The Ouija board, the spirit board, the talking board. You know about it, how could you not, it’s in every second film you’ve watched. But you’ve never tried it out. You can now do so, at your own risk. Here is some basic info and some “how-to”.
The Ouija board is believed to be of Chinese origin as part of automatic planchette writing, that was already widespread in Ancient Greece, Rome, and India, and later on in Medieval Europe. This wooden board in its modern form, with letters and numbers written on it, as well as “yes”, “no”, “hello” and “goodbye” took off in the late 19th century with William Fuld, when it began being sold all over Europe and was used a lot in séances. Today there are over 10 official brands manufacturing these boards, but many prefer handmade ones to increase potency in contacting the otherworld.
If you want to use one to talk to the dead, here is what you will do:
1. You will need to have at least one friend with you to play this game.
2. You set the board up on a hard surface.
3. Around the board and around your friends draw protective salt circles.
4. If you want to light some candles, you can, but it’s not of importance, other than to add to the atmosphere.
5. Add the planchette or widget (the small wooden heart shaped piece). If you don’t have one, which is weird, since you have the board, you can substitute with a glass.
6. All of you place your fingertips on the planchette.
7. Invite some spirit to join you.
8. Ask a question if you feel ready.
9. Wait for the planchette to move, but don’t push it or force it.
10. See if anything the planchette spells out makes any sense to you or to someone else. Think hard. Sometimes you have to wait or ask something else.
11. Always remember to say Goodbye or you’re doomed, as you might have guessed.