Art of water divining in France is local sourciery

Water divining is an ancient art but the local sourcier is still in demand – and these days can often be found on the internet.

Most towns and villages have one and there might also be a magnétiseur, or faith healer, who specialises in pain relief. They could be the same person.

In the past, the only way to get to know who they were was by word of mouth. Now, with the internet, the search is easier.

Diviner Laurent Cassé at work

Sourcier Laurent Cassé, who lives and works in the Gers, has a website and videos on YouTube. He told Connexion he did not believe in water divining until he saw a sourcier at work, and tried himself.

“I was surprised by the reaction of the baguettes (divining rods), which genuinely seemed to move by themselves,” he said.

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