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Divining Hand – Christopher Bird – Book & Gallery

By sheer luck  I could retrieve it online but only for an  hour loan, so copied it, sort of quickly, it is readable, it is better than nothing I ´d say.
From page 1 to 344 , the full book indeed.

Did page by page copy to keep it readable, but that is a lot of printscreens…


“To dowse,” says the author of this definitive study of the divining art, “is to search with the aid of a handheld instrument such as a forked stick or a pendular bob on the end of a string – for anything: subterranean water flowing in a narrow underground fissure, a pool of oil or a vein of mineral ore, a buried sewer pipe or electrical cable, an airplane downed in a mountain wilderness, a disabled ship helplessly adrift in a gale, a lost wallet or dog, a missing person, perhaps a buried treasure.” Co-author of The Secret Life of Plants, Christopher Bird has filled this book with exciting, documented stories, most of them illustrated with photographs and diagrams. It provides a complete history of the art of dowsing around the world and discusses in detail the various existing theories attempting to explain this extraordinary phenomenon.

 “So here is what I say to you. Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you.  Everyone who asks will receive. He who searches will find. And the door will be opened to the one who knocks.





Martine de Bertereau, also known as Baroness de Beausoleil,

was the first recorded female mineralogist as well as mining engineer along with her husband, Jean de Chastelet.

She traveled extensively throughout Europe in search of mineral deposits and fresh ground water under the employment of various nobles and royals.


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