Ouija boards have been around for quite some time now. They might not have always looked the way they do now, but the concept has been the same. Hundreds of years ago, the Chinese would use them to uncover hidden messages. In 1891 the board first began to appear in the United States. They were made popular through funky advertisements and soon flooded most novelty shops. At the time the Ouija board was known as “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board” and they were selling at an extremely fast rate. This article will cover essential Ouija board rules.
What Are Ouija Boards?
Ouija boards are tools designed to communicate with ghosts. They are also known as Spirit Boards and are commonly used for entertainment. Paranormal experts, as well as those trying to speak with a lost relative, will at some point use an Ouija board to get the answers they seek. A spirit board is usually a flat rectangular panel. It will have the numbers 0-9, letters of the alphabet, “yes”/ “no”, “hello”/ “goodbye”, and other symbols displayed on it. A small heart-shaped piece known as the planchette will be used to spell out the messages. Those participating will lightly place their finger on the planchette, and it will then move around the board to spell out any messages.
Rules To Using An Ouija Board
Regardless of the specific reason you have decided to use an Ouija board, you must always remember that it is NOT a toy. There is much that can be learned, but if used incorrectly, it can be extremely dangerous.
“The board itself is not dangerous, but the form of communication that you are attempting often is.”
-Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society.
If you or anyone you know is considering using an Ouija Board there are a few tips and rules that you should keep in mind:
1. Always Be Respectful
As mentioned before, an Ouija board is not a game and it should not be treated like one. Even though most spirits are in fact not evil in nature, they should still be treated with respect. Provoking a spirit can have disastrous consequences.
Disrespecting or taunting any entity is always a bad idea. There are those that choose to use an Ouija board and don’t fully believe in its power of communication. A large majority of these people will not take the session serious and end up making the spirit mad. They expect results right away and get easily frustrated when they don’t get what they want.
Remember, things will not always happen at your pace. Even though you are the one initiating the contact, the ghost will ultimately be in charge. Therefore, be patient. The more understanding and polite that you are, the more you will receive in return.
2. Do Not Believe Everything a Spirit Says
Spirits are known for being mischievous in nature. Keeping in mind that they might not be telling you the truth is very important. Although it is rare, some entities can be malicious. Especially if they have had a tragic passing, don’t wish to speak, or simply do not like the energy in the room.
Just because they have answered a question, does not mean that they have done so truthfully. The same way that you are free to ask them anything that you want, a ghost can also give you an answer that they please. Be honest in your questions and motives to help the spirit trust you. The more that they trust you, the more likely it will be, to be honest.
3. Never Use an Ouija Board Alone
Ouija boards should always be used with at least two participants. It is not something that you would want to do alone. Finding the right people to join and help you communicate with a spirit might not be such an easy task, but it will sure be worth it.
In order to have a more successful experience, you will want to search for individuals who have some sort of understanding of the subject. It is important that they are respectful and don’t show any lack of belief. A well rounded and serious team will put the spirit at ease and help in summoning it.
The energy of the participants is what the Ouija board will use. The stronger and more united the energy is, the more likely the session will be successful.
4. Think Of Good Questions To Ask An Ouija Board
Regardless of what type of entity you have or are planning to make contact with, it is important to always be mindful of what is asked. Do not ask questions that you do not want to know the answer to or are not meant to know. Asking questions about future deaths and tragedies can bring on negative energy into the session. It can be really hard to tell whether the spirit is being honest or not with such kind of questions. The answer can bring on unnecessary fear and panic into someone’s life. It is simply not wise to do.
Here are some questions you should always avoid:
- When will I, or someone else, die?
- Will I get sick?
- Am I sick now?
- Are you an evil spirit?
- How did you die?
- Can I talk to a demon?
- Do you want to hurt me?
- Can you possess me?
In addition, always be mindful of the rest of the people in your group and their feelings. Do not ask any questions that you already know someone is not comfortable with. A spirit will be able to sense the tension in the energy and could easily use it against you.
5. Do Not Leave The Planchette On The Board
It is known among the paranormal community that you should never leave the planchette unattended on an Ouija Board. When you have finished using the board, always be sure to remove the planchette. Even if you are just stepping away for a few seconds, it is not safe to leave it there. Leaving the planchette on the board is considered to be bad luck and dangerous.
When the planchette is left on the board, the door to the paranormal remains fully open. This means that the spirit might choose to send messages that the group does not want. If there are any malicious entities in the room, they might also use this opportunity to cause harm. Situations like those can turn out to be extremely unpredictable and dangerous.
If someone needs to step away for a short time, make sure one person keeps their hand on the planchette. This will keep the connection and energy of the session intact and protected.
6. Do Not Use An Ouija Board In Your Home
You should never use an Ouija board inside of your own house. You should always try to find a neutral location that has clean and positive energy. Using a spirit board inside someone’s home puts the individual and everyone who lives there in possible danger.
As mentioned before, it can be very hard to determine for sure what kind of entity you are connecting with. If it happens to be a malicious being, their negative and dark energy will easily spread and attach itself to the home. Evil spirits like to attach themselves and anchor to specific locations. Homes of the living are especially enticing to them, making it difficult to get rid of them.
7. Choose a Group “Leader”
Just as important as choosing the right people to be in your group, is selecting the “team leader”. This is the person that will be in charge of doing most of the talking and asking the questions. Having a leader is especially important when in large groups. Too many people asking questions can be confusing and aggravate the spirit.
The leader needs to be an emotionally and spiritually strong individual. He must fully respect the Ouija board and all paranormal. Having a strong person as the leader will make connection and communication with the spirit smoother.
8. Take Notes
As with any type of paranormal investigation, documenting your findings is a very important part of the process. The more information that you are able to gather and record, the easier that it will be to understand what type of ghost you are dealing with. Taking notes will also help keep track of any small details that might be missed during the initial contact. This way you will be able to go back and double check all of the findings.
It is recommended that one person be chosen to be the note taker. This person should be writing down all words and letters communicated by the spirit and helping to translate them. Also, consider setting up a camera to record the whole experience. Here’s a really good article about night vision camcorders you should take a look at if you are serious about playing with an Ouija board.
9. Have The Positive State Of Mind
This is definitely one of the more overlooked but essential Ouija board rules. It is extremely important that everyone participating in the use of the Ouija board finds themselves at a good point in their lives. If the person is depressed or not feeling so well, any interactions can easily become dangerous. As mentioned before, malicious spirits feed off of negative energy and fear. It is like they can smell it from far away. This will leave the individual extraordinarily vulnerable and the results can be quite disastrous.
If you know you are not feeling well, it is better to leave the session for another time.
10. Choose The Location Wisely
Picking the right location can make all the difference in how a session goes. Take your time and do some research on the place that you plan on using the Ouija board. Always make sure that there is no negative energy surrounding the place. The more positive and fitting that the location is, the better that the session will go. For obvious reasons, you should never use an Ouija board at locations like the cemetery. It is simply too dangerous and unpredictable.
11. Use Different Conductors
Some ghosts can be stronger than others. For this reason, they can sometimes rely on conduits to be able to communicate throughout the session. Once you have chosen your location, it will be a good idea to set up a variety of different conductors. Experts in the field have said that ghosts will use, scents, liquids, and candle flames to communicate. The ripple of water in a glass might be trying to let you know that the entity is present. Electronic devices, such as a Spirit Box, have also proven to be effective conductors to use during sessions.
Just like we have different preferences, so do the dead. Having several different options for conductors can be considerably helpful.
12. Do Not Burn The Ouija Board
Although you might be tempted to try and destroy the board by burning it, do not do it! Burning an Ouija board will not get rid of any spirits that have made contact. In fact, it will leave the ghost stuck in this place.
If you want to get rid of the board, destroying it will not be the best option. The safest bet will be to store it somewhere away from the users and leave it alone. Make sure that the planchette is stored in a separate location.
13. Always Say Goodbye
Before walking away from any session with an Ouija board, you must say “goodbye”. This should honestly be one of the first Ouija board rules to know but it is the last one to follow in sequence. By properly ending the session, you are politely letting the spirit know that you wish to end communication. Not doing so can result in the spirit getting angry and deciding to linger around. Say goodbye immediately and end the session if any of the following things start to happen:
- Figure 8 is drawn on the board
- The spirit draws the infinity symbol
- Entity identifies themselves as “Zozo”
- The spirit starts counting down
- Spirit starts spelling the alphabet
These are all evident signs that you have encountered a dangerous entity and should not continue any further.
The Ouija board is one of the numerous methods of communication to contact paranormal beings. When choosing to use one always remember to be respectful and take as many precautions as possible. There is much to be learned about this type of communicating and many dangers that come along with it. I hope these Ouija board rules serve as a guide for those of you still interested in using any type of spirit board. Have you ever used an Ouija board before? What was your experience like?