Ouija Board – fact or fiction – part II

Ouija Board – fact or fiction – part II
How and why the Ouija Board works

The Ouija board itself has no power. If it did, planchettes would be moving by themselves in the boxes on store shelves where they are sold. Also, toy stores across the nation would resemble Halloween haunted house attractions as ghosts and spirits spread from the confines of their little boxes and out into the aisles.

The success of a Ouija board reading is wholly dependent upon the psychic abilities, spirituality and openness of the individuals using it. Whether the individuals themselves know they have abilities does not matter. Even a skeptic with a strong intuitive nature may get a good reading.

In using the board, it is the ritual of setting up the game, setting the right mood in the room, and clearing your mind for the purpose of communications with the spirit world, that makes it possible. It is your intention that acts as a beacon to draw spirits toward the board, not the board itself.

The contents of a Ouija board consist of a board with the “Yes’ or ‘No’ response choices printed upon it and a movable piece called a ‘planchette’. The planchette is shaped somewhat like a heart, a rounded bottom and a pointed top. The pointed top will aim at answers or letters to communicate with the players. Some planchettes have an open or glass circle in them so the letters will appear in the circle. The players place their fingers upon the movable piece and ask questions. In a successful reading, the spirits will work through the energy of the ’players’ and point the planchette to words or letters, in order to answer questions. Most have a full alphabet printed on the board for more detailed questions/answers. Some have ‘Hello’ and ‘Goodbye’ and numbers, 0 thru 9, printed upon them also.


Boards range from the basic Parker Brothers game sold at toy stores to elaborate wooden boards with fine wood-carved planchetes. However, anything can be used as a makeshift Ouija Board. A piece of cardboard box with the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ scribbled upon it, and another piece of cardboard cut into planchette shape can be used with the same results. It can be an effective communication tool because of what I had previously mentioned; it is your intention to communicate that draws the spirits forward.

When you use the Ouija Board repeatedly, you will begin to contact one specific entity, over and over. This is the dominant entity of the board. This entity is attracted to you for some reason and will tell you details about their life and answer questions freely. One word of warning: never use a Ouija Board alone. It can be dangerous. Also, anything more than casual or occasional use, even with others, is not recommended.


In part 3 of this article I will get into the dangers of using a Ouija Board.

6 thoughts on “Ouija Board – fact or fiction – part II

    • Forms of Ouija Boards can be traced back to 1100 AD and were used quite a bit by spritualists in the centuries to follow. It wasn’t til the 1890’s that it was released as a toy and later Hasbro Inc. bought the rights. Maybe it is just a toy, maybe it’s something more. That all depends in what your beliefs are.

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