Ouija Board: Paranormal Phenomena or Harmless Game?
"Ouija" Egyptian for "Luck?"
The Ouija board or "talking board" has fascinated millions since its invention in the 1800s. Many predictions of future events, as well as life direction have purportedly been received from talking boards. Some of the most interesting advice received from Ouija Boards has been the foretelling of impending doom, winning lottery numbers, as well as direction for major life decisions. But of greater interest to most people would be the idea that we can communicate with the dead - those who have crossed over to the other side of the grave.
A coffin maker originally invented the talking board, naming it "Oujia" after what he thought was an Egyptian word for "luck." The invention was purchased by Kennard Novelty Company and later the Oujia Board's ownership was assumed by William Fuld who marketed it in mass. Eventually, Parker Brothers purchased the rights to the Oujia Board and still market it today in toy stores around the world.
Tales of the Ouija Board have caused many to fear it. Some believe that evil spirits will come through and harm or even possess the talking board user. Others believe that its usage may invite harmful ghosts to haunt one's house, or that bad luck may ensue after using the Ouija Board. So what is the Ouija Board story? My take is that fear is never truth, nor does it have any power beyond what we give it. Can there be a haunted Ouija Board?
Some of the strangest, most haunting paranormal experiences that some stories report, began with the casual use of a Ouija board. While skeptics maintain that such experiences are merely reactions to our own overactive imaginations, many paranormal experts insist that the Ouija can be a dangerous tool if not used properly.
So, is the Ouija just a toy... or a device that can open windows to a dark, shadowy world? Before you place your fingers on that plastic planchette, you may want to read these stories
Stories from Those Who Have Experienced the Ouija Board
- One day, a friend and I were "playing" with a Ouija board. We finally contacted a spirit, and talked to it for awhile. My mother called us down to go to the store, so we placed the planchette on "good-bye" and left. When we got back, it was on "no". This freaked out both of us. And I know she did not do it, because she was with me the whole time.
That night we were once again trying to contact a spirit. We did, and her name was Star. My friend and I noted how much we liked the name and that we had never met anyone named Star. The next day, my friend was talking to her mother, and her mother said, "The weirdest thing happened yesterday. I answered the door and there was a lady there with a bag of candles, and she said her name was Star." I don't know about me, but my friend's face went ghost white. We just gave each other that look. Her mother assumed the candles were for her sister, since they were living together at the time, but when she asked, her aunt did not know anyone named Star. Since then we have not been able to get the Ouija board to work. I don't know if it was just a mere coincidence, but it stays in my mind to this day. - Anonymous
This happened when I was nine years old. I had spontaneously purchased a Ouija board from the toy store because it looked like an exciting game. I'd never heard of them before and had no idea what it was. Consequently, I was confused when I brought it home and my mother became very angry when she saw it. She said, "Those things are not toys. In fact, God forbids using them because they're considered a tool of sorcerers and black magic." I was raised in a very religious family. She didn't take it away from me, but I was scared to use it. A few months later, though, during summer vacation, my sister and I decided to take it out and give it try. The usual thing happened: nothing. My sister, who is four years older, then decided to try and contact my dead grandmother, Dorothy (called Dot), who died before I was born. We asked for our grandma and the board spelled out, HELLO GIRLS. Before I continue, it's important to understand how we were positioned in the living room. My sister was sitting on the couch and I was sitting on the edge of the coffee table. The board was between us on a large footstool. We'd been watching movies earlier in the day and there was an orange plastic bowl of leftover popcorn on the other side of the room on the floor. My back was to the bowl, but my sister could see it clearly. Anyway, I was about to ask "grandma" a question, when my sister took her hands off the planchette and screamed. She cried, "Oh my God!" and pointed over my shoulder. I turned around to see the bowl of popcorn hovering about two feet off the ground! For some reason, I was really mad. I knew it wasn't our grandma, but something else. The planchette was skidding across the board wildly with my hands still on it, so I took my hands off it and cried, "Knock it off!" The bowl flipped over and fell to the ground as popcorn scattered everywhere. The planchette stopped skidding and flipped itself over. I believed mom's warnings after that! My sister was so scared that she refused to ever touch a Ouija board again. I broke the board in two and threw it away right then and there. It was a little too weird for the both of us. I've played with Ouija boards since then, but nothing as strange as that has ever happened again. - Unknown
In 1965, 14 year old Kathleen and 2 of her girlfriends were playing with a Ouija board.
Kathleen asked "who will I marry?"
The Ouija board answered "Dave".
Kathleen asked again. She didn't know anyone named Dave, and her boyfriend's name was Billy.
The Ouija board again spelled out D-A-V-E
Kathleen asked "Where is Billy", knowing that he was at his job in town.
This time the board spelled D-E-A-T-H
Kathleen and her friends were skeptical and asked again. With the same result.
Later that night Kathleen's mother came into her room, to tell her that Billy had been killed in a car accident on his way to work that afternoon.
Kathleen is today happily married to Dave Stephens.
Attention: This is not a true story. I don't care WHO told you about it.
My true story happened when I moved to Phoenix after being married 11 years and had been with the same man for two years prior to our marriage. I took my two children to get away and start all over,moving in with another divorced woman with three children.Patricia introduced me to the board one evening which we took notes of all our questions, my first question was..
will I ever marry again? YES...what is his name? ALAN...will I be with him forever?..NO...will I marry again?..YES...what is his name? PAUL...will I stay with him? NO...will I marry again?.. YES..to who?..... A.L.G...we laughed because it sounds like scum at the bottom of the pool!
! will I be with him forever?..NO..will I marry again? YES..to who?..ED..by now we are rolling on the floor laughing at the idea of all these marriages..will I marry again? YES..to whom? ..TOM..will he be my last? NO..will I marry again? YES..to whom? MEL.. I stopped asking... by the way the board also gave me their last names mispelled by one letter.I also was given another mans name ROBBIE PAYTON which was a fiancée that died before we could marry.I have met and married everyone the board gave me and for the last 6 years I've remained married to Mel...should I say anymore??....... I do believe in the supernatural powers of the board.
The 7th time around,
i have never played this game but i am scared to people say you can be killed if , you wake the dead.
Making and How to Use a Ouija Board
Protective Prayers and/or Spells
Some people claim that saying a protective prayer/spell is a good way to get results. Here are some prayers found in a book that are supposed to help with the ouija board:
Invocation for Creating a Sacred Space (say before using the board):
As I light these candles, bless this sacred place.
Let the light of their flames radiate love and protection to all four corners of this room.
I ask at this time that any negative energies be released from this space.
With a bath of white light, I ask that it be cleansed and neutralized.
Turn my dwelling into a sanctuary.
May it be the foundation for your teachings and the inspiration for my higher perceptions.
Invocation for Protection (another one to say before using the board):
As I sit with you now, I open my heart.
I surround myself with the love and light of your protection.
I release any negativity that I have picked up throughout the day so that I speak to the universe with the purity of my soul.
I ask that any energy (information, healing) be given for my absolute good.
Dismiss now all energies that are not of the Highest and Greatest source.
As I bathe in your grace, I will listen to your resounding voice within me.
I will be true to my hear and your gentle guidance.
(you can follow this with a moment of appreciation for the universe...)
Invocation for Closing Your Connection and Your Sacred Space (say this one after you've finished using the board):
Thank you for sharing this sacred time with me.
I appreciate the flow of energy I have just experienced.
I will use it for my highest good.
As I blow out these candles, I close this sacred space, and ask that your protection surround me wherever I go today.
The Ouija Debate
A Ouija board can be an interesting experience. Some believe it is a doorway to another world and warn against its use, but most people see it as a harmless diversion, especially if it's not taken too seriously. Here are some guidelines.
There's an ongoing debate about the powers and realities of the Ouija board. Essentially, there are three basic positions:
- It is inherently dangerous, can open portals to evil entities and should never be used.
- It is only dangerous if used with evil intent, but can be a useful tool for spirit mediumship if used properly and with good intent.
- It is inherently harmless and has no real powers of mediumship for good or evil; its effects, if any, are only psychological in nature.
Which is true?
Talk to any group of people and you'll find strong proponents for each argument. .
The Mystery of Ouija Boards
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