Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – 30/11/20

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

30th November, 2020

Tavistock, Devon, UK

We were all for seeing this one from Cox Tor car park on the western edge of Dartmoor (UK), but having arisen bright and early (well, early) not only was Cox Tor invisible, but so was the church down the road.  Dowsing indoors again became the order of the day.

The table overleaf (he said, in an analogue format) shows the findings of this event.  I used the usual baseline energy current in the hall, plus two pieces of the interplanetary grids that flow through our bungalow.  In the living room, we have a piece of the lunar grid and in the front bedroom a section of the solar grid.  Regular readers will know that much of the latter is actually outside in the flowerbed, so for convenience – and comfort – I just dowse the indoor half.  Serious science for the sensible and sensitive.

The results are, I trust, self explanatory.  Measuring ‘gender’ is probably something of a contradiction in terms, but for male/female read any other definition of line quality that seems more appropriate to you.   I have tended to keep to ‘gender’ because I understand what I am intending, and it corresponds to what I have investigated over the years – even though that description could seem a bit wide of the mark for others.  In essence, what I am trying to do here is to measure a quantitive effect (in this case energy line width) and qualitative effect (gender).

There were no big surprises as such, but the femaleness of both the lunar grid and the hall line seemed rather low at the start.  When we do this sort of dowsing, we have to accept that all sort of other influences are acting on both the dowser and the dowsed throughout the process. 

Using coffee stirrers as markers on domestic carpeting might be frowned upon by the materialistic hardcore, but what I’m doing here is not to pick apart the minutiae of the eclipse, but to examine some of the phenomena associated with it – and especially the sort of stuff that only a dowser could examine.

Any dowser, even the quite inexperienced, could do this type of work at any eclipse.  It doesn’t even have to be anywhere near you.  A solar or a lunar eclipse is simply the direct alignment of the sun, earth and moon in various combinations.  A visual total solar eclipse is certainly a bucket list item for anyone with any sense of awe for the natural environment, but at that type of event you are so overwhelmed, both physically and emotionally, during the few minutes of celestial activity that any serious dowsing is something of a side issue to the immersive experience.  Dowsing the slightest of lunar eclipses in your own hall, early on a foggy Devon morning in November, does have its advantages.

Even the most tangential of celestial passes can provide some intriguing data.  A penumbral lunar eclipse is where just a portion of the shadow of the earth impinges on the visible moon.  A comprehensive explanation of this phenomenon can be found on the NASA website, together with details of all forthcoming similar events, including those way beyond the earthbound lifespan of anyone reading this piece.  For a more accessible, layperson’s overview, try – an invaluable cornucopia of a data-site for nerds and novices of all ages and genders.

To dowse at an eclipse, any energy line will do.  Even if you are locked down or locked up, everyone has a line of some sort available to them – and usually indoors.  If you are not sure where to start, just ask the dowsing question ‘what would be the best thing for me to dowse during this eclipse’.  You may well get a surprise as to what pops up, or where it takes you, but it will be your time to know just that.

BSD guru, Prof. Jim Lyons encourages people to try putting crystals or other ‘significant objects’ (eg icons, statuettes or items that are sacred to you) on a line and measuring if their auras change during an eclipse- or even trying one on a line and one in   neutral location.  If nothing happens, that’s still an important piece of new data.

I cannot stress enough that eclipse dowsing anywhere, at any time, is the most important earth energy event available to a diviner of any level of experience.  Just get yourself well set up in advance, as it all happens so quickly, and there are no replays.  (In fact, recorded live streaming does provide a replay of sorts, but both event and dowser would then be time shifted, and you may not be dowsing precisely the same actuality.)  Thinking through what you are going to do, and getting the equipment ready – however crude or basic – are the most important pre-requisites for a successful session.

By the end of this eclipse, the gloom had lifted a little from over the moors, although the town below us was still shrouded in a static mist, compounded by the smog of hundreds of wood-burning stoves.  The church had emerged from the backdrop like something evocative from a Monet painting, and it was yet another occasion when we felt grateful that we had chosen to live high on a hillside.

During eclipses, people all over the world are posting beautiful images of what is going on in their part of the world.  I doubt if they would be all that interested in dense mist on the western slopes of Dartmoor, but the reddened hue of the shadowed moon over a desert, and the rising moon in New Zealand just after ours had set, brings home to us all just what a wonderful, diverse – and small – planet we call home.

Any questions, as ever, to me at

Nigel TwinnNovember 2020