Last weekend, I was at a flea market in downtown Philadelphia, where I live, and browsed through all the crazy stuff. Not before long, I stumbled upon an old Ouija board; then I found another and another. And I got to thinking, what’s with these things anyway? It didn’t feel dangerous or evil, it just felt like a cardboard thing with letters and numbers on it.
But if you’re like me, you’re familiar with the Ouija board - a tool that is used to conjure or call up communication with the Spirits.
Its history in the United States goes back to the 1800’s, but the roots are heavily debated - was it first found in China? Ancient Egypt?
Either way, the technique of using an alphabet and number system to communicate with Spirits has been around for a while. In tradition, between 3-5 people will sit around the board, place their fingers lightly on a triangular piece that sits on top, and ask that any spirits in the room communicate with them by moving the piece from letter to letter to spell out names, answers, and messages. The ‘Spirit’ that speaks through to the board is using the energy in the player's hands to move the piece.
Most Spirits use energy to communicate - electricity, thoughts, signs, telepathic messages, dreams - these are more common methods - but movement is another method too.
I first played this game as a teenage girl at a sleepover party and I have no idea if it ever worked.
These days, there easier and less time-consuming ways to communicate with Spirit.
The Ouija board is often considered evil, because, in theory, only ‘low spirits’ are attracted to that type of communication method. This is because it’s an earthen material that vibrates at a very low speed so the idea is that it attracts other low vibrating, dense spirits, energies and that fast moving, high vibrating spirits wouldn’t connect so easily.
But if the Ouija board is just a tool for contacting spirits and getting information, can’t all tools for doing this also attract bad spirits? Yes, so the Ouija board is not the only tool that can gain attachments.
Tools for attracting spirits attract all spirits - good, bad, neutral, loving, angry - are just tools.
The key is that when you are using a tool to contact spirits - whether the tool is yourself, an Ouija board, a pendulum, or a tarot deck - that you set boundaries and make it very clear what type of spirits are welcome to communicate with you.
Otherwise, it can become a total free for all. Like opening your front door at midnight when you live next to the bars downtown.
Yea, you might get a beautiful young woman who wants to say hello or you could get someone with less than well-wishing intentions.
And while you might have a home, you certainly don’t want to welcome just anyone over for a drink.
When I was 14, using the Ouija board, I didn’t even know or think to set boundaries - as far as I was concerned - it was a game, whatever.
But while contacting spirits can be highly rewarding, loving, safe, and beneficial - you have to create the space for that to happen and if not, anyone that sees an opening can and will show up.
Set Your Boundaries
When you bring out the board, set the boundaries.
Don’t even lay your hands on the playing piece until you do! Make sure it’s obvious who is welcome to communicate and who is not - you don’t want any old dreg stumbling in and showing up.
You can communicate with Angels, Guides, and Loved Ones with this tool - so who wants to deal with an earthbound spirit who is playing games? Not me, and not you. No one has time for this.
Make a statement that indicates your boundaries are clear and say something like this,
“I am only connecting with those who are in the Light, speak the truth and pure truth, and to those who are ready to connect and communicate for the highest and greatest good for all those involved.... or at least have a good time."
Just kidding on the last part - you just want to make sure you dial the right energy, every spirit just like every person has a phone number or a specific code you call when you want to reach them and to weed out who you really want to talk to with this board, sometimes you just need to say it. It's worth noting here that helpful spirits can be powerful communicators. It's an old campfire tale that only negative spirits communicate loudly.
Close the Channel
When you work with the Ouija Board, you ask questions of the Spirit who is present and to communicate with you by spelling things out.
You can ask anything you want, and because of it, it can take a long time to get information - your responses come letter - by - letter after all.
But, no matter how long you stick with it, when you're done, be clear you are done communicating and end the session, close the channel, seal up the link. Whether you want to admit it or not, any time you bring in Spirit energy into a focused, concentrated spot, you are creating something like a Portal - a pathway for those in Spirit to energetically travel and link with you. If you don’t make it clear the door is closed, you may have strays coming in and out as they please. In other words, when you are done having guests and ready to go to bed, close your front door.
You can do this easily. Simply say, “Thank you for sharing your messages, divine love, guidance, and presence with us today. Our session communication and session is now complete.”
While this is all it takes, I also like to imagine a door slamming shut.
Some people simply feel when the spirits are gone, but you still do want to cleanse and reset the energy afterward.
Okay, so there you have it.
No matter what tool you use for connecting - whether it’s merely yourself, a pendulum, a deck of cards, or a game board - they all invite in spirits, regardless of intent.
It is the practitioner that decides who is invited to the party.
So remember, if you don’t set your boundaries for yourself, someone else will... just like in normal life! Same with the spirits.
To end, you can use divination tools, such as the Ouija board safely and effectively. However, in my opinion, there are faster and more efficient ways of communicating directly with Spirit. Like using your intuitive abilities, or asking for a sign. Because you never know, maybe the person waiting to connect with you through Ouija isn’t a demon, but your grandmother.
Amanda Linette Meder
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The above pictured Ouija Board was found at the Creeper Gallery in New Hope, PA.