Today at work I wandered out to the smoking hut , while I was loafing about smoking I noticed a twig at my feet that had that perfect wishbone shape.
This set off a whole train of memories of water divining with my dad when I was a kid.
I was the only person in the family that can divine(The rest being insensitive oafs) , so I always got dragged out when divinng was necesary.
You get a Y shaped twig (Willow is best) , grasp the two ends with you palms facing the floor and then twist your hands up and out until your palms are facing the sky .
This puts tension in the twig so you can feel the slightest tweak against the end .
If you now walk over any running underground water you will feel a strong pulling down on the end of the twig (With some people its down with others its up......dont know why).
You may ask why water divining was neccesary at all , all I can remember is that my dad had a thing about certain aspects of how they built ancient churches . they were always built with the altar over a blind(underground) spring , and one of the exit streams(also underground) would flow out of the knave door .
Suposedly becuase an underground spring messes with the electrical fields above it , this goes part way to explaining the odd 'spooky' atmosphere in some old churches.
This also explains why some of the old churches and cathedrals in the UK are banana shaped, when viewed from the air (Just look at an ariel shot of Canterbury cathedral if you dont believe me).
It also has something to do with ley lines but I cant remember what .
Anyway thats my freakish talent , I can water divine.
I dread to ask , but what gentle reader are yours????