The Ouija Board
- The Talking Board
- The term "talking board" is the generic name for
a message board with numbers, letters, and a movable message
indicator. The message indicator, touched lightly by one or more
persons, slides or pivots along the surface of the board to spell
out words. This spelling out of words gave the board it's unique
name the "talking board."
- Spiritual believers insist the messages come from supernatural
entities that can be "good" or "bad" spirits.
Talking boards are also referred to as Ouija boards, witch boards,
spirit boards, oracle boards, and most recently, channeling boards.
The name "Ouija" is a registered trademark for Parker
Brothers' William Fuld Talking Board Set.
- The Ouija History
- The first talking board was invented in 1890. Earlier talking
boards (alphanumeric tables with rotating pointers), date to
the 1850's. These boards became very popular in the late 1800s
during the age of mysticism when prominent families of America
and Europe began dabbling in the occult. Seances, mediumship
and communicating with the dead became popular parlor entertainment
and of course lucrative for a few mediums.
- Many people make the claim the Ouija board is ancient, know
as a Witch Board, Talking Board, Writing Board, Alphabet Board
and a variety of other names and labels. The problem with these
claims are they're false. Sad to say the Ouija isn't as old as
people want to make it out to be or they're confusing it with the Pendulum which is much older and also could be used with a "bored" and without.
- Some have tried to relate the
Ouija to ancient tools used by Pythagoras. The problem with this
is no such tool is mentioned or described in any writings relating
to Pythagoras or the Pythagorean Brotherhood. The tool has been
linked to the Greek oracle at Delphi, but again no archeological
or anthropological evidence exists to support this supposition.
And sadly that seems to be what a lot of these stories are; supposition.
But there's a problem with that too.
- In order for an object to be related to an older object it
must have some type of evolutionary connection that can be traced
through validated records. The modern Ouija simply doesn't have
this type of evolutionary connection to ancient divination tools.
- One of the best sources for the evolution of talking boards
and their history the Ouija is The
Museum of Talking Boards. They explain:
- The talking boards of today most likely grew out the use
of the alphabet and alphabetic pasteboards during 19th century
spiritualistic sťances and not from pendulum oracles or
other devices used many centuries earlier.
- In 1848, the Fox sisters realized immediately that calling
out the individual letters of the alphabet, and having the spirits
knock accordingly, was easier than asking lengthy "yes/no"
questions. The use of alphabet pasteboards became common among
table-tippers who came to the same conclusion. And there were
mediums who didn't wait for the spirits to knock but instead
relied on a kind of divine intuition: "During a communication
between the medium and the supposed spirit, the former passed
his hand over the alphabet, until he found his finger sensibly
and irresistibly arrested at a certain letter, and so on, until
the word, the sentence, was completed." -The Rappers (1854).
- Starting in the 1850's, alphabet boards made the transition
to the dial-plate instruments, also known as psychographs, first
in the United States and then in Europe. The first talking board
with a detachable sliding message indicator appeared around 1886.
That's a short thirty-eight year time frame. If the Ouija board
has relatives they are the devices of this period: the talking
tables, the alphabet pasteboards, and the early dial-plate instruments.
- The Ouija & Divination
- The Ouija is a physical tool that requires more interaction
and more importantly, more connection between you, the tool and
spirit. Because of this, the Ouija is considered to be an earth
based tool, meaning it's used to connected with earth bound entities
or ghosts rather than spirits of higher spiritual realms.
- Earth bound entities, or ghosts still have a strong connection
to the physical world. They can use this connection to manipulate
an Ouija pointer across a board, but to do that, they also have
to manipulate you, your hands and arms. Additionally ghosts are
not connected to the higher spiritual knowledge of the Divine
realm. This can make their information unreliable and often connects
it to desires, ego and all those earthly physical emotions that
get in the way of positive divination messages. Because of this
the Ouija is not a good tool for divination.
is different from a pendulum which requires no physical interaction
other than holding the tool in the air. Refer to the Pendulum page for
- How Does The Ouija Work
- On an Ouija Board the pointer moves across the board, while
your hands are on top of it. What's moving is not just the pointer,
but also your hands and arms. So imagine your hands are on the
pointer. The pointer is spelling out the word "Speak".
Even if you are not consciously moving the pointer, your hands
and arms have to move with the pointer, because you're resting
your fingers upon the pointer. This means there is a physical
manipulation of your body going on here. You, your physical being
moves to the right and over the "S", then to the left
slightly over the "P" and then farther to the left
over the "E"....and so on back to the right. That's
a lot of moving just for one answer.
- Now let's assume you are very adept at clearing, cleansing
and setting protective shields so that you can block an earth
bound entity that might try to interfere with the use of an Ouija
board. Even in this type of protective shield there is still
an element of movement on a physical level for the Ouija pointer
to deliver a message. Which means "YOU" can still,
even unknowingly, influence the results of the divination. In
other words, you might be adept at blocking an earth bound entity,
but your subconscious still has physical influence over the pointer.
Even if you don't realize it.
- The problem here is that not many people can maintain this
level of shielding and focus while using a Ouija. It's of course
possible. And if someone really feels drawn to the board, then
I'm the last person to say get over it and use your energy for
something else. Just like any other tool, a person may have an
inner talent for the board over other tools. Or there maybe a
karmic reason (good or bad), for the pull that needs to be worked
out. But these types of situations are very few and far between.
- The main concern in using the Ouija for divination is it's
connection to the physical. Primarily the connection to physical
ego and desires, but also because of the lack of connection to
higher spiritual knowledge and enlightened understanding. These
are the primary reasons the Ouija, no matter what it's form or
previous historical tool, is not good for divination.
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- Created: 03.24.2010 Updated: 03.24.2010