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"I have always had an interest in dowsing but didn't really know what I was doing. Paul Craddock's home study course is so clearly set out and understandable I was excited to begin. Although I had a few incorrect answers when I tried to predict with the pendulum how much snow we were going to have a few months ago, I have since been successful locating the location of my new house I'm moving into at the end of March. I think that's impressive and I'm really pleased with myself and my pendulum. Now, if only I can find that buried treasure.............."


Dear Paul,

Please accept this small gift as a token of our greatest appreciation. We have so enjoyed your classes; they have opened up new vistas for us both.

Thank you, Mary and Helen.

The course was well prepared and the sessions were conducted with enthusiasm. All the course area covered. Paul is very knowledgeable about his subject.


The course included background, how to dowse, and practical uses of dowsing. Excellent handouts, all delivered in a professional manor.


You made it all so accessible, opened up a whole new world! Thank you so very much for such a exciting and enlightening "Dowsing For Beginners" course. I so enjoyed it. It was lovely to meet everybody.


I thought I would drop you a line to say thanks for an enjoyable course. It made a very pleasant and different weekend. And I Learned a lot, some of which has proved practical. I misplaced my mp3 player around 3 weeks ago and have looked everywhere for it. yesterday I decided to dowse for it and used the "PSI line method. I was in my office at the time and was puzzled when it pointed to a brick wall. Then I realised my truck was parked a couple of streets away in line with where it was pointing. The mp3 player was under the drivers seat, under the floor mat! I would never have looked so persistently for it without faith it must be there! Duncan

Hi Paul,

First thank you so much, for last Saturday Intent course. I enjoyed it so much. Also learnt a lot from it, I have been dowsing over my drinking water, which is working for me. Also on Tuesday I had to go to Wimborne. So before I left I dowsed for a place in the car park under a tree, as it was hot. AS I drove into the car park a car pulled out from under the tree, so I had my cool parking place. My sister could not believe that I had asked for the place before I left. I hope to do some more today. Cherry.

“What a great dowsing course this has been. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to learn the skills of dowsing”. William Holding, York. UK.


Daily Echo Magazine July 1-7 2006

A Divine Time

Maria Court tries her hand at the ancient art of dowsing.

WHEN Paul Craddock was lost on a Welsh moor, shrouded in thick fog, he was glad of his 26 years of dowsing experience.

Using his metal dowsing rods, he “asked” which way he should walk. Miraculously they pointed him in the right direction — and back to civilisation.

“Most people associate dowsing with finding water,” explained Paul who is chairman of Wessex Dowsers and an accredited tutor in the subject. “But this is just one example of how dowsing can help to find so many other things.”  Indeed, Paul hit the headlines last year when he and a team of dowsing students discovered something extraordinary at Knowlton Church near Cranborne: an ancient stone from a lost sun temple dating back to the Bronze Age. It was one of the most significant archaeological finds this region has seen for years. Mislaid objects, tunnels, gas, minerals, ore and ley lines have all been successfully located thanks to a couple of twigs or metal rods. Documented cases include everything from a lost and lowly MP3 player to a huge oilfield in California which, when bored, spurted crude oil 200ft into the air and went on to produce 100,000 barrels a day.

Evidence of dowsing dates back to the Ancient Egyptians, and our Cornish miners relied on it in the 1700s. These days it’s used discreetly by government departments all over the world.  And closer to home, many farmers rely on it to find water. Nearly all Southern Water’s leak detection team use dowsing techniques.

But I wanted to know how it worked... IF it worked. Was it all just mumbo jumbo or could I, too, get a bit of divining intervention?

Paul assured me: “Most, if all people can dowse; it’s not rocket science.” The forked twigs are seldom used these days. Instead, people reach for metal L-rods, which can easily be twisted out of coat hangers. Now here’s the science bit. Apparently the things you hold in your hands are like a radio tuner, picking up messages from your subconscious mind.

Paul says the brain works like a computer. Thus it can be “programmed” to find a specific object or material. Even Einstein said that the rods “amplify minute muscular responses from the subconscious mind”.  A relaxed state is the best way to dowse. “If you try too hard to do something, it just won’t work!” said Paul.  So here I was, with two metal rods in my hand, almost willing them NOT to cross when I walked over a length of copper pipe. But there they went — with a force akin to a magnetic pull. A few seconds beforehand, I was asked to “visualise” stepping over the pipe and the rods crossing. There was a short delay in the movement of the rods, but apparently that is natural for a beginner like me.

Paul then showed me how to dowse with a pendulum — in this case a crystal on a chain. You can “ask” it to show you the answer “No”. (perhaps it will move in a circle) and “Yes” (it should change direction or move in a different manner).  Using this technique, people have dowsed for health, holding a pendulum over a number of different medicines and asking which ones they need.

Article from British Archaeology Magazine

Dowsers Discover Concealed Megalith

By Paul Craddock

Published in The British Society of Dowsers Journal December 2005

Knowlton Church and Henge is 3 miles south of Cranborne on the B3078 and is one of Dorset’s most sacred sites. Many authors of archaeology and earth mysteries have cited it. R. Hippisley Cox described Knowlton in his 1914 book “The Green Roads of England” as a Henge Temple and thought that material of the Church once formed the stone circles of a Sun Temple. Knowlton Rings consists of 4 earthworks: the North Circle, Church Circle, Southern Circle and the “Old Churchyard” In addition to these sites to the east of the Church Circle is the great Barrow, the largest round barrow in Dorset, and almost certainly directly related to the henges. Within a one-mile radius of these earth works there are also a large number of barrows and ring-ditches. Within the Church Circle is the ruin of Knowlton Church which contains architectural features dating from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries.

I have visited Knowlton on many occasions to conduct dowsing research and to teach other dowsers. Nearly all my dowsing has taken place in the Church Circle, which is the one looked after by English Heritage with access to the public and is the Henge with the ruined Norman Church in its centre.

My story for Dowsing Today readers starts this year in early April 2005 when I was filming for a forthcoming course with my friend Tim Chaloner and his son 11 year old son Remy. Remy is interested in photography and had with him an old SLR manual camera with which he went off on his own and took many pictures around the site. Three weeks later, after examining the photographs taken by Remy energy line was discovered on three of the photographs much like a ghost but in the form of a line. The three photographs of the energy line appeared all in the same location on the far side of the Henge.

Later on in May 2005 I was running one of my BSD dowsing courses at Knowlton and asked Tim and his son to come along and match the photos of the energy line to the correct location on site. Which they managed to do. I then decided to get my students to dowse the energy line seen in the photographs, on tracking the line one of my students Al Urquhart tracked the line over what appeared to be a small flat stone, but when the weeds were pulled a way, Al found a large standing stone now fallen down, lying flat in the ground. In a subsequent article in the British Archaeology magazine the stone was described as a rectangular slab around 1m by 40cm.

Interestingly, I found another stone, which appeared to be buried in an upright position with just its top showing in the bank close to the fallen one.

I have found that the general consensus amongst local dowsers is that the ancient site most likely had many standing stones before they where knocked down or destroyed when the now ruined Norman church was erected on what was originally an ancient Henge. two such stones can be seen in the church its self. One the alter stone, and the other clearly in the base of the tower.

After finding the stone we decided to try to dowse to see if we could locate more. This led us over the fence away from the fallen stone and out of the Henge along to an overgrown part of the site where our dowsing indicated further fallen buried stones, however this area is currently below a high patch of nettles so further investigation did not take place. We also got the dowsing impression that there was a row of standing stones leading through a dip in the Henge towards the fallen stone.

For those of you familiar with Earth energy features. I found an Energy Ley on the spot of the ghost line in the photograph going through the stone and also an energy current of the type describes by Hamish miller flowing into the site through the fallen stone and flowing in to a mound in the Henge its self. There are many Energy Leys entering the site from different directions. Knowlton Church Circle sits in the centre of at least 5 major Leys going in different directions through Gusage St Michael Cross and Stone, Hod Hill, Badbury Rings, Verwood Hoorstone and Figsbury Rings.

There are also many energy spirals; a lot of male and female energy currents described as the Michael and Mary Currents by Hamish Miller in his book “The Sun and The Serpent”, a very powerfull male (positive in polarity) energy current flows though the two ancient trees in the bank though the walls of the church and ends in a very powerful spiral inside the church. I can safely say that all who dowse it notice its powerful physical effects!

The Churches northeast buttress acts like a standing stone and Tom Graves in his book “Needles of Stone Revisited” documents its Bands of energies, the 5th Band having the ability to spin a sensitive person away from the stone.

Since we discovered the stone in May we have received a lot of media interest, which has included articles in the local paper, British Archaeology magazine, Aquarian magazine, and the Ley hunter Newsletter. I was also interviewed by the BBC for their program “Inside Out” which goes out on BBC south in which they have an archaeology slot.

Filming with the BBC was not what I had expected! A very laid back bunch, the camera man was a dowser, and the researcher was a dowser, as I took the researcher, a lady named Jane around the site before filming she was able to dowse and feel the energies. That left the Presenter, and on the actual day of filming she looked at my rods with horror! But fortunately, the wind picked up all of a sudden which gave me 5 minutes alone with her while they went to change the microphone. In this time I don’t know how I did it but I taught her to dowse! So as we walked around the site she was able to dowse an energy line for real on camera! I have just watched the Programme and there she was with the rods crossing over the fallen stone. Very good press for us dowsers!

A great more dowsing research needs to done at Knowlton and I shall be back there next summer.


January 4, 1999

Twig on to this old Skill

IT IS taught as a science in Russia, was used by US Marines to find Viet Cong; but here in Britain is still publicly seen as a wacky way of finding water using a twig.  Dowsing is on the timetable again for adult education learners on Wednesdays with the launch of a part-time beginners course in Winton. And for all of you who thought dowsing was just a matter of waving a stick about, think again; it is a skill that could pop open a treasure trove of life-changing opportunities.

Paul Craddock teaches the eight-week course and is also chairman of The Wessex Dowsers.  He said: “Most people know dowsing as a means of finding water with a twig, but it is used for much more.  “Many doctors in Europe use dowsers in their health care programs, although they only appear in some alternative health practices over here. “Dowsers are also sometimes discretely used by government departments and public utilities all over the world,” he added. But it’s back to basics first. Students on the course, which will run for eight weeks on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm, will learn to dowse for under-ground streams and pipes and discover how professional water diviners often achieve almost 100% per cent success Rates.  By using pendulums and angle rods, students will discover how to dowse for their own well-being by, for example, selecting the right foods and health remedies for their bodies.

Using angle rods - the modern version of the forked twig — students will also dowse each other’s auras.  “In past courses I’ve run, the students have had some success in locating people and lost or hidden objects,” said Paul.  “They expressed particular interest in finding gold and predicting the lottery.” The lessons on dowsing for Earth energies and geopathic stress also prove popular. The students learn how to dowse for Earth energies at many ancient sites across Dorset, as well as at an artificially created Ley line in the classroom. At the end of the Paul’s last course most, if not all of the students, said how much they enjoyed the teachings.  “It seemed sad to break up the group but I hope many of the students would come along to meetings with Wessex dowsers,” added Paul.

Also featured in the Deep South News television program where Paul Craddock was interviewed in the college classroom about his course and was filmed teaching the students.


An ancient standing stone from a lost Sun Temple has been unearthed by dowsers in east Dorset. Students on a local dowsing course discovered the hidden Bronze Age relic at Knowlton Henge, two miles south of Cranborne. Experts believe it is one of the most exciting finds for years. And, intriguingly, the dowsers pinpointed the ancient flat stone after spotting an energy line on a photo of the area.

"It’s a very significant find said Paul Craddock, chairman of Wessex Dowsers and a local dowsing tutor. "Where the stone was discovered, we believe there may have been an avenue of stones. We also think there is a second stone close by, buried upright in the ground". Dating as far back as 4,000BC, the large slab is thought to have been part of the stone circles of a pagan sun temple.

It is widely believed the henge was either knocked down or broken up when the now ruined 12th century Norman Knowlton Church was built on the same spot. It was common practice for early Christians to take over the older pagan sites, as local people were used to worshiping at the sacred circles. Some of the stones are thought to have been used in the churches foundations, and may also form part of the altar.

Dowsing expert Paul Craddock, from Parkstone, first suspected an energy line running in the area near the stone after a "ghost" line appeared on three photographs taken by a friend’s son. He runs courses on dowsing and decided to take his students up to the site to practice some of their dowsing techniques. One tracked the energy line directly to the stone, which was lying hidden under thick weeds.

Dorset ancient stone expert and author Peter Knight has now examined the megalith and says he is "very excited" about the find, and keen to notify local archaeologists. Paul was delighted with the success of his dowsing students. "Most people know dowsing as a means of finding water with a twig, but it can be used for archaeological searches, building and site surveys, tracing lost objects and much more," he said. Government departments and public utilities both here and abroad discretely make use of the techniques , as dowers are far cheaper than ordering full site surveys. During the Vietnam war in the 1970s, US soldiers were taught dowsing to locate hidden Viet Cong tunnels. It can also be used in healing, said Paul, with many doctors in Germany, Austria and France using dowsers in their health care programs. And he says interest in dowsing is on the rise locally, with more students signing up for courses in techniques using rods and pendulums.