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Dangers of the Ouija Board and Automatic Writing

Updated on April 15, 2013

The Ouija Board

The Ouija Board has been around for a long time. The Ouija Board dates back to the times of the1800's. It is known by other names, such as the talking board, witch-board, and spirit/fire keyboard. Oui is the French and ja is German for Yes. The Ouija board is a board game made by Parker Brothers, and its sold in toy stores, and everywhere else that sells toys and board games. The Ouija board has a flat surface that is smooth, and has the alphabet, along with the numerals 0 to 9, Yes and No, and Hello and Good-bye. There are other symbols on the board, as well, like the sun and the moon, and people. Older Ouija Boards had a wooden planchette to spell out messages supposedly coming from dead friends or relatives. The planchette is a heart-shaped object with feet that moves to spell out messages. Modern day planchettes are made out of plastic with a see-through, circular window to easily see the letters and numbers. The planchette has three legs for support, so moving around on the Ouija board is much easier.

English Ouija Board

English Ouija Board
English Ouija Board | Source

Ouija Board Has Instuctions

The Ouija board comes with instructions, which tells how to use the board correctly. A lady and gentleman are preferred using the Ouija board placed on their laps between them while seated. Only serious questions should be asked, not silly ones, which will make the Ouija board not work as well. It is recommended that two people, at least play with the Ouija board.

Could there be any danger playing with Ouija boards? Can people actually contact spirits, who have died? If so, then who are those spirits? No one really knows. If a spirit does come through the Ouija board, and spells out messages, can the messages be trusted? The spirit might say things in the messages that sound true, but only to gain the trust of the one using the Ouija board. Later on, the spirit or whatever it is might get nasty. Then, the one using the Ouija board gets dependant, addicted to the Ouija board. Could a person using a Ouija board get possessed by an evil spirit or demon, for example: like in The Exorcist? If spirits and demons do exist, then the answer would probably be yes. Persons using Ouija boards could become victims of psychic entrapment.

Ouija Board and Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is writing that supposedly comes from a spirit, without the conscious thought of the person doing the writing. The person sits, relaxed and clears their mind of all conscious thoughts, with a pen and paper, and then a spirit controls their arm to write messages from the beyond through the physical person. The person doing the automatic writing does not have conscious thought of what is being written, while its being written.

Can automatic writing be more dangerous than the Ouija board? With a Ouija board there are more people operating the board, but with automatic writing there is just one person, which is more dangerous. Some people believe that both the Ouija board and automatic writing can lead to spirit, or demon possession. That is a risk that is better off to be avoided. With both the Ouija board and automatic writing, there is a real danger not knowing what spirit, or whatever is communicating with the physical person. It could be an evil, or malicious low-life spirit communicating, at first fooling the physical person, and later on shows it's true colors, which are no good. Spirits can lie, deceive, and try to manipulate the physical person, making them weak by running them down physically, making them ill, and ruining their lives. The evil spirits, and demons, only intentions are to destroy the physical person. Is it possible for spirits and demons to cause the hearing of voices, and nightmares? Do they cause visions to be seen by a physical person, after the physical person has been using a Ouija board alone, or with others, or when the physical person has started practicing automatic writing? If evil spirits and demons can come through Ouija boards and automatic writing, then great care should be taken when attempting to do any of these things that might cause a lot of harm to the physical person.

Scary Ouija Boards?

It would be real scary if disembodied spirits could communicate through ouija boards. The spirits couldn't be seen, and it would be impossible to tell who they were, or what they are. They could be very nasty and they could tell half-truths or outright lies. Maybe it would be better to stay away from Ouija boards? Maybe saying prayers before using the board would protect people using the board? Maybe not? If evil spirits could come through with evil messages, it would be better to leave the Ouija board alone. If there are evil spirits they could cause a lot of harm and destroy people's lives, and even kill them. Evil spirits just want to destroy people, if they exist. No one would want any negative influences in their house. Once evil spirits enter through a Ouija board, they would be very difficult to get rid of.


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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A friend moved into a new apartment and the only thing left in the there.. was a very old authentic ouija board. It was an interesting experience, but I will never have one in my home again. Spooky!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I have used one in the past, but I would never ever use one again. I believe that the Ouija board does open up a door to the spirit world, and there most likely are a lot of nasty spirits that like to deceive people and ruin their lives. It's a good thing that your mother wouldn't allow the Ouija board, I would never have one in the home. Thanks for commenting and voting up, Jeannieinabottle.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I don't go near ouija boards. When I was younger, I really wanted one, but my mother would not allow it. She believed it was opening up a door to the spirit world, which at the time, I did not understand. Now, I realize my mother knew best. I won't use one at all. Interesting hub and voted up!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      Thanks, I don't think that the Ouija board should be taken lightly for sure. I read Hugh Lynn Cayce's book, "Venture Inward", and it has stories about people who used Ouijas and terrible things started happening to them. Some of the people were having really bad dreams, etc and were almost disabled, but the spell broke, but they still had problems. One person heard a harsh voice beside her ear and other problems. A protective circle is a must. Mature and emotionally stable adults should only use them.

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      Beth Perry 5 years ago from Tennesee

      gail641, I never use the Ouija or similar methods of contacting spirits without casting a protective circle first. It is, I think, a shame these kind of divination devices are sold and promoted as games because they are not toys but tools that should only be used by mature and emotionally stable individuals. But I did find your article a great initiatory to the Ouija and look forward to reading more of your Hubs on spirituality :) Thanks for posting.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      I refuse to have a ouija b. in my house, too. They scare me, too. There is no way to tell what spirits are communicating. I use to have one, but I got rid of it along time ago. I'll never have another one ever again. I believe that they are dangerous and should be left alone. Thanks.

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      I refuse to have a ouija board in my home. Those things scare me. I can live with my things catapulting things down the hall, When I was home alone. I refuse to go downj the hall , even to the kitchen ,until someone came home. That being said.I am terrified of those boards. If they are true.Then they are dangerous people don't know what kind of spirits they are fooling around with. Great hub. I enjoyed it.