Friday, January 23, 2009

Ouija Board: Spirit Board or Just a Game


Most of us have checked out Ouija boards at one time in our lives. For me, it was when I was in middle school. My friends and I would spend the night at one of our homes on the weekends. There were usually six of us and we loved getting scared. Our night would usually consist of cheesy scary movies, junk food and playing games. The games weren’t your typical board games but anything that might give us a scare. We might start out with: light as a feather, stiff as a board; or a séance; or we would pull out the Ouija board, which someone conveniently had. We would all put a finger on the triangle pointer and ask questions. The excitement would build when the pointer started moving. Of course we all swore that we didn’t move it. Nothing major happened, just a group of silly adolescent girls having fun.

Even though we had nothing happen afterwards, the same can’t be said for a friend of my daughters and her two roommates. They decided to check out the Ouija board one night that April had purchased. They asked all the questions and got movement from the pointer. After having fun, the board was put away and they went to bed. The next morning several of the kitchen cabinet doors were opened. They blamed each other for playing a prank but no one would fess up. The doors were shut and the two roommates went to work while April took a shower. When she returned to the kitchen, some of the cabinet doors where opened. She called her roommates to see if one of them returned and opened the cabinets, but they were already at work. Creepy feelings came over her at this point. This was only the beginning of many unexplained phenomenon to happen in that apartment. All April’s life strange paranormal activity kept happening to her or around her. This seemed to another chapter in the spooky life that was April’s. (I hope to write some blogs about some of these chapters). After a month or so of the paranormal activity in the apartment, they all moved out! Did some type of spirit, good or bad, get released when they used to Ouija board? I don’t know but the paranormal activity was real.

Ouija board (pronounced “weejah”) has been known as a spirit board or talking board. The board is made up of letters, numbers, and symbols all to help communicate with spirits. The triangle pointer (as I call it) is called a planchette and aides in spelling out the messages from the questions asked. Although “Ouija” is a trademark name, the term “Ouija Board” is abandoned as a registered trademark. The Ouija board goes as far back as 1200 B. C. and used by the Chinese as a method called “planchette writing”. On February 10, 1891, the Ouija board was patented, looking much like the board we use today.

The scientific explanation for the Quija board is that we are using our subconscious mind in directing our thought process. Some people believe that the Ouija board is so powerful that they a not aware that they are moving the planchette. They are so caught up in the moment and believe that some kind of spiritual force is answering their questions. Experiments were conducted to try and prove this theory right and concluded with different results.

A spiritualist explains the Quija board as vessel for spiritual contact. Some say that the contacted spirits may use the talents of a medium to get their messages across. The medium’s eyes are a vessel for a spirit to use and be able to point at the letters in order to form the message it needs to convey. Some don’t believe that the board has any mythical powers but used as a tool for a medium to communicate with spirits.

Of course, where would we be without the skeptic’s view? They feel that it is used to fool people, a prank, and that one person is indeed moving the planchette. Maybe, more than one person is in on the joke, with all moving the planchette slowly, having the unaware person thinking that it is moving on its own. Also, they may keep a straight face or show shock, keeping up with the prank. The skeptics believe that the planchette can only move by human power and not spiritual power.

Although many think of Ouija board as a simple game and harmless, some revere it as evil and dangerous. What may seem like a friendly spirit could be a demon spirit instead playing tricks on an unsuspecting victim. People have reported being haunted by ghosts, hearing voices and other unknown phenomenon after using the Ouija board. This is what happened to April and her roommates. There are many other stories similar to these that can be found on the Internet. What do you think? Is the Quija board evil or just a game?

--Julie--

14 comments:

  1. I for one think they are evil!!! Lol. I don't like using those blasted things, because I honestly believe they ARE real. I think they let in really bad things! Plus they just scare me to death because you are literally communicating with a ghost in verbal form. Blah, just creepy!

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  2. I've used them numerous times over my life and although sometimes we produce interesting answers that later can be verified through research, I still believe the origin of the magic of a Ouija is from the humans who use it. It is more in the psychic realm than in the spiritual realm. We can no more get ghosts to cross over by using a board game than we can get them to cross over by praying or going to their graves and talking to them. I absolutely have no believe in evil as some supernatural being trying to take us to Hades. Religion is what has taught us such confusing messages about good and evil and you will find those who fear the Ouija are almost always of Catholic or religious upbringing. We fear what we don't know, just like I could fear my plug outlet because I don't understand how it works, but when I plug something into it--I get electricity. We really need to finally put a stop to superstition so that paranormal research can move forward instead of heading back to the stone age. P.S. Although I have used the Ouija, it's purely entertainment. I would never consider using it as a true tool to speak to the "other side."

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  3. Even though we used it for fun, nothing crazy happened. I believe that the paranormal activity that April and her roommates experience may have more to do with April than them using a Ouija board. She is a "ghost magnet" and has had lots of unexplained ghostly things happen to her all her life. It's stories like that which can cause some people to fear the Ouija board. And, like you said, we fear the unknown.

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  4. I am a paranormal researcher in the Phoenix, Arizona area and am looking to do some work around a "spirit board" session. Anyone interested in allowing audio and video equipment into one of their sessions, please email me at azgunhand@hotmail.com. Thank You.

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  11. I am April's Mom... and over and over again refused to let her use a board at home, telling her it is like cold calling.. dialing any number.. you won't be sure who you are getting on the other end of the line. Any you could end up leaving the phone off the hook so that anyone could show up. In Our family these things are not to be taken lightly.. we are empaths, psychics, ghost magnets, and seers. seems like she took to it anyway, once she got out on her own lol. The trick to using the board is to remember to ground your energy and shield, which many do not think to do. Like hooking your computer to a surge protector.
    Sometimes we have to learn on our own... trouble is ya never know when the learnin' stops and the running begins :).

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  12. Constance, I have heard many of April's stories about what happened after using a Ouija board and they are pretty creepy. She is definitely a ghost magnet from all the stories I heard about the unusual things that happened to her.

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  13. I work with the Blessed Dead (those who aren't meant to move on completely, but stay to aide those who wish it).

    I have also used Spirit boards (including Ouija boards) with no problems, since I was a teenager. Perhaps because I respected them.

    My Man always says "How can a cardboard game conjure spirits?"

    Well, it's not the game, it's the intent.

    I made my own board, and find it works very well--it's been blessed under a full moon and in Hekate's name (the Greek Goddess of the dead, among other things).

    It's a matter of realizing it's NOT a game. But, with it being sold in game aisles, people believe it is.

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