although it meant no harm. Outside the garden was clear, except in the log shed which was at the end of the garden but off the line.

Clearly the family were terrified at night and it was badly affecting all of them, especially the kids at school. In the field at the end of the garden was a large tree and I resolved to move the line if possible around the property beyond the tree.

Knowing there are often benign spirits living deep in the ground on energy lines, and it is their home too, I first asked permission to move the line. Also in town it is not always the answer to move a detrimental line away from one house into someone else’s space giving them the problem, although that wouldn’t have been the case here. Happily I was given the okay to move it to where I wanted.

Over many years at Devon Dowsers we’ve had speakers telling us how they move lines. Some of the older dowsers would drive iron bars into the ground, either side of a property to ‘ark’ the line around. Indeed some could move the water lines beneath and change their direction by tapping the iron spikes a certain number of times (to redirect water to a dry well for instance), and others would bury crystals in the ground.

But I was most impressed by the Bristol dowser Nick Leach who made things much easier by just using his ‘intent’! He explained on a flip chart by briefly drawing a plan of a typical property and a line crossing it, then with two strokes of the pen he put two cuts, or stop ends on the line, and then drew a black line from one stop-end point around the property to the other…… and job done. Of course in practise he would be putting his intent into it.

So having asked permission, I did the same and after a welcome mug of tea I bade farewell to the occupants – who hopefully were not too bemused!

I did of course ring after a few days, and subsequent weeks, to check if all was well and the lady confirmed all the problems had stopped. However after a month I felt I should visit again and check the line hadn’t moved back, but as it was quite a trek out there (and easy to get lost with my satnav trying to direct me into a field to nowhere!) I thought about maybe doing some Map Dowsing.

Now the main problem for me is that I hate fiddling around with a pendulum on A4 sheets of paper and trying to mark down lines etc.………….and the main purpose of this article, and the long preamble above, is to describe what I tried next – a sort of a variation on map dowsing.

I was up my garden thinking about this, and lying around were several steel road pins (picked up from my many years of being involved with roadworks – to hold up orange netting etc.).      I picked out 4 like the one shown alongside here and planted them in the lawn – to represent the four corners of the property on Exmoor.

I had an idea I could ‘draw out’ the plan in my garden – instead of on a fiddly piece of paper – and then using my rods ‘walk the line’ to check if it went round the end and not through the middle. To my surprise (I was relieved really!) the rods walked me up to my block of land (measuring about 4m by 6m on the diagonal), and then rather than crossing the imaginary line between steel pins they led me round my imaginary block of land to the left, around my imaginary tree at the end, and then joined up back where the energy line would have been and then off harmlessly across the fields.

Needless to say I was happy with this result and for the next 6 weeks went up with my rods once a week to check all was well until the onset of winter weather…….whereupon I’m afraid to say I lost interest.

Christmas came as did family gatherings and I think it wasn’t until New Year’s Day after far too much food I ventured up to the end of the garden ………. and the road pins were still there.  So I thought ‘oh I can check on those’ and went inside to get my rods – but, to my horror on walking up the line to my imaginary oblong, the line passed right through – and having a mental picture of where the bungalow was (a third of the way up the garden in the block) it passed slap bang through where it used to be!

The line had snapped back! Why I didn’t know, whether it had done so on the turn of the year or earlier I just didn’t know. But none the less I mentally and with intent put it back so it was around the outside and then did several ‘walk throughs’ each day to check it. After about 3 or 4 days I again rang the lady. She explained problems had returned before Christmas but she didn’t want to ring and pester me. But strangely, just 3 or 4 days ago she said things had all stopped again and all was quiet.  I was very happy.  Shortly after that the family moved and so I haven’t heard anything since.

Above is a plan of the property with the before and after lines drawn out. This is the first time (for this article) that I’ve actually drawn it out on paper.

So my conclusion, for people like me not adept at map dowsing on paper, why not take Canterbury Cathedral or Hadrian’s Wall or anywhere else, mark it in your garden or a local park, and dowse it with your rods – at any scale that’s convenient!   …………………  Happy Dowsing!                                                          Richard Sears – May 2020

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The new dates for DFEST are 12th/13th June 2021. Please put these dates into next year’s calendar. We have booked the Victory Hall, South Zeal for our venue on these dates, and the programme and meal arrangements will remain the same, all things being equal.

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