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.
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 players hands to move the piece. Those in Spirit use energy to communicate - electricity, thoughts, signs, telepathic messages, dreams, movement - these are more common methods.
I first played this game as a teenage girl at sleepover party after sleepover party, and I have no idea if it ever worked. Are there easier and less time consuming ways to communicate with Spirit? Absolutely! Are there less dangerous methods? Maybe.
The Ouija board is often considered evil, because, in theory, only ‘low spirits’ are attracted to that type of communication method. Thus, if you have a old board, you are supposed to discard it in a way that none of the terrible spirits attached to this menacing piece of history can never see the light of day again! Bury it underground. Throw it in a fast moving, rapid river. Definitely not burning it - that’ll release the spirits, of course. But, is this really true?
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?
Tools for attracting spirits attract ALLLLLLL spirits - good, bad, neutral, loving, angry - whatever. 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 could be 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 nice young woman who just wants to say hello and lay down, maybe make you breakfast in the morning, or you could get someone with less than well-wishing intentions. While you might have a ‘home’, you certainly don’t want to welcome just anyone over for a drink. You’ve got standards.
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. And while contacting spirits can be highly rewarding, loving, safe, and beneficial - you have to create the space for that to happen. Otherwise, anyone that sees an opening can and will show up. Thus, the Ouija board is an attractant because young, inexperienced players may not know to do anything to protect themselves from something they’d like to not attract.
Consider a 12 year old, playing around on the internet - you or I know the steps to take for internet safety - but internet newbies aren’t even thinking about that. It just so happens that the Ouija board is a board game played by individuals, who completely innocently, just want to try and see what’s can happen with the Spirit World. No big deal, right? It’s naive, but I was there too. I was 14 once, and so were you!
In any event, 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! Learn how to ask for a sign from the spirits, here.
What do you do if you have a Ouija Board, and want to give it another shot?
1. Cleanse It
All things that exist carry with them energy - and with any divination tool, when you first get access to it, or you are using it for the 1,000th time, you cleanse it. You hold your pendulum in your hand and ask that any energy that is no longer serving you or this object be released and returned to the creator or Divine Light for the greatest and highest good. Or you perform a sage smudging ceremony to clear any potentially lower energies from the board prior to using it. Learn how to do that, here.
2. 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 very clear 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 whose angry or tricky? Not me, and definitely not you.
Thus, make a statement that your boundaries are clear, and say something like this,
“I am only connecting with those who are in the Divine Light, speak truth and pure truth, and who are ready to connect and communicate for the highest and greatest good for all those involved.”
Boom. Done. You’ve just banished evil.
Still not sure? Get more information on setting boundaries here.
3. Close the Channel
When you work with the Ouija Board, you ask questions to the Spirit who is present and to communicate with you by spelling things out. You can ask anything you want, and it can kind of 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 are done, be clear you are done communicating. End the session, close the channel, seal up the link. Whether you want to admit it or not, any time you bring in Spirits, 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. Just for dramatic effect.
Okay, so there you have it! No matter what tool you use for connecting - whether it’s simply 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. Remember, if you don’t set your boundaries, someone else will (just like in normal life!).