Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Water Witch

For many years now I have been snuggling up at night with a Water Witch, or a Dowser, if you will.  



Secret Agent Farmer Man is able to use any sort of rods, metal or wood, to find water on a property.  Here he is using a set of coat hangers he clipped.  Yes, seriously.  He claims that anyone can do it and that he doesn't really have special powers.  I think he does, as when I try to dowse I can get the rods to wiggle, but that is about it.  Basically he walks across the ground and the rods cross when he walks over water.  


He pulled forth this special talent because we had a water line break....somewhere on the farmette.  



After much digging, (thank goodness for large equipment), the leak was found.  You can see he had some expert advice from his canine friend.  


Some preferred to watch from a distance.  


When the girl of the house came home from school, she received a dowsing lesson.  





Apparently, she has inherited the power.  



Dowsing has historically been used to find water and minerals in the earth.  Considered a pseudoscience, many people don't believe in it.  You can read more about it here.  

It has been proven quite effective here at the farmette.  








49 comments:

  1. Works for me too. Can find water, gas, and electric cables buried to a depth of 9 feet. Hint. Stuff needs to be flowing.

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  2. Quite a gift . . maybe they can walk on water too . . :)
    I have always admired the skill of "water divining" as we say in UK . .

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  3. Very very interesting!
    Best wishes for a lovely sunday...
    Titti

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  4. I know more country folk (down near my cabin) who are quite skilled
    with their dowsers. Neat, huh?

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  5. That is an awesome power to have!!! Den said his super power is that he knows what foods people hate before they tell him. He said it is the crappiest super power to have.

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  6. Slightly more sophisticated than the forked branch...haha....hey, whatever works! I'm impressed!

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  7. I've heard of this all my life but never knew if it was real or not. Now I know it's real....

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  8. Cool skill. It's obviously in the genes!

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  9. That is really cool that your guy has that skill and your daughter too. I've heard of it all my life and have never doubted it's a real skill. Glad you fixed the leak.. looks like it was a pretty hard job! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  10. Wow!!!! So great, Blessings Francine.

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  11. so cute. my father could do it.

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  12. Wow. Very interesting. I'm glad you found the leak.

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  13. If he ever wants another job, direct him here.... Many people will not drill wells without the site being witched. It is fascinating!

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  14. I think this is so interesting. My SIL has the power too, but I think your secret agent farmer man is wrong - not everyone does!

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  15. This is so cool, your daughter is a darling!

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  16. Now that's a handy talent to have around! We hired a 'Water Witch' before we drilled our well. She accurately predicted where and how deep. Money well spent. It is still going strong 30 years later.

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  17. A friend of mine used to do it with copper wire. I thought he was playing a trick on me. Then he let me try. That is when I became a believer. Under it's own power with no help from me it pointed to the water. I was amazed.

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  18. neat story, my Dad and older brother were popular water witches where I grew up. My Dad once found an excellent source of water for us when living on a small island where wells were essential, we'd had three companies in and all of them failed, not my Dad :-) I have never tried.

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  19. I've always known this talent as water divining.. how lucky you are to have your very own dowser Michelle, very handy in the country I bet!

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  20. Good morning, it is cool you have your own secret agent farmer man. Awesome, your daughter has the same talent! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  21. fascinating...what a powerful guy to have around

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  22. My Dad was a wonderful dowser...every time!
    hughugs

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  23. ... oh, what a lovely fun post and great photo's too!

    All the best Jan

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  24. This is so cool. Where did he learn to do this?

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  25. I've heard of dowsing but never knew if it were really true! It must be a special skill, and I'm glad your husband has it and was able to find the leak. Your girl is growing so big and is a beauty like yiu, Lichelle!

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  26. My granddad was able to do this...

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  27. I so know nothing about these things...

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  28. Hello Michelle!:)Country folk usually know about dowsing it's passed down through generations of farm workers.Everyone has a well where I live, with fresh mountain water, but first they had to devine it.I think it's fascinating how this works, but work it does.It came in very handy for you, and now your daughter can do it, she can pass it on to her own family one day.:)

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  29. oh wow.....you brought back memories from my childhood days... I remember when my dad and one of his friends would do this and guess what? There was always water, right where the device said it was. my dad would use a special type of stick to find the water. Amazing.... enjoyed this post

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  30. Hey, if it works.. it works!

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  31. I have tried this once in my life the same way with two wires....and I was so blown away when it actually worked! :D I did it over and over and over again because I couldn't believe it. So awesome that you use it frequently on your farm and that it works so well for you. Love the pictures :)
    Have a beautiful day :)
    Lots of hugs,
    Beate

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  32. How great that it works! I have a leak here too, somewhere, wonder if I can do it?!!

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  33. This was so very interesting! I have read about it, and I heard my ancestors could do it. I, however, am just intrigued by the whole thing!

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  34. i have heard of this ... never seen it work though. neat-O!! very cool. ( :

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  35. I am pleased about the happy ending. Nice documentary this posting, both text and images.

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  36. Sorry for the mess, but so cool!

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  37. wow! I didn't think that worked... They're a witch!!
    Beautiful barn. I'm guessing faded black.
    And what a muddy yard... I hope it cleans up well.

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  38. We hired a water witch for our first well. He used a peach tree forked branch. I tried it and got the same results he did. Sadly the water was too far down to be of use. But it does work. A lot of people here still do it when drilling a new well.

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  39. Dousing is a long time tradition with us. You can also douse for anything you can think.

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  40. I don't have an opinion one way or the other as to whether witching for water is effective, but I knew of someone who, many years ago, had several people do it so that he know where to dig a new well. They failed to come up with the same location and the first well he dug was dry. The next one was successful. Just luck or did the second witcher know what he was doing? It also seems to be something that is done almost exclusively by men.

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  41. It is so impressive when you see done. I've tried a few times but I just don't have the talent. Even when I know where the water is.

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  42. If you believe it, I will believe it.

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