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Handy Ouija Board rules for getting into the spirit of things. Before you open portals to higher realms and contact your loved ones from the other side be sure to read through this complete guide.
What Is A Ouija Board?
In the 1880s "Talking Boards" became the go-to method for do-it-yourself psychic mediumship. By 1890 they started to be made commercially in the United States as Ouija Boards and they became the most popular fortune telling oracle of the time. The inventor was the lawyer and businessman Elijah Bond. Although Oui-Ja means Yes (French) and No (German), Bond said the board advised him that “Ouija” meant “good luck” in Egyptian. And don’t laugh - those early Ouija Boards were "dead set" made from recycled wood taken from coffins!
Thanks to the late 19th century spiritualist movement this spirit talking board game has grown into a veritable popular culture phenomenon and is possibly the first method of communicating with the dead that comes to mind of any layperson. A flat plank marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" and "goodbye", it uses a small piece of wood called a planchette to trace the ghostly messages from beyond.
Its original intention was to open portals into higher realms of consciousness, as well as to contact spirit guides, deceased relatives and communicate with spirits from the other side.
While mainstream religions strongly forbids the use of Ouija boards, believing they are a “tool of the Devil”, the many Ouija-friendly people among us know it to be an authentic divining tool. One that can open doorways to the other side, making it possible to commune with helping spirits, who will provide valuable insights and information.
Even if you have a pure intent for fortune telling, consulting it as an oracle, or for delving into the mysteries of the other side, take safety precautions when working with your Ouija board.
For instance, spirits and alcoholic spirits don’t mix well. It is not a good idea to sit with Ouija in a graveyard, because you may well generate unenlightened entities. And high-strung, stressed-out people should not dabble. It is always best to have a well balanced, spiritually minded, person present to repel “bad” vibrations.
Some will, of course, immediately dismiss the Ouija Talking Board Game as merely a toy, more suitable to late-night house parties than any serious occult business. Others will claim to have seen results and to have communicated with both of their late grandparents. Chances are, the truth is somewhere in between.
Whether you are trying to get in touch with a historical personage that has been dead for centuries or simply wanting to contact your recently deceased grandmother you miss very much, you need to take into consideration their needs and habits first, and not your own. Just because the Ouija board appears to be the easiest way to go about it doesn't mean that it will indeed work. Sometimes it will - but most times it won't. This is because communicating with a spirit depends on a plethora of factors, not limited to your level of clairvoyance, the phases of the Moon, the location at which you are attempting the ritual, and quite often - the mood of the ghost in question. Aimlessly wandering through a 15th century German castle and trying to speak to the spirits in modern English (as some "TV psychics" tend to do) is not very likely to result in anything other than embarrassment.
Instead, it is better to remain calm and listen with your inner, spiritual ear and be ready to receive messages unlike those from living beings. Since the mode of existence in our world and that of the dead is obviously very different, thoughts and ideas are often exchanged not through words (or letters on your Ouija board) but through more direct communication that is sensed rather than heard or seen. Our language can appear redundant and insufficient to what the spirit may want to impart.
A Ouija board may be fun but a true and accurate message is more likely to be received through the focused mind and well-intended heart of a real psychic medium.
You can learn how to make a Ouija board that truly talks to you with this simple guide.
Gather your materials:
This little, but mighty important tool, is a bit more challenging for the DIY’er to construct. Get a thin piece of pretty wood or hard, clear plastic. Study this picture to get an idea of what a planchette looks like. Cut the desired material into a traditional triangle, heart or whatever shape you fancy.
Shape one end into a point and attach three little legs to the planchette, so that spirits can “point” to the letters/numbers.
Other ideas for your planchette.
And remember – it takes two to Ouija!
Can I use the Ouija board alone?
These real-life Ouija board stories, with the many lessons learned, will either encourage or discourage you. You can learn how to make one while also realizing the full consequences of their use.
There is a lot of negativity surrounding the Spirit Board. But this tends to come from the energy of those who do not put their finger on the planchette. Here's the blunt truth. If you are a negative person you will tend to come up with all sorts of crap about all sorts of things. If you are enlightened with positive mind, you will come up with positive and helpful insights on all sorts of things.
Scary is not necessarily negative.
I remember playing with the Talking Board, as a kid back in England, we would scare the beejeepies out of each other with all sorts of stuff and nonsense.
Then in early adulthood I had been drawn back to the board with office work-mates. Again I had the beejeepers scared out of me, but this time it was not stuff and nonsense. It was fascinating that the three of us, each with just one finger on any piece of furniture in the office, as light as you would place on a planchette, would have tables and chairs lifting and flying around the room in phantasmagorical style. There certainly is an energy when a group of like minds lightly connect in a spirit board fashion.
There were a couple of messages from those early Ouija wanders that strongly influenced me over the rest of my life. Things like moving to Australia and avoiding the Middle East. While I have fond memories of my own true Ouija board experiences, after developing my psychic mediumship ability in later life, I’ve never been drawn back to using a board for spirit communication.