Welcome to the Ouija board adventure!
Even though they are portrayed in media as horrifying, you shouldn’t be anymore terrified of a Ouija board as you would be any other form of spiritual communication, like a pendulum or even tarot.
I’d have to say that I’ve had a lot of experience with Ouija boards and although spooky, I have never had a bad experience. You just have to believe that if you project positive energy, positivity will also come your way.
First let’s set some ground rules…
I’m just going to list a few points that I need to make before I get into it:
1) Although the Ouija board is considered a board game, never play the game if you don’t want to. And don’t force your friends to play with you. You will never have a good experience without good energy.
2) A Ouija board, or a talking board, is something that you can use to communicate with your unconscious, spirits, or other entities. Some believe the board to be a portal, yet in my opinion it is not.
3) There is no specific time or place where the board will work best. Just pick a place and time, and do it! If you get responses then that’s awesome! If you don’t, well, maybe try again later.
Anyone can put their fingers on the planchette.
But not everyone can get it to spell out a name. I’m going to give you 3 simple steps on how to use a Ouija board.
Step One – Set the Mood
I usually wait to play with the board until dark for the perfect ambiance. But out of pure superstition, I don’t play the board anytime near 3 am. I’ve never had any personal evidence that 3 am is a bad time, but I still get uncomfortable dabbling in the occult arts too late. Maybe I’m just a weenie.
Once you find your time and place, grab your supplies: a board, a group of willing friends, a candle, a table, and a pen and notebook. When I am ready to start, I place the board on the table, and everyone sits around the board. You have to make sure that everyone can comfortably sit and read the board. Now light your candles for ambiance and get ready for step two on how to use a Ouija board!
Step Two – Designate Roles
I like to have at least 2 other people playing with me. Since I am usually the most experienced, I fill the speaker role. Then, I designate the 2nd most experienced or willing person to be the scribe. The last person is usually just there to have fun, experience the game, and provide energy.
- speaker: the main person who communicates with the board and asks most of the questions
- scribe: the person who writes down every question and each answer exactly as it is spelled (no paraphrasing) and usually only has one hand on the planchette
Step Three – Talk to the Dead
When I begin, I do two things first: warm up the board and lay down the group’s intentions.
To warm up the board, all you need to do is place your collective finger tips on the planchette and push it around in a circle. That’s about it. It’s best to have the entire participating group push collectively, to mix everyone’s energy. (But if you have a skeptic in your midst, it might be fun to show them what it feels like when someone is forcing the planchette.)
Then, as the speaker, I specify the group’s intentions. I usually say something along the lines of “we are here, surrounded by light, to made positive communication and seek positive energy”. By stating exactly what kind of energy you’re providing and looking for, you’re most likely to find it.
After I warm up the board, I basically just start. I begin asking my questions, waiting for the planchette to move. This game is all about patience, but when something happens it’s totally worth it!
But what do I ask the Ouija board?
Here is the list of questions I like to ask the board:
- Is there anyone here?
- Are you a good spirit?
- What’s your name?
- How old are you?
- What year were you born?
- What year did you die?
- How did you die?
It usually lasts about five questions before the spirit disappears, but I’ve been able to hold some pretty cool conversations with the dead. I’ve asked spirits what it was like to die, what their favorite color was, and if they could blow out a candle. As long as you’re being positive and sensitive, the conversation will flow and be fun!
It’s important to know when to quit
To “quit” talking to a spirit, force the planchette to “GoodBye”. Then everyone take your hands off the planchette to break the energy bond. Be careful. Breaking the energy bond before you are ready to quit will probably make you lose the communication, and you won’t get to finish talking. I have only had a spirit move the planchette to “GoodBye” one time, and it was after a great conversation. But I stop playing when I meet a spirit who makes me uncomfortable for a number of reasons:
- The spirit move the planchette aimlessly without trying to spell anything. I’ve had spirits who spell incorrectly or who don’t have enough energy to finish a word. These entities I try to stick with, but when the planchette is just jumping around the board or going in spirals, I end it.
- When the spirit moves the planchette through the alphabet or numbers, backwards or forwards. Or does any other type of noticeable patterns, I end it.
- When a spirit talks back to me, but isn’t actually participating in the conversation, I become uncomfortable and end it. This says to me that the spirit has too much energy and can possibly take too much control of the planchette.
- Or just when a spirit just stops responding or moving the planchette. Also when I have any other inklings that the room is empty of energy. This just means that the game is over–you probably won’t get any more contact and might as well end it formally.
There is nothing wrong with ending the game early, or not receiving any contact at all. The point is to have fun with it! If it doesn’t work where you are, go somewhere else!
Now go talk to the dead!
There is just something extra spoopy about using a Ouija board during October. And something even spoopier (no these aren’t typos) about talking with Death! It’s so fun, in fact, that I decided to do a Halloween tutorial on a Grim Reaper Skull look! Check it out: