Contemplating the Ouija Board


If you ever wanted to freak someone out or make them feel uncomfortable around you all you need to do is tell them that you use or have used a Ouija board. The stigma associated with this little rectangular board is astonishing. People are so afraid of this item that you would think it came straight from the fires of hell, crafted by the devil himself, designed to steal your soul. Come on people, can a piece of cardboard with the alphabet written on it really be that bad? Well I say if we have the right to bare arms we have the right to Ouija! (lets pass that into law congress). Now I’m just kidding but maybe Ouija boards aren’t as evil as its perception would have us believe. An internet connection and a few, okay several, clicks later and I had all the information I needed. Lucky for you I’m willing to share.

A Ouija board is a rectangular board  inscribed with the letters of the alphabet, the words “yes” ,“no” and “goodbye”.  In order to communicate with the dead the user(s) hold on to a planchette and ask questions to the spirits. The spirits will then use the player(s) energy to control the planchette in order to  move it across the board stopping on letters to spell out their response to questions.

Some would say that the Ouija board is just another paranormal tool and can be compared to a KII meter or Spirit Box. I would say it relates more to dowsing rods as there is a human factor involved. The roots of the Ouija board can be dated back to approx 1368-1644 CE during the Ming dynasty when people practiced what was called Fuji (pronounced  fu chi). Even during that time it was controversial and was eventually outlawed during the Qing dynasty. The Ouija board as we know it can be dated back to 1890 when Elijah Bond and Charles Kennard filed for the patent( U.S. Patent 446,054). Eventually William Fuld took over the patent and eventually sold it to Parker Brothers, which was sold to Hasbro in 1991.

The Ouija board didn’t always have such a dark stigma attached to it. In fact the Ouija board can be found in one of Norman Rockwell light-hearted paintings titled Ouija Board. It wasn’t until the infamous film Exorcist  that things took a turn for the worst. Since then it was a downward spiral of fear that lead us to where we are today.

Norman Rockwell’s Ouija Board

Now you may have gotten the impression that I am an advocate of using the Ouija board. But that isn’t necessarily the case. I would never bring a Ouija board to an investigation mainly due to the stigma that is associated with it but also because of its unreliability. In today’s paranormal world I have the luxury of working with more reliable tools that produce better evidence. One of the problems with using a Ouija board is that you can never be sure who or what you are communicating with. But isn’t that true about all paranormal devices? You can never be completely sure who you are talking with unless, perhaps, you’re psychic.

I think it all boils down to the fact that a Ouija board is a tool and a tool is only as good as its user(s). Those that don’t know how to use it properly are more prone to having a bad experience. Before you start using a Ouija board make sure to do your homework so you know what you are getting yourself into. Know the pros and cons and see if using a Ouija board is right for you.

special thanks to Darkness Radio who spark my interest in this matter. Make sure to check them out live if you live in the Minnesota area or via podcast here


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