If you know the art, you might be able to use dowsing to locate a spring under the earth, though it’s not the method we use for our Bottled Spring Water. Dowsing is a type of divination used in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals, gemstones, oil, and more.

Dowsing is also known as divining or, in the USA, doodle bugging. When referring specifically to the search for water it is known as water witching or water dowsing. Although many cultures and individuals set great store in dowsing there is no scientific evidence that it is effective. The method typically used by the diviner is a dowsing rod, often a rod in a Y or L shape. Metal rods are also used, or no equipment at all.

Dowsing may have originated in 15th century Germany, when it was used to find metals. In 1518 Martin Luther listed dowsing for metals as an act that broke the first commandment about occultism. In 1662 dowsing was declared “superstitious, or rather Satanic” by a Jesuit, Gaspar Schott.  In the South of France in the 17th century dowsing was used to track down criminals and heretics. But, this tactic was sometimes abused, leading to a decree of the inquisition in 1701, forbidding its employment for purposes of justice.

During the Vietnam War, some United States marines dowsed to locate weapons and tunnels. Whether you believe all this or not, rest assured at least that Bottled Spring Water is good for you – and that’s a scientific fact.


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