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This is quite a hard thing to review really as there are a lot of ideas and opinions surrounding it.
I shall start at the beginning and tell you what a Ouija board actually is. The word Ouija is a combination of French and German words meaning "yes". These boards date back many many years to the mid 1800's when they were regarded as a parlour game and is a tool used to communicate with spirits of the dead. In some cases, Ouija boards are still considered a game today and I was very concerned to find that they were sold at Toys 'R' Us and still are to this day.
Upon reading the description of the product given by Toys 'R' us, I found that it is quite inaccurate and leaves out a lot of vital points about what the board is actually commonly used for.
Ouija boards are usually very similar to what can be seen in the picture above. The board contains the letters of the alphabet, numbers 0-9 and the words yes, no and goodbye. The planchette is usually made of wood or plastic which is propped up a little way from the board with small legs. It has a hole in the middle to make it easier for the user to see what the planchette is pointing to.
Usually, a Ouija board session opens with a few basic questions where the user/s enquire whether there is anybody there or similar. Once contact is established it is then possible to delve deeper by asking more personal questions to whatever spirit has come through.
If you are unable to get hold of an authentic board it is very simple to make your own. All that is really needed is a flat surface, some paper, a pen and a glass. I have actually found that this method works better, for what reason, I really don't know.
I'm a great believer in the spirit world and all things supernatural and have taken a great interest in this kind of thing from a very early age. Even as a young child, probably by the age of 5 or 6 I had seen horror movies that were rated 18 and had watched the likes of Poltergeist and The Omen and so on.
Nothing like this was really censored in my house. I'm not sure if this was a good or bad thing really and if not good, I feel it did me no real harm.
I have also read many books on the Occult and Witchcraft over the years, something my mother hated. She didn't even like the fact that the books were in the house as she thought they brought bad luck.
You could say that after this kind of exposure that I have become somewhat desensitised to this kind of thing and you would probably be right, but ask me to watch Poltergeist now and you've got no chance. I simply couldn't handle Cane these days.
I am such a strong believer because of the things that I have witnessed. As a small child I occupied the smallest bedroom at the front of the house. When I began to grow it was decided that I should move into the larger bedroom at the back, under much protest from me. I hated the room for some reason and would never enter unless it was absolutely necessary.
Once settled, things were fine and I wondered what all the fuss was about. Until a few years later when my experiences began.
The first thing that I noticed were noises. Something what sounded like a rattle came from one corner of the room, and sometimes at night I could hear something which sounded like a pencil being sharpened under my bed. The sounds didn't last and nothing happened again for a good few years. I did find it odd though that when clearing out the airing cupboard in my room years later, I found a very old looking wooden pencil sharpener which had been placed on one of the shelves.
Two more experiences came which were a little more frightening. There were knocks that seemed to come from the inside of my wardrobe, a piece of furniture I always hated. It had paintings of people from what looked like the Victorian era which always scared me. The other experience with the wardrobe came one day when I was laying on my bed and the wardrobe doors were open. The clothes hanging inside seemed to swing quite forcefully. Something I only witnessed once.
More sinister experiences came when I had grown a bit older. As I lay in bed one morning three sparks seemed to appear in thin air near my head. I remember it as if it were yesterday. It was as if an invisible hand was holding an invisible lighter and was trying to light it. They came as quickly as they went. Strangely, I wasn't that scared of it. It just baffled me.
The worst experiences of all came at night and has repeated itself over and over and must have happened around 10 times. This was a very strange and scary occurence. It was as if a noise was coming from my pillow, which was very loud and disturbing. All I can describe it as is that it sounded like an electrical current which often prevented me from sleeping and even woke me up. Some nights when I had heard the sound, I would be woken up with a hard slap to my forehead. My last experience of this was probably three years ago and thankfully it hasn't happened since and I hope it never does again.
Two other experiences came when I stayed over night at the Skirrid Inn in South Wales. A supposedly haunted pub which Most Haunted dedicated an episode to.
There are 3 rooms at the Skirrid and room number 2 is the one that it meant to have the most activity. Needless to say, as we were desperate to experience some phenomena, and this is the room we chose.
The first thing happened not long after we arrived. I was taking pictures to try to capture something. Pointing the camera at the bed and looking at the screen, I saw something which looked like a very thin, white plastic bag float from one end of the foot of the bed to the other. What I saw was confirmed before I even opened my mouth to speak. My boyfriend who was looking at the bed saw it also and described it in exactly the same way.
The second experience here came when I was woken in the early hours of the morning by a very loud bang which came from the corner of the room.
I do hope my accounts haven't bored anyone. If anyone is interested, I did manage to get lots of photos of orbs at the Skirrid and a very strange shape indeed was caught on camera whilst we were down in the bar. If you would like to take a look, message me and I will be happy to send them to you.
Now my experiences with Ouija boards have been somewhat uneventful and I have done a lot of them over the years. The first time anything happened was at a friend's house when we were about 15. I think there were about 6 of us taking part. I can't remember the messages that came through, and to be honest I was convinced someone was moving the glass. Then a very scary thing happened. It was an attic bedroom and there was a platic shelving unit at the top of the stairs. All of a sudden the unit flew down the stairs quite violently and there was nobody near it.
None of the sessions conducted after this over the years even worked until the last one I took part in about a year ago. This time there were three of us. Soon after we started the session, there was a lot of activity and what came through seemed to be very mischievous and quite nasty.
What unnerved me was the fact that when we asked which one of us the spirit was interested in or connected to, it always came to me. I didn't like it one bit.
There were many messages. But then, someone/something came through claiming to be my nan who I was very very close to. She had passed over 13 years previous at the time. I got quite upset at this but as it turned out it wasn't the spirit of my nan at all. When asked whether "it" was from my mothers of fathers side, it spelled the word "dad". This was incorrect as my fathers mother is still alive. When challenged the glass continued to spell the word "dad" over and over before moving rapidly around the outside of the board, knocking the letters off. It was so fast that it was hard to keep up with. I will say that there is no way anyone could move a glass like that just by using one finger.
The session continued and my friend's mother, who had passed, came through. At this point it was only her and myself using the board and I knew very little if anything at all about her. It started to deliver messages and spell out things that only my friend could know. My friend became very upset and ended up in tears and this brought a close to the session.
It is believed that one person cannot emit enough energy to enable the spirit to move the glass and I believe this to be true. During that last session something came through who wanted everyone to leave the board apart from me. I was terrified but I kept my finger on the glass alone. There was no way I was leaving without permission. But as it was just me, the glass was unable to move effectively but I could definitely feel it trying with all it's might. It was a very strange sensation. It's almost as if you can feel the energy within the glass. This session proved to me that they actually do work.
To conclude (thank god I hear you say) I am not against using a Ouija board but I do not advocate the use of them either. Are they dangerous? I really don't know to be honest. All I can say is that it is a personal decision, and if you do decide to take part, look into it first and gain enough information to make an informed decision. Don't take it lightly and certainly do not treat it as a game because it really isn't.
I will say though, that if you are interested in this kind of thing then I think that you should experience it for yourself at least once, even if it is to put you off doing it again for the rest of your life.
**Also posted on Ciao under the same name**
A Ouija Board is has the letters of the Alphabet around it, along with the numbers 0-9 and the words YES, NO and GOODBYE. Supposedly, the persons using the board place their hands lightly on the planchette or tumbler, whereby the spirit guides the planchette to a corresponding number, letter or word, thereby revealing messages from the 'other side.'
I'm not here to say whether this actually works or not. That will be entirely up to you to decide if you ever decide to dabble in this sort of thing.
Some people are total believers in the Board while others dismiss it as just a harmless bit of fun. Who is right? The believers will insist on its powers and cite claims of messages coming through that were correct, and of omens and warnings that came to pass, while the non-believers will tell you that it is simply a harmless bit of fun to while away a quiet evening, and not to be taken seriously at all.
Worryingly enough however, the Ouija Board is still being sold as a 'novelty item' or 'board game', and sold in many Toy Shops, which suggests to those who may not know any better, that the Ouija Board is just a harmless bit of fun, (which may or not be, depending on your own personal view).
The Board itself didn't emanate from the Mysterious East. or the Swamis. or anywhere the least bit mystical. In fact it originated from an American businessman hoping to make a fast buck!
Some people even find dabbling in this occult and darker side of things is blasphemous. They see it as communion with the demons, and totally against the scriptures, pointing out that God passed the death sentence on all mediums that had familiar spirits and also upon people consulting with them! It was most sternly forbidden by God as defiling. For there is only one God, and only one mediator between God and Men, the man, Christ Jesus.
Believers will inform you that the Ouija Board definitely works, while sceptics will try and disprove that it does, by pointing out that when tests were done whereby the letters on the board were jumbled up, and the people involved using the Board were blindfolded, then the 'messages' were totally nonsensical. They claim "how can this be" if spirits are truly guiding the planchette around the board!
Sceptics may also point out that 'believers' claim it is better to use two or more people on the board to make the planchette move because they are all giving their attention to it, opening up their 'Auric Field' to contact. The sceptic says that by using two or more people on the planchette then it is easy to be fooled into thinking that it is moving by spirit guidance, when all the time it is one of the board users doing it either 'as a prank' or without realising it subconsciously
As to whether I believe in this sort of thing, the jury's still out on this one. I remember dabbling in it when I was younger. Not believing it would work at the time, I rigged the sitting. I had one of those old-fashioned settees that you could lift the cushions right up to store clothes or whatever inside. I put one of my mates in there, hidden away, and told him that when we were using the Ouija, I would shout out, asking for the spirits to give a sign that they were with us. That sign was for him to tap loudly on the underside of the settee as loudly as he could! Anyway, my intended 'victims' arrived, and we sat down at the Ouja Board with the lights out, and only candles breaking through the darkness, giving an eerie glow to proceedings. After a short while I shouted out for any spirits present to give me a sign. Of course, there were five or six large heavy knocks emanating from the settee (as planned) which totally freaked out my two friends and they literally ran screaming from my house in utter dread. I had to disguise my laughter at their sheer horror, and when they were gone I switched the lights back on and opened up the settee to let my cohort out and to tell him how he had scared the living daylights out of our mutual friends. However, he was nowhere to be seen. Later, it transpired, he had crept out of the settee as he did not want to go through with our plan and didn't want to upset me by telling me this, so thought it best to leave without telling me. As you can imagine, this sent shivers down the back of my spine and made my hair stand on end. What goes around, comes around, I suppose!
I have a huge collection of Ouija Boards that date back to the late 1800's. I purchased the glow-in-the-dark version to be part of my collection. The Glow is really effective! It is brilliant in a pitch-black room, just a shame about the size of the board, which to me is abit small, compared to the originals! Anyway, I invited the family up regular and had physical seance's, using the Ouija Board. Me & my best mate also did the board in my room, in grave yards, in cold areas in the house like the attick etc., In the garden....... Anywhere we could think of. The best place was on the stairs, where we contacted a spirit called "David" who had died there in 1949. After the "interview" with David, we waited untill morning and looked him up with the Housing. We discovered that infact David did live & die in my house. If you're scared of the board, then this story might just discourage you completely from buying a ouija board. During a family seance on a saturday night 2002, we encountered a bad experience. I loved this, but the family were terrified. I always wanted something bad to happen, because I am a medium (physical & mental) and like to experience different personalities that spirits have. 6 of us were present. I called for the spirits to come forward & make contact. 3 minutes (approx.) Went by and there was no answer. But just as my family took a break, the planchette/pointer began to move all by its self (FREEEEAAAKKKY!!!). It just moved back and forth from YES to NO. I quickly ordered that everyone place their hands on the pointer, but no one dare and the when i tried to place a finger on it, it just slid away. (I have all this on video camera by the way). The planchette stoped moving and everyone go their breath back. We then placed our hands back down on the planchette and asked for that spirit again! The planchette behaved this time and we found that the spirit was great Aun
t Betty, who died tragically in 1978. The candels went crazy as the planchette moved, then they calmed down when it stopped. Betty told everyone at the seance a private message, and I mean PRIVATE. We had to close our eyes whilst a person received their Private Message. if nayones eyes were open, appart from the receipient, then the planchette would just freeze. The little messages all came true. One of us would have a baby-true! One would have problems at work the next week-Very True. One of would die next year....................... sadly true. My cousin died aged 30 in a car accident! Does the Ouija Board work? YES, WITHOUT A DOUBT Is is worth it's price? YES Should I get one if im scared? YES, I think the fear gives it kick!!
one day was a scary day, four of my friends where sitting on a desk and using a ouija board one of the friends name was lexie born. when we were using the board a sprit said they where lexie born and was coping my friend's birthdate... we where scared then i said im not using it anymore and after I took my hands off it stopped working.I think that everybody should beware the powers of the ouija board. But you don't have to.As far as this goes ouija boards are scary things they can give you chills or make you laugh depends on the person. pros,fun, exciting,tricky,scary. cons,it is not that cheap,
Ouija Boards??.we all know what they are but not one of us can tell you what exactly they ?do?. Well??ok, yeah we know that they are used for talking to the dead (allegedly). But what do we really know about them? How do they work? Why do they work? And why will they work for some and not for others? The other question that should be asked is should they be used? Many of you reading this will probably answer no, simply because you or someone you know has had a bad experience using one. Everybody I have ever talked to on the subject knew someone who had messed around with the ouija or had indeed used one themselves. Views and beliefs differ wildly. So, why am I writing a review on them? Time to tell you a bit about myself! You have probably seen many reviews from Sarah_Louise. Well, to cut a long story short, you may know that she set up a group called North Wales Paranormal Research (N.W.P.R.), myself and my husband joined the group in February last year. We are now two of the six committee members. We basically travel to various haunted locations and carry out research. We differ from other groups in the respect that we are not believers, we are researchers, looking to explain the unexplained! We use a scientific approach to every paranormal happening and set up all the equipment we can to explain the phenomena. This is where our interest in the Ouija phenomena stems from. The basic concept of the Ouija Board dates back to Pythagoras in 540 BCE. He would interpret messages from the spirit world with his student Phlolaus.It was reinvented in 1853 by French spiritualist, M. Planchette. The Ouija Board was a large piece of paper and the pointer was heart shaped with two wheels on each end. The third end had a pencil attached. Then one or more people would place their fingers on it and the pointer would move and draw pictures or form words. Today?s Ouija Board is now a normally wooden or cardboard with number and letters arr
anged in sequence. Elijah J Bond and William Fuld in Baltimore invented the most famous modern board around 1892. In 1927 William Fuld was on the roof of his factory in Baltimore to supervise the replacement of a flagpole. It was then that he fell to his death. Witnesses say it was just an accident but many people were spreading rumours that it was suicide. Some people even say that it was a direct result of him being possessed after using one of his own boards! His family took over the business after his death, and then sold it on to Parker Brothers in 1966. Ouija Board sales are only second to Parker Brothers own Monopoly. In 1999 Parker Brothers stopped manufacturing the classic Fuld Ouija Board and changed it to a smaller, Glow In The Dark version. Edward O?Brian discovered the earliest known patent for a talking board in the patent offices in London, England. Adolphus Theodore Wagner, a professor of music and resident of Berlin of the Kingdom of Prussia, filed his patent for a ?PSYCHOGRAPH, OR APPARATUS FOR INDICATING PERSONS THOUGHTS BY THE AGENT OF NERVOUS ELECTRICITY? on January 23, 1854. This is what the patent said: The apparatus consists of a combination of rods or pieces of wood joined so as to permit of free action in all parts. From one of the legs of the instrument hangs a tracer; on one or more of the other extremities is fixed a disc, upon which the operator is to place his hand, and from this extremity or these extremities depends another tracer. The other parts of the apparatus consist of a glass slab or other non-conductor, and of an alphabet and set of figures or numerals. Upon a person possessing nervous electricity placing his hand upon one of the discs the instrument will immediately work, and the tracer will spell upon the alphabet what is passing in the operator?s mind. So, in the original patent there was no mention of talking to dead people. There was renewed
interest in the talking board in the 1940?s and it became a very popular parlour game. It received more publicity still once films like The Exorcist and Witchboard were released. It has since been linked to all sorts of possessions, suicides and mental illnesses. This is the bit when I ask you to forget everything you have been told about the ouija board and ask yourself. How could a piece of cardboard and a pointer enable you to talk to spirits? As you saw in the patent, it was not originally invented as a tool for contacting the dead, but a tool for the subconscious mind to talk. As we know only a little of the human minds capabilities, how can we possibly make assumptions that it could be anything other than subconscious minds at work? Tests have been carried out while people were using the ouija board. The people were blindfolded. Yes, it still worked but the words being spelled out made no sense whatsoever, when the blindfold was removed the words suddenly made sense again. Notice a pattern forming? The hysteria over ouija boards has been heightened due to people killing themselves after using them, terrible streaks of bad luck after using them, but how much of this is down to selective memory and good old superstition? For example, I could walk under a ladder today and break a mirror. Next week I get run over by a bus. Oh my God! It?s because I walked under that ladder! Bad things will happen to me for another 6 years and 51 weeks because I broke that mirror! Touch wood that doesn?t happen though ;o) I hear too many stories about someone?s mum used a ouija board once but won?t talk about it as it scared her so much. Or I knew this lad that used one and two weeks later threw himself under a train for no reason, as he was so happy and carefree normally. About one in three of us will suffer from depression or some form or mental illness at some point in our lives. A vast majority of these will g
o undetected by anyone, be it family or friends. It was incidental that they used a ouija board just before they decided to end it all. They may well have been searching for answers to whether there indeed was an afterlife. They are fascinating instruments, purely because as I said, no one understands them fully. N.W.P.R. will be conducting research into the Ouija Board phenomena with a leading parapsychologist from one of the countries top universities during 2004, so maybe I can add some of our findings later on in the year. I?m not going to tell people that they should or shouldn?t use them, after all it?s all about personal choice and belief. I?m not going to say that it is definitely not spirits talking through the board, none of us can say for sure. I would say though, if people do decide to use them they should do so with caution, and realise that things that are said through the board can play on your mind and affect you long term.
The universal appeal and draw of the supernatural and hidden realms has always drawn towards it tools, such as this Ouija board which enable us to " contact the dead " or divine our lives in some way. Made popular during the Victorian era, Ouija boards were considered parlour games for the elite. They would have been approached with excitement, lots of tittering and dramatic gasps and probably fuelled by the odd tot of absinthe :) A perfect setting for a memorable evening ! However todays seers are more likely to congregate without much of the wonderful exciting build up that our ancestors had. This rather unattractive board does not create an atmosphere of seeking. The boards of old were hand crafted wooden masterpieces which would have added greatly to the experience. That being said.....Does it really matter what the board is crafted from? Does it work?? The answer is yes to both questions. Firstly, using a board of beauty will focus the participants and create a deeper and philosophical atmosphere. It feels more "real " and the participants will approach the session with more respect. Secondly....the card board can work too, but is more likely to be used frivolously due to its lack of asthetic value and mass produced energy. Some believe that every product retains a fragment of its creator. Something created with love and with originality does seem to " feel " alive . This board is most definately dead ! The instructions are pretty sparse too, with little historical information and even less intrique. Surely using the Ouija should hopefully bring about a mystical and fascinating journey? I strongly suggest that would be buyers of this board do some groundwork beforehand. If you are very emotionally vunerable and sensitive, then the Ouija board is not for you. Of course there will always be sceptics, but speaking as someone who has used a
board many times I give to you a few guildlines NOT mentioned by this mass produced piece of overpriced cardboard. Usually one person is not able to work the Ouija. Get a friend to use it with you. This is a good piece of advice for anybody to take, especially as a newbie . It is easy to get spooked on your own. Timing. Most practitioners suggest using the board at night when, they say, less interference is in the atmosphere. Create some atmosphere. The Ouija is more fun if you darken the room and light some candles. Turn off the TV and any music to minimize distractions. Decide on a questioner or medium. Even though both people can ask questions -- or anyone else in the room can -- only one of the users should be the medium (the one to formally ask questions of the board). Place your fingers on the planchette. You and your partner should place the fingers of both hands very lightly on the planchette, or pointer. Move it. Purposely move the planchette around in a circle on the board for a moment or two to get it 'warmed up.' Don't let the board control the session. The medium should begin by announcing that the session will only allow an experience that is positive or toward a higher good and that negative energies are not welcome. Begin simply. Start with a simple question, one that requires a yes or no answer. Be patient. You might not begin to get answers right away. Give the board a chance to 'warm up.' Be polite. When the board starts working, thank the board or entities for showing up and communicating with you. Don't ask stupid questions. Avoid questions such as, 'When am I going to die?' If the board answers, 'in 6 months,' you might just worry about it needlessly. Don't ask for physical signs. Many experienced users warn against asking for physical signs that the 'spirit' is real or present. Don't believe eve
rything the board tells you. Just as with any other source of information, don't accept whatever the board says to be the truth or accurate. Close the board. This is an important step. When you're done with your session, slide the planchette to 'GOODBYE' and remove your hands. Have someone write down the answers. Sometimes the letters spell out very quickly and it's difficult to keep track of what's being said. A third person with paper and pen can write down the message as it comes. Play sober. You'll get better results if you haven't been drinking or smoking. Maintain control. If the board starts giving rude, vulgar, obscene or otherwise disagreeable responses, break off the session immediately by closing the board. GOOD LUCK !
I've heard many people say bad things about the Ouija board. On asking them how they used it they always say the same thing, they treated it as a joke and had bad experiences. I always use a protection spell before doing anything before contacting the spirit world it's common practise, many people who have bad experiences never do so. You have to remember that spirits do not come from the board, or a pendulum, or automatic writing etc., they come through YOU! Anything that happens comes through your subconscious mind, regardless of what type of practise you use. Ouija is one of the most common used and most common misused pieces. The difference been it's ease of use over other methods, however you have no control over who comes through and there is no way of knowing if the spirit is truely who they say they are. Because spirit contact comes through your subconscious and not the method you use, then obviously you can create your own problems. If you are worried or apprihencive when using ouija boards, or even have a lot of guilt about something you have done; you can often cause your own problems. Never use the ouija board in jest and always be respectful or polite. If you have any worries or negative thoughts about/during ouija board use, it is always recomended to thank the spirits for their time and respectfully cease using it. Never take for granted that the spirit who comes through is who they say they are. some type of closing ritual is also recomended to allow the spirit(s) to move back to their own world easier and quicker. --- Updated (jan 7th 03) i just wanted to add alittle to my reveiw, now noone has critized me for making the ouija board sound safe (or maybe i didn't) if i did make it sound perfectly safe, my appologies. Like anything in this world nothing is completely safe, particularly if you are unprepared for what could happen. Now as stated in the advan
tages part, i said it was easy to use. It was noted i didn't say more about that, this is simply to keep children safe. I could give you a full detailed view on how to use it, but in doing so a teenage or younger child may spot this and think "oh that's easy i will try that" and that person may have a bad experience - so i simply chose not to. The same reason i originally decided not to meantion you don't have to purchase one, there is nothing special about the way it is made. A piece of paper and a glass tumbler would work. (though i would seriously suggest not using anything glass or sharp - sometimes they device you use for pointing can litterally fly off the board) The reason i originally wrote this review was because so many reviews were saying how evil/bad it is, i just wanted to be fair. Many people say it's the most dangerous type of spirit contact - infact, when used properly it is one of the safest. However i would agree 100% with anyone who says do not treat it as a toy, it certainly is not. For anyone out there who is interested in using the ouija board as a true way of contacting the spirits i ask you why? If you are simply trying to contact a loved one who has passed over - i would suggest a real medium or ask simple question using a pendulum. One thing i would suggest against, to any novice medium/spiritualist is automatic writing, as this actaully requires possession for the spirit to write through you. - As for the type of protection spells you could use, there are so many out there that i would suggest using google or another search engine and look for one you are comfortable with. The easiest (not for everyone) is simply to close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, once you feel you are relaxed just imagine a white light eminating from you and completely surrounding you and becoming a protective shield against any evil spirits. - Also a few tips for spotting an imposter, while using the
board. Never ask a question that could be taken as a invite into your house or your body. any good spirit would not ask questions such as "may i visit you again" or ask whether you trust, love it. (not even a relative who passed over) A demon or evil spirit knows what you are thinking, as i said in the original peice spirits contact you through your own subconscious so they do know everything about you (even a secret that only a relative would know). An evil spirit can often be caught out by it's bad spelling. It may sound odd, but demons are not good spellers - if anything misspells while you are using the ouija board it's always best to assume it's a evil spirit possing as someone else. if you feel you are in contact with a spirit who is misleading you, simply turn the board over and effectively break contact. I have also heard it say that a demon/evil spirit that wishes to posses you may pretend to be your friend, even go so far as to "help & protect" you. So becareful. No type of spirit contact is safe, anyone who says otherwise is either misleaading you or just doesn't understand the dangers. Use the ouija board properly, protect yourself and be very cautious and aware and you should be able to avoid any bad experiences. good luck, to those who wish to try using a ouija or spirit board.
What a load of bulls—t. The ouija board is. Even the name is contradicting. YES -- YES.(French/German) Lets get real. It should have been yes/no like on top of the board it says yes no. Ouinein. Would have been appropriate. I can’t spell German so I guessed. What I am trying to say in two foreign languages is yes no. I know there are loads of people out there who like to believe in it. People who say things like, oh, my God I’m never going to use a ouija board again, it was true and scary, so forth and so on. Or, I spoke to my Mother, she said she loved me. In our minds we do hope so badly that we can speak to our loved ones, but the sad fact is we can’t. If you really think that a piece of ply wood with a plastic pointer is going to re-unite you with your loved ones. I feel very sad for you. The only way to have contact with your loved ones is, remember them how they were. Think back to the happy times you had together, that’s what memories were made for. How does it work? It works by people doing unconscious movements. And yes they will swear they never touched the pointer. How do I explain the accounts of the Ouija providing information that none of the people could have known. Easy peasy. There are a number of things that can provide information that no-one else knows. When you and your mates gather, there is always a joker in the gang, but this joker is also clever. You are all there sitting around the board. The joker moves the pointer to the letter M someone says oh, that’s my aunt Molly. The joker then quickly does her sums and works out that aunt Molly was oldish, she must have been a sister or something to the person involved parent. The person involved then unknowingly gives involuntary information. The joker may point to the letter V hoping that the person says aunt Molly died of a virus or on vacation. The person then chips in w
ith oh, aunt Molly died through drink she was a Vodka addict. See the letter V and so the session goes on. Or in another scenario as I said earlier, it is you yourself pushing the pointer, even though you do not know you are doing it. It was Harry Houdini who said if there was life after death that he would come back and prove it. He also did a lot of research into how so called Mediums etc. Do their tricks. He named and shamed them. Harry Houdini was a con man himself, his tricks were all tampered with, allowing him to get out of chains etc. But in the long run I think he was a good chap. I don’t think he liked people to be ripped off by so called Mediums. If there was life after death he would I am sure, come back to prove it. I have done quite a bit of research into how the brain / mind can play tricks on you. Things like out of body experiences. Yes, they do seem real to you. But no they are not true. I had an out of the body experience and when I reasoned with it and rationalised it, I did realise it was all in the mind. You only have these experiences when your body /mind is in trauma, so what do you expect, your mind plays tricks. It is you pushing the pointer on the ouija board, or as I said the joker in the group. Never believe the ouija board, trust me on this. The ouija board may come up with the most extraordinary things, like you were a child who lived in Paris, you describe the street you lived in etc. Even though you have never been to Paris. When you look up the street you find that it is exactly as you said. Truth is that somewhere or sometime in your life (even though you don’t remember) you have read a book or seen a film, or even eaves dropped on someone else’s conversation, it has stuck in your mind and this is how it comes out. You really believe it. I know you have no recollection of it but believe me, it was there somewhere in the back of your mind.
I know that I am supposed to be talking about the ouija board and I may have wandered off the subject, but all of these things are somewhat connected. And yes they are all in the mind. I’ll just give you a brief description of this wooden board. It is made by the Parker Brothers. On the board you have all of the letters of the alphabet. Numbers 0-9 . The words yes, no and goodbye. The board comes with a pointer, which you are supposed to rest your fingers on and let it mysteriously move and point to the letters that will spell out a word. I suggest you make your own if you are that interested in contacting the dead. It will not cost you anything, thus saving you, wasting your hard earned money on a load of nonsense. Cut out pieces of paper, write the letters of the alphabet / numbers 0-9 / yes, no and goodbye on them. Lay them out on a flat surface, get an ordinary drinking glass, turn it upside down, rest your fingers on the glass and off you go. You have heard people say life is Hell on Earth. That is true, we are living in Hell now. There is no Heaven, when you die you just go into eternal sleep. That is Heaven.
I am going to tell you my tale of the Oujjia Board. This is a true story and one which I hope conveys the message that the Oujjia board it evil. The oujjia board may be a game, but life isn't. Whenever I see children out playing it reminds me vividly of summer 97, which I spent with my two best friends, Stacey and Nichola. During the summer we spent hours up Glennifer Braes, which was located just behind our estate. One day we all decided to try something the three of us had never done together, the ouija Board. I had already attempted this once before whilst at my cousin’s sleepover. It hadn’t worked then and so why should it work now? On that occasion someone had been moving the glass we were using, but the three of us promised we wouldn’t do that. None of us said that we were worried about what might happen and so we set it up. We all gathered in a room. It was dark and cramped. I thought I could hear noises but just suspected it was either Stacey or Nichola playing a prank. We used a glass and letters and numbers were marked out on a large sheet of cardboard. Stacey had lit a few candles in the room. As the light flickered all three of us placed our hands on the glass and I asked the first question, “Will I make it to the Olympic games?” and the reply was unfortunate for me, “No.” I then asked a question of a more serious nature, “Will one of us die before we are 13?” and this time the reply was positive. We were all frightened at that fact and so we slightly altered the question, “Will another one of us die before we reach 15?” and again it was positive. Stacey was really worried and uptight and she even felt she had to tell her mum. Nichola and I never told our parents as we thought nothing of it. The winter drew in close and it was to be a Hallowe’en to remember. I was always hopeless at dressing up but finall
y decided on going as Snooker favourite, John Higgins. I went round the estate with Stacey for an hour or so until she had to go to her Gran’s. Stacey would be back later that night and we would venture back out. Whilst she was away, Nichola and I went out and then Stacey returned and the three of us went round together. I even saw myself reluctantly entering houses I had already been to. Stacey and I went back to her house with a lot of sweets, fruit and monkey nuts that no – one ever wants. It was around 9 o’ clock and fireworks lit up the street from a nearby house. No words can describe how happy I was then. It beats most days including when St. Mirren won the league. After that Stacey was away a lot and I saw her rarely. One day while I was walking down the street I saw her with her dad. They were on their way to see Celtic win the Coca – Cola Cup – Stacey was happy and vibrant. Celtic were doing well and it kept her happy – St. Mirren were rotten, Stacey kept me happy. One Thursday evening, my friends Heather’s mum came to the door. Heather is partially disabled and is often ill and I had a strong suspicion that something was wrong. She asked her to speak to one of my parents and as my mum was at work my dad went to the door. I was in the kitchen with sister Alyson and brother John when my dad emerged as if from the dead. He said these words which will stay forever in my mind, “Stacey has died.” He walked away. I turned to Alyson and John and burst out crying. It had been an asthma attack. A fatal one. At first, I tried to take my mind off the harsh reality and so I went to Athletics. It was horrible, why had I gone? It did me no good. I tried to keep my true feelings hidden, I still do. I grieve when I feel it is appropriate and that is normally at night whilst in bed. Stacey was a Catholic and I had to go to the Chapel. It w
as very weird. It was different from my Grandpa John’s funeral the year before. At the service I couldn’t see the priest and the massive rows of seats were full with a few left sanding at the back. I missed the burial but a couple of months later I found the grave stone. A friend of mine, had seen Stacey’s grave whilst at the graveyard with a friend. Elizabeth had described it as a heart shape with a beautiful inscription. I dithered around and then found it – perfectly matching what Elizabeth had said – and so I approached it and kneeled down in front of it. I talked to Stacey and told her what was going on in the world and that I missed her dearly. I always feel Stacey listens to me when I talk to her and one night, Stacey came to be in the form of a ghost. This moment was very short and vague and should have made me feel ecstatic but I was scared and slept all night with BBC 1 blaring. Talking about it is hard. I try to talk about it but the words just disappear and something totally irrelevant comes out. A prime example is when I tried a solo talk on my Perfect Saturday. I wanted to spend a final day with Stacey, so I could say goodbye to her. As I went up I froze and I just talked about spending the day with friends. My parents have never mentioned it since the funeral and if they did I would probably feel awkward. Every day I think about Stacey and cry and my way of coping is bottling it all up and every so often I will release some of my anger and frustration. I try to put on a brave face whilst talking to her parents. It is very awkward and normally a hello is all that is said. Underneath we do both want to say something about Stacey but again the awkwardness wins over. Stacey meant a lot to me, she was my best friend after all. I think of her all the time and wish she was still alive. I often wonder why this happened to me and not to someone in a parallel u
niverse to mine? There is no answer. I know that if Stacey were still alive I would be much more confident and Stacey remains unique to me as she is the only friend I have ever had and not once fallen out with, for any period of time. I am confident of one thing. St. Andrew’s Academy is missing an intelligent and extremely nice pupil while I miss a best friend. Nichola and I live in wait to see of the third prediction on the Ouija will come true. So there you have my story. It may have no effect on you, you may never have had any trouble with the board, but I did and I wanted to share it. Take care.
I'm sure everyone has heard of Ouija boards, a fun way to spook everyone out at a party, some people believe this is just for fun and others fear it and say that it is evil, I don't particularly feel either way about Ouija boards. I would never use one, but only because I would rather play Monopoly. I have done some research into the history of the Ouija board and you can decide for yourself if you really want to use one or not. the Ouija board has its origins in ancient China where it was used a holy object for contacting the spirits of the dead to gain insight into the future. In Europe the Ouija board became fashionable in the Victorian period and since then it has grown to become a well known party game. But is it really a game, Only the Colonial Nation of England could take a chinese Holy artefact and turn it into a quaint little party trick to amuse or to scare people. The board has a simple layout with the numbers 0-9 and all the letters of the alphabet as well as the words yes or no. The idea is that two or more people take a glass and place it in the centre of the board then each person places the index finger of their left and right hands on the glass and one person will ask if there is a spirit present. If it works then the glass should begin to move across the board spelling out words and messages for the people who are participating, the participants can then ask questions to the spirit and get replies. There are, however, some rules for the Ouija board, although the consequences all seem to be that the spirit would be released from the board and would then proceed to posess someone: -Never let the spirit count down in numbers or in from Z to A. -Always turn the board over when you are finished. -Don't offend the spirit. -Never ask how they died. The majority of people believe that the Ouija board is just a load of rubbish and that the players move the glass themselves but there are a
ccounts of Ouija board participants gaining knowledge of events that they couldn't possibly have known about. I personally don't believe that Ouija should be a game, but only because I have a certain amount of respect for ancient cultures and their practices. Personally I like to keep an open mind, perhaps the Ouija does work, the world is a strange place, and for that reason I don't intend to use one. I don't recommend ouija boards, there are too many accounts and stories of them working and turning out badly for them to be made into a game, If you have questions, use a magick 8 ball because there is no chance of one possesing you.
my freind has got this game and he told me that the game would be the bomb ass lick and one night i went round to his house to play it he had some other people ther who i had never met before and they said that they were pleased to meet me and shook my hand my freind said that we were going to play a game that could help us speak to dead people so we all thought it would be a goo d idea because we have not spoke to anyone who is dead so what he did was to light some candles and put them all over the room and set up the game and then to turn down the lights we all sat in a circle on the floor and was very quiet we all put our fingers onto a pointer with a hole in it and gentlie rested them on the pointer the house was really quiet and the candles were flickring all you could hear was us breathing it was that quiet my freind then said is there anybody there is anybody there we waikted for a few moments and then all of a sudden nothing happened we realised that this game was a bunch of rubbish and that how would it be possibl to speak to dead people using a cardboard game we then all played play station and had some cola
The cost of contacting satan has gone up. Irrespective of what you actually pay for this board "game" it has pushed the price up a 100 fold. Contacting God is infinitely cheaper and more beneficial. I would recommend that you do not buy this game as you are only making somebody wealthy for something you could make up yourself with pieces of card and a bottle. It just does not make sense to waste money for entertainment that could so easily be home made and just as effective. I had the occassion to be manse sitting when I was visited by a group of children who were having problems. They made their own and it appears to have worked too well. The down side for this game is that those you contact may not necessarily be happy that you took the trouble. After all, this is really not a game. This is a historical tool to contact the other world - a world we have no right to be in touch with, and they know it. The price that some people may pay may be more than the cash handed over. It may be more personal - physical or emotional. I will not take the time to have a look at the box to see if there is a warning as to the potential danger or whether the makers glibby assume that it really is harmless. I know from those who have suffered that it is not. Game maker, be ready with the lawyers for those on this world and be ready for God when you go to the other.
Introduction <><><><><><><> ~ ~ I’m writing this opinion about the Ouija Board by way of a direct response to any other opinions that may be (however unwittingly) advocating or promoting its use. I will state categorically right from the start that as a practicing and convinced Christian, that I honestly and genuinely believe this device to be the work of the Devil, and am totally, completely, and irrovocably opposed to its use. So any reader who is looking for a "balanced" viewpoint, that outlines both the pros and cons of the Ouija Board has come to the wrong opinion, as I honestly don't think that there are any "pros" in this instance. ~ ~ Before I get into this opinion in depth, I’d like to first of all express my surprise and concern to find this topic listed at a consumer opinion site such as dooyoo at all. I realise that that the Ouija Board is sold in retail shops and cleverly marketed as a board game, but the truth is that it is not a “game”, but a highly dangerous piece of witchcraft, used by Satanists and the like to contact evil spirits. I’ve yet to hear of a person dying or losing their sanity by playing a game of Monopoly or Snakes and Ladders, but there are documented cases of just this happening to people who have decided to “play” around with the Ouija Board. History <><><> ~ ~ So what exactly is the Ouija Board, and what are its origins? The Ouija Board is an alphabet board with a pointer that is used by mediums and occult practitioners as a means of contacting the spirit world, and to “foretell” the future. Here is the dictionary definition. “A board and pointer used for divination and by some as a means to contact spirits or entities. The name comes from the French and German words for "yes," oui and ja (ja is mispronounced with a hard "j&quo
t;). Critics of the Ouija, who include authorities in most denominations of Christianity, say it is dangerous and a tool of the devil. Advocates say that it, like other forms of divination, is a legitimate means to discover insight, wisdom, and self-truths and TO COMMUNICATE WITH DISCARNATE BEINGS. (my emphasis)” ~ ~ The board usually consists of the letters of the alphabet, the numbers from 0 through to 9, the words “yes” and “no”, and a heart shaped pointer on three felt-tipped legs. One or more people then place the tips of their fingers on the pointer, which will then move to spell out answers to the questions it is being asked. In the majority of cases nothing out of the ordinary happens, with the “answers” that the board gives most probably coming from the sub consciousness of the users themselves. However, (and this is a very big however!!) Ouija pointers have been documented as both having spun totally out of control and to have actually flown right off the board, as if they were being controlled by outside forces, and many users later claim to have been harassed or “haunted” by external entities that they made contact with through the board. ~ ~ Its history predates its modern revival during the Victorian period in Europe, and dates right back to ancient times. It was used in Ancient China around the time of Confucius as a means of communicating with the dead, and also in Ancient Greece, where a version was used that employed a table on wheels that moved around to point at signs, which were then interpreted as revelations from the “unseen” world. Similar devices were used by the early Romans from about the 3rd Century AD, and also by the Mongols during the 13th Century. It was also employed by Native American Indians, who called it the “squdilatc board”, to both locate missing items and lost persons and to communicate with the spirits. The mo
dern day version of the ouija came to Europe in 1853, and was originally called the “planchette”. It enjoyed enormous popularity during the period of the First World War and shortly thereafter, as so many people were desperate to contact the spirits of relatives and loved ones they had lost during the conflict, and Spiritualism enjoyed a huge revival in its fortunes during this time. ~ ~ The modern occult version of this “parlour game” came into Europe when it was first used by the well known French spiritualist M. Planchette in 1853, and is specifically designed as a tool for occult practitioners to contact the spirit world. In 1899, the rights were bought by an inventor called William Fuld, who was interested in Spiritualism, and who is often regarded as the “father” of the Ouija Board. In 1966, Fuld sold the patent for the Ouija to the board game manufacturers Parker Brothers, and the version that we are familiar with today came into existence. It is strange that Parker Brothers feel the need to keep their sales figures for their Ouija Board strictly confidential, but a recent estimate put the world wide sales figure at around 20 to 25 million sets. ~ ~ Indeed, there is no need for anyone to even buy a “game board” at all, as a glass tumbler and cut out letters of the alphabet will suffice equally as well, and are every bit as efficacious and dangerous when it comes to contacting spirits. What the Ouija does <><><><><><><><> ~ ~ It is beyond a shadow of doubt that the Ouija Board actually does what it claims, and has the potential to put a person using it in contact with the spirit world. It is for this reason that it should never be considered as a “game”, and I believe the only reason it continues to be marketed in this way, despite its well documented dangers, is because of the huge profits it makes for its manufacturers.
Many modern day mediums began their “careers” by experimenting with the Ouija, and many claim to have had very unpleasant experiences, including coming into contact with demons, and some today advise strongly that it should never be used. ~ ~ The use of the Ouija Board by ordinary people usually starts out as a bit of “innocent” fun, and people are misled into thinking they can contact departed family members or loved ones, who have information for them that could prove useful in their day to day lives. Often the use of the board leads to a form of addiction, with many people becoming so obsessed with its “messages”, that they actually begin to base their whole lives around its advice and predictions for their future. ~ ~ I am not going to mince words here at this point. I am a practising and devout Christian, and believe the force behind the Ouija to be demonic, and the answers it gives designed by Satan to deceive the innocent person who is asking the questions. It is not surprising that most of the time the answers that the Ouija gives are exactly the answers that the person using it wants to hear, and a lot of the time purports to come from a family member or close friend, and stating that they are going to be alright both here and in the afterlife. Once the unsuspecting person has been “lured” into a false sense of security by this device, Satan then uses all his guile to entice his innocent victim into other occult activities, such as the use of Psychic’s and fortune-tellers, instead of asking God in prayer for the answers to their questions. The Ouija is often used extensively by Satanist cults as a device to lure people into joining in their abhorrent practices, and many “recruits” are gained by just this method into worshipping the Devil and to participating in Black Masses. The Christian Standpoint <><><><><><><
><><> ~ ~ The practice of using the Ouija Board is condemned outright by nearly all sects and denominations of the Christian religion. It is used as a form of divination and to contact the dead (necromancy), and as such is clearly and definitively condemned in the Bible. “Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so” (Deut. 18:10-14) ~ ~ All other forms of sorcery and magic are also denounced quite clearly and implicitly in the Bible. Participants not only endanger their mortal lives, but also run the risk of condemning their immortal souls forever, as is clearly indicated in the following quotation from Scripture. “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.” (Revelations. 21:8). ~ ~ Once a person has got themselves caught up in such evil practices, their only hope is to find forgiveness by turning from this form of wickedness to the true and living God through Jesus Christ. (See Acts 20:21.) Demon Possession and the Ouija Board <><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ~ ~ The simple truth is that most people don’t realise what they are doing when they begin to dabble in the occult, even when they do so completely i
nnocently. By indulging in this form of devilry, they open themselves up to many spiritual dangers that wouldn’t normally occur in the course of their day-to-day lives, one of which is DEMON POSSESSION. This has been strongly linked to the Ouija Board. Many demonoligists say that the Ouija Board opens the doorway to the “demon” world, and allows these entities to “pass over”, and to take possession of human souls. Critics of the practice contend that ANY such contact is inherently dangerous, and that any spirits who communicate through such a device are likely to be demonic in nature, and to attempt to possess the user. ~ ~ A well known instance of this in recent times came through the writings of the author Jane Roberts in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The entity “Seth”, who was popularised by Roberts in his writings, initiated his initial contact with Roberts through a Ouija Board. This initial contact very quickly progressed to direct automatic writing with a pen, with the demon using Roberts to write his own words, and then even further into a trance like state where Roberts allegedly used the voice of Seth to communicate verbally with observers. ~ ~ The year 1919 witnessed yet another occurrence of the Ouija being used in this way. A medium called Stewart Edward White and his wife Betty allegedly contacted a group of discarnate beings called the “Invisibles” through their use of the Ouija, and remained in contact with these spirits for the next seventeen years. Again, Betty White was witnessed using both automatic writing and then trance mediumship, during which she spoke using the voice of the “spirits” (demons??) Personal Experiences <><><><><><><><> ~ ~ I have already touched upon this topic in my recent opinion about the film “The Exorcist”. As a teenager, there was a gro
up of my school friends who innocently got involved in this practice as a bit of “fun”. One lad, aged seventeen, later went on to commit suicide by drinking poison, (cyanide) ostensibly over the loss of a girlfriend. However, when is personal effects were being cleared (his sister was my girlfriend at the time) a Bible was discovered, with passages heavily scored and highlighted referring to possession by evil spirits. ~ ~ Another friend who was also involved in messing with the Ouija also went on to commit suicide. He failed at the first attempt, only to simply walk off the edge of a cliff one evening while three of us were on our way to a party. No histrionics, he simply said something like, “Sorry. I have to go now lads. See you.”, and then in front of our astonished eyes walked calmly to his death over a 300 foot precipice. He was the son of the local bank manager, academically brilliant, and with a glittering future at his fingertips. He certainly had no reason whatsoever to do what he did. Warning <><><> ~ ~ It is my belief that while this occult device is allowed to be manufactured and marketed as a simple board game, that its use will continue throughout the World, and that many more innocent souls will be trapped and ensnared by the Devil and by evil forces as a result. ~ ~ This last section of my opinion is designed to act as a warning to those of you who have thought of dabbling in this occult practice, and as a means to cleanse yourself of its evil influence for those of you who may already have done so. I beg you from the bottom of my heart to think very hard before you have ANYTHING to do with the occult or Spiritism in any shape or form. Don’t be tempted to take part in something that God has expressly forbidden, and if you already have then say a sincere prayer to Him asking Him to forgive you your most grievous sins. If you are of the Catholic reli
gion, then take confession immediately, and say a prayer of renunciation disavowing all involvement with the occult. If you already have an Ouija Board in your house, then remove it immediately, and burn it publicly. This is the method by which some sorcerers treated their scrolls, and therefore proved their sincere repentance toward God. “A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.” (Acts 19:19). ~ ~ If you can, also warn as many people as you can about the dangers of the Ouija Board. Remember that this occult practice can lead to demonic possession, and can even mean the loss of your immortal soul forever. Keep firmly in your mind the warnings that God gives to those who practice the magic arts, even if it is under the guise of a “harmless game” for entertainment purposes. “Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.” (Deut.18:12). And remember that ANYONE means just exactly that, ANYONE, including those who already count themselves among the ranks of the saved.
You don't need to buy this game to play Ouija. Years ago well only about 12 I got together with a few friends and we made our own. We cut out the letters of the alphabet , cut out the words yes/no and found a glass and a candle. We placed the letters round the table, put the glass in the middle and began. At first we asked it silly questions like, "What colour underwear do I have on ". The strange thing was it spelt out Black and went on to describe what sort of knickers bra I had on. This gave me a shiver down my spine as nobody in the room would know this. We asked it more and began to wonder if someone was pushing the glass. We let go of the glass and it started moving slowly on it's own. Even though we were scared stiff it gave us all a thrill. Eventually we got a person called King Herrad,he told me that my boyfriend would be late home that night. Sure enough my boyfriend walked in the house 2 hours late. He also told me that he would have an affair. About one month later he admitted seeing someone else. We played this game quite a lot within a week. One day though, we all heard noises upstairs , it was like a loud banging noise. Somebody went up to investigate and came running down the stairs like lightening. They pushed me out of the way because it was the Grim Reaper coming my way. Then it took a detour and went through the back door. The spookie thing was that the back door was locked, it had about three locks on that door. Once the Grim Reaper had walked through the door the bolts were released on their own.(no joke). Another time a girl was sat round the table with us and she suddenly got cramp in her leg,it said that this ws the devil getting inside her. It was time to stop, it was getting stupid. We asked it questions and it said that the devil would be waiting for her at her house at 10pm. We all went roun
d to her house as she was scared to go home on her own. Exactly at 10pm there was a flash of lightening from otherwise a nice sunny day and it began to rain heavy. She had a full length mirror on her wall and it smashed whilst still hanging there. The pain in her leg disappeared. To cut a long story short, I saw a vision of me walking towards the dressing table and it glared back at me. I hadn't been drinking or taking drugs and I hadn't even been asleep. The day after a sleepless night , we all went to a Roman Catholic priest and took the glass. We tried to smash it on the church premises but it wouldn't smash. We went in to see the priest and he came to my house to bless it. He sprayed holy water and said the Lord's Prayer over and over again. A medium also told us to keep saying the prayer and saying out loud "Go away". We even had to arrange the letters of the alphabet on the board backwards. Eventually after three weeks I felt at peace. Even some of the men who joined in cried. It was an awful experience but at the same time exciting. I've now moved. I won't be playing it here in my house that's for sure. I wouldn't advise anybody to buy the game Iam surprised it's for sale at all.
Ok, before I get onto the confession bit, it has been suggested (quite rightly) that I offer an explanation as to what exactly a Oujia board is, and what purpose it serves (or doesn't, as the case may be). It's often easy to forget the basics of what makes an opinion, failing to cater for the ignorant in your eagerness to satisfy the educated. Anyway, here goes: A Oujia Board is, in theory, a means of communicating with the spiritual world. The idea being that under the right environments, with the right people in the right state of mind, it can be a tool with which any willing spirits can talk with you. The board it's self can be made out of anything, providing it displays the necessary words, letters and numbers. Some toy shops, although I am yet to see it myself, do sell ready made Oujia Boards (the whole thing got popular during the 60's, when interest in the 'occult' was on the rise), which would presumably come with clear instructions and 'bits'. If you're like me however, and are forced to create your own, then you should know exactly what it is you need to write. The basics, are the words 'yes', 'no' and 'goodbye', as well as the complete alphabet and numbers '0' to '9' (making for any possible combination of numbers, obviously). Later you'll hear how we (myself and friends) added additional options to suit the questions we intended to ask, but as long as you have the numbers, letters and words these are not important. Ok, so you have your board, scribbled onto a piece of card or something. What next? Well next, obviously, you need to find a place to use it. I really don't recommend using the Oujia Board inside your own home, or anywhere else where people live for that matter. No matter how sceptical you may be about the Oujia Board (although if you are sceptical, you shouldn't really bother), it's always better to be safe then sorry - at
least one of the hundreds of spooky stories must be true, so I would find a place outside or away from other people. If you've agreed to accept the risks that come with Oujia Board use, that doesn't permit you to endanger others against their will. Anyway, being outside/in a deserted house will make it more exciting. After finding your location, the process of actually using the Oujia Board is fairly simple (this is how I, through research, have learnt to do it. I can not vouch for how effective it is, nor disprove any other methods you may have heard). Create a pleasing atmosphere for the spirit - take a candle, some incense - things that are 'holy' and relaxing. The idea is to clear your mind of negative thoughts, then, placing your finger-tips on an up-turned glass, invite any surrounding spirits to grant you with their presence. Again, cynical or not, don't do, say or ask anything stupid. Here are some guidelines, or rules, I have picked up on. 1) Don't swear at the spirit, nor be offensive towards it 2) Don't ask it (the spirit... do they still have a sex?) how they died, nor question them about God 3) Never allow the spirit to count down in numbers, or the alphabet. This, so they say, is how the spirit comes to 'possess' you in all those scary stories 4) If the spirit gets nasty, or if you get scared, simple ask it to leave in a firm voice, and flip the board over so as to 'trap' the spirit from escaping Follow that and, from what I can make out, you should be ok. Just don't ask stupid things, or do it with stupid people. Use some common sense, as with everything else. If you make sure you take all these precautions, and you realise that, in some peoples opinion, their are risks involved with using Oujia Boards, then it's your decision and you're entitled to it. Well, that's my outlook anyway. Ok, explanation over, shall I get to my story now
? It's very exciting... Last night, I used a Oujia Board. In a graveyard, during the late hours of Friday the 13th. A group of us, bored of our usual exploits, decided it would be a cool idea. It wasn't, it was a bad one. Not because anything bad happened, but because we got a bit muddy. And it was cold. Nothing happened at all actually, we just sat for ten minutes, allowing the anti-climax to wash over us. It wasn't like we didn't prepare - I searched the internet for instructions and rules a few nights before, we wrote the numbers and letters carefully onto a pizza box, even took some candles and incense to ensure the spirit would feel comfortable. Nothing happened though. Maybe it was because some of us were openly cynical about the whole affair, maybe it's because we recorded it on a video camera, or maybe it was down the fact we all have a bit to drink before we left. Whatever the reason, the glass didn't move an inch (aside from towards the start, when a few of us nervously pushed the glass ourselves for a joke), and we all left, disappointed. Being the group of the precocious geniuses we are, much outward consideration went into trying to decide why it didn't work. Perhaps the graveyard was a stupid place to go - who the hell dies there, anyway? Maybe, as I mentioned before, the spirits sensed the doubt in our minds and decided we didn't deserve their presence. Maybe they were offended by the fact we wrote 'Empire' and (or) 'Jedi' on the box, as well as 'Rachel' and (or) 'Monica' (of 'Friends' fame) along the side, hoping it could settle our private debates for us. Maybe, just maybe, it's a load of crap. But don't get me wrong - that isn't where this opinion is going. I've had an interest in the occult for a long time. I've heard to many stories and read too many books to dismiss the idea altogether. So do I
recommend the use of Oujia Boards? Well I would be a big fat hypocrite to say no, so instead I say yes. If you're careful. Don't bother if trying if your only aim is to prove what a load of nonsense it is, because, well, you'll just be a knob, basically, and I won't like you. If, however, you do have faith (and have genuine intentions of contacting the spirit world), then just make sure you research and plan things probably. Most people will advise you not to mess with things you don't understand, so accept that advice and ensure you learn all you can about it first. Also, go with some like-minded friends, that way if anything goes wrong - at least you're in the s**t together. And don't be put off or scared by all the horrific tales people will throw at you when you mention it to them - firstly, the chances are they're untrue, and secondly, even if they are true, there are bound to be thousands of boring tales like mine, where nothing happens, which go untold. Maybe this is dangerous for me to say, all of this, but then I don't imagine the people reading my opinion are going to be easily-influenced children, incapable of making decisions on their own. I imagine you all are adults, and that you've heard plenty of anti-Oujia board rants from family and friends already, or at least enough to balanced this out anyway. It has been suggested that people as young as 15/16 use Dooyoo, and I have an obligation to these impressionable children not to miss-guide them. If you are a mere teenager reading this - don't worry, you'll suffer no patronizing from me. Just make sure your reasons are intact, and your intentions/research well thought out. At then end of the day, we all know the stigma attached to these things, we've all heard the Chinese whispers and we all have our own opinions on how likely they are to work. My personal view, is that although my experiences to date have been fruit-less, there is
still a strong case that Oujia Boards can be effective. If you're scared, or just a strong disbeliever (the same thing, right?), then it's probably best not to bother. If you insist though, it's your choice, and my only advice to you is that you take as many precautions as possible - do your research, use your common sense, and accept what does or does not happen. Well, here's to an end of yet enough bland opinion from me. Becoming a bit of a habit this. Just make sure you know what you're doing, then make your own decision like the sensible people you are. Just don't ask for Elvis: they say he's evil now.