Ethics are an extremely important aspect of any geomantic work (or any dowsing work for that matter) you might do and it should govern how you conduct yourself after you have gained permission to work for anyone. Even the issue of permission is an ethical issue. For me, doing something as simple as dowsing someone's aura without permission is, to put it bluntly, psychic rape - entering someone else's being without permission.

Karma/good deeds/bad deeds is perhaps the most important reason why I feel it is important to operate ethically. When one incorrectly uses higher level skills (like dowsing), one pays for it even more quickly. Your karma can come back to you with a speedy vengeance.

But perhaps even more importantly, for the sake of all of us who are reintroducing geomancy to the public – most of whom are not even aware of the concept – the news of someone charging exorbitant rates, or in some other way taking unfair advantage of their clients, gives us all a bad name.


The British Society of Dowsers, in maintaining and continuing to promote dowsing and dowsing practitioners in a manner consistent with the highest standards of personal integrity and professional behaviour, requires the following code of ethical conduct to be followed by Members of the Professional Register. A member, whose conduct is considered by the Council to be in breach of the ethical code may be removed from the Register.

The reputation and usefulness of dowsing depend on the behaviour of dowsers. All dowsers owe it to their colleagues, and to members of the public who can benefit from dowsing skills, not to bring dowsing into disrepute.

The public expect high standards of behaviour in people they call in, on trust, to help them with aspects of their working and private lives. Essential elements of this are professional competence, good relationships with clients and colleagues, and observance of ethical obligations.

1. Good Relationships with Clients.

  • Treat every client politely and considerately.

  • Make sure that your personal beliefs do not prejudice your interactions with your clients - you must not allow your views about a client’s lifestyle, culture, belief, race, colour, gender, sexuality, age, social status or perceived economic worth to prejudice the work that you perform or recommend.

  • Adequately assess your client’s needs and desires. Listen to and respect their views, and allow them to be fully involved in decisions about your work for them.

  • Recommend and perform only the treatment or services that serve your client’s needs.

  • Explain your services to your clients in a way that they can understand, and be satisfied that the client understands and agrees to what is proposed before you begin.

  • Respect the right of your clients to decline your services after these have been outlined and explained.

  • Recommend and advise additional or otherwise relevant services or actions when necessary, including referring to another practitioner or other professional.

2. Maintaining Trust With Clients and The Public

  • Always behave in an honest and trust-worthy manner with your clients and with the public.

  • Only dowse for information that concerns you personally or that lies within an area of public concern, unless you are asked or given permission by clients or others to dowse either for them personally or for groups or organisations of which they are members. Be careful to restrict and focus your dowsing to the legitimate concerns and needs of those seeking your services.

  • Do not dowse for information about other people, their property, possessions or concerns without their request or permission, unless it is clearly in the interest of the highest common good to do so, and do not make unsolicited comments about other people or their concerns based on your position as a dowser. In the case of a person unable to represent themselves, either through age, illness or disability, you may dowse at the request of or with the permission of a parent, close family member, guardian or care-giver.

  • Respect your client’s dignity and privacy, and do not reveal your client’s identity without prior permission.

  • Never improperly disclose or misuse confidential information that you may discover or become privileged to in the course of your dowsing.

  • You must not use your position to establish improper personal relationships with clients or their close relatives.

  • You must not deliberately withhold relevant or appropriate information or services from your clients.

3. Respecting Relationships with Colleagues.

  • You must always treat your colleagues fairly, be willing to consult with them and must be prepared to justify your actions to them if necessary.

  • You must never discriminate unfairly against your colleagues, or allow your views of their lifestyle, culture, belief, race, colour, gender, sexuality, age or social status to prejudice your professional relationship with them.

  • You must not make any client doubt a colleague’s knowledge or skills by making unnecessary or unsustainable comments about them.

4. Good Performance.

  • The BSD encourages you to keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

  • Keep clear and accurate records of relevant findings and work conducted.

  • Recognise (and work within) the limits of your competence.

5. Providing Information About Your Services.

  • When discussing or publicising your findings as a dowser, be responsible and considerate of the effects that such information may have both on any individuals concerned and on public opinion generally. Avoid sensational or misleading statements and bear in mind the likely accuracy and completeness of your dowsing information.

  • If you publish or broadcast information about your services, the information must be factual and verifiable. The information that you publish must not make claims about the comparative quality of your services nor compare your services with those your colleagues provide. For those whose work includes healing or therapies of any kind you must not, in any way, offer guarantees of cures, nor exploit a client’s vulnerability or lack of knowledge.

  • Information that you publish or provide about your services must not put pressure on people to use a service, for example by arousing fear for their present or future health or well-being.

6. Legal Observance & Commercial Dealings.

  • You must observe and keep up to date with any laws and statutory codes of practice which affect your work..

  • You must obtain adequate insurance for any part of your work that calls for or allows such cover.

  • You must be honest in financial and commercial matters relating to your work as a dowser.

  • You must inform clients of your method of charging, estimated fees and all additional costs that may apply before you commence any work for them.

  • You must not put pressure on your clients to give or lend money or their benefits to you or other people.

  • When taking part in discussions about selling goods or services, you must declare any relevant financial or commercial interest which you or your family might have in the transaction.

7. Teaching and Training.

The BSD encourages you to help the public to be aware of and understand dowsing and related issues and to contribute to the education and training of other dowsers.

The British Society of Dowsers

Wyche Innovation Centre
Walwyn Road
Upper Colwall
WR13 6PL (UK)

+44 (0)1684 576969

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I wish to thank the British Society of Dowsers for allowing me to reprint their Professional Ethical Code here on Mid-Atlantic Geomancy.

Further reading: The MetaEthics of Divination (by Maryam Povey M.Ed, CHT)

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