Is Dowsing Witchcraft?
Someone who does dowsing is usually dowsing for water, but a person can dowse for anything. It is a form of divination.
What is divination? Divination is the practice of ascertaining information from supernatural sources. That means using any modality apart from God that makes it occultism.
What is the meaning of occultism? The word occult comes from Latin occultus (hidden), referring to the ‘knowledge of the secret’ or ‘knowledge of the hidden’ and often meaning ‘knowledge of the supernatural’, as opposed to ‘knowledge of the visible’ or ‘knowledge of the measurable’, usually referred to as science.
Who was the founder of this modality or what culture did it come out of?
It came out of Germany in the 15th century. No known founder of the modality. Martin Luther used dowsing for metals. In 1662 it was considered occultic by a Jesuit, Gaspar Schott. Rods for divination goes all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.
What was his/her spirituality, their god or gods?
Possibly druidism in Germany.
How does it claim to work and their beliefs in the practice?
It is the use of a Y-shape stick and you ask to find water. You walk until the stick bends down meaning water has been found. It is used the same manner as a pendulum.
What is it’s source and what is the occult potential?
The work of divination. When asked to prove the existence of this energy, the healers used a dowsing rod and pendulum – old instruments of the occult.
The Biblical / Christian Evaluation / Scriptures
My people inquire of a piece of wood, and their walking staff gives them oracles. For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore.
Dowsing is a form of divination — attempts to know hidden knowledge or the future through a supernatural means, apart from the God of the Bible. A biblical example is in Acts 16:16: “One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a demon-possessed slave girl. She was a fortune-teller who earned a lot of money for her masters.” You will notice that this girl was demon possessed. She was practicing a form of divination, similar to dowsing.