Written by:  Julius (Buck) Redmond - 2009

      I would like to start out by accusing the Jackson County Genealogy Society of planting some type of bug in me. I visited the Jackson County Library in Pascagoula to trace my roots. The water fountain must be contaminated as I received some type of bug, since then I have joined their organization. They had records showing that my great and great great grand parents were buried in Ferrill cemetery in Escatawpa, MS. It took me five months to clean where graves could be seen. Cemeteries are an interesting pastime, hobby. Sounds like I have a problem. No, not really.

     Genealogy is one of the fastest growing worldwide hobbies. Once bitten by the genealogy bug, you are hooked for life. There is no cure. Nobody is even looking for one. Cemeteries are like a large book, sitting there silent yet begging to be read. They are the final resting places of our ancestors that have gone on before us but they are also for the living. They are places to remember our families and discover our ancestors. One of the biggest frustrations in genealogy is being unable to locate the burial site of an ancestor. Although we may have an idea of where this ancestor may be buried, we have no proof. Grave dowsing cannot give us the name of the occupant in an unmarked grave but it will give us the gender, height, waist, hip and shoulder dimensions. From this data the computer chart will give the approximate weight.

     Even to the newest genealogist there is nothing like the feeling of finally discovering the monument of one of your ancestors. The day I found the graves of my ancestors, who had passed away in the early 1900’s, was like the day I made new friends, their lives being etched in stone. As I cleaned the monument and read the names and dates it was just like they were right there with me. It gave them more identity. They became a real person, not just a name I had written on a piece of paper. It is a feeling of joy not sadness to make a discovery such as this and we should all of our cemeteries, their permanent residents and the wonderful, invaluable information they contain.

     Dowsing is an age old art that has been used for centuries to locate water, graves and etc. I first learned dowsing from an elderly man while working for NASA. He used the divining rods to locate underground utilities prior to excavations for new construction. He was also able to locate unexploded ordnances buried after world war two. After retiring I returned home and started research on my family history, and ended up searching my ancestor’s grave sites and was shocked at the number of unmarked graves. A lot of old graves had a concrete slab with the names wrote into the wet concrete. My ancestor’s headstones were barely legible over the hundred years of weather wear; talc powder had to be used to read. I replaced with new granite headstones.

     Grave dowsing can be used to verify sites of unmarked graves. Dowsing (divining) rods can be bought or constructed in the following method. I always use a very light material (1/8 aluminum) as this causes less friction on your index fingers. Any type of metal will work old coat hangers, etc. Take two pieces of metal 18” long, bend 90 degrees from end. Holding the 4” piece in each hand and the 14” piece slightly sloped downward; slowly walk the area and rods will cross as you approach a grave site. Since most Christian burials are buried facing the east, it would be more efficient to walk all cemeteries in the north to south direction. Each pass should be no more than two feet, as this would also identify any baby buried in search area.

     The art of using divining rods is sometimes referred to as dowsing. Dowsing, in general terms, is the art of finding hidden things. Usually this is accomplished with the aid of a dowsing rod. Dowsing is an ancient practice whose origins are lost in long forgotten history. However, it is thought to date back at least 8,000 years. Dowsing may have been mentioned in the bible, although not by name, when Moses and Aaron used a rod to locate water. The first unambiguous written accounts of dowsing came from the middle ages when dowsers in Europe used it to find coal deposits.

      In more modern times, dowsing has been used to find water for wells, mineral deposits, oil, buried treasures, archaeological artifacts, and even missing people. How the dowsing technique was first discovered is unknown, yet those that practice it are unwavering in their affirmations that it does work.

      The quick answer is that no one really knows not even experienced dowsers. Some theorize there is a physical connection established between the dowser and the sought object. All things, living and unanimated, the theory suggest, possess an energy force. The dowser, by concentrating on the hidden object is somehow able to tune in to the energy force of vibration of the object, which in turn forces the divining rods to move. The divining rod may act as an amplifier or antenna for tuning into the energy source.

       Albert Einstein was convinced of the authenticity of dowsing. He said “I know very well that many scientists consider dowsing as they do Astrology, as a type of ancient superstition. According to my conviction this is unjustified”. The dowsing rod is a simple instrument which shows the reaction of the human nervous system to certain factors which are unknown to us at this time. Some people have this sixth sense but a lot doesn’t. He was the genius that gave us the theory on gravity and relativity E=MC2. Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love, when you sit with a girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes but when you sit on a hot stove for two seconds it seems like two hours, that’s relativity.

       Divining rods have been used since early times by water witchers, shamans, and wise ones. Although the information obtained while using these tools seem to come from esoteric source, in reality they simply measure energy patterns that occur naturally.

       To better understand this concept, it becomes necessary to understand a few basic laws. First we live in a universe of energy. We human beings are, in reality, energy beings. We all have an energy body, or aura, that surrounds and penetrates through our physical bodies. It’s as if energy or light radiates outward, from our center, and this energy field is larger than our physical selves. It is thought that this energy body that we send and receive energy vibrations. It’s often just a matter of tuning in, or eliminating the noise and distractions of everyday life, that we begin to perceive these energy vibrations in much greater detail. That is why meditation and prayer can be extremely helpful in learning to develop our natural physical abilities.

       The persons “aura” can be detected using divining rods, holding the rods in front of you, at about six feet away, slowly walk toward a person and within a few feet the rods will start to react. Remember practice makes perfect, also this is not something we do but the man upstairs gave you the power to do this so before and after performing this work give him the praise and thanks.

       To use divining rods, meditate, say a prayer, hold one rod in each hand, very loosely by the handles only. One rod should be slightly higher than the other so they can cross. Relax, clear your mind as too much intensity will cause the rods not to work. The ideal state for you to be in is one of being open minded rather than trying to be in control.

        For enhanced accuracy and protection when doing any kind divination work, it is recommended that you prepare a sacred space to work within. This can be accomplished in any number of ways, including, but not limited to, saying prayers for help and protection, calling on the higher power through meditation, etc. When using these special tools always remember the two magic words “please” and “thank you” Lord. When your heart is in the right place, and you ask humbly, and express sincere gratitude, you will find the answers you seek.

       Different people have different experiences while using divining rods. One lady claims she could detect where a casket had been excavated and moved to another cemetery. I tried this at Ferrell Cemetery on Charles Alphonse Prevost, original burial site and did not detect anything. His remains were relocated to Coleman Cemetery in Hurley.

       Remember different people have different experiences, one person may have their rods open and the next may cross. Some people can’t even get them to work.

       I believe that this energy source “aura” that I sense with the divining rods is the persons soul. The person’s soul will remain with their ashes until the end of time when Jesus returns. The person’s worldly body has returned to dust as the bible tells us. At end time when Jesus returns the eastern sky will open (this is why most Christian burials face the east) and the dead in Christ shall be resurrected into heaven. That that have done evil, and does not have their name in the book of life will be resurrected into damnation and cast into the lake of fire as stated in John 5-25 thru 5-28.

       I have worked various cemeteries, and found that the person’s physical size and gender can be determined by using divining rods. By kneeling on the ground and approaching the grave site slowly about every six inches around the body the silhouette of their soul can be laid out. This can determine their height, shoulder, waist and hip size. With these measurements using computer charts their approximate weight can be calculated. By using a single rod and slowly approaching the grave the rod will point to the males head and to the female’s feet. When a female uses the divining rod it works just the opposite.

       Some sciences say that a divining rod moves because of the earth’s magnetic field, I use aluminum rods which are not affected by this magnetic field. The divining rods also reacts on a living person, gender included.

       When searching in an area, always walk north and south as most Christian burials face their deceased to the east. In most cases the wife is buried with her right hand next to her husband’s left hand. Remember a baby’s grave is only about 20 inches long so make each north south pass no wider than this. If someone was cremated and their ashes buried in an urn, they will show as an eight inch square. The gender cannot be determined. This is another positive in my belief that the soul is what I am detecting; it is with the ashes in the urn.

Julius (Buck) Redmond     228-588-2486 home
6300 Lum Reeves Rd.      228-623-7949 cell
Lucedale, Ms. 39452       Soul Searcher