Wednesday Words: Pendulum– Plus an exclusive deleted scene!

In To Growl or to Groan, Chloe acquires a pendulum at a new age shop she visits in Scotland. In the course of edits, I had to cut the scene where she researches more about pendulums. I also cut some other fun facts about pendulums I’ve learned along the way, like the importance of the material used to make the pendulum (various stones, metals, crystals or wood) and that many people either name their pendulums or believe that they come with names to be discovered. Chloe wasn’t on board with the naming idea, but she did do more research on the stone in her pendulum.

For those who have read the book, this scene takes place between the second and third scenes in Chapter Ten.

Jorge rises and takes my breakfast dishes without a word, so I head to our rooms to get my pendulum and the piece of paper with the Websites about them that the shop clerk gave me. No sense poking the bear, and I may as well do something useful. If I’m going to embrace the additional esoteric tools and practices coming my way, I figure I might as well go all in to explore what’s been brought into my life.

I head to use the shared laptop in the den. The first site I pull up gives a step-by-step guide to using a pendulum for divination. It talks about how to hold the pendulum and how to cleanse it of negative energy. I follow the instructions to calibrate it, asking yes/no questions I know the answers to.

The first non-calibration question I ask is if Gracie is OK. It tells me maybe, which isn’t really all that helpful and raises my frustration level.

Next, I try asking if I should go see my mother. It says yes. I’ve definitely got mixed feelings on that answer. Scratch that. I feel just like I did when I asked if so and so liked me and the Magic Eight Ball said “The Answer is No.”

Enough with the questions.

I check out the second site, which is more extensive. It talks about setting intentions and blocking the influence of spirits that may not have the greatest good as their intention. It also catalogs questions I shouldn’t ask, like determining winning lottery numbers or other things that could impact more than myself. The site even comes with warnings, such as don’t always believe the pendulum and beware of future predictions since people always have free will to change the future.

And I somehow thought using a pendulum would be so simple. I suppose it’s like Reiki in that way. With an attunement, you can feel the Reiki energy flow, but there is so much more to it if you develop it as a healing or spiritual practice.

A third site talks about the different types of stones and their healing properties and historic significance. Amethyst is right up there on the list of commonly used stones and gems.

I skim. Evidently the name of the stone comes from the Greek words for “no drunkenness” and they carved cups out of amethyst to drink alcohol from. What the point of that was, I don’t know. Why drink excessive amounts of alcohol if you don’t want to get drunk?

I keep skimming. More interesting is the Ancient Egyptian belief that the stone guarded against fear, guilt, self-deception and witchcraft. Reminds me of The Devil card. Seems amethyst would be the perfect antidote to the lies and illusions that the tarot reader said that card can represent. Maybe that shop clerk really was seeing more about me than I gave her credit for.

Or maybe it was luck of the draw, my inner skeptic holds out.

The site also says amethyst is often used in healing, put under the pillow to ensure good dreams, and employed as a focal point for meditation. It’s even suggested that meditating with an amethyst can increase positive spiritual feelings, which certainly wouldn’t hurt me. Maybe it’ll keep the shared dreams at bay.

I decide to keep the tool close just in case and slip it in my jeans pocket.

Hidden Line, book two

She’s unready to face her past, but she may have no choice.

It may be her best friend who gets surprisingly accurate hunches about the future, but Chloe just  knows something big –and bad—is about to happen. She telepathically communicates with animals and shape-shifters, but her growing psychic abilities are beginning to scare her. She suspects her mother also had abilities, and when those powers grew beyond her control, she left her daughter and husband when Chloe was only ten.

Despite her worries, she won’t let anything interrupt her trip to Scotland to meet her shape-shifter boyfriend’s family. Meeting Jorge’s close-knit family and spending the Holidays with them is worry enough!

When his sister goes missing, her disappearance is linked to a shadowy organization that knows exactly how to hide her from her shape-shifting relatives’ tracking ability. What they don’t count on is Chloe’s psychic gift.

In the rush to find Jorge’s sister, Chloe loses control of her ability and accidentally harms an animal’s psyche. Ridden with guilt, she’s afraid her ability just might destroy her relationship with Jorge. She isn’t ready to find her mother and face her past, but she may not have a choice if she wants to ensure she never harms anyone again.

What readers are saying about To Growl or to Groan:

“I enjoyed reading more in this book about Chloe’s exploration of her abilities and past as well as her HOT relationship with Jorge. I will be looking for more from this author for sure. This book is a light and fun read with adventure, passion and a few unexpected twists and turns. Highly recommend reading this book.”

“This book definitely kept my interest through the entire read.”