Ouija Boards Ouija Boards is a device used to supposedly ask questions of and receive answers from a seemingly supernatural force. Using a ouija board has become a controversial subject. Some people regard them as “evil” or a “tool of the Devil”, yet they continue to be sold in stores along Scrabble and Monopoly as a game.

The Ouija board was invented in the early 1890’s by William Fuld. It is now sold by Parker Brothers. An ouija board is a small board with various symbols printed on its surface. These symbols include all letters of the alphabet, the numbers 1 to 9 and 0, and the words yes and no. A smaller board, shaped like a heart, called a planchette or pointer is used to direct the answers. Two or more people rest an Ouija board on their laps and press their fingers lightly on the pointer. One of them asks the board a question. The pointer supposedly answers by indicating a word or a number or by spelling out words. According to people who believe in the ouija board, spirits guide the pointer. Others think the fingers of the questioner influence the pointer. There are basic guidelines that should be followed for using Ouija boards. If any of you are willing to try one you should check out some of the safe things to do to protect yourself or anyone else from possible harm. As many people improvise an ouija board as a game, it is always best to protect yourself. Where there is no protection from ‘evil forces’ extremely frightening things can occur. Sinister messages can be spelt out, claimed to come from the devil.

As to prove that no one person is purposely pushing the pointer, tales have been told of all removing their fingers except one, and the pointer continuing to whiz around in manic fashion – or of the pointer jumping up in the air or hurling itself off the table and smashing. Also evil spirits have been known to lie about who they are tricking the users into further danger. You have to be the judge of the information you receive. To believe everything that comes through on the board just because it’s from the other side is extremely gullible, and is like believing everything that you read in the newspaper or see on TV. If your mind tells you there’s something wrong, there probably is . If the information you’re getting seems new to you, compare it with other channeled material and see if you’re comfortable with it.

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William completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in 2013. He current serves as a lecturer, tutor and freelance writer. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, walking his dog and parasailing. Article last reviewed: 2022 | St. Rosemary Institution © 2010-2024 | Creative Commons 4.0

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