water witching

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wa′ter witch`ing

the search for or discovery of underground water sources by means of a divining rod.
[1875–80, Amer.]
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Water witching

The use of a small forked branch of a tree to find underground water, and thus determine water well sites. There is no scientific evidence that water witching actually works.
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About The American Society of Dowsers (ASD): ASD is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in Vermont in 1961 to disseminate knowledge of dowsing (water witching, the discovery of lost articles or persons, and related para-psychological phenomena), development of its skills, and recognition for its achievements.
Water witching crossed my mind, when considering the location of the first well.
Divining, also known as dowsing, water finding or water witching, has existed for thousands of years and traditionally the most common divining rod was a Y-shaped branch cut from a tree or bush.