Firstly, please show respect to the dead. A Quija board is not a party toy.
Ouija boards are used to have what is commonly known as a seance. Its
sole purpose is to contact people who have passed on to the other side.
The meaning of the word OUIJA is a combination of the French and German words for "yes".
The more common Ouija board usually consists of the entire alphabet,
the words yes, no, goodbye and a pointer known as the "planchette".
Other boards sometimes contain more detail including colours, star
signs and other information. It does not matter what any Ouija Board
contains on it, what matters is making it work, which not everyone can
The idea of the Ouija board first came about in 1848 when two
sisters in the USA believed they could talk to a spirit and started up
a simple form of communicating with it by tapping on a table or the
wall, each tap or knock represented a letter of the alphabet.
Not too much later on early type of Ouija boards were developed and it
was common for people to participate in regular seances and attempts to
contact the spirit world. Although many of these earlier seances were
often hosted by fraudulent mediums who were after money and would
resort to all sorts of trickery to .
In 1973 "The Exorcist" was released which was to have a profound impact
on the Ouija board and it's use which still carries through to this
The Ouija board then suffered a great decline - people believed the
Exorcist was real. They believed that if they touched or played with
this board that they would suffer Demonic possession or bring in bad
spirits. It was mainly this film that brought about it's reputation for
being wicked and evil.
Matters weren't helped when it was widely publicised that The Exorcist
was based on a supposedly true story. The media never told the truth
behind the real story about a young boy who was more than likely
subjected to physical abuse and suffered severe mental torment from it,
no demons or evil was ever involved in the case.
Since then the board and it's use has suffered much bad publicity and
all sorts of religious dammings. People are scared of the board and
quite often feel compelled to go and burn it in the backyard. There
should be no need to do this as it's only a cheap piece of wood with
some writing on it - there is nothing evil about an Ouija board.
What actually happens with an Ouija board is still very much
controversial. It had been widely explored by paranormal experts and to
this day there are still experiments being carried out to try to
further our knowledge of what these boards actually do.
The greatest and most common theory is that somehow the participants of
the seance are creating the planchette or pointer to move with their
own minds, albeit unknowingly. Teenagers seem to suffer the greatest
reactions, this is thought to be in alignment with current and past
cases of known poltergeist activities being attributed to young persons
within a household. Teenagers and persons of a younger age seem to get
the most violent actions, including table movement, movement of objects
around the house, the board being thrown or moved, the planchette
(pointer) being thrown or moved, strange feelings of cold and other
Important Things about Ouija Boards:
It is not evil - it's merely a board with some black letters and a planchette.
If you go purposely looking for evil or demons you might possibly get
something unwanted such as that, even if its just negative energy from
your own mind or your friends around you, we don't know how the
movement of the planchette is created - but please take care.
Nothing will come from a board if you leave it lying around - you do
not need to burn it or throw it away if you have a bad experience - it
cannot work without people making it work.
ALWAYS include positive afirmations amongst the circle of people
involved in the seance to both OPEN and close the circle. It is a good
idea to make sure you protect yourself before the seance is begun. Most
people use prayer, but whatever works for you then I suggest you use
it. It will put those around the board and participating in a positive
frame of mind and hopfully give you more confidence to have a
succesfull and positive session.
Never let anyone be involved in a seance who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Tiredness will stop the board from working properly - make sure all members of the seance are fully awake and not overly tired.
Non believers and overly skeptical people can also sometimes ruin a
seance, it's a good idea to approach a board with an open mind.
Don't all start arguing about who's moving the planchette, trust
me.....everyone does it!. It upsets the mood and some people get very
angry and ruin the entire thing. If you feel that someone is pushing
the planchette ask them to remove their hands for a short time.
YOU ARE NOT BRINGING SPIRITS INTO THIS WORLD BY MERELY TALKING TO THEM
THROUGH A BOARD - as has been previously stated, we don't know 100%
what exactly is creating the planchette to move, so please remain open
minded to the whole experience and don't belive other information that
is commonly told of bringing spirits into the world, opening doorways
you cannot close.
For the believer no proof is necessary, for the non-believer no proof is
possible(Stewart Chase 1929)