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Question about a mystery tool
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:01:09 am »
I think I am posting this in the right forum, but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.
A couple of years ago I visited family in Germany. My cousin (who my uncle refers to as a "witch") has a funny little spiral shaped rod she uses in making decisions on everyday sort of problems. It is about 6-9 inches long and she uses it by holding it out in front of her and reading the results by how it sways back and forth or up and down.
For example, I went with her when she was shopping for a schrank (large cabinet-dresser type thing) and she used this rod to find out which one was best for her or if there was one better in the store.
I never found out what it was called or even anything else about her that would lead my uncle to call her a witch. I tried searching online but all I found are the divining rods used for finding water. Any ideas?

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 02:09:35 pm »
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Must be a kind of Tensor.
They come in pretty different styles. (Wood, semi-precious stones, different metals.)
They are basically only doing what a pendulum does anyway.
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 02:10:45 pm »
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Must be a kind of Tensor.
They come in pretty different styles. (Wood, semi-precious stones, different metals.)
They are basically only doing what a pendulum does anyway.


Something like this?
http://www.msnaturprodukte.de/shop/default/pix/a/n/tensor-goetterfunke.2.jpg
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

Confuzzled and proud. :p

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2013, 03:17:57 pm »
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Something like this?
http://www.msnaturprodukte.de/shop/default/pix/a/n/tensor-goetterfunke.2.jpg

 
Almost. The whole thing is a metal spiral, there is no separate handle. It was kind of spring-ish, and a little wider at the bottom than the top. She carried it easily in her purse.

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2013, 04:20:54 pm »
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Almost. The whole thing is a metal spiral, there is no separate handle. It was kind of spring-ish, and a little wider at the bottom than the top. She carried it easily in her purse.


Yeah, as I said, they come in a lot of shapes and materials.
I think I've heard of pocket tensors, too.
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

Confuzzled and proud. :p

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2013, 06:11:17 pm »
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Yeah, as I said, they come in a lot of shapes and materials.
I think I've heard of pocket tensors, too.

 
Cool, thank you for the input. I was curious because my cousin and my aunt seemed to value it's results a lot.

And I just noticed your info to side of your posts says you are in Germany. Do you mind if I ask what region? My family is in the Swabian region. It was easily the most gorgeous place I have ever been. I miss it soooo!  : )

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Re: Question about a mystery tool
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2013, 06:37:42 pm »
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And I just noticed your info to side of your posts says you are in Germany. Do you mind if I ask what region? My family is in the Swabian region. It was easily the most gorgeous place I have ever been. I miss it soooo!  : )


Yeah, I am in the south-west, close to the French border.
\'You had to repay, good or bad. There was more than one type of obligation.
That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
All you could try to be was a witch, as hard as you could.\'
Terry Pratchett \'Lords and Ladies\'

Confuzzled and proud. :p

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