OUIJA FREE ZONE
by Mary Thomas Guicson
Although ouija boards are viewed by some to be a simple toy, there are people who believe they can be harmful, including Edgar Cayce, who called them "dangerous." many paranomal groups will tate that they are Ouija free. And will warn that "evil ghosts or demons from Hell" pretend to be cooperative ghosts in order to trick players into becoming spiritually obsessed or possessed.
Some in their blogs or on web sites claim to have had bad haunted experiences related to the use of talking boards by being haunted by "demons," seeing apparitions of spirits, and hearing voices after using them. A few paranormal researchers, such as Gina Lanier, claim that the majority of the worst cases are caused by the use of Ouija boards promting polterghiest and deamons to effect ones life and home.
The American demonologists the late Ed Warren stated that "Ouija boards are just as dangerous as Heroin, Crack or other addictive drugs." He further stated that "séances and Ouija boards and other occult paraphernalia are dangerous because 'evil spirits' often disguise themselves as your dear lost lonely loved ones. They gain your trust then and then take over your life."
There today are many ghost hunting groups that will ask you after you tell them your haunted. "Have you, are do you have a Ouija board." Because in many cases it all got started by having a real Ouija board Seance when the haunting first began.
Many home owners today or finding Ouija boards they never knew they had. Some homes you buy today might surprise you that upon investigation some have been found in attics and basments and even hidden inside of walls. Many times you will hear of someone finding an old haunted witch board or a planchette. Many think that these boards or actual open portals to the demension that real ghost abide in.
Shanezza a regining Voodoo witch queen from New Jersey believes that the Ouija is like the mail slot to the Haunted Gates of Guinee. A one way door that lets bad ghosts and evil souls free from the bad place only. She says the only way to really destroy a bad evil Ouija board is to bury it with the next person who dies in your family. "Put it in their coffin under the pillow." "Then let the board rot in the ground with the corpse of an innocent soul." In further explaing this Shanezza said. "That by doing this the ghost that were set free by that board;" Well they is sucked up." "All them from the day the Devil or Satan board called up are all exorcised forever." "Nothing eles will work. burying the board does nothing." "Holy water will not help either it just runs off." "It can only be burrried with a corpse."
Many Christians hold the belief that using a Ouija board allows communication with demons, which they say is Biblically forbidden as a form of divination. Some people who claim to have been oppressed by evil spirits after using a board say that they could only get rid of these problems after Christian deliverance. Many Christians believe that no dead person's soul can be summoned, and that the only summoned spirits are demons who are trying to harm humans.
As early as 1924, Harry Houdini wrote that five people from Carrito, California were driven insane by using a board. That same year, Dr. Carl Wickland in his book stated that "the serious problem of alienation and mental derangement attending ignorant psychic experiments was first brought to my attention by cases of several persons whose seemingly harmless experiences with automatic writing and the Ouija board resulted in such wild insanity that commitment to asylums was necessitated."
In 1944, occultist Manly P. Hall, the founder of the Philosophical Research Society and an early authority on the occult in the 20th century, stated in Horizon magazine that, "during the last 20-25 years I have had considerable personal experience with persons who have complicated their lives through dabbling with the Ouija board. Out of every hundred such cases, at least 95 are worse off for the experience." He went on to say that, "I know of broken homes, estranged families, and even suicides that can be traced directly to this source."
The former medical director of the State Insane Asylum of New Jersey, Dr. Curry, stated that the Ouija board was a "dangerous factor" in unbalancing the mind and believed that if their popularity persisted insane asylums would be filled with people who used them.
Decades later, in 1965, parapsychologist Martin Ebon in his book Satan Trap: Dangers of the Occult, states that "it all may start harmlessly enough, perhaps with a Ouija board," which will, "bring startling information... establishing credibility or identifying itself as someone who is dead. It is common that people... as having been 'chosen' for a special task." He continues, "Quite often the Ouija turns vulgar, abusive or threatening. It grows demanding and hostile, and sitters may find themselves using the board compulsively, as if 'possessed' by a spirit, or hearing voices that control or command them."
In her 1971 autobiography, the psychic Susy Smith said, "Warn people away from Ouija and automatic writing. I experienced many of the worst problems of such involvement. Had I been forewarned by reading that such efforts might cause one to run the risk of being mentally disturbed, I might have been more wary." Only recently, well known psychic Sylvia Brown made her appearance on The Montel Williams Show stating that Ouija boards were dangerous. Additionally, the late Roman Catholic priest Malachi Martin believed talking boards are dangerous and claimed that by using these devices a person opens themselves to demonic oppression or possession, topics upon which Martin spoke and wrote extensively for many years
Not to much is published regarding Aleister Crowley's beliefs or use of the ouija board in his practices of Necromancy.
Jane Wolfe, who lived with The great Beast Aliester Crowley at the haunted infamous Abbey of Thelema, also used the form of the Ouija board frequently. She credits some of her greatest spiritual communications to use of this implement. Crowley also discussed the Ouija board with another of his students, and the most ardent of them, Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones): it is frequently mentioned in their unpublished letters.
in 1917 Achad experimented with the board as a means of summoning Angels, as opposed to Elementals. In one letter Crowley told Jones: "Your Ouija board experiment is rather fun. You see how very satisfactory it is, but I believe things improve greatly with practice. I think you should keep to one angel, and make the magical preparations more elaborate."
Over the years, both became so fascinated by the board that they discussed marketing their own design. Their discourse culminated in a letter, dated February 21, 1919, in which Crowley tells Jones, "Re: Ouija Board. I offer you the basis of ten percent of my net profit. You are, if you accept this, responsible for the legal protection of the ideas, and the marketing of the copyright designs. I trust that this may be satisfactory to you. I hope to let you have the material in the course of a week." In March, Crowley wrote to Achad to inform him, "I'll think up another name for Ouija." But their business venture never came to fruition and Crowley's new design, along with his name for the board, has not survived.
Crowley has stated, of the Ouija Board that, "There is, however, a good way of using this instrument to get what you want, and that is to perform the whole operation in a consecrated circle, so that undesirable aliens cannot interfere with it. You should then employ the proper magical invocation in order to get into your circle just the one spirit you want. It is comparatively easy to do this. A few simple instructions are all that is necessary, and I shall be pleased to give these, free of charge, to any one who cares to apply."
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NOTABLE OUIJA BOARD USERS
* On the July 25, 2007, edition of the paranormal radio show Coast to Coast AM, host George Noory attempted to carry out a live Ouija board experiment on national radio despite the strong objections of one of his guests, Jordan Maxwell, and with the encouragement of his other guests, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Jerry Edward Cornelius. In the days and hours leading up to the show, unfortunate events kept occurring to Noory's friends and family as well as some of his guests, but these events would likely be considered coincidences by skeptics. After recounting a near-death experience in 2000 and noting bizarre events taking place, Noory canceled the experiment.
Ouija Board Special
Ouija Board Discussion
Aleister Crowley & the Ouija Board
Ouija Board Discussion
George's NDE & Decision
During Wednesday's Ouija Board Special, an incredible guest line-up delved into the history and practice of the Ouija board, as well as helped George make an important decision regarding his experiment.
Archbishop James Long appeared briefly towards the start of the program to tell George about some recent misfortunes that have befallen his family. Long believes these tragedies are the result of his 7/16/07 Coast appearance, when he spoke about demons, exorcism, and tonight's planned Ouija board experiment.
First hour guest Jerry Edward Cornelius talked about his book, Aleister Crowley and the Ouija Board, which takes a positive perspective on Ouija boards. According to Cornelius, Crowley promoted the use of the board, writing papers on the subject and teaching his students how to use it. Cornelius maintains that Crowley never used the board for evil purposes. He also pointed out that whatever baggage an individual brings to the board it will fulfill.
At the beginning of the second hour, George welcomed Ouija: The Most Dangerous Game author Stoker Hunt, who offered his view on the topic. The Ouija board is not a game, he warned, it is a psychic tool that can induce psychoses in those who use it.
Next, joining George from a 'special room' were Bruce Goldberg, Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Jordan Maxwell, who discussed the implications of using the Ouija board. Goldberg and Guiley fully supported George's experiment (Guiley actually brought in the board to be used), as they saw it as a way to educate the public about the Ouija board and spirit communications. The two, however, did not advocate its use among non-professionals. Maxwell was vehemently against it.
Goldberg invoked 'white light' protection on the proceedings. Then, George shared some personal details from a near death experience he had seven years ago. After taking many things into consideration, George decided not to go through with his Ouija board experiment. In the last hour, callers reacted to George's decision.
* G. K. Chesterton used a Ouija board. Around 1893 he had gone through a crisis of skepticism and depression, and during this period Chesterton experimented with the Ouija board and grew fascinated with the occult.
* Poet James Merrill used a Ouija board for years, and even encouraged entrance of spirits into his body. He wrote the poem "The Changing Light at Sandover" with the help of a Ouija board. Before he died, he recommended that people not use Ouija boards.
* Former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi claimed under oath that, in a séance held in 1978 with other professors at the University of Bologna, the "ghost" of Giorgio La Pira spelled the name of the street where Aldo Moro was being held by the Red Brigades in a Ouija. According to Peter Popham of The Independent: "Everybody here has long believed that Prodi's ouija board tale was no more than an ill-advised and bizarre way to conceal the identity of his true source, probably a person from Bologna's seething far-left underground whom he was pledged to protect."
* Bill Wilson the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous used the Ouija Board to contact spirits. His wife said that he would get messages directly without even using the board. For a while, his participation in AA was deeply affected by his involvement with the Ouija board. Wilson claimed that he received the twelve step method directly from a spirit without the board and wrote it down.
* Art Bell, the former host of the paranormal-themed radio show Coast To Coast AM (which on Halloween became Ghost To Ghost AM) had once used a Ouija board, and experienced something he's been wanting to forget ever since. He refused to tell any of the callers/listeners about the actual experience and he always advised not to use a Ouija board - ever.
*Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, The Great American Necromancer. She has sted that in her early teen years she and the late Wrestler Jerry Von Erich used a Ouija board to talk to the dead quite often.
* In an interview Alice cooper the front man of the band at the time The Band Alice Cooper, once told the tale that the name came from the use of Ouija board. Alice later retracted it. The board also told her that she would come to know Lynette Squeaky Frome personally and she did!
* The Fiery Furnaces said that they used a Ouija board to write lyrics for their album Widow City.
* The Mars Volta wrote their album Bedlam in Goliath based on their alleged experiences with an Ouija board. According to their story (written for them by a fiction author, Jeremy Robert Johnson), they purchased a Ouija board while on tour in Jerusalem. At first the board provided a story which became the theme for the album. Strange events allegedly related to this activity occurred during the recording of the album: the studio flooded, one of the album's main engineers had a nervous breakdown, equipment began to malfunction, and Cedric Bixler-Zavala's foot was injured. Following these bad experiences the band buried the Ouija board.
* Brandon Flowers, the lead singer of The Killers superstitiously associates his death with the number 621 (which is also his birthday) from having used a Ouija board.
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Other types of boards
Other iterations of the board exist in Asia. The Japanese version is known as "Kokkuri san," eponymous of the entity who is said to communicate with the user. (The horror film Kokkuri-san is based on this.) These are all home-made, with words written on paper in local languages. The planchette is replaced by other items, most commonly a pen, a dish (Chinese condiment saucer) or a coin. It is often played by inquisitive teenagers. Sinister consequences of using such 'Angel' boards appear in episodes of the television anime series XXXholic, Great Teacher Onizuka, and Ghost Hunt.
Various horror movies have been made about the consequences of playing with these incarnations of the board, most notably by the Hong Kong and South Korea movie industry. One of the more well-known movies to date is the 2004 South Korean film Bunshinsaba.
A planchette (plān-shět') is a triangular or heart-shaped board supported by castors which moves to spell out messages, or answer questions. Paranormal advocates believe that the planchette is moved by some extra-normal force. Skeptics attribute the motion to the ideomotor effect. In typical usage, a pencil would be attached to the planchette, printing letters or other designs on paper to be later interpreted by a medium.
The most common use of the planchette is with a Ouija or spirit board. In this instance, it is sometimes referred to as an "indicator" or "pointer" to show where something is etc., like a Dowsing board. Used since the beginning of the Spiritualism movement of the mid-nineteenth century, planchettes predate the invention of spirit boards.
Although speculation exists that the planchette was named after its inventor, the French word "planchette" translates to English as "little plank."
It usually contains a piece of magnet or a coin.
Fuji (Chinese: 扶乩 or 扶箕; pinyin: fújī; Wade-Giles: fu chi) is a method of "planchette writing; spirit writing; automatic writing" using either a sieve or a stick to write Chinese characters in sand or incense ashes.
Beginning around the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE), the fuji method and written characters changed from 扶箕 "support the sieve" (spirit-writing using a suspended sieve or winnowing tray) to 扶乩 "support the planchette" (using a stick or stylus, typically made from a willow or peach branch, and roughly resembling a dowsing-rod, see De Groot 1910 6:1296). Sieve divination or coscinomancy is culturally widespread, and Chao (1942:21) compares practices in ancient Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, and India.
Chinese fuji spirit-writing involves some specialized vocabulary. Luan 鸞 "a mythical phoenix-like bird" (see Jordan and Overmyer 1986:36-88; distinguish the fenghuang "Chinese phoenix") is used in synonyms such as fuluan 扶鸞 "support the phoenix," feiluan 飛鸞 "flying phoenix," and jiangluan 降鸞 "descending phoenix". The fuji process involves specialized participants. The two people (or rarely one) who hold the sieve or stylus are called jishou 乩手 "planchette hands", only one of whom is ostensibly possessed by a shen 神 "spirit; god" or xian 仙 "immortal; transcendent". Their assistants include a pingsha 平沙 "level sand" who smoothes out the shapan 沙盤 "sand table", a dujizhe 讀乩者 "planchette reader" who interprets the characters, and a chaojizhe 抄乩者 "planchette copyist" who records them. Jiwen 乩文 "planchette writing" is a general reference to texts produced through Chinese fuji spirit-writing.
Spirit-writing has a long history in Chinese folk religion, and is first recorded (Chao 1942:12) during the Liu Song Dynasty (420-479 CE). Fuji planchette-writing became popular during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), when authors like Shen Kuo and Su Shi associated its origins with summoning Zigu 紫姑 "Purple Maiden", the Spirit of the Latrine. Fuji divination flourished during the Ming Dynasty, and the Jiajing Emperor (r. 1522-1566) built a special jitan 乩壇 "planchette altar" in the Forbidden City (Despeux 2007:428). Although the practice of fuji planchette-writing was prohibited by the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) Legal Code, it has continued and is currently practiced at Daoist temples in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia as well as folk shrines in China.
Fuji is particularly associated with the Quanzhen School of Daoism. The Daozang "Daoist Canon" contains several scriptures supposedly written through spirit-writing. Two examples are the Zitong dijun huashu 梓潼帝君化書 "Book of Transformations of the Divine Lord of Zitong" (tr. Kleeman 1994, see Huashu) and the Taiyi jinhua zongzhi 太一金華宗旨 "Great One’s Secret of the Golden Flower" (tr. Wilhelm 1931).
Ka-Bala was a talking board game manufactured and released by the Transogram Company in 1967. It was marketed under the slogan, "The Mysterious Game that Tells the Future."
The game was molded out of green plastic that glowed in the dark. It sat upon a hemispherical rocker, and was operated by the players touching the "solary projectors", which were handles on either side of the game. Unlike most talking boards which are activated by a planchette, the Ka-Bala used a large black marble as an indicator; the marble ran around a circular track on the surface of the game. In addition to indicating the letters and numbers printed around the track, the marble could also be used to select one of twenty-two major arcana cards of occult tarot supplied with the game. Each tarot card had the fortune it predicted printed on the back. The game also had the twelve zodiac signs marked along the track; these could be used to generate a simple horoscope. In the centre of the rocking board, the "Eye of Zohar" was mounted; this plastic eyeball would spin as the board was agitated by the players.
The name "Ka-Bala" and the reference to Zohar indicate that the game was supposedly related to the kabbalistic school of Jewish mysticism. As they operated the game, the players were instructed to chant Pax, sax, sarax; hola, noa, nostra! For all its aura of arcane mystery, the game had a fundamental design flaw; it was not easy to keep the marble in its circular track as you operated the game. The Transogram company also made and sold the occult-themed glowing board game Green Ghost.
A Ouija board (generally pronounced /ˈwiːdʒi/, though correctly/ˈwiːdʒə/), also known as spirit board or talking board) is a flat board marked with letters, numbers, and other symbols, theoretically used to communicate with spirits. It uses a planchette (small heart-shaped piece of wood) or movable indicator to indicate the spirit's message by spelling it out on the board during a séance. The fingers of the séance participants are placed on the planchette, which then moves about the board to spell out messages. Ouija is a trademark for a talking board currently sold by Parker Brothers.While the word is not considered a genericized trademark, it has become a trademark that is often used generically to refer to any talking board.
Ouija Boards Scientific explanation
Users subconsciously direct the path of the triangle to produce a word that is in that person's subconscious thought process. This subconscious behavior is known as ideomotor action, a term coined by William Carpenter in 1882. It is also known as automatism. Some people may be convinced that the "powers" of the ouija board are real because they are unaware that they are in fact moving the piece and therefore assume that the piece must be moving due to some other "spiritual force". The subconscious thought process may produce an answer that is different from what the user expected in their conscious thought process—thus perpetuating the idea that the board has "mystical powers". The Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode on Ouija Boards ran an experiment using unbiased participants. Questions were being asked to the late William Frawley with very strong answers. The participants were then blindfolded and the board was turned 180 degrees without their knowledge. With continued questioning, the planchette then traveled to bare areas of the board where the participants believed the "Yes" and "No" marks were located.
Ouija Boards Spiritualist explanation
Spiritualists who believe Ouija boards can be used to make actual contact with the spirit world feel that the act of hindering a medium’s ability to use his or her own eyes while the board is in use effectively places too great of a handicap on the whole exercise. This argument stems from the belief that contacted spirits actually utilize the eyes of the medium during a Ouija session in order to point to the letters and words needed to form a message. Most believers of this notion believe that the board has no intrinsic power in and of itself, but rather, is used simply as a tool to aid a medium while in communication with the spirit world.
A skeptical view of the Ouija board is that it is frequently used as a prank game by persons who are fully conscious that they are guiding the planchette. Considering that the boards are sold by a game company, and are widely used by children, they can be used in a game similar to the popular "snipe hunt" trick, in which one or more participants are in on the joke, and at least one participant is not. When one or more players deliberately but discreetly moves the planchette, it is indistinguishable (to other players) from the sensation of the planchette "moving on its own". Players moving the planchette may either maintain a deadpan expression, or act out shock and surprise. Players who are fooled but eventually figure out what happened, can go on to become one of the pranksters in a future session with other new players.
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