There has been plenty of speculation as to whether the Ouija board is simply a parlor game that can be used for general amusement or if it opens up a portal to the spirit world and tends to draw evil spirits. In a survey by About Paranormal.com, 65 percent of respondents felt the board was dangerous.
Perhaps the reason that I was not particularly taken by the film Ouija, which I saw on October 29, is that I have had some experiences of my own with the board over the years. Most of the time, these were relaxed, fun and interesting events during which I often made contact with my deceased mother.
However, there was an occasion that prompted me to throw the Ouija board in the trash, never to buy another one again. What we summonsed up that evening was definitely evil and frightened all of the participants but one. That person appeared to be possessed, spouting words in slow motion like that of a record played on the wrong speed. Afterward, I learned that the person was actually into devil worship.
If I had only known beforehand, I would not have included him. Even so, my days of tampering with an Ouija board were over… until I learned some basic rules. They had little to do with the ones spouted in the movie: never play in a graveyard and always say goodbye when the session is complete. It is vital to say a prayer before one begins, which by the way, I had done that evening.
However, I did not ask to be surrounded in a protective white light, nor did I summons the angels to stand guard around us to keep all evil out of our circle. Other than that, it is always important to say goodbye but one must add that no spirits are to remain or to follow anyone home.
Since then, I have utilized all of the above but never with an Ouija board. Instead I make my own letters and numbers, which are then laid out around a table. Instead of a planchette, an inverted teacup is used, with the handle acting as the pointer. Using this method and including the prayer, etc., I have never had a problem.
Does the mere use of an Ouija board act as a signal that draws evil spirits? The truth is mixed even between ghost hunters. Some like Zack Bagans, of Ghost Adventures shown on the Travel Channel, used an Ouija board on a number of occasions and most always called up something evil. In at least some of those cases, Bagans returned to the haunted locations only to learn that paranormal activity had escalated. What he has been doing is potentially deadly and needs to stop.
Ghost Hunters’ Grant Wilson and Steve Gonzalves on the other hand, have never used an Ouija board during their investigations. Some might think this show, which is shown on the Sci Fi channel tends to be low key if not boring but these ghost hunters lean more toward gathering actual evidence rather than ‘scaring up’ the deceased.
According to Dale Kaczmarek of the Ghost Research Society, Ouija boards should not be used.
“I would strongly advise against the use of the Ouija…” he noted in an article entitled Ouija: Not a Game. “Most often the spirits whom are contacted through the Ouija are those whom reside on ‘the lower astral plane.’”
As far as this reviewer is concerned, an Ouija board is not evil in itself, nor does it always draw dangerous entities. And the planchette does not move due to unnoticed muscle movements as some have claimed.
First of all, it depends on the people involved with its use so make sure you know the personalities and intent of each. Secondly, partying it up with alcohol or drugs why playing with an Ouija board can lead to disastrous results. For an example of this, see my story: Ouija Board conjures up Strange Activity.
The Ouija Debate – Portal to evil or harmless game?
Ouija: Not a Game
Reasons to Avoid Using the Ouija Board
The Spirits and the Positive Side of the Talking Board