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Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 1:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TXCem] dowsing
Thanks, everyone. I appreciate all the encouragement, all the
and also the honest skepticism. At the risk of being wordy, I’ll tell
I grew up in a little community in central Texas, near a cemetery
much of my family has been buried for generations. My Dad (now 81) says
when he was young there were many white wooden crosses in there. I (54) don
’t remember any, but there were many field stones when I was young. A
careless caretaker “cleaned up” the cemetery one time not realizing they
marked graves. Some areas of the cemetery are now considered off-limits
because of the risk of digging into existing graves. Most people assume
other parts of the area never had any burials.
I was on the Save Texas Cemeteries mailing list 5 or 6 years ago when
first began. Someone brought up dowsing, and I deleted the garbage
immediately. That happened several times till someone told exactly how to
do it, very similar to what Sarah said. That person said one in 4 people
could do it. So I began to wonder if that might help us. I twisted some
arms at a family get-together and got 7 people to go to the cemetery to test
it out, hoping 1 or 2 of us could do it. I had made 4 sets of rods out of
clothes hangers, but no one would touch them. I picked up one set, held
them loosely as instructed and slowly walked across a small area containing
a couple of graves and a couple of empty sites. I was stunned when the rods
actually pulled toward each other and crossed.
Everyone else was sure I had done it on purpose, but one of my
picked up another set and tried it. When his crossed, everyone rushed to
try. Out of the 7 of us, my husband, my sister, and my teenage twins were
marking every grave. Another teen, my niece, and I could mark about ¾ of
them. So I fully understand the skeptics; I was one of them. We all were.
Since then we’ve taught a number of people how to do it. For the most part,
those who remain skeptics are those who cannot be convinced to relax their
death-grip on the rods. You absolutely must hold them loose enough they can
turn themselves, and they will. By the way, dowsing is the “old technology”
also used by archaeologists to locate sites to dig. It is the basis for the
“new technology” called ground penetrating radar. Dowsing is more accurate
than the radar.
Now about our cemetery: 6 years ago I recorded all the names and data
the 550 identifiable gravestones. It had been set up as a perpetual care
association 40 or 50 years ago, we thought. A few years ago, the trustees
asked a lawyer to check into a few details. She was stunned to discover we
weren’t legal. Apparently, whoever set it up did so by photocopying the
paperwork of a nearby cemetery. She has done the paperwork to get us legal,
and now the last requirement is the plat map.
My sisters and I and our families are willing to go in and dowse for
‘lost’ graves, pay for and install simple brick markers, and also make the
plat map. The problem is getting people to believe us, and to respect the
graves we locate. We located a few graves out there 4 years ago but nothing
ever came of it. Some of those graves we found were in areas reserved for
burials - inside curbs or with monuments already set up. One woman said
“just bury me on top of them”; others say to move the old burials. Neither
option is legal. The woman who said “bury me on top” refuses to even watch
us dowse. She said there was probably an old well there or they just dug up
a little dirt to fill in another grave. My husband dowsed over her plot an
inch at a time, with me putting a peg by his big toe every time the rods
crossed. We pegged out a perfect 3 foot by 6 foot rectangle – a grave.
My sisters and I are hoping to find 1 or more dowsers who could come
o the cemetery working on Saturday morning, May 27 and confirm our finds.
We will be doing most of our work on Thursday and Friday, May 25-26, and
would be delighted to have any helpers or observers. It is located beside a
paved road on the Erath-Comanche County line, between Stephenville and
Eastland. If anyone would like to come I would be happy to send exact
We are fortunate to have new land we can expand into. However,
should also free up some of those grave sites currently off limits. It
also show the community how full the cemetery really is and how soon we need
I first used wire clothes hangers straightened out. Bend about a
of the length down for a handle. We prefer a 45 degree angle for the
handles. Hold as loose as possible. Ask a helper to push the wires left
and right a couple of times to make sure they can turn freely. As you walk
slowly over graves, the wires will swing together. Sometimes the tips will
barely cross and other times they will move so fast and hard that they will
slap your arms. Don’t get freaked out. It was first explained to us that
when a grave is dug and then the dirt returned to the hole, each grain of
soil then lies in a different direction from the way it had been lying for
centuries, thus interrupting the magnetic flow in the ground. When you step
on this ground the magnetic flow then causes the 2 wires to pull toward one
another. That explanation is perfectly plausible to my electronic guru
husband. However, we no longer believe that to be the answer. Suffice it
to say, I think it i!
s a sci
ence we do not yet understand. We were told by a professional dowser that
works best, so we went to a welding supply store near us and bought 12
3-foot welding rods, 1/16 inch in diameter, for $8. They don’t seem to work
any better for us than the clothes hangers. Oh, and think about graves
while you do it.
Sorry for the length, but I hope I have answered your questions.
Elayne Pair Gibbons
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