Aymar-Vernay, Jacques

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Aymar-Vernay, Jacques Gender: M
born on 8 September 1662 (greg.) at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place St.Marcellin, France, 45n09, 5e19
Timezone LMT m5e19 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°25' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 22°21 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 14°34'

Jacques Aymar-Vernay


French stonemason who reintroduced dowsing with a divining rod into popular usage in Europe. He claimed to have discovered springs and treasures hiding in the earth using his rod, and even tracked down criminals using it. According to some accounts, when he neared the scene of a murder using a divining rod, he would break into a sweat, shudder, and in some instances, even faint.

In 1692, Aymar-Vernay was hired by authorities to locate a murderer. By swinging a pendulum he identified a 19 year-old boy, a hunchback, as the culprit. The boy was subsequently "broken on the wheel" (tortuously executed). Aymar subsequently became something of a national celebrity for his "ability". When submitting to testing by Prince de Condé, however, he failed every single test.

The date of his death is unrecorded.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Popular Science And Public Opinion in Eighteenth-century France" by Michael R. Lynn (Manchester University Press, 2006), p. 100: "Jacques Aymar was born just after midnight in Saint-Marcellin on 8 September 1662."


  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Other Occult Fields (Dowser)