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Water witch harnesses a divine flow


Stanley Van Nederynen lightly grasps a bent piece of welding rod in each hand, holding the piece delicately so that the parts not resting against his palms hover parallel to the ground.

Van Nederynen begins to inch forward with his arms in front of him. Suddenly, the wires swing out to the left and right. Van Nederynen’s dowsing technique has found groundwater.

Dowsing is the process of using a divining rod to search for underground water or minerals. Also called “water witching,” the practice of dowsing has been used for thousands of years around the globe.

Van Nederynen, 71, has been dowsing for more than half of his life. He goes out to dowse for people in the county, usually farmers or new landowners, several times a month.

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