The Water Witcher



The boy has the gift for witching, his grandfather said, as he followed the old man across the open ground with his small forked stick pointed outward just as he saw his grandfather do.  When his grandpa stopped with his stick pointing downward, indicating the presence of water below, the boy stopped and let his stick point toward the ground too.  After all, his grandfather was well known for finding water in areas that seemed impossibly dry. Despite the naysaying of educated people, many good wells in the area stood as a testament to his water witching skills. 
 
The boy grew up and continued the family tradition of dowsing, but replacing the forked stick with  two copper divining rods that involuntarily cross when he locates a water source below ground.  People scoff at his unscientific method of deciding where to drill a water well but I don't, because the water witcher with his divining rods is responsible for the high-volume water well on our land where some said there was no water to be found.
 
 
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I'm joining Ivy Walker at "Uncharted"
where the cue this week is "stick"
Come and share your story with us!

31 comments:

  1. What a good way to go with this cue word! Dowsing didn't cross my mind. You win the day!!

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    1. Thanks, Paul! That was one of the first stick images that came to mind, although I did think of one or two less polite! ;-)

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  2. I have witnessed witching and do some myself. A very interesting talent and you have covered it well.

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    1. I was amazed when we moved out here and needed a water well, and this was the man recommended to us. It was a one shot deal, money enough to drill just once, and he nailed it!

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    2. It doesn't surprise me at all that you have done this, with your close connection to the land and water there, surely you would be led to the source.

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  3. Dowsing is interesting and fascinating...hard to dispute when water if found, especially in unexpected places. Great post.

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    1. So true! I was totally surprised to learn that this was the method our well-driller intended to use, but it most certainly proved to be the right one! It is not uncommon for dry wells to be drilled in this area, and it's an expensive process. He told us that the corner where our well is located was the only spot one could go! When the neighbors had theirs put in it was right across the property line from ours, wisely!

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  4. I can remember as a child kidding my friends that I could find water with a couple of bamboo canes They actually believed me! I can only hope that I don't receive divine retribution for my untruthfulness. Thanks for bringing back a happy memory.

    A seasonal tale!


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    1. I think most children engage in some fantasy role-playing, Keith, I doubt the water Gods are going to zap you for that one. Who knows, maybe back then it might have been possible. Children are more in tune with such magical things!

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  5. It's amazing that it does sometimes work.

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    1. Yes it is, I'm pretty rational-minded and I had my doubts. Whether luck or ability, in our case there was a happy ending to the story. It's an art that's been practiced for a long, long time!

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  6. yeah, agree with the others, divining for water, very cool and I've known people who have the gift/talent whatever it is...
    nice angle on the prompt word, too

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    1. Thanks, Clark! There are some people who are just very connected to the earth and elements thereof, I doubt that the stick or the rods are the answer, just a tool used in their sensing what lies below unseen.

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  7. Very unique!!! Really cool story!!!

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    1. It is such a cool concept, Zoe! The best part is that it's a true story, our well is strong and the water is great!

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  8. If the Six was a contest, you'd win for best take on the cue! Such a divine use for a stick, pardon the pun. ;-)

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    1. LOL, Deborah Lee, that made me laugh! Indeed it is! :-)

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  9. Love this and a true story at that!
    Very mysterious, divining. I never could figure it out but I always believed it possible!

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    1. Thank you! I think there are so many natural things like this that we tend to doubt because they don't align with scientific rationale,but that doesn't mean there is no truth in the possibility. People have been divining water for centuries!

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  10. This is the kind of SSS that takes you somewhere. Water is the liquid of life and your story speaks to the underlying power of it. You always write so clearly and beautifully, Josie.

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    1. Thank you kindly, Val! It wasn't much of a story, but it was one I wanted to share, because I think it's pretty amazing! We were pretty stressed about the well being drilled because it is very expensive here, water lies deep in the ground if at all. What a relief to end up with such a great producer, and all because of two rods marking the spot with an X!

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  11. Wow, what a great write for this cue. Wonderful story.

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    1. Thank you Helene! I think it's fun to know that this does sometimes work!

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  12. Loved your story. We had someone witch for a gas line once, and someone else witched for water so he would know where to drill for a well for us. I don't completely understand why this works, but it does.

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    1. I agree, Pat, sometimes we just don't have an understanding of how, but that doesn't always mean it won't work!

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  13. Witchers have been plying their trade for centuries and clearly there is much as much in their power of observation as well as sensitivity to their stick's thirst!
    Great story Josie.

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    1. I'm sure that's true, Old Egg, years of experience makes for successful experiences in many areas of life!

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  14. What a great way to do the prompt!! Sounds like the start of a great story.

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    1. Thanks, something a little different, but the fact that it worked still makes me smile. There is still a bit of magic left in life!

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