Ouija- The Mystifying Oracle
We all have a great desire to know the future, and as a teen I experimented with the Ouija Board.
Skipping class one day, a group of girls hid out at a friend’s house. We played with the board and were amazed
at some of the answers we got but I have always been a bit skeptical that the game was a reliable source of
A few years later while playing with my BFF Bonnie, the planchette would move so fast we had to have Paula
write as it spelled out the messages. The three of us used the board as often as we could for weeks, with Paula
keeping track of the letters as we called them out. But somewhere in the back of my mind I kept hearing the
word "Liar!" We stopped only because I relocated.
I have never owned a Ouija Board nor did I ever find found another person willing to work the board with me.
I have often regretted not having saved all those notes.
A few months ago a friend was selling some of her old things, and in one pile I spied an old Ouija board. Is that
for sale? She glared at me and said "You're not going to use it, are you?"
I came home, opened the dusty old box and showed Doug my prize, and heard him say "I hope you're not
planning to use that thing! " (I thought I raised him better than that!)
I began to wonder about the Ouija and its bad reputation. I decided to do some research and give a short
presentation on the Mystic Oracle at our meeting. Before I began, I asked people to touch the board, and was
surprised how many were reluctant to do so….
The art of fortune telling, finding lost objects, identifying the guilty, and communing with the Gods has existed
in all civilizations. The diviners were usually the priests, shaman, oracles, psychics, or someone reputed to have
supernatural powers. Typical divination consists of advice as well as predictions used for guidance. No matter
what the technique, divining falls on one of two categories: Interpretation of nature signs, or direct
communication with Gods or spirits through visions. The Ouija is said enable direct contact with the spirit world.
Precursors of the Ouija date back to ancient China before the birth of Confucius (551 BC). The Chinese cast
yarrow sticks (which later became the I Ching) and practiced palmistry.
Ways of interpreting natural signs include astrology, reading omens such as flights of birds or patterns in clouds.
Early Celtic culture divined the future or the will of the Gods by “casting lots” of bones. (known as Rune stones)
In ancient Rome, animals were sacrificed to “read” their entrails. The Egyptians would sleep in their temples in
attempting to communicate with the Gods through dreams.
Throughout the Roman Empire, Oracles would enter into a trance state to communicate with the gods. The
Greeks also popularized astrology through the casting of horoscopes.
In Africa, the Zande place two sticks in an anthill the future was seen the next morning by which of the sticks
had been eaten away. The most common African predictor of future events is the Benge Oracle. The Benge (a
plant poison) is fed to a chicken, and the message is derived from the nature and length of the death throws.
In the Americas, Natives would consult with the gods by reading the smoke from sacred fires. They would
perform ceremonies where medicinal plants were ingested to produce a state of mind where they can connect to
the Spirits. Early Native American Indians also used “Squdilatc boards” to find missing objects, people, and
obtain other spiritual information.
Tools such as wands, rods, and pendulums have been used for centuries to find objects such as water, oil,
mineral deposits, mushrooms, gold etc. Tarot cards are still in use today to tell the future.
In the Eastern cultures, divination is a daily part of life, where in Western society (dominated by Christianity)
divination is more frequently associated with sorcery. The Old Testament warns against consulting diviners (the
word diviner translates to “witch.”)
In 1853, the planchette came into use in Europe. It was a heart shaped board on three legs (one of which was a
pencil) the users moved the planchette over paper as it would spell out messages and draw pictures. There was
no “board” at this time.
“The Ouija “ we know today was invented in 1890 by Elijah J. Bond. The game gained great popularity during
the days of spiritualism. Later the patent was sold to William Fuld who founded the Baltimore Talking Board
Co. Fuld is considered the father of Ouija)
The popularity of the Ouija board soured after WWI. Spiritualism was in revival and grief stricken families were
desperate to communicate with their loved ones lost in the Great War.
In 1966, Fuld sold his patent to Parker Bros. who stressed the board as “a game for entertainment purposes.”
Sales of the Ouija again began to increase during the 60s and 70s, as it was a time of renewed interest in the
supernatural and the occult.
Tool of the devil?
Rosemary E. Guiley says “The board itself is not dangerous, but that form of communication often is”
The famous Edgar Cayce once called the Ouija “a dangerous toy” Demonologists say that the Ouija can open the
door to possession by evil spirits that eventually may require exorcism and / or psychiatric treatment.
Unfortunately, with this type of spirit contact, there is no way to tell who or what the entity may be or if it is a
spirit at all.
Advocates of the Ouija say the board can be useful to gain spiritual insight. There have been several famous cases
of medium ship, channeling, and automatic writing once the entities reveal themselves through the board.
Parapsychologists who have studied communications using the board say that it is a form of Automatism;
unconscious activities that pick up and amplify information from the subconscious. It is believed that we know
more than we realize and often the answers are inside of us. Furthermore, users have no control over what
repressed information will surface and may suffer psychosis.
The Ideomotor Effect- The Skeptic's Dictionary says: "the ideomotor effect refers to involuntary and
unconscious motor behavior. William Carpenter coined the term “ideomotor action” in 1882 in his explanation
for the movements of dowsing rods, pendulums, and table turning by spirit mediums.
According to Carpenter, the mind initiates muscular movements without the person being aware of it.
Suggestions can be made to the subconscious mind and affect how the muscles of the hands and arms move in
subtle ways. What seems to be paranormal, he said, is purely physiological.
Autosuggestion: where participants unconsciously control the movement of the glass or pointer.
Self-delusion: beliefs of the participants drives them to subconsciously control the movement of the glass or
pointer. This is very like autosuggestion except that one or more of the participants actually controls the
movement of the glass, albeit subconsciously. The question is asked, and subconsciously the planchette or glass is
moved in the direction of the required letter.
ESP: If Telekinesis (or psychokinetic ability) exists, there is a possibility that the questions are answered by those
who ask them. The participant who knows the answer also controls the movement of the glass or pointer. It is
likely that control of the movement is subconscious, so the mechanism is closer to self-delusion than to fraud.
ESP: If Telepathy exists, there is the possibility that the questions are again answered by those who ask them.
The answers are broadcast mind to mind and the whole group then subconsciously knows the answer and they
all ensure that the correct answer is achieved.
Beliefs about the Ouija Board vary but the game is associated with more fear than any other form of divination.
I've wondered why a game reported to be so dangerous does not come with instructions of what one may
encounter. Here I have collected and combined some of my favorite Ouija Lore and useful Tips.
• Most often, the spirits contacted through the Ouija are from the lower astral plane. These spirits are often very
confused and may have died a violent or sudden death; murder, suicide, etc. Therefore, many are violent,
negative, and potentially dangerous to those using the board. Often several spirits will attempt to come through at
the same time but the real danger lies when you ask for physical proof of their existence! That may open a
doorway' and allow them to enter into the physical world where future problems can arise."
• The user must be careful to surround themselves or the group with a protective aura. Darken the room and
entice the spirits to visit by lighting white candles.
• Be careful when using the board in bad weather.
• Start with a meditation, concentrate on cleansing your body, aura and chakras with a visualization of silver
rain; filling your bodies with white light; and call upon your guides to protect you and ask them to allow only
information and entities through for your highest good."
• Witch boards suggest all communications are fact, unless you believe the dead are incapable of lying.
• Never play alone!
• Do not allow the invited spirit guest to control the session, you want answers, not a lecture.
• Never let the spirits count down through the numbers or go through the alphabet as they can get out of the
board this way.
• If the planchette goes to the four corners of the board, it means that you have contacted an evil spirit.
• If the planchette falls from the Ouija board, a spirit will get loose.
• If the planchette repeatedly makes a figure eight, it means that an evil spirit is in control of the board.
• If you should get an evil spirit, quickly turn the planchette upside down and use it that way.
• The board must be "closed" properly or evil spirits will remain behind to haunt the operator.
• Never use the Ouija when you are ill or in a weakened condition since this may make you vulnerable to
• The spirit of the Ouija board creates "wins" for the user, causing him to become more and more dependent
on the board. Addiction follows. (also known as "progressive entrapment." )
• Evil spirits contacted through the Ouija board will try to win your confidence with false flattery and lies.
• Always be respectful and never upset the spirits.
• Never use the Ouija in a graveyard or place where a terrible death has occurred or you will bring forth
• Witch boards are so named because witches use them to summon demons.
• The very first Ouija boards were made from the wood of coffins. A coffin nail in the center of the planchette
window served as the pointer.
•Sometimes an evil spirit can permanently "inhabit" a board. When this happens, no other spirits will be able to
• When using a glass as a message indicator, you must always cleanse it first by holding it over a burning candle.
• Ouija boards that are disposed of improperly, come back to haunt the owner.
• A Ouija Board will scream if you try to burn it. People who hear the scream have less than thirty-six
hours to live.
• There is only one proper way to dispose of it: break the board into seven pieces, sprinkle it with Holy Water,
and bury it.
• If you must use a Ouija board, make your own. Arrange the letters and numbers, into a circle so whatever is
trapped within that circle cannot escape.
• If you place a pure silver coin on the board, no evil spirits will be able to come through.
• Never ever leave the planchette on the board if you are not using it.
• Lecherous spirits from the Ouija board will sometimes ask young women to do “odd things”. Ignore the
requests to remove clothing and always remember that your Ouija partner (i.e. your date) has nothing to do with
Research has found that there are three things to never ask a Ouija board:
• Never ask about God.
• Never ask when you are going to die.
• Never ask where the gold is buried
Now what? After all the evil has been released into your home or you become possessed, what can you do?
The best advice is to Stop using the Ouija Board!
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