Nathan from A State of Mind got me thinking about ouija boards. He’s working on a new project and asked me a few questions about them.
It sparked a memory from when I was about 12 years old. I was in seventh grade and some girlfriends and me decided we wanted to mess around with a ouija board.
MY OUIJA EXPERIENCE
I think all kids go through this phase at some point. I remember thinking it was a pretty neat concept. A board that talks to spirits? Wow! I wonder what they’ll say? But I was also pretty skeptical. A board that talks to spirits? Yeah, right. That’s not going to happen.
Still, I wanted to see what mighthappen. So we got ourselves a ouija board (borrowed from one of my friend’s older sisters, if I remember right) and we let the experiment begin.
One of my friends flipped out before we even started and refused to participate. She was afraid of what we might unleash. I think she made us all think twice before proceeding (I know I did), but we went ahead and ouijaed anyway.
Of course nothing happened. We were the only ones moving that planchette.
I pretty much lost interest after that.
OUIJA BOARDS IN INVESTIGATIONS?
I’m sort of surprised I haven’t seen one being used on any of the ghost shows. Not even as an experiment to test it against some of the other more modern equipment being used.
I’m sure people have tried this. I haven’t been watching the ghost TV shows like I once used to so maybe I missed an episode where some team or another gave it a go.
But I’ve been following a lot of different paranormal groups and the various methods they use to try and find spirits and get them to communicate. Dowsing rods, cystals, compasses, PX machines, EMF detectors, K2 meters, digital recorders for EVP sessions, cameras galore, but I don’t recall any mentioning using a ouija board.
ARE OUIJA BOARDS DEAD?
After Nathan asked, I got to wondering about them. Are ouija boards still around? I never seem to hear about them anymore. Is it because people think they’re a joke? Or are they viewed mostly as games or toys by kids and, like me, a phase people grow out of?
After doing some research I quickly realized ouija, talking spirit boards, witch boards, or whatever else you want to call them, are still alive and kicking in popular paranormal culture. Perhaps now more so than ever.
Below is a slide show I put together of all things ouija board. These are items you can buy on Amazon.com. There’s everything from actual ouija boards themselves (which now come in a variety of styles, including glow in the dark and pink) to ouija cufflinks, cutting boards, and beer coasters.
I also found ouija apps. Yep, as in iPhone, iPad, iPod, available through iTunes, kind of apps. Links to them are also listed below.
ALL THINGS OUIJA BOARD SLIDESHOW
Place your mouse over an image to get more information about it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS?
Do you view them as just a toy? Do you think it’s appropriate they’re mostly sold in toy sections of stores? Do you think they’re dangerous and/or evil? Do you think they’re ridiculous, or do you think they have the potential to really work? Have you ever used one and successfully communicated with spirits?
Here’s what I think: I think a spirit would have a lot easier time understanding how to use a ouija board to communicate rather than somehow being expected to manipulate an electronic device like a PX machine to speak to us through. After all, modern technology baffles a lot of us who were raised with it. I can’t see 200 year old spirits just magically “getting it.”
A board, on the other hand, is more straightforward. However, manifesting enough energy to manipulate the planchette to move around might be an issue.
Mostly I think whoever invented the ouija board, whether it was intended to really contact spirits or was always just supposed to be a toy, had a pretty groovy idea.