Written by Super User
Simply put, dowsing is the practice of using tools to interpret the answers to questions. Dowsers pose questions for which they are seeking answers, and while maintaining a clear and open mind, they interpret the movements of simple hand tools to affirm the answers to the questions they pose.
Dowsing has been a part of the human experience since the earliest days of recorded history. Using simple tools to answer questions and solve problems dates back thousands of years, and dowsing is one of the many ways in which we continue to use simple tools to our benefit.
As ancient humans learned to use basic tools and alter their environment, one of the many ways in which these simple tools were put to use is for locating objects of interest. The early historical record indicates that primitive human kind used forked sticks, and weights tied to strings, in their pursuit of food, water, shelter, and other basic staples of life.
Dowsing has been known by many names throughout history.